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WHAT'S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

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Knysna’s canoe makers to the world - #KnysnaMade

The canoeing world’s bringing its most prestigious event to South Africa (Pietermaritzburg scoops 2017 Canoe Marathon World Champs), and one Knysna company will be making sure that it’s getting here in in high-tech style - and in dry boats, too.

Read more here 

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JUST TRY IT! #HopeMustRise

The celebration of 16 June will feature an awesome array of music. The featured band for the day, Lyrical D Cyples, have inspired the youth throughout S.A.Other performances will beLove United’s very own band from within the town,Plett Community Band, School Choirs, and Local dancers including Modern, Break Dance and Hip Hop.

Read more here

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Entertain the kids during the Best 10 Days of Your Winter

This year the Festival is jam-packed with events, bound to keep the family busy for the Best 10 Days of Your Winter. The programme offers to entertain the children while their parents participate in the numerous available events such as the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary, or the Momentum Health OatWell DualX powered by Peptopro.

Read more here

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Expedition Africa 2016 Wrap up

Expedition Africa 2016 was more than an Adventure Race for the Garden Route. This world series event gave us the opportunity to tell our story and showcase our area in a way that we have never been able to do so before. Numerous media teams scuttled around fighting to outdo the other to, ‘get that best shot’.

Read more here

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Suzi & Glynn live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 27 May from 8pm - 11pm, Saturday 28 May The Soul of Eden Music Tour Makes a stop in Knysna & on Sunday 29 May, Blend invites you to taste Wines of the Garden Route. 

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

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FATHER'S DAY

Treat Dad to a delicious lunch @ Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant at Lakeside Lodge & Spa. Sit back, relax and unwind. R350 - R395 pp

For more information or contact: 044 343 1844

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WINTER LONG TABLE

Taking place from the 17th to the 19th of June 2016 the RECM Knysna 200 boasts more amazing singletrack than ever; a race village centred around one of Knysna’s most popular restaurants, Tapas Bistro; and a small field limited to 350 riders.

Click here for more info

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MORNING MARKET

Don't miss the Garden Gates Morning Market on Sat 28 May from 9am - 12 noon @ No. 86 Main Street. This will be a fun filled morning for the whole family with Crafts, books & Petticoat Lane, Tea/Coffee & eats, cakes, plants, White Elephant Raffles & Jumping Castles

 

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PnP Knysna Oyster Festival

The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party! 1 - 10 July. 

Click here for more information

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WINTER LONG TABLE

Don't miss the Winter Long Table at Kilzer's Kitchen every Friday for Winter 4pm - 9pm.

For more information contact: 044 

382 0135

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FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don't miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm - 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.  NOTE: closing for Winter last day 27 May 

For more information contact: 044 382 5316

WildOM

WILD OATS MARKET

Don't miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from
07:30 - 12pm. For more info contact: 044 883 1177

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HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it's definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

SPECIALS

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Don't miss out on a 3 course SUNDAY LUNCH at Leeuwensbosch Farm Stall at only R95 pp.

For more information call: Gerhard/Jane on 044 386 0116

BM1

Caroline's Bistro & The Bell Tavern at Belvidere Manor brings you good food all year round.


For more information contact: 044 387 1055

totties

Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun by Georgio. For more information call: 044 389 0092

amani turbine

Spoil yourself with a 45 min a back, neck & shoulder massage, refreshing foot scrub & a pressure point foot massage at the Amani Spa @ Turbine for only R599 pp.

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

foodheritage

The Heritage Restaurant/Cafe where heritage, good food and great company comes together.

For more information contact: 044 382 1888

mitchbrew

Mitchells Brew Pub presents Thurday Pint Night - Buy one get one free & from 6pm - 8pm get a free 340ml draft with any gourmet burger.

For more info contact: 044 382 4685

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THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. Click here for breakfast & lunch specials (Poster Attached) For more information contact: 0443827331

BlackwatersRiver

Join Blackwaters River Lodge & Mashie Golf Course - A great relaxation place for young & old. 
For more information & bookings contact: 044 383 0105

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AUTUMN SPECIAL: Get 10% off all your meals at the Island Cafe at Turbine Hotel & Spa until the end of May. 

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

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The canoeing world’s bringing its most prestigious event to South Africa (Pietermaritzburg scoops 2017 Canoe Marathon World Champs), and one Knysna company will be making sure that it’s getting here in in high-tech style - and in dry boats, too.

