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THE TRIBUNE, JANUARY 25, 2012
Unique crafts made before your very eyes!
Free Entry - Free Entertainment All Day
Live Music • Gypsy Dancers • Fire Show
Food and refreshments available
Watch the Glassblowers & Portrait Artist.
Plus there are Woodturners, Silversmiths, Leadlighting, Tattooing,
Crystals...and lots more stalls... too numerous to mention.
See some of the 40 house trucks on display
Sat 4th & Sun 5th February
The Original GYPSY FAIR - NZ's largest travelling show
Family fun at Esplanade
Big dig: The annual Contractors' Competition featuring diggers and other
earthmoving machines is always a popular part of Esplanade Day.
For well over 100 years,
Palmerstonians have enjoyed
the city's unique Victoria
Generations of families have
picnicked there, visited the Peter Black
conservatory and the aviary, snapped
photos of the cherry blossoms or
celebrated weddings in the rose
On February 26, there will be even
more to see and do on the annual
Esplanade Day. It starts at 10am and
runs until 4pm, with hours of fun for
every member of the family.
This city council-funded celebration
of local community will feature booths
manned by the region's organisations
and groups, while the iconic Esplanade
miniature train will be winding its way
through the trees all day.
The Contractors' Competition will
be back this year, too.
In a specially roped-off area,
members of the Manawatu branch of
the New Zealand Contractors'
Federation will operate big diggers
and other machines, demonstrating
their precision skills with lifting,
slinging, excavating and other moves.
This attraction kicks off at about
9.30am and runs until approximately
3.30pm, when all the scores will be
added and the branch winner
announced at 4pm.
On the Victoria House cafe stage,
the Sue Pugmire Jazz Combo will play,
along with acoustic folk duo Siamese
Charades, four-piece string band The
Winsome Lost; Flip Duo, a Palmerston
North pop-rock covers duo; the RNZAF
Base Ohakea band, and others.
Comedy shows and dance/cultural
performances in the children's area
performance zone will include hip-
hop, jazz, contemporary, Highland
dance and gymnastics.
There'll be a petting zoo and pony
rides, and Hockey Manawatu will be
running hockey games and activities
on the turf throughout the day.
Family cycle training, part of Bicycle
Month, will be sponsored by Sport
Manawatu, and the MG Manawatu
group will be showing off some of
their classic cars.
Craft stalls will have colourful wares
for sale, and roaming jugglers and
musicians will entertain.
Phoebe Lang, Esplanade Day co-
ordinator for organiser Lancewood
Event Management, says "make sure
you and your family get down to
Esplanade Day and make the most of
this exciting event."
Legend of Buddy
Holly brought to life
He was an unlikely rock 'n' roll star:
tall, gangly and nerdish, with big
spectacles. But the moment he
started playing his driving music
and catchy, deceptively simple
songs, such as Peggy Sue, Oh Boy or
Rave On, the fans went wild.
Buddy Holly had a career of only
three years, but in those years he
became the world's top recording
artist and married (at 21) Maria
Elena, the girl he proposed to just
five hours into their first date.
A 1959 plane crash put an end to
his career and that of fellow
musicians Richie Valens and The Big
Bopper (JP Richardson).
But the music and legend never
Now, for the first time onstage in
Palmerston North, audiences can
travel back to the time when rock
'n' roll was new, and share the
amazing life story of Buddy Holly in
the smash-hit musical Buddy: The
Buddy Holly Story, opening at the
Regent on Broadway on April 13.
It's being presented by
Manawatu Theatre Society and
Regent on Broadway Promotions.
A production team headed by
director Pat Snoxell, musical
director Stephen Fisher and
choreographer Michelle Robinson,
and a large, talented cast, is set to
ensure one of the most
memorable musical experiences of
The show's characters, besides
Buddy Holly, include Richie Valens
(La Bamba); the Big Bopper
(Chantilly Lace); Peggy Sue Gerron
(who lent her name to the song
Peggy Sue); Maria Elena; and
Holly's band The Crickets. The
score includes 20 of the best rock
and pop songs ever written.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
was created by Londoner Laurie
Mansfield and launched by West
End producer Paul Elliott with
support from Paul McCartney, who
owns the copyrights to Holly's
music. Its first performance in 1989
led to a tumultuous 12-year run,
one of the longest in English
musical theatre history.
The Regent on Broadway
production will have a seven-
performance season, ending on
April 21 and including two
matinees, on Saturday, April 14, at
2pm, and Sunday, April 15, at 4pm.
Book at TicketDirect,
0800 4TICKET, or at the theatre box
office on Broadway Ave.
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