Free con­certs a treat

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that made up a Band of Le­gends, put to­gether by Tracey Blake, and it was re­ally great for those who went and for the RSA, which got mem­ber­ships out of it.”

The RSA also hosted Opera at the RSA on 1 Jan­uary, an­other free con­cert pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment in the ab­sence of the Wil­liamson Park venue be­ing avail­able.

The sum­mer fes­ti­val was, how­ever, able to host at Wil­liamson Park a twi­light mar­ket and an­nual day mar­ket and in­flat­able slides and bouncy cas­tles, and also hosted the One­m­ana Mar­ket Day.

Events con­tinue with to­day’s Big Arts Day Out at the me­mo­rial hall in Port Rd. The event kicks off with the the Har­courts Youth Award and Har­courts-art Col­lec­tive Chal­lenge, with prizes pre­sented last night at a tick­eted wine and cheese even­ing.

The ex­hi­bi­tion to­day and to­mor­row is open to any­one for a gold coin do­na­tion. One hun­dred and eleven girls and guys stepped up to join the tra­di­tion of Miss Whanga­mata on Satur­day at Wil­liamson Park.

The event was spon­sored by Whanga­mata Real Es­tate, which in­tro­duced a new divi­sion of masters — draw­ing six boys this year. The youngest en­trants took to the stage in the Missies and Masters divi­sion of 5 to 7-yearolds, 8-10-year-olds, Miss Ju­niors aged 11-13, Miss Teens aged 14-16 and those aged 17 and over vy­ing for the ti­tle of Miss Whanga­mata. Kayla Haynes won with Kate­lyn Moulden se­cond and Alexan­dra Hol­lis third.

Miss Whanga­mata se­nior divi­sion placeget­ters were, from left, Alexan­dra Hol­lis (3rd), Kayla Haynes (1st) and Kate­lyn Moulden (2nd).

Lo­cal coun­try singer Tracey Blake fronts The Band of Le­gends at the Bring­ing Coun­try to the Beach con­cert, part of the Whanga­mata Sum­mer Fes­ti­val.

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