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Forward Fifty: September 28, 2017

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4 | TheaTre/evenT Springtime is country fair time AWAITING COPY Ad Number: FG10448 Artwork: FG10448 Size: 18x4 Description: FORTUNE THEATRE Account: Forward 50 Colour: F Filename: FG10448 New comedy to premiere in Dunedin Join the Fortune Theatre for the World Premiere of One Perfect Moment, Ellie Smith’s hilarious new work about a mother running from her 60th birthday by hauling her daughter on the trip of a lifetime. The planned idyllic holiday is soon flipped on its head – as it turns out 24/7 contact may be a little too much for this pair! Perry Piercy as Pammie and Bronwyn Ensor (2016 graduate of The Actors Program), as Angel, play two complex and relatable women, bringing to life a whole range of broad comedic characters. Piercy will be making her Fortune Theatre debut this October, bringing with her more than 30 years’ experience as not only an actor but also a lauded vocal THE WORLD PREMIERE OF coach and acting teacher. Ensor comes to Dunedin direct from working with Auckland Theatre Company on their critically acclaimed production, Boys. She has also recently worked with Fortune favourite and maverick director, Benjamin Henson as part of Auckland Summer Shakespeare. This comedy will touch the hearts and funny bones of every adult that has ever had the dubious pleasure of spending 24/7 for an extended period with a teenager. Young people will hear their own voice screaming that they would rather be locked in a house in Gore for a month than be seen in public with their parents. In the vein of Four Flat Whites In Italy, this brilliant comedy adventure will have you laughing and cheering in equal measure. The spring fair and fete season will be in full swing during October, with a range of events around the Christchurch and Canterbury area offering a wealth of local produce, crafts and entertainment. So, make a note of the following dates and events and get ready for a country-style day out, and the chance to do some early Christmas shopping. tUESdAy, octoBER 17 Soroptimist International 24th Annual Craft and Market Day – Rangiora A&P Showgrounds Crafts, jewellery, gifts, clothing, plants and garden art, beauty products and m ore will be sold at over 90 stalls to raise funds for the Soroptimists International of North Canterbury, who this year are supporting Wellbeing North Canterbury. Buskers will provide some lively entertainment. Admission $5. SUndAy, octoBER 22 Halswell Community Market – St John of God Hospital, 26 Nash Road Clothing, crafts, toys, books, fresh produce, shabby chic, and much more. There will be fresh coffee and food trucks, and live music to entertain you in the hospital’s award-winning gardens. Free admission. MondAy, octoBER 23 Hororata Parish Spring Fair – Hororata Domain A popular family day out for Labour AWAITING COPY Ad Number: AP25691-V2 Artwork: AP23689-V1 Size: 9x4 Description: DC INSTALLATION SERVICES LTD Account: Colour: F Filename: AP23689-V1 Day, the fair offers homemade jams, handcrafts and specialty foods. Secondhand books, plants and the famous white elephant and country auction, rides and activities for the children and a barbeque are all on offer, too. Free admission. tHURSdAy, octoBER 26 The Christmas Country Fete – Glenmark Domain, Waipara Described as New Zealand’s biggest and most popular fete, it attracts thousands from across the country, with over 200 stalls offering gifts, food and wine. Live music, demonstrations and fashion with guest presenter Paula Ryan and her daughter Bridget are all part of the day. For details of admission prices go to their website, thefete.co.nz. SAtURdAy, octoBER 28 Emmanuel Christian School Spring Fair - 322a Sawyers Arms Road Enjoy a family day out with home baking, sweets, crafts, market stalls and white elephant, and a bouncy castle for the children. Free admission. SUndAy, octoBER 29 Centrewood Fete & Garden Party 2017 – Centrewood Estate, 309 Mill Road, Waimate District Boutique stalls, local cuisine, and live entertainment provide an enjoyable day out and the opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts. Admission $10. FREE installation* SALE We’ll keep you warm this winter. Fully rated heating right down to -15°C...guaranteed. $3,299 HIGH WALL HEAT PUMP FH50 6.0kW *Conditions apply Back-to-back basic installation www.dcis.co.nz AWAITING COPY Ad Number: AP25213-V12 Artwork: AP25213-V9 Size: 9x4 Description: MILLEN HOMEWARE LTD Account: Colour: F Filename: AP25213-V9 Book your FREE in-home quote TODAY! 0800 324 678 NEW shOWROOm 13b Parkhouse Rd, Christchurch BOOK NOW AT FORTUNETHEATRE.CO.NZ T005 Now $259 Plywood Laundry Tubs 20% Off Range shower Combo 900x900 mains pressure mixer and slide. Now $699 Open 7 Days Mon-Fri 9am - 5.30pm | Sat 9.30am - 4pm | Sun 10am-3pm 0800 MILLEN | www.millen.co.nz | 03 348 8678

