BANKS PENINSULA HARVEST FESTIVAL.
A SUCCESSFUL FUNCTION, On Thursday the people of Akaroa and tbe Bays made a splendid effort in ' aid of the Belgian funds. The ground 1 committee had the ground well ar ranged for the stalls, and by 10 a.m. 1 everything was in readiness for tbe fete. The Mayor, Mr Q. Armstrong, in opening the fete alluded to tbe glorious work done by the Belgians, and said he hoped that they would be able to send a handsome sum to tbe aid of these brave and unfortunate people. Mr J. D. Bruce, Akaroa County Chairman, also spoke. He said they bad all made great prepara tions tbat day, and he hoped that they would have a successful function. He endorsed the Mayor's remarks re tbe pressing needs of the Belgians. It can truly be said tbat the same spirit of keenness animated all at the fete. Large numbers from the Bays ar rived and became willing buyers; Many of these had contributed hand somely already in the way of produce; There was hardly a refusal to one of the people taking round various ar tides for competition. Men consented with excellent grace to enter for tbe Men's Beauty Show, most paying double fee without a murmer. All entered gaily for shoe, doll, cushion, picture, etc., competitions regardless of whether they needed the article or not, As to the stalls, they were managed excellently, The refresh ment booth was conducted admirably in tbe face of the great rush of people to luncheon and afternoon tea. It seemed absurd to expect that half the ducks, fosvl?, ham, otc, would be eaten, but at 1 SO p.m, little remained of the pile of food. The produce stall was a remarkably good one, being crowded to overflowing with good i things and the holders of the stall were kept bard at work all day selling At tbe end of tbe day tbe remaining produce was auctioned for the sum of £21. In the sweets, dolls, handkerchief, work stalls, etc, the holders had been at pains to make theirs as attractive as possible, and the general appearance of the ground was very fine. Tbe boy scouts need special mention for the way in which they worked all day carting packages and running messages. Messrs J JCerridge and T. Lawrenc also did yeoman service in bringing the goods down to the ground A feature of the d-ay's amusement was tbe mock police court held before Mr C Fredericksen, when Messrs J. Woodill and M. Kearney acted as police constables, and ar.B3ted various offenders on the ground. All the men were taken off one by one and fined, tho proppeds from this fund being £8f odd. The Little River brass band kindly came pver for tha day, giving their services free. Tbe organisers of the fete owe much to them, as the presence of the band enlivened proceedings considei*-
ably, Mr O. Pool kindly brought them over from Duvauchelle free.
A feature of the day was the Baby Show About thirty babies entered for tbe competition, and bad not a party cf babies from Duvauchelle iwn too late, thr*. numbers must havr been about forty. There was keen inteiest in this event, in which Miss Bucklnnd, in paiticular, had worked very hard. Tbe judging waa by pop ular vote, and resulted a<-t follows: Eighteen months, Rex Pergusson 1, Majorie Hayiock 2, Vincent Brocberie 8. Twelve montb-a, Peggy Lewitt 1, Vla'y Henning 2, Yvonne Lelievre 3. Hix months Joan Mas-sfield 1, Thelma Hayward 2, Sylvene Hammond S.
The Men's Beauty Show was another event of great interest;. A number who had bought tickets would not face the parade The result of the voting was to place Mr L. J. Vangioni at the top of the poll, with Mr H. W Wilkins 2nd, one vote be hind. Mr Vangioni was decorated with a laurel wreath by Mrs Armstrong and also reoeived a handsome priz9. Under the energetic management of Lieutenant Worman, Mr Whitley and >ther willing helpers, the Peninsula miniature rifle range contributed £10 to the Belgian Fund. The range will be open to 8 30 p m on Saturday to enable all ticket holders to compete for the prizes given.
Altogother the fete was a gigantic JiiccsßH, and with the concert proceeds, £104, the total benefit to the Belgians for the day rniit>t be in tha neighbour hood of £700
Mr L J. Vangioni was in chatge of the sports section of the fete, which totalled about £50.
