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The various clubs in Port Chalmers have for a long time felt the want of a suitable ground for playing matches, and the Corporation, in a most liberal manner, granted the use of the gas site on tho reclaimed ground at Mussel Bay for that purpose ; but owing to the land requiring draining, etc., tho various clubs have subscribed as far as their means would allow for improvements, and some short time since it was decided to hold an ice carnival for tho improvement of tho ground and tho liquidation of the debt on tho Rowing Club’s boathouse, which was opened yesterday evening in tho Garrison Hall. The whole of the interior of the building was lined with canvas, representing the icy regions with a castle in the distance, the scenery being painted for the occasion by Mr Willis, scenic artist. This, together with a number of trees and shrubs covered with snow, and white decorations hung across the hall, had a very pretty effect. On the right of the hall from the entrance a dais was erected, at tho back of which were the colors of the football and rowing clubs, together with ft number of oars. The stalls, of which there are four, are semicircular in shape, and contain a quantity of useful aud some very ornamental goods, which have been presented by tho ladies of the Port. There is also a refreshment stall, shooting gallery, and other amusements, At the rear of tho building is a very pretty retreat, and this is at the service of lovers of the soothing weed. There is a band stand, in which tho Port Garrison Band were stationed, and they played appropriate music under the direction of Mr M'Connell, the conductor. The stalls are arranged as follows :—No. 1: Mesdames Hodge, Main, and Chapman, Misses Heir, Smith, Dench, Watson, Irvine, Dale, Reid, Hodge. No, 2 : Mesdames Cook, Paton, Pullar, Cleghorn, Cable, Misses Paton, Childe, Cable, and Farquharson. No. 3 : Mesdames Cameron, Downes, M’Kinnon, Misses Duncan, Downes, Reid, Brebner, Crawford, Buchan, M'Kinnon. No. 4 : Mesdames Allen, Chilton, Dodds, Watson, Clarke, Misses Leonard, Sharp, Platts, Hunter, Bauchop, Elder, Rennie, Thomson, Priest. Refreshment: Mesdames M‘Donnell, De Maus, Misses Prickard, Dale, Elder, M'Donnell, Innis. Tho carnival was to have been opened by Mr James Mills, M.H.R., butinthat gentleman’s absence the duty devolved upon the mayor (Mr E. G. Allen), who is also president of the football club. After apologising for the absence of Mr Mills and Dr Coughtrey, he said he believed this was the first ice carnival held in the colonies. He thanked those who had contributed, and concluded by declaring the carnival open. Several songs were rendered during the evening, and the stallholders appeared to be doing good business. The hall will be lit up this evening with the electric light, under the superintendence of Mr Jones, the Union Company’s electrician. _____

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ICE CARNIVAL AT PORT CHALMERS., Evening Star, Issue 7991, 21 August 1889

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ICE CARNIVAL AT PORT CHALMERS. Evening Star, Issue 7991, 21 August 1889