Juggling all the balls

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IT’S ODD to see that the annual Glenorchy ball is on this Saturday night, as it clashes with the popular Winter Festival jazz night. The ball’s a Glenorchy School fundraiser that normally drags in quite a number of Queenstowners who might have other plans this year.

THREE members of the Welsh rugby squad who’ve just lost two Tests to the All Blacks were spotted at Winter Festival’s Late Night Laughs at the Ice Box on Tuesday. One of the Ospreys club trio, blindside flanker Jonathan Thomas, finished last Saturday’s Test in Hamilton as acting skipper after captain Ryan Jones suffered a knee injury.

THE TV One Breakfast journalist, Matty McLean, who filed a segment on the Winter Festival from Queenstown this week has local links. His father Steve is a director of Rilean Construction and on the Destination Queenstown board.

IT WAS a case of “whatever it takes” for festival director Simon Green yesterday, as he overcame a shortage of entrants in the Drag Queen competition by entering himself.

RAE ELLIS, long-time manager of Queenstown’s Vudu Cafe, has had her hands full of late. On Monday she gave birth to her second child, Iris, while also preparing to open a second Vudu cafe in the next few days.

QUEENSTOWN’S Winter Festival has expanded beyond the Wakatipu. A Wanaka senior citizens coordinator rang local law firm Mactodd early this year, enquiring about coming to the free lunch they put on for Wakatipu elderly each festival. She duly organised a bus to take them to Queenstown for this Tuesday’s lunch, but forgot to ring back to book, as advised. When she found out the Memorial Hall function had been booked out, Mactodd decided to lay on a second function – so on Tuesday the Wanaka oldies’ bus went in the other direction – to Makarora for morning tea.