Blossoming at 65
- By Julia Wade
Mangawhai’s grand old lady, the Library Hall came alive with colour and fragrance recently as the Mangawhai Women’s Institute (MWI) 65th Floral and Craft Show flourished once again, despite a reportedly slow start to the spring.
Held on November 10 the annual event, which included categories of cut flowers, cooking, craft, art, photography, vegetables and children’s sections, attracted over 120 people through the doors.
In her welcoming speech MWI president Marie Fitt said ‘Wow, once again, we nailed it!’
“What a burst of colour, scintillating scents of the flowers and competitive bantering and chatter,” she says. “Friends, families and competitors… our generous sponsors Kaye and Stewart McElwain from Ray White Real Estate, and of course the energy and organisation of MWI members, especially the craft and floral committee, have all helped to create yet another amazing flower show.”
With large numbers of visitors, MWI president Marie Fitt says the institute is proud to be part of Mangawhai and enjoys bringing the show to the community.
Sponsor Ray White agent Kaye McElwain presents Rosemary Browne, who came first in three different categories, with a special prize for being the overall winner of the show.
Children also had a chance to show off their imagination and creativity. Robinson siblings, 11-year-old Abi and 8-year-old twins, Katie and John, all won first prize in the mixed media section including photography and craft.
Early childhood centre, Before Six displayed work around their recent study of snails which involved a few sparkly and inventive creatures of their own.
The range of individual tastes and talents of each creator often made judging tough, with one commenting ‘thanks for making the selection so difficult’.
Luscious greens, colourful vegetables and a touch of herbs make for a healthy and edible art piece.