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Thursday, 22 October 2015 14:33

Classic Leisure Isle Festival

This year’s revered Leisure Isle Festival (fondly-known as Treasure Ilse Festival) will, as in in the past, add something special to ensure that the festival provides something for everyone on November 7 and 8.


Besides the many crafts, books and plant stalls, this year’s festival includes a very special exhibition. Brian Bruce, renowned classic car collector will display some of his privately owned classic cars. “He will be displaying classic cars dating back to the 1900s right up until the 1970s,” explained Roger Vosey, Leisure Isle Festival convener.


Bruce’s display of classic cars, currently housed in a warehouse in Knysna Industria, will include several old petrol pumps and other memorabilia sure to transport festival goers to yesteryear. Antique car enthusiasts will be astonished to see some of the rare finds that Bruce has in his collection. There is a beautiful 1923 Rolls Royce Shooting Brake as well as a Raleigh Safety Seven three-wheel car that was manufactured in the 1930s. Only 300 were originally made and today, only nine are believed to have survived. Two of the three-wheelers are in South Africa, and one of lives in Knysna. Bruce has not yet decided which cars he will place on display but assured that they would be cars with a rich history. Don’t miss this display as Bruce will be on hand to share his wealth of knowledge throughout the Leisure Isle Festival.


“Knysna & Partners are excited to have Bruce on-board. We believe that his passions for this country’s heritage and his enthusiasm for Knysna to become a global classic car enthusiast’s destination will add great value to the Leisure Isle Festival. Once again we are proud to endorse this successful local festival and believe in its recipe for success,” said Greg Vogt, Knysna & Partners CEO.


With the current state of electricity within South Africa, festival goers will be well advised to visit Baden Hall at his Solar Power display during the festival. Hall is bound to enthusiastically offer advice and information on this alternate power source.


Over 100 stalls will offer old favourites as well as new items during the festival. Two past firm favourites of the Leisure Isle Festivals, the Leisure Isle Festival Open Gardens and the Knysna Arts Society Art Exhibition have returned to the festival. “We scouted around the Island and chose six gardens to showcase during the festival,” said Voysey. “Special efforts have been made to provide emerging crafters with an opportunity to showcase their products. As in the past, the focus will be on local products and crafts with participating charities running the tea garden, book sale, a beer and wine bar and several other stalls,” said Voysey.


The Leisure Isle Festival committee of Voysey, Bob Hunt, Chris Kay, Lorr Scanlen, Niall Johnston, Peter Godsell, Peter Smith and Sheena Mare have all be extremely productive preparing for this year’s festival. A festival that they believe will outshine all.


This year’s festival charity beneficiaries are Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS), e’Pap Children Feeding Scheme, Knysna/Sedgefield Hospice, Steenbok Nature Reserve, Vermont Old Age Home and Hands and Hearts Centre – incorporating Emzini.


Vosey expressed his heartfelt thanks to the festival’s founding sponsor, Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna, Knysna & Partners, leisure Isle Residents Association and the large number of organisations that provide pro”-bono services. “Without these supporters, the Leisure Isle Festival would not be possible,” he concluded.

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