In addition to the produce, goods, otc, received by the canvassßrn, a good sum of money w-ss received The amounts received, totalling £83 14s 6d, are as follows : —
Trap given by Mr Curry, of Long oad, side saddle given by Mrs V. V Maaefield. Collections in money : D Fyfe £1 17s Gd, Rev, J W Hayward
£8 Gs Gd, Geo Checkley £3 16*. Mrs
Pilkington £10 7s, Misses Westenra and Masefield Up, Mrs Cantrell and Mi. s L Youngman £l ss, W D Macphail, of Wainui, £15 2s, W W Williams, of Kobinson's Bay, ±'9 6s 6d, D McKay, of Duvauchelle, £6, L J Vangioni £24 B>, total £83 14s 6d. Mr J. Wright, af French Farm, has also a sum of money to band in, but has not been able to send it in so far'
AMOUNT COLLECTED, Mr T Lewitfe has given a picture for the person who guesseg the nearest amount of funds realised. Mr G W Thomas, the hon sec and treasurer of the Akaroa Committee, reports tbat he is having tbe amount audited by Mr C H Flavell, and could not give us
the correct sum, We believe that, adding the £104 made at the concert, tbe total will be in the neighbourhood of £681. When a number of promises of money are realised the total will be increased to over £700, Tbe following were the various stalls with their workers and amounts realised :— Refreshment stall—Mesdames Le Lievre, Bruce, Taylor, and Miss M.
Jacobson, assisted by Mrs Youngman
Misses I. Taylor, L and G. Young man, M. Lelievre, L. Kearney, B Jacobeon, F. and M. Vangioni.
In this stajl there was such a rus that a number of extra willing hand bad to be pressed into service at tb eleventh hour. Total receipts, £38 7s lOd, Produce stall—Mr and Mrs A Rhodes, Mr and Mrs W. W. William Mrs Jos. Armstrong (Stoney Bay] Total proceeds £56 Apron stall—Misses Cropp, G Newton, and E Julius. Total pro ceeds, £16 153 6d. Doll stall Mrs Cantrell and Missei Munro (2); total proceeds, £7 2s 6d, Sweet stall—Mrs W. E. M. Jacob son, and Misses Youngman, Westenrc P. Narbey, W. Lelievre, A. Pilkingtor and E. Rhodes; total proceeds, £1C 14s Bd. Ice Cream and Ginger Beer stallMrs C. Goodwin, Misses A. Goodwin, J. Lelievre and D. Wright; total proceeds, £12 7s Bd. Fortune-telling Ten'—_i33 E, Lelievre; £2 9*3. Handkerchief and D'Oyley stallMisses Magee and I. Rhodes,' tota I proceeds £9 Fish Pond—Misses L. Julius, L. Armstrong, and Maisie Hall; £7 17s; Work stall—Mesdames Pilkington, Armstrong and Thomas - £G5 5s Maori stall—Mesdames Peni. Keefe, Keefe, and Bunker ; £10 149 6d Maori Oven—Mr and Mrs Peni Buttonhole stall —Misses E. Westenra, M. Checkley, and A, Lelievre ; total £12. Aunt Sally—Mr T. Lelievre ; £8 ls6d Doodle urn-Buck—Mr E. Latter ; £10 10a Od. Bowling at wicket— Mr T Masefield £1 10s Nail driving Competition—Mrs Kerridge, Miss Morrison and L. Youngman. Baby Show—Mes'lamea Julius, Can trell, H. Wilkins, and Miss Buckland ; total £4 14s Men's Beauty Show—Mesdames H. Wilkins, Armstrong, Misses M,. Leli eyre, and N. Newton; £10 Doll competition—Miss N. N'6wton and Mr H. Wilkins (guessing number of beans in a bottle). Prize, doll given by Mrs H, W. Wilkins. Correct guess 2203, Mr A Gray. Total £7 15s 6d. Doll competition (for doll given by tbe Sisters of Mercy—Won by Miss Youngman Doll competition for name of doll-, (Betty Mary)— Won by Mrs H. W. Wilkins Cushion (Mrs Goodwin and Mr D, McKay)—Correct guess mad 6 by Mr W H Henning Dressing Gown given by Airs Check ley (Miss M Checkley)—Competition won by Mrs W E M Jacobson ; total, £2 2s Gl. Gold Ring given by Mrs Mora, sen, of Christchurch (Miss Annie Sunckell) —Won by Mr Alan Pettigrew; £2 Is Gd Bug given by Mr Mofctram—Won by Mr I). Styles ; £0 2s Apron given by Mrs W U Meaning—Won by Miss E Masefield, Police Court—Before C Frederickson, Eecj., J.p., with Sergeant Woodilj
■and Con?taVle Kearcey; Total £37 Is Gd
Cushion and Piano drape, (Miss N. Lelievre) —Won by Messrs L. Craw and B Waeborn; Total £1 10. Entries for Sports, (Messrs L. Jo Vangioni, 8. Hayward and G Kearny), Total £12 Id
Competition for pfaoes given by Mr ARMunro—-Won by Miss N, Newton.
