Fes­tive fare

Waipa Post - - Front Page - BY DEAN TAY­LOR

Mem­bers of the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Fes­ti­val So­ci­ety were hard at work at the Cam­bridge Town Hall last week putting the fi­nal touches on dis­plays for this year’s Cam­bridge Christ­mas Fes­ti­val ahead of Fri­day night’s open­ing.

So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Deb Robin­son says the an­nual event is now in its 16th year at the venue, and is more pop­u­lar that ever.

For the first time the so­ci­ety held an in­vite only wine and cheese open­ing on Fri­day night ahead of the two week event — a way of thank­ing all the spon­sors and sup­port­ers.

Each year so­ci­ety mem­bers be­gin weekly meet­ings on a Tues­day morn­ing to get ready for that year’s fes­ti­val.

As well as plan­ning the dis­plays, mem­bers make Christ­mas good­ies that are for sale in the Christ­mas Shop.

Deb says they also buy in prod­uct, but try and make sure about about half is lo­cally crafted.

An­other fea­ture is the tea­rooms, with tra­di­tional morn­ing and af­ter­noon tea fare — avail­able all day.

The Cam­bridge Christ­mas Fes­ti­val was opened to the pub­lic on Satur­day and for the first week (De­cem­ber 1-8) hours are 10am un­til 6pm.

In the sec­ond week, from De­cem­ber 9-16 clos­ing is ex­tended un­til 8.30pm.

On the week­ends Santa takes time out from his busy sched­ule to meet the chil­dren who visit the fes­ti­val.

There is also en­ter­tain­ment most days.

Lo­cal and nearby school, com­mu­nity and church choirs per­form at 11am and 2pm week­days, as well as some week­ends.

There is evening en­ter­tain­ment (7.30pm) from River­side Ukulele Band (De­cem­ber 9), Waikato River­tones (De­cem­ber 10), Mo­saic Waikato Modern Choir (De­cem­ber 11), Cam­bridge Brass Band (De­cem­ber 12) and Bruised Brothers (De­cem­ber 16).

For more de­tails of the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing a sched­ule of en­ter­tain­ment, check the so­ci­ety’s Face­book page.

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

Cam­bridge Christ­mas Fes­ti­val So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Deb Robin­son (cen­tre) and vol­un­teers April Poppe (left) and Jenny Shaw in the Christ­mas Shop at the Cam­bridge Town Hall where they and other so­ci­ety mem­bers were putting the fin­ish­ing touches to the fes­ti­val dis­plays for Fri­day night’s open­ing of the two week event.

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