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Long weekend was in our stars

This long weekend provides ample opportunity to relax or to get in amongst all that the region has on offer.

On the principle that the early bird gets the worm, head on down to Masterton’s Aratoi today to get the first gander at Jenny Keate’s ‘Looking Sideways’ exhibition.

Keate’s exhibit is inspired by her recent residency at Barry Brickell’s regenerating forest at Driving Creek in the Coromandel and involves her exploration of the relationship between humans and trees – drawing local inspiration from the Mauri oho native restoration work along the Ruamāhanga.

The artist will also talk at 11am.

    Opens today at 10am, with artist talk at 11am, Aratoi, 12 Bruce St, Masterton.

Matariki Glow

Martinborough Matariki Glow will take you on a journey this weekend through the meaning of each of the nine stars in the constellation.

Each star will have an artwork panel inspired by it installed into Considine Park, while a handy Glow Walk app will help you understand the meaning of the nine stars.

A special thanks go to Izzy Joy Art, Martinborough School, Kahutara School, and Ventana Kids art class for creating the beautiful pieces of artwork.

    Today and tomorrow, 5.30–7.30pm, Considine Park, Martinborough.

Star gazing

While we’re on the topic of stars, there’s also the regular Star Safari, which is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, most public/school holidays, and by appointment.

Experience what it’s like to see the night sky through the safari’s state-of-the-art telescopes.

    Book your tickets from star-safari.nz.

    Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 169 Ponatahi Rd, Carterton.

For the vinyl addicts

Dust off the old records and get on down to some legendary tunes at the Featherston Vinyl Club [FVC].

Finish the two-week-long celebration of Matariki festivals with live music from Tyson Smith, Colette Rivers, and Lace Reihana, with support from the FVC DJs.

    All ages are welcome, and entry is free.

    Tomorrow, 3–8pm, Waimarie Eatery and Bar, Featherston.

Night Markets

You know the drill by now: the Festival of Christmas will have food trucks galore spread throughout the town every Friday and Saturday evening during July.

    Keep warm by the outdoor heaters and keep the belly full with all the delicacies for sale.

    Today, 4.00pm–8.00pm, Main St, Greytown.

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