WOW!!! Franklin is once again showcasing a great deal of things to do and places to be over the next few weeks – just to start the summer season!!
Our area is quite a vast rural one, on the outer edges of what is now the Auckland Supercity, (not too far from the airport) but also taking in the Northern edge of the Waikato region, so we do have lots around – the west and east coast beaches are great for surfing and swimming (when the weather is fine), but also fantastic to walk along and take in the sounds, smells and sights at this time of year.
Right now we can also enjoy (well many of us can!!) a long weekend with fun times at the local Glenbrook Vintage Railway. This weekend is their opening weekend for the season and there will be fun aplenty for all ages,, including a country market day on Monday!
Our local Pukekohe Performing Arts group will help bring back memories of a bygone era with their production of “Grease,” showing until Sunday.
If that isn’t enough to get you interested, then just wait and keep an eye out for more happenings in the region – including the V8 Supercars – only a matter of weeks away now!!! and with Christmas looming ever closer, there’s always the Christmas display to help get into the swing of things to come .
Here in Franklin, as in many parts of the world, the time for Christmas celebrations is upon us!
Tuakau (officially in North Waikato now – since the boundary changes of a couple of years ago, but still considered to be OUR Franklin area!!) is one of the first to get the Christmas season under way with it’s Christmas parade today (Saturday 30th November). In typically Tuakau fashion, the day was a chance for locals and visitors to get together and enjoy some time in the rural region. The day begins with stalls for all before getting down to business.
Tuakau has long been known for it’s “do-it-yourself’, enthuusiastic and loyally done parade, involving the schools and local businesses and clubs. Many folk just don’t want to miss out on the good ol’ down to earth day and it has been known for some to take the day off work, especially to see the parade. That was when the parade was on a Friday and had both an afternoon and an evening parade, in years gone by.The Pukekohe Pipe Band is always a winner to lead the parade down the main drag – George Street – and back again before Santa makes his appearance atop the local fire engine. Kids (big and small) just love this!
So….just to give you all a taste of what Tuakau does and a taste of the festive season on the doorstep, here are a few pics….
Pukekohe also had their Christmas Parade on Sunday 1st December, with a great deal of excitement around the Ranfurly shield trophy, now held by the Counties Manukau Steelers team, as well as the expectation and excitement of seeing the big man in red again!!
So now to get ready for the next crop of local, regional Christmas parades heralding in the BIG DAY in a couple of weeks! A time for giving, a time for hope….as the song goes……