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Last Night of the Proms 2017 open air concert takes Sedgefield by storm.
Experience an outdoor concert overlooking the Swartvlei lake for one night only. On the 11th of March, Lakeside Lodge & Spa will showcase a full orchestra accompanied by accomplished singers performing British patriotic favourites, classics and semi-classics. This family friendly event encourages guests to dress up in red, white and blue with a spot prize for the best dressed couple. This sold out event last year is a highlight on the Garden Route events calendar and is not to be missed.
Love wine? And streetstyle food? Enjoy award-winning wines and a selection of street-style food prepared by Chef Kelly-Annie Pietersen and her team of chefs.
Date: 11 March 2017
Call: 044 343 1844 or 0845130911
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For details of all events, accommodation and dining, contact www.lakesidelodge.co.za.
Lakeside Lodge & Spa, 3 Lakeside Drive, Swartvlei, Sedgefield
T +27 (0)44 343 1844
Although the organisers are expecting a turnout of more than 500 exceptional vehicles, the Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth promises three very special appearances this year.
“While we welcome everyone to come along to see and enjoy the vintage and veteran cars and motorcycles, and the super cars, classic sports cars, and new-era electric vehicles on show, we're very selective about the exhibits we allow - which appear by invitation only. This keeps the show fresh and interesting every year,” said the chairperson of the Garden Route Motor Club, Peter Pretorius.
“As one of South Africa's most prestigious motor shows, the Knysna Motor Show naturally attracts the attention of the owners of the most prestigious and unsusual vehicles on the road, and we're proud to announce that this year's event will feature one of the most desireable cars of all – a Bentley MK V1 Special – as well as displays by the MMM MG Club of South Africa, and the Micro Car Club of South Africa.”
MMM MG GATHERING
Mr. Pretorius said that the bi-annual gathering of South Africa's MMM MG Club will take place in the Garden Route this year, and that the club has entered 17 cars for the show.
According to MMM MG Club chairperson, Rodney Green, “MMM stands for Midget, Magna, and Magnette - which were some of the names given to the bewildering array of performance model MGs in the 1930s, when the marque dominated the 750 and 1100 cc classes on the international racing circuit.”
He said that the club's display at the Motor Show will include an early M-type, as well as various 4- and 6-cylinder models - some of which are supercharged.
“Of special interest will be a supercharged C-type Monthlery Midget with a 4 cylinder, 746 cc power unit; and a 1935, 6 cylinder, 1271cc MG ND.”
MICRO CAR CLUB
“We're pretty sure that the Micro Car Club's display of Goggo Mobiles will be a real hit at this year's Motor Show,” said Mr Pretorius.
According to Micro Car Club chairperson, Lothar Frohlich, the club register is open to cars of 700 cc or less that were built any time until 1967.
Like the MMM MG Club, the Micro Car Club will hold its gathering in the Garden Route this year, and will exhibit a number of vehicles at the Motor Show.
“Although they're remembered in history as curiosities, the Micro Car was a first step towards owning a full-size car for many people in the 1950s and 60s,” said Mr. Frohlich. “As with all classic cars, it's often difficult to obtain spare parts - but gatherings like these allow Micro Car enthusiasts to network with each other to keep these unique vehicles alive.”
Bentley MK V1 Special that'll appear at this year's show started out as a 'project' 1951 Bentley MKV1 Sedan – but when a previous owner abandoned the project, it was obtained by a Cape Town collector who commissioned Charles Goodman Restorers in Johannesburg to complete the build.
“It took two and a half years to complete this magnificent vehicle with its 4.9 litre Bentley straight-six, F-type, fuel injected engine, and its wood frame and metal skin.
“It really is something worth marvelling over,” said Mr. Pretorius.
“Last year's show attracted over 5,000 people – and we're confident that the number will grow again this year, as it has every year.
