This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.
As well as Armistice Day on Sunday (see separate post), the big gig of the weekend is LitCrawl. As well as the first-ever KidsCrawl, and Extended LitCrawl events on Saturday and Sunday at City Gallery, Te Auaha, National Library and other venues (full details here), there’s the main event on Saturday evening: the LitCrawl itself. The first of three phases kicks off at 6.00pm, with the next two phases at 7.15pm and 8.30pm, with far too much good stuff going on, and activity all across the city. Suggested koha for each session is $5.00.
In the event of a major disaster, road and rail links out of Wellington City could be rendered impassable for many days, possibly longer. For many people, the only way home will be on foot. The 30-kilometre Long Walk Home, organised by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office with the support of Rotary, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the possibility and to practice the walk that people may have to make to get home after a big shake. For the first time this year, two walks will take place. These are open to people of all ages and abilities and participants can choose to complete one or both days of the Kāpiti Walk, or the full Hutt Valley Walk. The Lions Long Walk Home to Kāpiti, will run in two stages: from Wellington Railway Station to Ngatitoa Domain, Porirua on Saturday, and Ngatitoa Domain to Marine Gardens, Raumati on Sunday. The Hutt Valley Long Walk Home runs from Wellington Railway Station to County Lane, Silverstream. All walks start at 8.00am, and participants should prepare as if it was a real emergency, with comfortable shoes and warm clothes.
With NZ Flowers Week ending this weekend, the Hutt Valley Horticultural Society, the Rose Society and friends are excited that the Rose Show is “coming home” to the Lower Hutt Events Centre, the modern building that replaced the earthquake-prone Horticultural Hall in Laings Road, Lower Hutt. The Horticultural Hall was the home of the society between 1959 and 2014, and was itself a replacement for the original Horticultural Hall, opened in 1936, but destroyed by fire in 1957. Groups that will join the Horticultural Society at the show include the Wellington or Hutt Valley branches of the Rose Society, Begonia Circle, Fuchsia Society, Floral Art Society, Cactus and Succulents Society, Bonsai Club and Orchid Society. Because November is rose time, roses will form the centrepiece of the show and with the 100th anniversary of Armistice day falling on the Sunday of the show there will be a remembrance display. Plant and craft sales will take place at the show and include plants to stock your gardens and flowers to please your eye. The Rose Show is open to the public on Saturday from noon to 4.00pm and on Sunday from 10.00am to 3.30pm. Entry is $3.00, with members and children free. For more information on the HVHS please visit the society’s Facebook page.
There’s a big Record & CD Fair and Retail Clearance Sale from 1.00 to 5.00pm on Saturday at Avalon Park Pavilion, 61 Taita Drive, Lower Hutt (just off SH2, over the Kennedy Good Bridge). Entry is free, with a big range of new & secondhand vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, posters, books, music DVDs, music memorabilia, DVD movies, t-shirts, badges, patches and more, from just $1.00.
Photo of Fergus Collinson art by Craig Steve
And a Massive Affordable Art Sale takes place on Saturday from 3.00 to 6.00pm at 55 Wilson Street, Newtown, the residence of the late Fergus Collinson, jazz painter extraordinaire. The art comes from his estate and features Collinson’s extensive painted art collection (from the 1960s until recently), his acquired contemporary art collection, and framed landscapes by his grandmother, Mary Calder Thomson. This is a unique experience to see Collinson’s whole house full of art – floor to ceiling and stacked against the walls – with prices starting from $10.00. Works are cash and carry, with internet banking available for large purchases. The proceeds of this sale will go towards funding an artist residency in Fergus Collinson’s name.