Then on the 15th, we welcomed 8 more couples to Hastings (7 senior couples, President and Sister Kezerian, and us...for a total of 18) to enjoy Art Deco Days in Hastings, which Elder Farnes and I, along with President & Sister Kezerian, had attended last year. It was so enjoyable (see blog from last year) that we decided to make it a grand get-together for all of us on the North Island this year.
We started Friday out with a "light" brunch in the Hastings building, hosted by the Hastings 1st Ward sisters. We stressed that it be a light meal, since we would be going out again in the evening to dinner, but as always, they went all out for the occasion with a massive array of wonderful foods and desserts, decorations in the Art Deco style, and even music in the background. Here are a few pictures from our brunch:
|Here we are, the Grand Hosts for the day!|
|President Kezerian welcoming everyone|
|Sister Kezerian welcoming us, too|
|Setting out the array of foods|
|...and the yummy desserts, with lots more on serving trays!|
|Gail Jackson, experienced and tireless caterer|
Front (L-R): Lyrae Smith, Gail Jackson, Mihi Edwards, Janene Tihema
Back (L-R: Rowena Tuimaseve, Gail's daughter Tara, Harriet Reid, and Rose Edwards
|(L-R, with spouses in back: Kezerians (Orem, UT), Overtons (St. George, UT), Shepherds (So. Jordan, UT), McVeys (Denver, CO), Farnes (AF), Hirschis (Brigham City), Hadlocks (Orem, UT), Freemans (St. George, UT), and Richards (Hamilton, New Zealand)|
This is a carving of a Maori who died several years ago; he was well-known, and Bro. Walker is carving this statue which will eventually be at a marae in a "framework" that Bro. Walker has designed below.
Not only is Brother Walker a master carver, he also is an amazing artist, who draws very intricate things to be carved. He always does a pattern like this before he begins carving.
This 9-foot giant will go in the foyer of an office building here in Hastings.
And next to him will be his 8-foot wife.
|Panoramic view from one angle|
|Elded & Sister Hadlock and Elder & Sister Richards|
Two out of the 9 couples took the RIGHT turn and beat the rest of us who got lost for a short time.
|You can see the ocean in the background...easily in person, a little harder from a picture.|
This is one of the many vineyards in the Hastings area, complete with a restaurant and wine making facility. Obviously, they have a good irrigation system because their livelihood depends on it!
This is the look-out area, complete with a map, so you can see what towns and other landmarks are around.
Although all the events of the day were lots of fun, the climax of the whole day was going to Napier that evening for our Art Deco Days experience. Though there are lots of lots of people there, the ambiance is so amazing, everyone is friendly, and most people are dressed for the occasion. There are parades of vintage automobiles, a spectacular air show with vintage airplanes, and a band playing 1930's music for everyone's enjoyment and dancing pleasure.
|Downtown Napier, Marine Parade Road, town on one side, Pacific Ocean on the other side|
|People milling along the beach...couldn't have had more perfect weather!|
Even the children are dressed in Art Deco style.
After the air show, the band started playing music, and the evening dancing began.
People on the balcony of the Masonic lodge
A busy, fun-filled day! We seniors all slept good that night! In the morning, before heading back to our areas, everyone was invited to our flat for a light breakfast: granola, yogurt, juices, fruit, date muffins, toast, jelly, etc. We always want at least one more chance to visit; we so enjoy each other's company. They are definitely friends we hope to see again when our missions are over.