Hubby Sandberg, Albert Wasserman, Hennie Jonk and the crew at Knysna Racing Kayaks produce K1 kayaks, K2 kayaks, surf skis, Malibu boards for surf life saving, and a host of kayaking accessories - and, of course, their famous and very extensive range of white-water paddles, canoe polo paddles, SUP paddles, and winning racing paddles. (Although all their paddles are made from carbon-fibre, their boats come in fibreglass, Kevlar and carbon-fibre models: one high performance K1 in production on the day I visited the factory at 38 Meeu Street will weigh a little over 7 kg when it’s complete.)

“Hub started the business in 1991, and in the beginning he was only producing paddles: he’d been the first in South Africa to produce paddles using a double-faced mould and core materials in the manufacturing process, after gaining this experience producing paddles in England,” said Albert, who joined the business about 15 years ago.

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“We were originally only supplying the local market, but we started exporting at about the time I came on board, and now about 80% of our production goes overseas,” he said.

And the quantities are impressive: with up to sixty boats in each container, they’ve already sent containers to England, Austria, and Spain so far in 2016 alone - and they export to Germany, Denmark, Italy, and Australia, too.

The length of the boats dictates the size of the shipments: while the K1, at up to 5.2 metres in length, can fit into the smaller, 20-foot containers, the 6.5 metre K2 has to go into 40-foot containers.

This means, of course, that the company has to generate substantial orders in their target markets - for which they work with in-country agents around the world. And this, said Albert, has definite marketing benefits for Knysna.

“The fact that the name Knysna is part of the name of the business helps. It gets a lot of attention because the spelling of the word is awkward - and we get a lot of people who can’t pronounce it, which is good, because it starts conversations about where it is.

“But you’ll be surprised at how many overseas people know about Knysna.

“Most of our agents have been here, too: I’ve taken some of them down the Fish River, and we’re always trying to get them to do one or two of the races here in South Africa.”

Hubby Foot Pump
As for keeping everyone’s boat dry, the Hubby Foot Pump, which Hubby developed over a number of years - was the first truly effective pump for emptying racing canoes on the go.

“As far as I know, it’s now fitted by most kayak manufacturers,” said Albert.

According to the company’s site, the pumps “work continuously with your paddle motion, therefore keeping the kayak dry at all times.”

They’re fitted under each foot - they look a bit like the pedals in a motorcar - and, “The K1 pump is capable of pumping 4.5 litres of water per minute, the K2 5 litres.”

“It’s another Knysna product,” said Albert. “We assemble them, but 90% of the components are made by BG Boat Parts (also a Knysna business), and only the inflators come from Port Elizabeth.”

Winning
The fact that Knysna Racing Kayaks are products of choice for some of the world’s top athletes has much to do with their DNA: the legendary Springbok canoeist K1 champion, K2 champion, and lifesaving champion, Daniël Conradie who died of a heart-attack in 1998 at just 28 years of age - was a partner in the business in the early days.

“A lot of the top okes are using our boats today,” said Albert. “Len Jenkins for example - I think he’s taken seven titles on the Fish (the Fish River Marathon) most of them SA Champs - he only uses our boats.”

And a lot of the entrants in the 2017 Worlds will be using them, too.

Harbour2Heads Lagoon Challenge
Knysna Racing Kayaks - and its paddles - will be out in full force during the 2016 Knysna Oyster Festival’s Harbour2Heads Lagoon Challenge on 3 July - when K1, K2 & K3 paddlers will race over 22 or 11 km courses. (Go here for images from the 2015 Challenge.)

More information
Knysna Racing Kayaks: knysnaracingkayaks.com

Many schools close for the mid-year break on 22 June this year and only reopen nearly a month later on 18 July. With so many vacationing young ones in need of entertainment we believe we have the answer - the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (July 1 – 10) offers the solution for the perfect winter break for the entire family.

