A special community event planned for Sunday will give
residents and visitors one last opportunity to celebrate the
150th anniversary of the discovery of gold.
Queenstown Lakes District Council arts and events facilitator
Jan Maxwell said the Gold 150 Community Picnic, to be held in
the Queenstown Gardens from 2pm to 4pm, would offer a
"relaxing finale" to the events of the anniversary year.
"We're hoping the sun will shine and everybody will pack a
hamper and come and join us in the gardens for a good
old-fashioned community get-together," Mrs Maxwell said.
Music for the first half of the picnic will be provided by
the Queenstown Jazz Orchestra followed by the Masterblasters,
after a short break for "official business".
Early birds at the picnic would receive one of 150 free
cupcakes from Cup and Cake, and everyone present would be
able to try their luck at panning for gold, Mrs Maxwell said.
"It's going to be a relaxed, informal afternoon in the
Queenstown Gardens, a place whose existence is a tribute to
the foresight of some of those first settlers who were drawn
here because of gold," Mrs Maxwell said.
"It's a great opportunity to think about the origins of our
community while at the same time enjoying the company of
those who live here today."
Admission is free.