Art Deco Weekend: Friday events

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BEACH BANQUET: Enjoy a scrumptious buffet dinner by the beach with a toe-tapping cabaret show, and get a great view of the flying displays at 7.45pm. Cash bar available. Location is the marquee on the lower lawn foreshore beside the War Memorial Centre.Opens at 7.15pm - dinner at 8pm. Tickets $70.

BIG SOUNDS TONIGHT: Catch all the hits from the 1930s with the Hawke's Bay Jazz Club Big Band plus The Dave Atkin Band, in an 8.15pm to 11.30pm free concert at the Sound Shell.

CENTRAL BAND OF RNZAF: As part of the RNZAF 75th celebrations this magnificent 65 piece band will perform a one-hour lunchtime concert in Napier's Art Deco Municipal Theatre. Tickets $12, available at Ticketek.

CHUFF AND BURBLE :View the display of stationary engines on the Napier foreshore by the Sound Shell. These vintage engines always draw an admiring crowd as they chuff and burble away.From noon to 10pm.

DEPRESSION DINNER: They were grim days - but you'll eat well at this popular dinner event.

Start at the Marine Parade Soup Kitchen (Tom Parker Fountain) then pack up all your cares and woes and trudge to Memorial Square. At Tin Town you'll get your main course and pud - plain 30's food, but it's good for you. Dressing down is de rigueur for this event. 6pm. Tickets $50.

FORGET-ME-NOT DECO DELIGHTS Enjoy the atmosphere inside a genuine Art Deco building as the Masonic Hotel offers 'Art Deco Showtime' - a dazzling collection of period songs from the 20s and 30s performed by international artist 'Forget Me Not' aka Sharon Elizabeth in stunning costume. A delicious inclusive high tea included. 10.15am. Tickets $42

GOLDEN DECO HARVEST: The Hawke's Bay Vintage Machinery Club will be holding an action display featuring the machinery of club members. This will include harvesting a crop of barley, baling the straw, workup of the ground, and sowdown to permanent grass. Free event - 10am at the McCormack Trust property, Meeanee end of Willowbank Rd, Napier. Contact Ken Wyley 0274 514344.

INNER HARBOUR COACH TOUR: A tour which takes in the fringes of the Inner Harbour, also known as the Ahuriri Lagoon, to a dramatic hilltop lookout at the northern end, into the normally inaccessible centre where sailboats once cruised, to Park Island Cemetery and the earthquake community grave where most survivors were buried. The tour finishes with afternoon tea in a private garden at Poraiti with a dramatic view over the harbour to Napier. 2pm departure from Napier Municipal Theatre, Tennyson St. Tickets $48.


A wonderful opportunity to explore the stalls in mid-city Hastings and uncover your next outfit for the weekend events. There will be a huge selection of pre-loved clothing plus many other Art Deco treasures. 11am to 2pm. The Mall, Heretaunga St between Market St. and the fountain. .

OPENING SOIREE: Everybody who's anybody will be showing off his or her finery at the traditional Friday night gathering, which officially opens the 24th Geon Art Deco Weekend. A complimentary glass of wine and a light meal will be served. Further wine available for purchase. 5.30pm. War Memorial Centre, Marine Parade, Napier. Tickets $28.

PLUS FORE GOLF TOURNAMENT: This 18-hole Ambrose competition is being held at the picturesque Napier Golf Club's Waiohiki Course, Taradale. Registration at 9.15am for a shotgun start at 10am - prize-giving at 3pm. Field limit 120. Entry $45 per person includes light lunch, drinks, prizes and great music at the 19th hole.

PROMENADE WALK: Stroll beneath the Norfolk pines lining Napier's Marine Parade and hear about the 'Brighton of the South Seas'. The elegant buildings of the old Napier, and the creation of Napier's Art Deco front garden built on the rubble of the great catastrophe of 1931. Conclude with morning tea at the Art Deco Masonic Hotel. Departs Napier i-Site Visitor Centre at 10am. Tickets $30, include morning tea. Bookings essential.

RADIO AND RHYTHM: Dance to the sweet sounds of the 1930s style dance band, the Bretts New Internationals, while you dine in Art Deco elegance and enjoy a programme from an old-style live Radio Show. No BYO, cash bar available. 7.30pm at The Ballroom, Napier Cosmopolitan Club. Tickets $85.

SKYBEAM: See the night sky come to life with Wayne and Jason and their Skybeam HB Team's WW2 searchlight. Join them at the Sound Shell from 9pm.

STARLIGHT SUPPER 2012: Step out onto the Deco roof-top of the luxury "T&G;" Dome penthouse apartment to enjoy a festive evening with bubbles and canapés. underneath the stars. . 9pm to midnight. Tickets $150 include bubbles, canapés and extra sparkle. Bookings at + 64 6 8350707 or

TEA WITH THE STARS: Morning or afternoon tea and a scone at the Holt Planetarium and a visit with the "stars." Enjoy a fantastic display of astrophotography on the big screen followed by a tour of the wondrous night sky in the Planetarium's dome room. See the sky as it appeared on the night of the 1931 earthquake. Daily at 10am and 2pm. Holt Planetarium, Chambers Street, Napier. Bookings: 834 4345. Tickets $10.

THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN: Watch the skies over the city and foreshore as our visiting aircraft swoop and turn in the blue sky. Flying displays with the RNZAF Red Checkers, the Warbirds and others. 7.45pm - best view from the Sound Shell.

TRACTION ATTRACTION:Enjoy a leisurely Art Deco voyage of discovery on board the wonderful old steam traction engine. Included in the round trip from the city is a stop at the fabulous Faraday Centre where you can view old worldly treasures from days gone by and enjoy a light snack and cuppa. Allow two hours. Limited seats. 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm. Departs opposite Napier i-Site Visitor Centre. Tickets $20.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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