This year the Festival is jam-packed with events, bound to keep the family busy for the Best 10 Days of Your Winter. The programme offers to entertain the children while their parents participate in the numerous available events such as the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary, or the Momentum Health OatWell DualX powered by Peptopro.
Children between the ages of two and nine can participate in the Spur Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tours. Those aged six to twelve years can compete in the new Casper Kids Adventure Run in partnership with Simola or the DualX Quarter and DualX Brats races while their parents test their night running skills in The Simola Phantom Night Forest Run at the magnificent Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa.
A family visit to Knysna will not be complete without discovering the wonders of its natural forests. Join in the Festival’s FNB Knysna Forest Family Hikes and experience the best of Knysna’s natural beauty.
Children can further keep busy outdoors with the new DaretoDash Kids obstacle course, SWD Development runs and the Parent & Child Golf Day which forms part of the Imperial Auto Festival of Golf at Pezula.
The SA Navy’s vessels will once again visit the Festival. Watching their entry through the often treacherous Knysna Heads and a visit on-board while they are docked at the SANParks jetty on Thesen Island is an education for all. Older children can also attend a polo clinic, just around the corner from the jetty, presented by the Waterfront Canoe Polo Tournament team.
This year will be the fourth year that the Knysna-Plett Herald Young Oysters children’s programme takes fun and entertainment to children all over the Greater Knysna area. The programme, which takes place at all libraries as well as the Khayalethu and Smutsville community halls is free of charge and includes decorating of cupcakes and gingerbread men, arts & crafts and sculpting with recycling materials. The programme starts at 10:00 every day from Monday to Friday during the Festival.
The Festival Pavilion at the Knysna High School sport fields will provide a fun-fest for the young with a funfair and inflatable activity equipment. Alongside the Momentum Health Kiddies Area (where children are supervised while parents take a well-deserved break) the Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival presented by Humpty Dumpty Windmeul Eggs programme will takes place.
This programme promises to entertain children aged two to ten with cooking lessons, arts and crafts.
A new addition to this year’s line-up is Seafood Wednesday (6 July) - bound to spoil Festival participants with an array of seafood. A Seafood Route will lead to participating restaurants where they can savour 34 Degrees South’s delicious East Coast sole or the pan-fried Cape yellowtail with Salsa Verde and new potatoes from The Bell.
The SASSI Fish Seafood Braai, Oyster Shucking and Eating Competitions, as well as Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco will turn the Festival Pavilion into a hive of activity from 17:00 later the same day.
Tickets to the Festival’s variety of events are available at Webtickets: www.webtickets.co.za
For further information on what to expect at this year’s jam-packed Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, visit the website www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za or follow the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival on Twitter: @OysterFestival or on Facebook: Facebook/KnysnaOysterFestival for daily updates.

Friday, 27 May 2016 01:59

JUST TRY IT! #HopeMustRise

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It sounds similar to the Nike line and could be as big in Knysna. Love United promises to bring together the largest gathering of our youth in the town on Youth Day 2016.

And the theme is very simple. Organisers of the event are passionate about giving every young person in Knysna a glimpse of their greatness and share a unified message of hope. “Our young people deserve more than the hopelessness that the majority of them face every day and it is time for the caring and visionary people of Knysna to be part of encouraging and building a prosperous future for them,” says coordinator Jacky Hendry.“This will be a day of celebration and hope across all of the communities of Knysna and will focus on a gathering of thousands of young people at Loerie Park.”

Hendry has promised the youth a life-changing celebration that will inspire them by focussing young people from all walks of life on a shared dream, a dream of seeing the incredible potential of a united future in Knysna. “Our country has never needed a shared feeling of hope and destiny more,” says Hendry. “You are our future leaders and I know that we can start a youth revolution for hope and prosperity on 16 June.”

Love United is getting amazing support from schools, churches, youth organisations, community leaders and businesses across all communities in the greater Knysna. Mr Singh has sponsored busses to transport youth from all communities to the event, volunteers are joining the initiative and many have bought into the vision of inspiring the future leaders of Knysna. Love United still needs contributions to provide hotdogs for lunch, insurance for the event, and other requirements that are listed on their website at www.loveunitedglobal.weebly.com “This initiative belong to every single person who has a heart for our youth and any contribution of time or other resources will make a huge difference.”

The celebration of 16 June will feature an awesome array of music. The featured band for the day, Lyrical D Cyples, have inspired the youth throughout S.A.Other performances will beLove United’s very own band from within the town,Plett Community Band, School Choirs, and Local dancers including Modern, Break Dance and Hip Hop. The motivational youth speaker, Ashley Augustine along with Dylan Long will be exhorting the crowd with words of hope. Steve Olivier will bring a power message which guarantees to change your life forever.

Hendry has made a passionate appeal to all young people in Knysna and on the Garden Route. “Just try it! Come and hang with us. It will be an inspiring party that will change your life. We care and it is our dream to make a difference to your lives. There is a loving family waiting for you, the Love United family.”

Admission to the Love United event is free and gates open at Loerie Park at 11:00 – 16:00 on 16 June. For more information on the program for the day, and for opportunities to support the initiative, please visit www.loveunitedglobal.weebly.com or contact Jacky Hendry on 072 384 4584.