Fortune in a Nut Shell—(Miss M. V«neioni), £1 9s. Master Teddy Sbephprtl, years old, singing Tipperary for Id ; £4 10s, Bale of picture (presented by Mr and Mrs P Cunningham) £3 ; bought by Mr E. E. Lelievre. Picture, given by Mr Lewitt for correot guess of proceeds of tbe fete, (Master A. Cantrell) —Amount, £2 6* 6d
Chair, given by Mr Reay, of Christchurch, (sold by auction) £6. Saddle, given by Mr H C. Dierck, (Master D. Narbey) £5 3s; won by 0 Glynan. Picture given by Mr S. 0. Lelievre —Master D. Narbey ;£i lis. Won by Mr F, Davier. Boy Scouts charge for cartage, £1 ss.
Belgian Dog (Master Blake), £4. C Pool (fares from Dnvnucbelle),
Pet lamb (presented by Mr B. G. Mora), auctioned for £17 10s , bought by Mr W. Glynan and given back to Miss Mary Mora. Auction Live Stock, fold by Mr T W Wilkins, £127 8a 6d Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Minia ture Rifle Assooiatioe, £10 CONCERT, lo the evening a conoart was given in tbe Oddfellows' Hall, Akaroa, by tbe company wbo are giving a service* of ooncerts under the organization of of Mr 0. T. J. Alpers, of Christchurch The party motored over from Chris'church in the afternoon, a number of patriotic gentlemen lending their carp for the occasion. There was a very large attendance at the concert, tbe ball being packed. The Mayor made a brief speech when introducing Mr Alpers to the audience, and said he was proud of Akaroa and the Bays for the good work they had done tbat day. Mr Alpers made a stirring speech with regard to the Belgians, and said that all the young men who could should go and fight for their country. In the course of tbe evening he brought up on to the stage three re cruits Maurioe Lelievre, Lincoln Armstrong and Stanley Hammond. In the second part of the programme, Mr Alpers by the auction of six King Alberts books and Belgian flags netted £61 odd and this taken with the amount at the door made an total of £104 for the concert proceeds.
Tbe sale was as follows :— King Albert's Book— £ s. d| Ist book, E ELelievre 7 0 9 2nd „ H W Piper 6 6 9 Brd „ Luke Wright 5 0 0 4th „ L J Vangioni 8 3 0 sth „ G Armstrong 2 2 0 6th „ G Checkley 3 8 0 Mr his up again and it was purchased by Mr Lewittfor 1 18 3 Flags— Ist, L J Vangioni 2 2 0 2nd, Mr Barrett, Cfarist'ch 10 0 Mr Bar c t put b s up again and it was purchased by Mr G. Armstrong for 5 0 0 Mr L J Vangioni's flag was put up and sold to T Mase*
field for 3 5 0 The flag was put up as a memorial flag to the late Major Masefield. and purcbasfd by Mr B. E. Lelievre (wbo presen ed tha flag to Mr 9V, V. Mase field) for £15 51 0 9 Extra amount for concert given by Mr E E Lelievre 7 0 0 Total 61 0 9 In speaking of the conaert Mr Alpers said tbat it was the most sue oeapful he had held so far. He bad made £70 at the first two, but tt>is: one had brought £104 He addoej tbat be bad set out to make £1000 in the forty concerts, and the first three were well over the average. Tbe vocal and instrumental items were very pleasing indeed, and many hearty encores were given. Indeed, tbe audience was so enthusiastic tbat in tbe end Mr Alpers asked tbe people if they would have the whole proj gramme or would prefer going on encoring each item, and cut out half the items Tbe audience decided to cut out tbe encores, but broke faith, and insisted on recalling both Miss Nixon and Mr Harry Watts. Mrs Vernon presided at the piano throughout. Tbe following was tne programme: —Quartette, National airs; Miss Nixon, at the piano; song, Mr Hanna; comic cuts, Mr Harry Watts; violin solo, Mr Vere Buchanan , cornet solo. Mr F C Raphael; speech, Mr 0T J Alpers ; song, Miss Mitchell; song, Mr Hanna; conjuring, Mr Cookson; Mr F C Raphael, "Will Talk to You" pong, Mips Mitchell; '■» Sit Up, Hold ! Tight," Miss Nixon at the piano; violin solo, Mr Vere Buchanan ; more c-mic cuts, Mr Harry Watts; quartette, "Marseillaise," "God Save the King." After tbe concert, Messrs Haylook and Davies entertained fcbe performers to supper at the Kowbai tea rooms, when a number of Akaroa people met them, including tbe Mayor and Mrs Armstrong, Rev and Mrs Julius, Mr and Mru G W Thomas, Misses Mase* field) Westenra and others.
Tbe party left for Christchurch again at 9 am. yesterday morning,
BANKS PENINSULA HARVEST FESTIVAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3407, 20 March 1915
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