Festival keeps on giving

More than $10,000 raised at the Tamahere Christmas Festival has been distributed to charities.

The annual festival at St Stephen’s Church Tamahere has continued its more than three decades worth of charitable giving with donations to True Colours Children’s Health Trust and Kids First Whanau Centre.

Both received $4400 raised from the sale of gifts and decorations at the Festival shop while $1300 raised by the associated tea rooms was donated to the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank.

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Christmas festival charms

Christmas comes to Tamahere this week with the special Twilight Tamahere Market followed by the annual St Stephen’s Christmas Festival.

The Twilight Market on Saturday, December 7, 4-8pm, heralds the start of the Christmas Festival, which will run for just one week, a shorter term than past years.

The fundraising festival, with its charming Christmas Shop and tea rooms, is marking its 33rd year.

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Twilight market offers Xmas goodies

Tamahere’s special, annual Twilight Market is on this Saturday, December 2, 4pm, a perfect place to source NZ-made goodness for Christmas.

“We have all manner of great ideas for presents as well as food – shoppers can eat dinner at the market – and we also have a special surprise,” said market organiser Jane Manson.

She wouldn’t be drawn on the mystery but did say the Mosaic Choir would be performing in St Stephen’s Church “to kick start that Christmassy feeling.”

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Market heralds festive season

The Tamahere Market this Saturday heralds a busy season of markets and events as the count down to Christmas begins.

Among the usual wide and varied offering from stallholders this month will be orchid plants, magnesium products, vegetarian Indian food, quail eggs and hummus.

As always the market is a great place to get New Zealand-made gifts and there will be several more opportunities to do so as well as get in the Christmas spirit in coming weeks.

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Tamahere Market perfectly timed

The last Tamahere Market of the year and perfectly timed for Christmas is on this Saturday.

It will be a chance to get unique, New Zealand-made presents while also getting the low-down from the makers on their creative process.

Author and graphic artists Paul Martin (pictured) is one such creator with his children’s book, Kory, Flight of the Kiwi.

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Market a pre-Xmas must

Nothing says Christmas is looming like the fact that there are just three Tamahere Market days before the big day.

The first of the three is this coming Saturday, November 21, where the taste temptations will include the area’s bountiful crop of strawberries. Yummm.

Among the popular art pieces will be the Bron Alexander calendars – an item that sells like hot cakes.

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Festival treats “best value”

When Sarah Bouquett sailed to New Zealand from England in the late 1800s, she brought her Christmas cake recipe with her.

Sarah was 23, a young bride, and she and her wheelwright husband came from Cornwall to settle in the South Island.

Sarah’s recipe had been treasured by subsequent generations of her family, and she would probably be delighted that it’s still being made and admired in the 21st century. At present it’s in the capable hands of her great-granddaughter, Glenda Matthews, who bakes if for the annual fundraising Christmas Festival at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Tamahere. (Recipe included.)

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Festival takes the Christmas cake

Christmas in Tamahere is unfolding in special spirit and style centred on the month-long St Stephen’s Christmas Festival.

The 28-year-old fundraising festival with its beautiful displays of nativity scenes, Christmas decorations and festive refreshments is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm through to Christmas Eve.

Saturday’s Twilight Market may have been wildly popular and packed with happy shoppers but year in year out it’s the Christmas Festival with its genteel charm that takes the Christmas cake. See the slideshow for hints of Festival fare.

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Christmas spirit at twilight market

The year’s bonus market – this Saturday’s Tamahere Twilight Market – is one for everything that is Christmas.

The stalls will be groaning with gift possibilities, bakers’ delights, and decorations extraordinaire.

The market also coincides with the first day of the Christmas Festival hosted from Saturday, December 6 until Christmas Eve by the very good folk of St Stephen’s Church who decorate their church and hall to inspire.

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Tamahere Christmas a drawcard

Christmas at St Stephens Anglican Church, Tamahere, is a time to reflect.

“The church gets decorated around the true message of Christmas,” St Stephen’s Christmas Festival spokeswoman Denise White says.

“Christmas is not as obvious in the community. It’s easy to get caught up in all the busy-ness that goes on around this time of year. It’s easy for people to forget. There’s a lot of people who come here almost on a pilgrimage each year. There’s always a nativity scene and a Christmas tree.”

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