Feeling like a break from earthquake damaged streets and buildings? Why not take a short trip out of town this weekend to the Celebrating Selwyn events or closer to home, the McLeans Island Vintage Country Fair?
The McLeans Island Vintage Country Fair is a great opportunity to see steam trains, traction engines and other great vintage machinery in all its rattling, roaring, steaming beauty. Other treats include Clydesdale horses in action and craft stalls. There is special entertainment for the kids.
Celebrating Selwyn is an opportunity to visit studios, heritage houses, gardens, restaurants and walkways in the district. There are concerts, exhibitions, a barn dance and other fun events. One of the historic houses which will be open is Gunyah. I can highly recommend a visit. Badly damaged in the September 2010 quake it is now repaired and home to many fine examples of early New Zealand furniture. The collection belongs to William Cottrell, who has written a definitive book on the subject Furniture of the New Zealand colonial era.