Matakana School has scored a major drawcard for its first ever Christmas Fair on Friday, November 23, booking a two-hour set from popular acoustic covers band White Chapel Jak.
The Auckland-based combo have long been local favourites – their shows at Leigh Sawmill Café sell out weeks in advance – and they recently won Radio New Zealand’s national Battle of the Cover Bands competition.
Christmas Fair organisers say White Chapel Jak, combined with local performers and groups, will set the perfect tone for the school’s new event, which will be a scaled-down, more community-oriented version of the old Labour Weekend galas. The new focus will be on music, food and family fun at a Friday evening social gathering for parents and locals.
The Christmas Fair will run from 4pm to 8pm on the school field, with a variety of stalls selling home-made Christmas crafts, decorations and gifts, as well as good quality bric-a-brac, plants, baking, jams and preserves, plus an old favourite from previous galas, a huge book stall.
Santa will be in his grotto in the Enchanted Forest and available for photos, and there will be a display of Christmas trees and traditional games to play. There will also be a wide range of food and refreshments available, including fish tacos, burgers and sausage sizzles.
Organisers say the new fundraiser is about working smarter, not harder to make a fun social event for the school and community, and it will eliminate huge costs from dumping leftover rubbish and having to implement traffic management schemes for the old galas.