Winterfest on the Point

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After a disruptive second quarter when all of our community events went on hold, we are tickled pink to announce that Winterfest on the Point will return for a second year from July 13 to July 20, 2020 – just a week away!

UPDATED: POSTPONED the Astronomy Workshop to Sunday at 6.30pm due to weather.

Note if the weather is bad at 10am on Saturday we will postpone the Sparkle Parade to the following Saturday.

Here’s the lineup and read on below if you want to learn the detailed event planning information. Winterfest on the Point is funded by your levy and arranged with all residents in mind. Yes, you are very welcome to any of our events. Why do we produce the Winterfest? That’s easy, so we can get to know neighbours better and create a safer connected community in our beautiful Hobsonville Point. Huge thanks to all those involved volunteers and staff and our sponsors listed below. It takes a village.

To kick off the week join Shlomit at 10am for a beverage and chat with like-minded people at Chichester Cottage at Circle of Friends.

Since its school holidays why not bring the children from 1pm to the Cottage (192b Buckley Ave – next to Bear Park) and be bewildered by the mastery of a Matariki themed shadow puppet show hosted by talented new resident Ifat who’s a puppeteer.

On Tuesday it’s time to dress up in Red, White and Blue for Bastille Day and watch out for random acts of Frenchness throughout the day! Did you know that Fabric Bistro have a new wonderful French floor manager Aurelien?! Or pre order a French meal on Bastille Day by Cali Mero. Book your meal by Saturday [email protected] or phone 020 40825 841 for delivered French meal by Cali Mero.

On Weds
Mums, grans & little humans can gather and meet like-minded locals head along to the Winterfest Bay/Toddler session at Chichester Cottage from 10.15am in collaboration with NorthWest Toy Library and Baby Sensory. There’s also a session on Tuesday afternoon Storytime & Play at Chichester from 2pm.

Later that evening learn about the Matariki stars in the night sky during an inspiring Astronomy evening hosted once again by Chris Minto at Sunderland Lounge from 7pm on Wednesday. The telescopes will be in action after the seminar. Who doesn’t’t enjoy being a scientist?! All ages. Wear something warm. UPDATED: Postponed to Sunday 19 July at 6.30pm.

Ever believed you could write a book full of delicious words? Well perhaps you can with a little help of our friendly resident writer and sensei Lindsey Dawson. Two Writers Workshop’s will be held on Thursday 16 July at Chichester Cottage 10am and 7pm. Get in touch directly here spaces are limited if there is enough demand we could twist Lindsay’s arm for another session.

Okay, we know it’s school holidays so here’s something for the teenagers & romantics. Head to Sunderland Lounge on Friday July 17 for a free MOVIE night to watch kiwi classic “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” from 7.30pm. Directed by Academy Award winner Taika Waititi. BYO a beanbag/cushion (although there are plenty of chairs) and we’ll supply complimentary popcorn. Date night sorted! Even if you have seen the movie before it’s a chance to watch it again on the big screen with your mates. Click here to watch the trailer: Alcohol free event.

So that leaves Saturday 18 July for our flagship event, the Sparkle Parade!!! From 4-5pm head to Chichester Cottage with your family dressed up to glow in the dark. We recommend walking together as parking will be limited. Follow the Ray White signs to the cottage.
This is our map route from Chichester Cottage to Catalina Bay we will end up next to Fabric Bistro and Cafe. Please keep to the footpath at all times.

Our community Sparkle Parade will kick off just before sunset after 5pm. If you’ve forgotten any sparkle/LED kit not to worry James from Hobby Games has anything to do with glowing/UV lights for sale, plus at the Sparkle Parade there will be store set up outside the cottage.

If you enter inside the cottage you can hear stories from local Hobsonville Point residents like a live art display thanks to the Travelling Apple Cart.

Before we walk warm up your muscles with Fleur from Zumba, enjoy a cuppa from Anna Byron of Ray White, then quietly acknowledge our ancestors for a mihi to wish us well for the year Maori New Year at 5pm. Just before sunset we’ll walk/bike along the Coastal Walkway boardwalk and finish at Catalina Bay to the sounds of AKSamba (around 5.15pm)!!! You might recall AKSamba from Waitangi Day on the Point. Along the walkway our good natured Habitat Hobsonville volunteers will be present to guide the community to ensure we are all safe.

Chichester Cottage is next to Bear Park 192b Buckley Ave. Bring torches, cameras, something warm, gold coins, snacks, raincoat (if dodgy weather) and consider leaving your car at home or hop on the bus that leaves every 15 mins down Hobsonville Road. If it’s raining at 10am on Saturday morning we will postpone our event to the next Saturdayand notify everyone.

Dinner is sorted for the evening, you can select one of our restaurants or head to the Auckland Food Collective pop up market in conjunction with Catalina Food Market.
You can also discover a teacup amusement ride, and on the main stage a line up of talented local artists performing on our stage from the G-strings, a Disney style solo artist Jess, prizes, Neon Circus will return with glowing stilt walkers, the esteemedRNZAF Airforce Band and covers band The Reasoneers and so much more!

If you are not the type to sleep in on a Sunday then end the week on a high note with nourishing and health conscious conversations about how to nurture your body better at Chichester Cottage for a Pink Ribbon breakfast from 10am. If you have a story to tell we would love to hear it.At the event we aim raise $500 for the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand and donations can be made directly via the link below. Please register your interest to attend our breakfast with Shlomit or Kathleen and make a donation to the cause directly here to Breast Foundation NZ

So that’s it….These events are brought to you by Hobsonville Point Residents Society so we can live in a better safer connected community.

Huge thanks in advance to the humble team of people helping behind the scenes and our hearty sponsors Ray White, HCT, Ryman, House of Travel and Hobby Games, NorthWest Toy Library, Habitat Hobsonville, event producer Zillionstars, plus social media guru team of Dee and Amar.

Finally… now that July is upon us we welcome you to dress your house up in sparkling decorations and forget about winter. We will give away a $100 voucher for the the best dressed house in Hobsonville Point. Sparkle up your Winter on the Point at home.

Please note if it rains we will postpone the Sparkle Parade to the following weekend and notify the community at 10am on Saturday 18 September.

Christine, Amar & Dee
on behalf of the HPRS Committee


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