Every Saturday, 8.30 am to 12.30 pm Eftpos available.
Martinborough Monster Charity Auction
This monster charity auction is raising money for South Wairarapa Volunteer Fire Brigades.
60+ lots, nearly all no reserve, of excellent goods donated by local and Wellington businesses. Items range from air flights, wine, olive oil, accommodation around the country, art, clothing, meals, cosmetics, laptops, helicopter flights - and more.
Tickets ($10) available from the Martinborough i-Site, limited to 150 attendees - so be quick!
Saturday, 23 October, 6 pm - 10 pm Martinborough Fire Station, 9 Texas Street
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1925, Mirek Smíšek (OBE) has forged a career as a remarkable New Zealand artist since arriving here in 1951.
Smisek has built three studio potteries on the Kapiti Coast over the past 41 years, and Mahara Gallery, as Kapiti’s District Gallery, has produced the first full survey exhibition to honour his life-times’ work. Cultural commentator Hamish Keith has described the project as ‘a genuine revelation of Smisek’s achievement’.
Curator Gary Freemantle has selected 60 pots spanning 60 years of Smíšek’s work from private and public collections around New Zealand. They represent Smíšek’s main forms of vases, bowls, crocks, jugs and Yunomi (Japanese tea-bowls) and the variations in glaze, shape and decoration as his work matured.
DeVine Cafe at Clareville, near Carterton, is a superb venue for live music, with high ceilings and wooden floors, and plenty of space for the sound to develop.
We enjoyed lunch there yesterday and listening to The Cool Cats playing jazz.
Many live bands seem to feel the need to make themselves heard several miles away, with the result that patrons end up with laryngitis from having to shout to carry on a conversation with their friends.
The Cool Cats got the volume just right. Their music, mainly from the 40s and 50s, was most engaging and seemed to appeal to all ages.
DeVine is very family-friendly and a great place for Sunday lunch. There were several parties with everyone from grandparents to new babies, all enjoying the food and music. DeVine has plenty of space for small children who don't like sitting still, as well as a dedicated play area.
They have live music on the first Sunday of every month, from 12 - 3 pm.
The Wairarapa Youth Concert Band returned with an armful of awards from the National Concert Band Festival, held in Rotorua last weekend.
Competing against adult bands, their percussion and flute ensembles each won a gold medal, and the saxaphone group a silver medal. The entire concert band also collected a silver medal for a 15 minute programme.
Led by Ruth Ekford and Pam Workman, the band has students from Makoura, Wairarapa College, St Matthew's, Rathkeale, Solway and Hadlow.
After hearing this band play at Cafe Cecille last week (refer my earlier post) I'm not at all surprised they did so well. Their playing is stylish and professional and has the wow factor in abundance.
Jeff Workman's initiative to get art and music out into the Masterton community got off to a fine start last night when the Wairarapa Youth Concert Band and artist Linda Dennes joined forces with a large and enthusiastic audience at Cafe Cecille last night.
The Wairarapa Youth Concert Band - off this Friday to compete in the National Youth Concert Band competition in Rotorua - are a class act. Ably led by Ruth Ekford and Pam Workman, they played a selection which highlighted the diversity and depth of talent within the band.
Five foot two, eyes of blue, played by a saxophone and trombone quintet, wowed the audience. I was particularly impressed by Occidens Proximus Orienti (East meets west), played entirely by the percussion section. This was rhythmically extremely complex and technically very challenging and the group played it with great panache.
Linda Dennes exhibited a series of paintings featuring musical instruments. I loved the depth, warmth and luminance of this work, and the way Linda has captured the dents and imperfections of much-loved, much-played instruments.
Linda, an emerging artist who has had two works accepted recently by the Academy of Fine Arts,is a member of the WaiArt Community. Their elegant website includes more of Linda's work, together with work of other artists within the group.
This initiative is being launched tonight at Cafe Cecille - from 5.30 to 7 pm - with an exhibition by Greytown artist Linda Dennes, combined with a free gig by Wairarapa Concert Youth Band. It is hoped this will be the first of a regular series of arts and culture events.
Mr Workman hopes to foster street art and other vibrant forms of art and encourage other organisations to stage art and music events.
Tonight's event: Linda Dennes art exhibition, with Masterton Concert Youth Band, 5.30 - 7 pm, 1 September, Cafe Cecille, Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton.
Other musical events this week in Masterton
Dr Ron Newton, organist, will be performing a Victorian Matinee at St Matthew's, Church Street, Masterton, Wednesday, 2 September at 2 pm, tickets $10, students free
Rami Bar-Niv, international concert pianist, will be performing at "The Landing", Landsdowne Park Village, 100 Titoki Street, also on Wednesday, 2 September at 7.30 pm, tickets $20.
Having two concerts by distinguished performers on the same day is a great pity and points to the need for coordination between groups providing musical events. There is an opportunity for Destination Wairarapa to help here.
Those of you who are older will recall his extraordinary musicianship and musical knowledge. He was more than a match for the contestants Denis Norden, Frank Muir, John Amis and Ian Wallace, who were fine musicians in their own right.
I particularly appreciated his ability to seamlessly combine a few bars from a number of different items to keep the contestants - and the listening audience - on their toes.
Flanders and Swann's Hippopotamus Song was a great favourite of the My Music team. I was unable to find a recording of Ian Wallace singing it, so here is a live recording of Flanders and Swann in action.