“The event is known for its country atmosphere, excellent food stalls, and festive beer garden – so there's always something for old and young to enjoy. But it's also an event with a heart, and proceeds will benefit Hospice, Knysna Animal Welfare, E-pap and FAMSA, said Mr. Pretorius.
The Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth will take place on the Knysna High School sports fields (on Waterfront Drive) from 09:30 to 16:00 on Sunday, 30 April, 2017. Tickets at the gate.
Garden Route Motor Club: http://www.grmc.co.za/
Sanlam Private Wealth: https://sanlamprivatewealth.sanlam.com/Pages/default.aspx
Media release for the Sanlam Private Wealth Knysna Motor Show by
Martin Hatchuel of www.thistourismweek.co.za
084 951 0574
Established in 2009 by Ling Dobson of Pam Golding Properties in Knysna, the Knysna Literary Festival has been held annually with a steady growth in attendance, attracting well-known South African authors, poets and performers from both the fiction and non-fiction genres. It has become a flagship event having gained reputation as a distinctive, high-quality event, noted especially for its inclusiveness and friendliness.
The Knysna Literary Festival is a major annual event in the Garden Route arts and culture calendar, the only area festival of its kind, hosting an exclusive group of hand-picked authors. The Festival is eagerly anticipated each year by a crowd of over 3000 people who come from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and the many diverse communities and smaller towns along the Garden Route.
From exploring the creative minds of authors in small-group workshops to being part of larger-group presentations, and rubbing shoulders with authors whilst enjoying our South African locally produced tipple or two, the Festival provides visitors with a five-day long, unique literary “experience.”
The diverse programme touches on current affairs, politics, history, comedy and adventure as well as mystery and a dash of cuisine - all authors attending the event have national prominence in their fields, making the eclectic topic-mix, unique and sought after.
The 20th Tortoise Tuff (takes place on Saturday, 11 March 2017 and for the 7th year the host club, Sedgefield Striders, are offering four races:
10km Run and Walk
21km Trail Run
30km Run and Walk
2,5km Fun Run
All the races take place in and around Sedgefield, giving those taking part a grand tour of some of the village’s most beautiful areas.
The flat course of the 10km event has always been popular amongst the ‘speedsters’ of both the running and walking sectors, but the 1½ hrs allocated for the event also attracts those just looking for a gentle run - or stroll - through the Village, around the island, and back again. This race also serves as official ASWD Race Walking Trials to select a team for the SA Road Walking Champs later this year.
Those runners who are a looking for something longer and together the original ‘TUFF” 30km course is just what the doctor ordered. This race covers some of Sedgefield’s most spectacular climbs, drops and flats on both gravel and tar. It is an ideal training run for Two Oceans AND a great ‘target distance’ for those who normally stick to half marathons. Walkers are also welcome for this event, but should take note of the 4 hour cut off time.
The Trail Run is presented for the 7th year, and presents a challenging course that includes sections along the beach, through the Goukamma Nature Reserve, and some serious ‘dune work’. Cape Nature‘s co-operation makes it possible for runners to enjoy stunning views and almost untouched trails as a reward for the hard work-out this event will provide for the ever-increasing market of adventure racers.
And of course the youngsters (and perhaps not-so-fit) haven’t been forgotten with a gentle 2.5km fun run which always attracts great numbers of younger athletes
Timing for the race will be electronic – which in effect means the Athletes will have their time electronically recorded via a microchip as they cross the finishing mat. Please note that this means that the Tortoise Tuff is a pre-entry event.
All the races will start at the Sedgefield Primary School field. Starting times are:
10km run/walk 07:15
30km walk 06:00
30km run 07:00
21km trail run 07:10
2,5km fun run 08:00
Spectators are encouraged to come and support the runners, and there will be food on sale at the school.
Equal prize money is on offer for male and female winners. The winner of the 30km race will win R500, whilst the winning walker in the 30km race will receive R200. Winners of the 10km (run and walk) and 21km Trail run will receive R300 each. Age category prizes are also on offer.