Friday, 27 May 2016 01:38

Expedition Africa 2016 Wrap up

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Expedition Africa 2016 was more than an Adventure Race for the Garden Route. This world series event gave us the opportunity to tell our story and showcase our area in a way that we have never been able to do so before. Numerous media teams scuttled around fighting to outdo the other to, ‘get that best shot’. Beautiful pictures and stunning video footage were beamed out via the social media channels, showing off more than their teams negotiating the Heads, Featherbed, Brenton beaches, beautiful lakes and our forests. The backmarkers of the event took things a little less seriously, popping into the G-Spot for lunch and breakfast at the odd farm stall to gain their sustenance for the route. Their media caught these special moments and reflected the various moods of the race in a way that no advert or editorial could have.

Seeing our region through the eyes of these athletes revived our love for the place we live in and certainly made an impact on adventure lovers worldwide.

The live viewing option attracted 65000 ‘spectators’ a day on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the event. The official facebook page attracted 150 000 views a day and the teams from their respective countries drew international attention to our beautiful area.

Now we look forward to completing the process of professing to the ‘Home of Adventure’ to the world. Our #TrailTown strategy is gaining traction with the iconic mountain bike trail being built through our region and our bid for the Adventure Racing World Champs 2018 having been submitted. To all adventure companies in our region, the stage has been set for you to now profit off this wave of success we have recently experienced. Reinvent yourself and present the opportunity you offer adventure seekers worldwide, because we have now confirmed our status as the “Home of Adventure’

Official #Knysna Communication: www.visitknysna.co.za

 

   
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WHAT'S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

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Expedition Africa brings massive exposure

 

The Garden Route, in fact the world has been gripped in adventure racing fever once the international adventure race, Expedition Africa kicked off on our beautiful Knysna estuary on Sunday, May 15 at 08:00.

Read more here 

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Comfortable win for Team Featherbed Painted Wolf at Expedition Africa

54 teams from around the world set of on a grueling 500km expedition, an adventure race through the Garden Route. After a gutsy start and early break away, Team Featherbed Painted Wolf consisting of brothers, Mark Collins - the team captain, John Collins -the navigator, Jeannie Dreyer and Darren Berry a volunteer for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), crossed the finishing line as winners of Expedition Africa in 3 days, 12 hours and 33minutes after the start.

Read more here

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Wonderful made a typewriter and it is awesome - #KnysnaMade

 

Wonderful Mwakandiwona made a typewriter and it’s awesome: a full-sized, wire replica of an early 1900s LC Smith & Corona 8 11 of the kind great-granny might have used if she’d been a stenographer back in the day.

Read more here

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KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL JUST AROUND THE CORNER

 

In less than two months, from July 1 – 10, Knysna will once again be teeming with visitors. These visitors will be here to enjoy The Best Ten Days of the year, for the 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.

Read more here

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Paragliding Adventure in a nutshell

 

Deon Borettis is no new comer to taking to the sky. This accomplished paragliding pilot started flying 20 years ago and for the first 7 of those had heaps of fun while competing in formal Competitions against his peers.

Read more here

 

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Online entries open for Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour

 

“The race, which celebrates its 29th year in 2016, has grown enormously since its inception and now comprises four very popular events – MTB events, road races, the SPUR Children’s Tour and the Forest Family Dam Ride. These take place on 2 and 3 July over the first weekend of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (1-10 July 2016).”

Read more here

UPCOMING EVENTS

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Cloud 9 live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 20 May from 8pm - 11pm & on Sunday 15 May, SHAZA will perform from 1 - 4pm.

 

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

 

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FATHER'S DAY

Treat Dad to a delicious lunch @ Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant at Lakeside Lodge & Spa. Sit back, relax and unwind. R350 - R395 pp

For more information or contact: 044 343 1844

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WINTER LONG TABLE

Don't miss the start of the Winter Long Table at Kilzer's Kitchen today 13 May 4pm - 9pm, every Friday for Winter.

For more information contact: 044 

382 0135

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FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don't miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm - 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane. For more information contact: 044 382 5316 NOTE: closing for Winter last day 27 May

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WILD OATS MARKET

Don't miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from
07:30 - 12pm. For more info contact: 044 883 1177

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HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it's definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

SPECIALS

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Don't miss out on a 3 course SUNDAY LUNCH at Leeuwensbosch Farm Stall at only R95 pp.

