Mu­sic, dance week­end en­joyed

Coastal News - - Front Page - By JESSIE EVANS

Re­cently Whangamata was treated to some great en­ter­tain­ment at a com­bined Rock and Roll and Line Dance week­end.

On Satur­day night the rock­ers had James Ray for their hop. There was a good crowd of lo­cal and vis­it­ing rock’n roll groups who shared the floor with line dancers who had come to Whangamata for the Sunday So­cial.

James Ray is a pop­u­lar singer of a wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic. His band kept the floor full of dancers.

On Sunday at the RSA the lo­cal line dancers had Maria Scott as disc jockey. Maria played pop­u­lar line dance mu­sic and sang sev­eral songs, which added a spe­cial touch. Be­ing a line dance teacher she also helped the dancers by call­ing the steps or demon­strat­ing a dance that not ev­ery­one had learnt or which they had for­got­ten.

Colleen Wil­son led her Whangamata Lin­ers with dances learnt in her classes at the Whangamata Club. With more than 60 dances on the pro­gramme it is amaz­ing how many dancers were on the floor.

As usual the raf­fles were very pop­u­lar. The first prize was a huge con­tainer of good­ies do­nated by New World Whangamata. The other prizes were do­nated by Whangamata line dance mem­bers.

The profit from this so­cial was do­nated to the Whangamata Re­turned Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion and a sep­a­rate do­na­tion for the RSA women’s sec­tion in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their work in the kitchen.

There were more than 50 present, with par­tic­i­pants from Tau­ranga, Waihi, Cam­bridge, Huntly, Te Aroha and Auck­land plus other towns further away in ad­di­tion to a many from Whangamata. We were de­lighted to have a visit from some of the Moana House res­i­dents. Sev­eral dancers went on to the Whangamata Club to hear Gerry Lee.


Colleen, Maria, James Ray and Jessie Evans.

Guests from Moana House with Rochelle who is a care­giver there.

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