New Zealand Guitar Quartet at Kiwi Hall

New Zealand Guitar Quartet, Tuesday 18 July

We were delighted more than 100 people came out on a cold winter’s night to experience this truly memorable concert. It was lovely to see a wide range of ages and people from throughout the region.

Thanks to the NZGQ for an outstanding performance, with excellent choice of program; Arts on Tour Trust for arranging these national tour programs, and C’est Cheese and Mr Feather’s Den for their support


“Featherston First Fridays is proud to bring the New Zealand Guitar Quartet to Featherston, in association with Arts on Tour. It’s been said they’re pretty rock’n’roll for classical musicians, and we guarantee it’ll be like nothing Featherston has seen before.
Playing the intimate and atmospheric Kiwi Hall, the NZGQ will transport you around the world in a single concert experience, paying tribute to a range of artists and representing styles as diverse as gypsy jazz, bluegrass, Celtic and flamenco.

The New Zealand Guitar Quartet comprises four uniquely accomplished guitarists who bring an infectious energy to the concert stage. Recently returned from concerts in Australia and heading to China and India later this year, the NZGQ is building an international reputation performing music that transcends borders both geographically and historically.”

FFF is f-f-finished for now..

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we’ll be back soon…

The 2016-17 summer season of Featherston First Friday finished with February’s fun filled family friendly fiesta: thanks for coming along and creating such good times together!

To the wonderful people and entities who supported various aspects of the events:

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you are awesome!!

Trusthouse, Supervalue, The Featherston Community Board, Featherston’s Own Trust, The Warehouse Masterton, Featherston School, The Welsh Dragon Bar, Property Brokers Featherston, Anzac Hall, Graham & Sons Upholsterers, Featherston Library, C’est Cheese, Ant North Catering, Kathy Bartlett, John Broeren.

And much love to our amazing entertainers: Rev Vinyl Burns & Coops Hoops, DJ Denver Grenell, Giddy Up: Naomi Buttermilk, Abie Horrocks & Ed Abrahams, and Patrick Bleakley, Saali Marks, Dayle Jellyman & Mike Jensen.

See you next summer- we’ll be back in November or December for the start of the 2017-18 season. Hope to see you at one of our pop-up events…. keep in the know, join the mailing list by emailing us here

February: Birthday Party

Featherston knows how to party.. and what a beautiful night for it! A few hundred came along to join the party on Feb 3rd, so it seems First Fridays have really taken flight in Featherston. With the Martinborough Fair and a long weekend imminent, more than a few people passing through town stopped off to check out what was happening in the Town Square, which was full of life and colour.

We enjoyed most excellent honkytonk grooves played by Saali Marks, Patrick Bleakley, Dayle Jellyman and Mike Jensen: who played great tunes (for more than two hours I think) and were great sports playing ‘pass the parcel’ and ‘happy birthday’ music. These guys either donated their time or travelled over the Rimutaka Hill on a holiday Friday afternoon- legends!

Pass the parcel, giant Jenga, Twister and the hammocks also proved entertaining to all ages, and the cakes were surely a highlight for many.. perhaps 30 cakes of all sorts were brought along, and passed round and shared in the sun- twas really lovely.

Thanks to the Community Board for funding music, the Warehouse Masterton for pass the parcel prizes and more, and Supervalue for balloons and cake wrangling items : and to Erin at Property Brokers for putting on the much appreciated free sausage sizzle. Thanks to everyone who pitches in, bringing tables, helping on the night, taking photos and sharing, making gorgeous cakes, putting up posters.. what a great night, thanks for coming and embracing it- our awesome community!

xx Martine & Rebekah


Happy Birthday Featherston!

Early February sees Featherston turn 161, and it’s Waitangi weekend, NZ’s birth date: this surely calls for cake!

Shimmy down to the Town Square (affectionately known as the Squircle) on Friday 3rd February, 6-9pm.
There’ll be live music, some traditional party games with a twist, prizes and treats, and a free sausage sizzle thanks to Erin of Property Brokers.

We reckon 161 candles on one cake might cause a meltdown, or a fire- help us out by bringing a cake to share all the candles on, and share together after we (or the wind) blow them out. It may be our birthday but everyone’s invited: this is free event and all are welcome. Visiting the Wairarapa this weekend for the Martinborough Fair? Stop in Featherston First!