For more information call: Gerhard/Jane on 044 386 0116

BM1

Caroline's Bistro & The Bell Tavern at Belvidere Manor brings you good food all year round.


For more information contact: 044 387 1055

totties

Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun by Georgio. For more information call: 044 389 0092

amani turbine

Spoil yourself with a 45 min a back, neck & shoulder massage, refreshing foot scrub & a pressure point foot massage at the Amani Spa @ Turbine for only R599 pp.

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

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The Heritage Restaurant/Cafe where heritage, good food and great company comes together.

For more information contact: 044 382 1888

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Mitchells Brew Pub presents Thurday Pint Night - Buy one get one free & from 6pm - 8pm get a free 340ml draft with any gourmet burger.

For more info contact: 044 382 4685

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THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. Click here for breakfast & lunch specials (Poster Attached) For more information contact: 0443827331

BlackwatersRiver

Join Blackwaters River Lodge & Mashie Golf Course - A great relaxation place for young & old. 
For more information & bookings contact: 044 383 0105

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AUTUMN SPECIAL: Get 10% off all your meals at the Island Cafe at Turbine Hotel & Spa until the end of May. 

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

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Wonderful Mwakandiwona made a typewriter and it’s awesome: a full-sized, wire replica of an early 1900s LC Smith & Corona 8 11 of the kind great-granny might have used if she’d been a stenographer back in the day.

“I’ve never used a typewriter myself - I just copied it from an original,” said the quiet-spoken wire artist whose workshop is situated on the grounds of Shepherd’s Tree Store and Coffee Shop, at 61 Waterfront Drive (just off Main Road), Knysna.

Wonderful and his colleague Brenda Booysen at Novél Creations (a Crafted Eden initiative) produce a range of useful and decorative wire-based products - beaded chandeliers, wire baskets, picture frames, sculptures of animal heads (lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant, impala, horse), etc. - on commission and for sale to the public.

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He said that they work with as many as ten to twelve part-timers when they need to produce large orders on commission for decorators, retailers, or events planners.

His typewriter, though, was a once-off creation, which he built over a period of just four days - with great attention to detail (although the keys don’t strike, the platen or paper roller does move from side to side, just like the real thing).

The ‘original’ Smith Corona that inspired it is one of the earliest of the standard typewriters which were produced from about 1910. (Standard typewriters had QWERTY keyboards - like the ones still fitted to most computers - and were basically improved versions of the first commercially successful machine: the Sholes and Glidden or Remington No. 1 that came onto the market in 1874.)

Novél Creations’ coordinator, designer Tanya Noble, said that the community-centred business was set up to put food on the tables of its employees - but, crucially, also to provide an outlet for their creativity.

“This is why I suggested the typewriter to Wonderful, and gave him complete carte blanche to make it however he wanted.

“Much of our work is standardised and made to specifications, but it’s very important to all of us who work here to understand that our creativity is valued and valuable, and to grow as individual artists,” she said.

For more about products from Knysna, follow #KnysnaMade on Twitter
Visit Novél Creations online at craftededen.wordpress.com or at Shepherd’s Tree, 61 Waterfront Drive. (And when you do - treat yourself to something yummy at the Coffee Shop. The carrot cake’s sublime.)
Telephone: 044 382 2066

In less than two months, from July 1 – 10, Knysna will once again be teeming with visitors. These visitors will be here to enjoy The Best Ten Days of the year, for the 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.

With more than 100 activities spread over the ten day festival there will be no shortage of fun. As part of the festival, the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon will be taking place and entries are officially open! (Although the Marathon entries are full, the charity auction for tickets will still give you the opportunity to get your entry). These two highly acclaimed races offer sport lovers some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery in the world.

This year the festival also brings you the all new Momentum Health OatWell DualX, powered by PeptoPro as well as the BIG5 SPORT CHALLENGE. The DualX events will challenge athletes across all levels of fitness, skill experience and ages through a number of events taking place throughout the Festival.

The rest of the programme includes many sporting and lifestyle events from swimming, bowls, and hiking to food and wine-tastings, live music, a special children’s programme and of course, lots and lots of oysters! Being one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party, this year’s event is bound to keep you and your visitors entertained.

“The festival offers an incredible variety of activities which is what makes it so appealing to the more than 50,000 visitors who travel to the area each year from all around the country. The festival has grown to include a huge charity component and the involvement of the local community which ensures that everyone in Knysna benefits from the huge boost to the economy that the festival brings every year,” says Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt, local festival coordinator.

