GARDEN AND ROSE FETE
UNFORTUNATE WEATHER CONDITIONS. Yen* complete arrangements had been" made for the annual _ garden fete, which was being held earlier than usual this summer, principally for the greater con« venience of the schools, the children from which provide perhaps the main attraction at these festivities. Unfortunately heavy rain began to fall about midday, and continued for some time, soaking the lawns and turning the paths into gutters for the time being. Previous to the downfall tha Gardens bore a bright and pretty appearance, the natural beauty of the grounda being a great asset in connection with these fetes, and at present tho beds are gay with roses of many shades and colore Dotted about the grounds were tent 3, from which were sold sweets, flowers, aerated waters, etc., and a largo marquee where afternoon tea could bo obtained. There was also a post office, where mail matter was received and stamped with a special date stamp. The horticultural tent, as usual well slocked with blooms and pot plants, attracted attShtion, as also did the sweet stall, which was most artistically arranged. Tho peanut man drove a good trade with the youngsters. The amusement section eomprisecF per* formances by the Mornington Pierrots and the Dunodin Orphans' Club. Thcro was also a Puncli and Judy show, and at night there will be an "exhibition of moving pictures. The various competitions, fancy dress and decorative, and the displays by school children were held in a large enclosure at the south end of the Gardens, this being surrounded by a wire-netting fence—a wise precaution,* in view of the encroachment of the publio last year. Those interested in games were attracted to the cricket pitch and bowling green, where competitions were held for prizes. The Tain having cleared off about 1 o'clock, the sun came out, and conditions generally improved to such an extent that the public began to come into the grounds in large numbers, and the wholo business of the fete was in motion.
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GARDEN AND ROSE FETE, Evening Star, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914