Monavale Homestead 100 Year Fair, Cambridge, New Zealand.

Monavale Homestead

There is much that resonates here. For me it is all to do with growing up in a place not far from here – 15 km distant (9 miles, or so, in old speak). In many ways it is the place I grew up (no, not the flash house – definitely not – but the atmosphere; busy, rural, peaceful – comforting and comfortable. I felt it during the World Rowing Championships (OK, so this was something of a stretch but, none the less, still there) and the KWTJubilee celebrations. Gatherings on grass! Cars parked in rows on pasture – paddocks to us – folk relaxing and enjoying their families. Sights, sounds and smells.

The Monavale Homestead 100 Year Fair is an innocent affair in keeping with the ethos of the current owners and befitting of the subject at hand. I’m bemused by young North American voices attempting to explain cricket (among other things) to one another – in voices that carry somewhat when you are unused to hearing them :) – many of those who live in this faith community, do so during a ‘gap year’ – I know there is more to it than this but there did seem a fair number in their late teens / early 20s.

The history – well, to be honest – I didn’t read much of it (I am fairly familiar) being more interested in the here and now – which I photographed – as I do. Not sure I’ve been hugely successful – there are some gems and some misses along with the usual ho hums – made over a 90 minute period – some interactions with people and some not (thanks to those who indulged me when asked). I do hope the images are enjoyed.

Should I explain? Oh, OK! The recurring motif is, of course, the birthday house – which appears in just under 60% of these images – close up, as interiors or merely as a hint. This is intentional – the discipline being to place the building within an image that is pleasing – as I say; some work some don’t – I would problably have edited the number back from 100 to about 50 if I was being really staunch – but as folk saw me photographing and will be looking for themselves and family, 100 it is (the original capture or ‘acquisition’ as they say was 375 – with many repeats of slight variation). acquisition:20/11/2010, first edit:21/11/2010, second edit:26/11/2010 – still not happy but we will go with this finally published 11:43 26/11/2010.

Michael Jeans Day Gallery for today

What’s on Cambridge New Zealand Monavale Homestead 100th birthday

Saturday 13th November 2010 - Sunday 21st November 2010

Construction of Monavale Homestead, home these days to Capernwray New Zealand, was completed in 1910 and in this year, 2010, 100th birthday celebrations are being held from Saturday the 13th of November 2010 through to Sunday 21st November 2010. You can find out the history of this lovely building and plans for the centenary celebrations here.

“To mark this milestone, a series of events and activities is currently being planned for the week of Saturday 13th – Sunday 21st November. Within the celebration week two public events have been scheduled for Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st.”

100th Year Celebration – Monavale Homestead

This post was first published 9 September 2010.

Monavale Homestead, Monavale, Cambridge New Zealand

Saturday 13th November 2010 - Sunday 21st November 2010

Construction of Monavale Homestead, home these days to Capernwray New Zealand, was completed in 1910 and in this year, 2010, 100th birthday celebrations are being held from Saturday the 13th of November 2010 through to Sunday 21st November 2010. You can find out the history of this lovely building and plans for the centenary celebrations here.

“To mark this milestone, a series of events and activities is currently being planned for the week of Saturday 13th – Sunday 21st November. Within the celebration week two public events have been scheduled for Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st.”

100th Year Celebration – Monavale Homestead

Monavale Homestead

It’s years since I visited Monavale Homestead out on the Cambridge Te Awamutu road (all of 5km from home). I came here from time to time to photograph weddings. It’s now home to Capernwray’s Monavale Bible School. What a neat setting for Carols by Candelight.

I had forgotten how Monavale draws you into the world of it’s creators. I’m not too hot on architecture and gardens – influences and terminology – I understand the house is American – the grounds are Waikato English – if that’s a genre. There is an other worldliness – set as it is in flat, conventional Waikato farmland. Especially at dusk.

Highlight for me is Hilly Boyce‘s solo Holy Night. And a sublime choral piece – refered to as a Nigerian Christmas carol – I think – (I see from the programme it is called Betelehemu) Very WOMAD. Very beautiful.

And it all happens again tomorrow evening at 8PM. Do go. (If too many turn up they may need to rejig their parking arrangements).

There is a gallery or slideshow; your choice. The frog, in full croak in the last frame, is in the pond at 69 Milton Streetgo and look.

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