Behind the Scenes at the Martinborough Music Festival

Until he took on the role of Chair of the Martinborough Music Festival Ed Allen thought he had a good sense of what was involved in putting on such an event.  After all he’d performed professionally as a French Horn player all over the world.  “Not so”, he says now.  …

A lively, healthy community 

The Rapaki Walk summit is a beautiful place to celebrate achievement.  In late October, 11 walkers looked down over the village and Te Muna Road as they marked the first birthday of their Walking Group, part of the Martinborough Healthy Community Project. Every Friday morning for a year the group …

Christmas Parade continues with Christmas Magic in Martinborough

There is nothing quite so magical as Christmas, so two years ago Fiona Couchman launched the Christmas Magic in Martinborough Show to create awareness and gifts for children in need in our local community. While she took a break last year to do some gifting of her own donating her …

Community Garden News 

 Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ —Robin Williams Spring is indeed a wonderful time in the garden, and the Community Garden is no exception. Summer hours: Wednesday and Sunday 10am-12noon Our spring planting is well underway, and we seem to have chased away the winter blights and vermin. …

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NZTrio in Greytown

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The NZTrio will conclude its 2018 touring year with the programme Twine, which they will perform in Greytown on Thursday 8 November, and also in Auckland, New Plymouth and Whitianga.

Each concert this year has presented a fresh dynamic, with an impressive line-up of talented Kiwi guest musicians joining founding member, cellist Ashley Brown. For the Twine concerts, violinist Amalia Hall and pianist Somi Kim will combine with Ashley. He says “It is exciting working with different guest musicians, creating new and exhilarating NZTrio combinations every time”.

NZTrio describes the concert programme as follows: “Audiences will be welcomed in with the brief but intoxicating Mishima by Philip Glass. The Trio will then dive headlong into Schumann’s Piano Trio No 2 in F Major, a work described by the composer as a “friendly work, making an immediate impression on the listeners.”

Rush, a recent work by Aussie composer Matthew Hindson, rolls rhythmically into a smile-laden world of tumbles and twirls, gathering momentum and excitement!

After the interval, the Trio and audience will venture together into uncharted territory with Kiwi Celeste Oram’s brand new commissioned work. As we go to print, it’s not yet complete, but a genuine and fascinating work is anticipated from this supremely talented and innovative artist. … Continue Reading

Old School is Back

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We profiled our local butcher Scotty’s Meats in the May Martinborough Star of this year. Scotty was committed to finding a way to go plastic bag free. It was here we introduced the idea of bring a container to ‘fill them up’ in the act of reducing waste, reusing and recycling. This went down a treat with many conscious consumers taking advantage of being able to reduce their waste. The ultimate for Scotty was to be able to wrap meat in brown paper… Well, with patience and perseverance, he has done it!

Pay Scotty a visit and compliment him for bringing back the old school way of buying your meat at the butcher.

Thanks Scotty!

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Library news

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It’s that time again – yes, school holidays.  Sorry we don’t have any activities on in the library these two weeks for the children.  We just don’t have the spare room.  Our back room is packed to the gunnels with boxes, some of which are shelving units for the new children’s library which just need to be put together when we move.  I do need some help though – please come and buy some of the sale books.  There are dozens of them which need to find new homes.  I do not want to have to cart boxes of sale books to the new library.  

Every Monday (thanks to Bruce and Chris who close the Village Café on a Monday just so we can sell books!) we cart 33 boxes of withdrawn books out to the courtyard tables and set them up for sale.  It’s a bit of a workout but that can only be a good thing for me.  As you may realise I am a bit of a hoarder but it is time to do a cleanout prior to the big move, which I have been reliably told will take place sometime in November.   … Continue Reading

I wandered lonely as a duck

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I wandered lonely as a duck

Left legless by a rubbish truck,

Or right legless? — it’s been a while,

But I cannot forget a smile,

And I would swear to judge or nun

That that duck wasn’t wearing one.

But neither did the duck complain, … Continue Reading