Christmas market for observatory

Otūmoetai Sports & Recreation Club building. Photo: Fiona Hunt.

The Tauranga Astronomical Society is hosting a Christmas market fundraiser from 5pm-9pm on Tuesday, December 12, inside the Otūmoetai Sports & Recreation Club hall at Fergusson Park, which also houses the Tauranga Observatory.

Come for a variety of market stalls including arts, crafts, gift cards, jewellery, candles, calendars, clothing, baby wear, garden art and much more!

A sausage sizzle fundraiser plus the C4 Street Food and Espresso and El Cartel food trucks will be there.

This fundraiser market helps the society contribute their share to the running costs of the building, as well as upgrading, replacing and buying new equipment for the observatory.

President Dave Greig says they also host visits from schools and clubs; and they visit schools, kindergarten and retirement villages. “We also collaborate with STEM Wana Trust with displays at their events including this year’s STEM Fest and the ‘Meet an Astronaut’ event.

“When the Moon phase is ideal for viewing the craters on the Moon, we often arrange family viewing nights on weekends and during school holidays. These events are always very popular.”

The primary source of income for the society is from memberships, entry fees and donations from the various groups who visit the observatory during the winter months. The main income to Tauranga Astronomical Society from the Christmas market will be from the stall holders booking to hold a stall.

“We will also have our own stall with TAS merchandise for sale – caps, beanies, T-shirts, hoodies and jackets.”

Most market stalls will not have Eftpos, so bring cash.  Entry to the market is free.

For inquiries, phone 028 432 8401.  Please note that all stalls are booked already.

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