ecreaTion | 5 Taking a break on the Camino. Cycling for fun, friendship and health A group of Magpies ready for the start of the A20 ride at Twizel. What began back in 2004 as a couple of cyclists that wanted to ride with people of similar ages and level, without being ‘trashed’ by younger riders, is today a large group of cycling enthusiasts known as the Magpies. “In the beginning it was very much a recreational ride for an informal group,” says group member Min Sarginson, who joined the group in 2006 at the invitation of founding member Eric Hunter, following her first Le Race. “When I started, there were would be about a dozen riders on a nice day, then it grew and grew and now there can be over 50 riders, with close to 100 who would call themselves members of the group.” There is a mix of ages, and both men and women in the group, she says. “There were two regular women, both very good cyclists when I joined the group, but there are lots of women now, in ages ranging from early 40s to 80-plus.” There are rides every day except Thursday and Sunday, all year round, and the cyclists take a variety of routes. “We start at Princess Margaret Hospital, and from there some might go up the hill to the Summit Road, and from there go to either Gebbies Pass or Godley Head, then back, or stay on the flat. “A favourite ride is out to Waterholes Road, then Coe’s Ford or Motukarara/Green Park, then return – always with a stop at The Store in Tai Tapu.” The group has the numbers to break up into three or more different groups, depending what sort of ride people want to do that day, where they want to go – on the flat or include some hills, Min says. “Rides are either hard and fast, shorter and cruisy, or something in between. When feeling fit enough I occasionally join an earlier Saturday group who do 90 to 100 kms from Princess Margaret to Soutbridge or Kirwee and back.” Cycling, while mostly enjoyable, can also be hazardous, as one member found out to his cost. Min recounts the event: “One of the original Magpies, who was by then in his 70s, called into my office in Lyttelton one day asking for a glass of water to help swallow a couple of Disprins he had bought at the chemist. This was before the earthquakes – he was doing ‘long bays’* from his home in North Shore to Princess Margaret, then round to Motukarara, over Gebbies to Governor’s Bay then on to Lyttelton. “He looked a bit off-colour so I offered him a ride home. He said a ride though the tunnel would be good – rather than having to ride up over Evan’s Pass then home via Sumner. It transpired he had crashed coming down Gebbies Pass and was down the bank out of sight when his friend, who was following him, thought he had gone on so continued on his way. “When he arrived home, his wife made him go to the doctor, who put him straight into hospital. He had broken his back and spent days in traction before being allowed to go home in a brace. He was back on his bike within weeks, and is still riding, but fortunately long bays are out of bounds for the moment.” Min says that in addition to the health benefits gained from cycling, the group also provides a social gettogether with the trips they do out of town always great fun. “It was particularly beneficial after the earthquakes to get out and do something that felt ‘normal’. I have made some great friendships through it as well.” Those friendships and connections have led to trips elsewhere in New Zealand and overseas. “In 2014 a group of us went to France and followed the 2000 Tour de France course. In 2015 some of us went to Spain, following the Camino, and last year we went to Sardinia and Corsica. “A dozen or so of us go to Blenheim each year at Show Weekend and ride the Grape Ride circuit one day and a shorter ride around the vineyards on another. I also do a family ride, which has become an annual event, somewhere different each year – A2O last year, which is the Alps to Ocean trail /road ride from Mt Cook to Oamaru. This year we are going to Havelock North and next year New South Wales.” Min says anyone looking for a way of keeping fit and making new friends is welcome to join the Magpies. “It’s open to all-comers. You only need a bike.” * Long bays was a popular ride of about 75kms comprising a circuit from Princess Market Hospital (PMH) out to Tai Tapu, on to Motukarara, over Gebbies Pass Rd, round to Governors Bay, on to Lyttelton then up over Sumner Rd /Evans Pass to Sumner and back to PMH via Heathcote, Centaurus and Cashmere Rds. 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