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2017 Winter Deco Weekend 'the best one yet'

Deco devotees are putting away their fur coats for another year, after an exhilarating three days spent celebrating all things Art Deco.

From the Winter Deco Welcome to the Winter Wind Down, Art Deco Trust Festival director Glen Pickering said this year's Winter Art Deco event was "the best one yet".

"People have travelled from all around New Zealand to be here . . . the vibe and energy has been fantastic".

This is the 14th year the event has been held since its inception in 2003.

Starting on Friday, visitors and residents alike wrapped up in coats and hats to enjoy events set among the region's Art Deco buildings - from enjoying old fashioned cocktails at Guffle Bar, dining while enjoying the sounds of Stephen Millar on piano at a Hawke's Bay Club event, or warming up with a hot toddy at the County Hotel.

Art Deco Trust general manager Shane Gorst said while the weekend did get off to "a bit of a rough start" due to the weather, this was taken in the stride of organisers, and attendees.

Some travel was hampered by the weather, with people stuck in nearby towns due to road closures - but luckily a change in the weather meant "people got here in the nick of time".

The weather also meant some events had to be altered including those involving the Vintage Railcar - which had not been able to arrive in Hawke's Bay because of flooding and high river levels closing rail lines.

This was not enough to dampen spirits, as "a lot of people used the cancellations to go to other events instead", Mr Gorst said.

This year saw a number of new events - such as the Radio Play High Tea - as well as refreshed events such as the Bertie Brunch and the Winter Cafe Crawl.

"New events always do well with Art Deco," Mr Pickering said, "particularly well this year because we've tried to infuse these with a sense of style and sophistication . . . people have really embraced it".

A highlight had been the new High Society Soiree, Mr Gorst said, which saw attendees welcomed on a red carpet, before enjoying a night on the dance floor, or at the roulette table with a jazz band carrying everyone through the night.

"People appreciate we're maintaining what makes Winter Deco so special, but also enhancing it and adding to it," he said. "People can enjoy tried and true events, while new events are a great way to engage those who come every year."

Other events during the three days included everything from vintage-car tours and guided tours of the city to fancy dinners and themed evenings.

Overall, Mr Gorst said Winter Deco was "only going from strength to strength", and had been a great warm-up for the 30th anniversary of the Art Deco Festival next year.

 
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