Six lucky runners will walk away with extraordinary prizes ranging from Sport shop vouchers, running shoes and luxury weekend holidays. The winner must be present at the draw to qualify for the lucky draw.
- Alternatively Tekkie Town branches in the Garden Route will have forms available, as will Top Gear Sport in Meade Street, George.
Registration will take place at Sedgefield Primary School from 17:00 to 19:00 on Friday, March the 10th and from 05:30 on race day.
For more information contact Sarie Exton at:
mobile: 074 177 6888
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The #DarkFest, held at the Garden Route Trail Park outside Knysna over the past weekend (Saturday, February 11) was a resounding success.
It was not only the attendees of the event that were absolutely amazed by the mind-blowing and epic tricks the free-flow mountain bike riders pulled off, but the riders themselves, hailing from all over the world, that enjoyed themselves to the fullest.
Some fell, some jumped, but most of the riders flew. From backflips to sideways whips, the riders took out every trick in the bag.
According to Greg Vogt, CEO of Knysna & Partners, hundreds of locals attended the event, not even to mention the international media contingent that was present. This journalist even met a writer/photographer from Nigeria, and two German journalists from Men’s Health
Knysna Newsletter: What's on - 17/02/2017
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When you cast your eyes across the expanse of the Knysna Estuary, you will most certainly marvel at its beauty. The true wonder of this celebrated aquatic realm, however, is its mind-boggling diversity of life.
Knysna’s estuary has the largest tidal volume in South Africa (measured in relation to the volume of water between low and high spring tides) and is considered the most significant in terms of the biodiversity of its estuarine fauna and flora in the country. An epic amount of water unites daily during the tidal dance that takes place between the famous sandstone headlands. Sea water washes over the salt marshes, replenishing important nutrients and flushing out waste. This daily exchange of water is part of the reason why a profusion of life exists here in so many shapes and forms.
The importance of this environment is enormous. Sylvia Earle, the celebrated marine biologist and acclaimed oceanographer of the organisation aptly named Mission Blue, recognised Knysna and surrounds several years ago as an International Hope Spot. The organisation recognises the vital role that our iconic estuary plays in the overall health of the adjacent ocean.
Hope Spots are essentially aquatic zones around the world which have been identified as being critical to the health of our oceans as a whole because of the prosperous diversity of life they hold. Everything on earth is intrinsically linked and the health of these defined areas is crucial for “sustaining biodiversity, providing a carbon sink, producing oxygen, preserving critical habitats and allowing for certain low-impact activities such as ecotourism to thrive”. Simply put, what’s good for the ocean is good for us.
So the next time you go walking on the banks or skimming across this famous body of water, take a moment to reflect on the true wonders of life which it holds and then immerse yourself in its beauty. Go sailing, Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, bird watching.
Get out there and explore, you will be enriched!
“I am passionate about the environment”. This was one of the first things Tanith Christie Scott said when we met to discuss her locally produced Vintage Vinyl Café range of vegan and vegetarian cuisine. She has been a keen advocate for plant based diets for almost 20 years and her delicious food fare is testament to her unyielding passion for both the earth and optimum health.
Vintage Vinyl Cafe epitomises the ethos behind the Slow Food movement. All the produce used in this range is seasonal and sourced locally and ethically. The majority of her recipes include what she terms 'clean ingredients' and are suitable for a variety of dietary requirements, such as gluten free and sugar free and serve not only to nourish the body, but also mind and spirit.
Veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements in the world. More and more people are moving away from diets rich in animal products and moving toward plant-based diets both for health and environmental reasons.
Jasmijn de Boo, CEO of The Vegan Society explains: “The reasons behind the rise of veganism are numerous: the positive portrayal in the media has contributed to its changing image; documentaries on the shocking realities and consequences of animal agriculture have gained prominence; delicious-looking vegan recipes have multiplied online and on social media as society becomes increasingly health-conscious; and top vegan athletes keep proving that you can be fit and healthy on a plant-based diet. Going vegan is the best thing any individual can do for the animals, the planet and your health.”
