What’s On: Original Gypsy Fair

Donna Williamson. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

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The original gypsies are back in town with many trinkets and treasures for all Tauranga locals.

For over quarter of a century The Original Gypsy Fair has been travelling New Zealand are in Tauranga for their seventh fair of the 2017-2018 season this weekend.

As always they will be bringing an expansive range of handcrafted products that are sold exclusively at The Original Gypsy Fair, and their homes, which are the largest fleet of privately owned heritage vehicles continuously touring New Zealand.

There will also be a world renowned glass blower Geoff Brunker who skillfully manipulates molten glass into an array of beautiful works of art, a master craftsman Phil White who has created beautiful fretwork as well as a selection of toys and other wooden creations.

As well as a stunning range of handmade fork art, bead craft, jewellery and machine embroidery by David and Rowena.

Tattooing and body piercing are available by Jude Sergeant and Sandy who can skillfully braid your hair and also have a fine selection of hair accessories, hair extensions, seashells and starfish.

Inhale the divine scents as you walk into Donnas ‘Wildflower Aromas' where you will feast your eyes on her beautiful range of handmade soaps, balms, oils and soy candles, while you are there take the time to marvel at Tony's handcrafted walking sticks where a lot of love and time has gone into what is not only a work of art but also a necessity for many.

You won't want to miss the colourful tie dyed creations at Sean & Lou's stall, all hand tied and dyed by Sean. You're bound to fall in love with something at Kristin's clothes and then flash it up by popping over to Dianne's spectacular range of hats, bags and other accessories.

Jester who comes to the fair with his owners Phil and Ali White in their house bus.

The magpie will come out in you when you spy Bev's crystals and gemstones. Tarot by World famous Franseska and new this season, Osho Zen Tarot by Phil.

Feeling hungry? A master chef Micky has a tempting selection of fairground food including the much sought after Sheryl burgers. Robyn has a selection of cakes and slices as well as great coffee, smoothies and other beverages at her Bouncy Bean Café. Treat the kids or even yourself at Pam and Shanes Candyfloss, freshly spun before your eyes there's nothing better than candyfloss at the fair, and their fudge is dangerously addictive.

Entertain the kids and let them run themselves tired on Ross's unique obstacle bounce, Bobbies Bubbles, Hula Hoops and other juggling supplies will keep the kids fascinated for hours.

Get their faces painted, also body art by international artist Jane and partner Aiden. Let them experience “Ye Olde Play station” toys from yester year. Are you a good shot?

Find out at the Sgts mess Shooting Gallery, and test your balancing skills at Dave and Oscars Segway's and Hover boards.

Soak up the atmosphere of live stage entertainment by Karlos, performing daily on his handcrafted stage. Musos are most welcome to come along for a jam too.

The Original Gypsy Fair will be on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 at Memorial Park on Devonport Road from 9am-5pm.

If that's not for you, here's SunLive's list of other events:

Bay Networking Singles Club
Social activities 55 +. Dining, BBQ's, outings etc. Facebook us on Bay networking Singles Social Group or phone Mary-Anne 0272071690 0r Jonathan 07 5722091


Beth El Messianic Family
Come celebrate family life with Jews & Gentiles who meet & worship as Yeshua (Jesus) & all the early believers did. 10am Otumoetai Primary. BethEl.org.nz


Christmas Social Dance
Held on Sat, 9 Dec, Greerton Hall, 7.30pm. BYO drink & nibbles. Great music by Helen Riley. Everyone welcome. Ph 544 2337 or 027 322 1786


Death Cafe
Coffee, cake & open spontaneous conversation on dying, death & living. Grindz Cafe 1-3pm email: taurangadeathcafe@gmail.com Carole Ph 022 068 9183 www.deathcafe.com


Dragon Boating - Womens
Give it a Go Paddling Sessions held weekly Mon/Thurs 5:30pm & Sat 7:30am, Sulphur Point. RSVP by Txt Brooke 022 078 2308 for info pack.


Free Blues Rock Concert
Sat 11 Nov at 2pm. Starring the amazing "Skeleton Crew" plus Corben Simpson. St James Church 70 Pooles Rd, Greerton. Refreshments provided. Ph Peter 022 323 9102


Gate Pa Junior Tennis
Saturdays: 9am 5-8 years, 10am 9-11 years. Thursdays: 4:30pm Intermediate & College ages. Coaching included. Enquiries Graeme 0274 520 600 or web/facebook.


Katikati Bowling Club
8 Park Road. 12:45-3pm. Ph Phil Green 549 5344


Mt. Maunganui Menz Shed
Wednesdays & Thursdays 9am at 6/45 Aviation Ave. New members welcome. Go to www.menzshed.org.nz or Ph Keith Dickson 021 0259 6454


Ocktoberfest Gala/Fun Run
Saturday 28th: 9-1. Fun Run rego 8:30, start time 9am. Activities for children and adults, free entertainment, wonderful food, including hangi. Te Puke Baptist Church


Otumoetai Tennis Club
Adult Tennis on Saturdays at Bellevue Park, 75 Windsor Road, Bellevue. Start time 1:30pm. Enquiries Fred 544 5088


Petanque Tga/BOP Club
Club Mt Maunganui. Tuesdays & Saturdays 1pm start. All welcome. Try a new sport! Equipment available, all coaching given. Ph Jo Ann 578 3606


Qigong With Michael
Classes: Mon 1-2pm (weekly) Whisp Alternative Health Club Shop 24 Piccadilly Arcade, 43 Devonport Rd Sat: 9:30am-10:30am (weekly) Health Quarters 67 Willow St. Bookings 021 735 798 www.michaelgoodhue.com


Tauranga Friendship Social Club
Walks, dinners & outings for the over 50s. Couples & singles all welcome. Barbara 544 7461


Term 4 Art Classes
Adult Art Classes for Term 4 booking now. Clay, paint, stone sculpture, drawing & more. Check out theincubator.co.nz for more information.


The Sociables
30s/40s/50s age group of males & females that meet once a week to dine out or participate in activities & events. Ph: 022 012 0376


The Way Messianic Meetings
A community that teaches & practices 'One New Man' principles as outlined in scripture. All ages welcome.10am, Hillier Ctr, Mt Maunganui. Ph 021 0226 3515


Variety Concert
St Pauls Co-operating Church, 242 Dickson Rd Papamoa. 3pm start.Concert only $10 per person, concert & meal $25pp/$50 family.Enquiries & tickets please phone Louise 282 8415


Village Radio Museum
Community Radio broadcasting nostalgic music & Community Notices seven days on 1368 KHz AM Band. Radio Museum open from 10am. Request line 571 3710.


Well-being for Women Tauranga
You're invited to join the conversation on women today, our well-being and our health. 12:30-3pm at Waipuna Hospice. Ph Ingrid 021 952 690



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