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Mountain-bikers of all levels can take part in
Bannockburn's annual Classic Ride, a fun, scenic
event in late December. The ride is part of the popular
Cromwell Summer Series where hundreds of serious
and not-so-serious competitors take part in some, or all,
of five varied events.
Cromwell Promotion Group Secretary, Terry Emmitt
says Central Otago's varying landscape provides a
fantastic backdrop for the annual race series which
includes a half-marathon, two mountain-bike rides, a
triathlon and a road cycle race.
The Bannockburn Classic on December 30 is followed
on January 2 by the challenging Lake Dunstan Triathlon
and Duathlon. There are levels to suit everyone, from
children to élite athletes. The last event for the series
is the Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge on January 11.
Golden Gate Lodge Manager Glen Christiansen says
the 92km road cycling race is a great opportunity for
people to get out on the highway in a safe conrolled
environment. Check out www.cromwell.org.nz/events.
Cromwell's sheltered and well-kept golf course is always
a great option for an affordable outing, says Glen, as is
trying out the stunning array of biking and walking trails
in the area.
The Golden Gate Hotel will host live bands Warped
Vinyl and Friends and Chameleon on December 30 and
New Year's Eve respectively, followed by The Yardmen
on January 3.
For a whole day of musical entertainment the
Bannockburn Music Festival takes place on January 24.
This community event will be held at the Cromwell Race
Course this year and visitors can enjoy a wide range of
music genres in a super-relaxed atmosphere, for a $5
entry donation. Uber Snatch, Panther Claw and The
Killer Seas are part of the line-up.
The Cromwell Speedway's New Year's Day racing
features the Southern Saloon Slam and the club will
host further meets over summer. Plan your speedway
entertainment by checking the events calendar at www.
Lakeside on Melmore Terrace
FREE Visitor Attraction
Central Otago fashion designer Christina Perriam has
combined high country beauty with luxurious merino
wool to launch her new fashion brand, PERRIAM.
PERRIAM produces on-trend and fashion-forward
New Zealand-made merino clothing that embodies
the comforting luxury inherent in the spirit of the high
country. The heart of PERRIAM is Christina's family and
their farm, Bendigo Station -- a place of rich history,
pioneering spirit and enduring natural beauty.
Bendigo, also the home of the famous merino sheep, the
late Shrek, was the obvious choice of venue to launch
the PERRIAM Woman Summer 2014-15 collection in
October 2014. At the same time Christina launched the
label's new website perriam.co.nz and the PERRIAM
flagship store in Tarras Village.
Christina's previous children's merino range, the hugely
popular Suprino Bambino, has been rebranded as
Little PERRIAM. She also plans to eventually introduce
PERRIAM Man and PERRIAM Home to the range.
Christina has a clear vision for her label.
"Not only did I want to celebrate Bendigo's heritage I
also wanted to send a message through my brand
about a way of living," she says.
"When you lose people close to you, you start to
understand that we are only here for a very short time
and that we need to live and love every minute of it.
The PERRIAM brand is all about luxuriating in life and
slowing down. It's about taking the time to appreciate
life and those special moments, and to focus on what is
happening in the present moment. The brand celebrates
the beauty amongst the 'busy-ness' of life."
The continuing growth of Christina's previous product
lines, Suprino Bambino and the Christina Perriam
women's fashion label, helped her decide it was time
to develop a united lifestyle brand under the one label.
"PERRIAM was an easy choice because it embodies
my heritage," she says. "I want it to become a
HERITAGE BY JANE BROOKE
BY JILL HERRON
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