The Vintage Vinyl food range can currently be found at the Green Road in Sedgefield, Totties in Rheenendal and Muse in Knysna. I was fortunate enough to sample a few of her mouthwatering recipes such as zucchini marinated and then baked in a dark chocolate, date and chilli sauce; Pepperdew and sundried tomato hummus and a chocolate, lemon, ginger & mint vegan mousse pot.
Tanith has big plans for the future. A year ago she moved from Cape Town with her husband Shane and their three young children after purchasing a smallholding in Bibby's Hoek, which sits right on the fringe of Knysna's indigenous forest (“we are merely guardians of this precious land”, she reminded me with a smile.) They live entirely off the grid, and are in the process of becoming as self- sufficient as possible. She plans to grow most of the fresh produce she needs for her recipes, on their property.
There is an old wooden structure on the property which they are in the process of renovating and which is set to become the Vintage Vinyl Café, where they will offer a vegan and vegetarian inspired dining experience around the warmth of an old wood stove, with music from eclectic genres (from her collection of over 1000 vinyl records) playing in the background.
Tanith is a trained jewellery designer, DJ and artist and her exquisite Vintage Vinyl Café journey has become yet another creative outlet for her and a positive way in which she can help promote a vegan lifestyle.
We all have one. That vessel at home where you toss all those irritating coins that weigh you down and clutter your wallet. Occasionally we may dip into it and pull out a R2 or a fiver, but how many of us take the time to ever sift through and use the smaller change? The truth is, our own loose change may not amount to much, but collectively, it has the potential to impact positively on those in need.
In October 2016, local resident Peter Dijkstra launched a project called” Help Cent-Re”, a registered Non Profit Organisation which aims to benefit local communities. It was a long road to get to this point, as Peter had dabbled unsuccessfully with a similar project back in 2002 but was met with much resistance along the way. Early in 2016, however, he was inspired by a similar charity initiative whilst in transit in Dubai during a holiday trip abroad. He noticed that glass containers had been placed throughout the airport, into which people could place small change left over from their vacations around the world. When he arrived back home he put his energy into making sure that this similar concept would take flight and just months later, Help Cent-Re was born.
Help Cent-Re bins have been placed at strategic points throughout Knysna, with the aim of collecting 'dormant coins'. Donating your loose change is unlikely to make you poorer or impact on your financial status but if everybody were to deposit their 'dormant' coins into a Help Cent-re bin, an estimated 2 BILLION Rand could potentially be used to uplift communities countrywide.
So we can literally bring about amazing change with our small change! It's that simple.
Since the project was launched in October of last year, approximately R4000 has been raised, most of which has been used to fund the E-pap feeding scheme for vulnerable children in Knysna. The good news is that the Super Spar in Knysna recently agreed to place a bin in their store and in the very first week almost R 400.00 was deposited. The Round Table Knysna has also adopted the Help Cent-Re as one of their projects.
The Help Cent-Re concept has now started to gain traction and positive support further afield, and both the George and Mossel Bay Chambers of Business are working to implement it in their respective communities. Nelspruit has also come on board and is setting up bins throughout the city. It is hoped that in the coming months, these bins will be placed at strategic points across South Africa. The great thing is that each town uses the money raised to benefit their own local community, so essentially people are helping to build and strengthen their communities from within.
Bins have been placed in the following places in Knysna:
Will you become a part of the action that will CHANGE the world we live in?
Knysna Tourism Office, Knysna Mall, Main Street, The Turbine Hotel, Thesen Island, Woodmill Lane Shopping Mall, 34 Degrees South, Sotheby’s in the Knysna Mall, Superspar Knysna Mall, Tourism in Sedgefield Knysna and Partners, Round Table Clubhouse Loerie Park
For more info visit: www.helpcent-re.org
Help Cent-Re is also registered with the Department of Welfare / Social Development