January 2017: Unplugged

A truly relaxing evening with communal bbq-ing, colouring in the Squircle, hammocks, laidback hillbilly tunes, and hanging out in the sun.

January brings laidback country styles…

Come on down to the Town Square that’s a Squircle for some good times on Friday 6 January.
Bring a picnic, bring a blanket, bring your (square) dancing shoes..
there’ll be Old Time country sounds from Appalachian mountain music supergroup Giddy Up. Featuring members of Wellington’s Cotton Daisy Backstep, and The Squirrelly Bills from Christchurch, bringing you boot stomping gospel, hillbilly songs and lonesome ballads- with Abie Horrocks (banjo) Naomi Buttermilk (guitar) Ed Abraham (fiddle).

We’ll be bringing a bbq along, if you’d like to bring a picnic dinner & cook something, you are welcome to use it. And if you’d like to bring one too, please do!

Plus the usual chilled Featherston First Friday vibes: hangout in the hammocks, chalk the walk, talk some talk, and generally enjoy being part of a fun cruisey community event.


December 2016: Squirc-tacular

Big love to sponsors Sticky & Featherston’s Own Trust. Big ups to DJ Denver, spinning excellent tunes all night, Ant Paul & Kathy the fab food vendors, Isis & Meg for the henna tattoos, Patrick for the PA, Colin & co for tables, Graham & Sons for hammock fabrics, Hey Jude for spotting us something to wear, everyone who helped, & everyone who came & joined in. So, basically, cheers everyone then.

Squirc-tacular inspiration: Yayoi Kusama

Thanks to sponsors Sticky Business and Featherston’s Own Trust, we invite you to participate in making some squircular artwork inspired by Yayoi Kusama:
a Japanese avant-garde artist now in her 90’s, in her later career she has had a ‘dots obsession’. While she also creates dot paintings on canvas and board, one of her most well-loved installation works features a white room gradually becoming ‘obliterated’ by stickers given out to gallery visitors, who become participating artists in the process.
For some reason, we’ve been thinking a lot about squares and circles.. so come along and join in making some squarecircle sticker based artwork which will then be publicly exhibited in Feathy… Or you can just come along for some good music and good times..

( :They are an NZ owned family business who print stickers and labels to order: they didn’t hesitate to support us so please support them if you need anything sticky!)

In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama speaks during an interview at her studio, filled with wall-sized paintings throbbing with her repetitive dots, in Tokyo. Kusama's signature splash of dots has now arrived in the realm of fashion in a new collection from French luxury brand Louis Vuitton - bags, sunglasses, shoes and coats. The latest Kusama collection is showcased at its boutiques around the world, including New York, Paris, Tokyo and Singapore, sometimes with replica dolls of Kusama. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Squirc-tacular coming up..

First Friday of December… yes in the Square!
DJ Denver G spinning records for your aural delight:
Squircle inspired art, face painting & henna tattoos by Isis: thanks to sponsors Sticky Business & Featherston’s Own Trust..
Bring a picnic or indulge in C├ęst Cheese’s famous raclette, Ant North’s satays and sweet treats by sweet Kathy B..
Hangout zone, thanks to Graham & Sons Upholsters for the hammocks, and Feathy Community Centre for the cushions
.. plus there’ll always be a few FF suprises..
More plus: over the road at Loco, there’s the finale of the Bad Art Competition, with prizes and a silent auction- who will be crowned Feathy’s worst artist??
Whew. Dare we say, be there or be square…? Spot you Friday!


November 2016 : picnic extravaganza


Trust House & Supervalue, thanks for helping us turn it up to 11 in bringing the Vegas Chapel and superb hoop-competition-MC Vinyl Burns to First Friday!
Lucy Coops, we all had so much fun with yer hoops! I can’t possibly wait til Christmas to get mine from you
The Warehouse Masterton, the kids loved the bubbles, games, chalk the walk and lolly scrambles, thank you!
Featherston’s Own Trust helped out with that too, and the sausage sizzle, which turned into a free/ koha sizz; thanks to the generous spirit of Gina from Feathy School who instead of accepting the proceeds, asked us to give it back to the community so the kids ate free.
Huge shoutout to Jo and Mike, who dressed up, entertained the kids, and sizzled all night on the BBQ- and they skipped a night at work at their Welsh Dragon Bar to do this and give back to the community.