Visitors can look forward to the festival’s classic events, such as the ever-popular road and mountain bike races, the Knysna Wine Festival and Night Market, mid-week signature events such as the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Flavours of Knysna presented by Tabasco, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Shuckle (where oysters and comedy take centre stage) and the Local Design and Food Market.

And then of course there’s the Pick n Pay Women’s Walk, Teen for Tots triathlon, the Featherbed Co Trail Run and much, much more that is bound to keep the whole family entertained at during this much-love wonderful festival.

Get in on the action and don’t miss out this year! For further information visit http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/

54 teams from around the world set of on a grueling 500km expedition, an adventure race through the Garden Route. After a gutsy start and early break away, Team Featherbed Painted Wolf consisting of brothers, Mark Collins - the team captain, John Collins -the navigator, Jeannie Dreyer and Darren Berry a volunteer for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), crossed the finishing line as winners of Expedition Africa in 3 days, 12 hours and 33minutes after the start.

Expedition Africa, a 500km multi-sport, 4 person team, self-navigation, and self-supported race is considered to be the ultimate endurance sport. Teamwork, patience, strategy and incredible fitness get each team across some of the most demanding terrain in the world. Expedition Africa, now in its 6th year, took a different turn this year, as it added a small urban flavour to the typically remote mountain ranges. Over 3 days, Featherbed Painted Wolf kayaked, cycled and trekked through parts of the very scenic Garden Route in the Cape, to help raise awareness for the National Sea Rescue Institute.

From the get-go, Team Feathered Painted Wolf set off at an extremely fast pace, making a break from the pack on the first trek through the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

After 3 short kayak legs, their lead slowly opened up to what ended as a massive 7+ hour gap between first and second place.
Moving quickly from transition to transition, Team Featherbed kept hard at it, opting to race as hard as possible, forgoing sleep to achieve their aim – to win! Spectators and fellow racers wondered if this pace set was sustainable however the wait for the team’s strategy to implode was all in vain. The team slept for a total of 3 hours, only!

Putting their race strategy into play, with one and a half days racing without sleep, the team eventually had a 1h45min power nap mid way, which put them at the Canyon leg of the race at the best possible time. This enabled them to do the most difficult part of the race in daylight, which was best suited to the team allowing them to push really hard going into the long cycle leg after a short paddle.

As in all races of this nature, teams always deal with aching muscles and extreme fatigue causing lack of concentration which leads to injuries or unexpected/unfortunate events and Team Featherbed was no different!

Jeannie takes a moment to 'dig deep'.
During the 5th stage of the expedition, the long, grueling 12 hour trek, Jeannie Dreyer rolled her left ankle which caused her a fair amount of discomfort and swelling. After strapping it well, and not giving into her pain, she bit down and fought through it for the rest of the race, never letting her discomfort get in the way of the teams aim of finishing at the top.

Then came the big shock! At Transition 9, the team leader, Mark Collins, was informed that the team had missed Check Point (CP) 17 and would either need to return to find and fetch it, or they would face a 6 hour penalty. The team decided to take a detour to fetch CP17 allowing them to finish the race with all check points in hand earning them the official win.

Aching muscles, sheer exhaustion but smiling none the less Team Featherbed Painted Wolf crossed the finish line victorious. Mark explains, “Mark Collins had this to say about their race, We did our best from the word go, constantly worried about who might be on our tail. Expedition Africa has fast become one of the best Adventure races in the world and is acclaimed to be so by the best teams in the world, well, we have won Expedition Africa.”

For more updates and information check https://www.facebook.com/TeamPaintedWolf or https://www.facebook.com/kineticeventsafrica

Friday, 20 May 2016 00:42

Expedition Africa brings massive exposure

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The Garden Route, in fact the world has been gripped in adventure racing fever once the international adventure race, Expedition Africa kicked off on our beautiful Knysna estuary on Sunday, May 15 at 08:00.

To add to the excitement Greater Knysna locals, Team Featherbed Co Painted Wolf led the pack of 54 teams from the very first kayaking leg of the race. Chasing them were Team Merrell Adventure Addicts, another local adventure team who have kept locals cheering them on in previous adventure races.

This gruelling 500km race, however belonged to Team 39, Darren Berry, Jeannie Bomford, Mark and John Collins as they stepped across the finish line at Pine Lake Marina last night after a mere 3 days, 12 hours and 33 minutes!

Once the first paddle struck the water at the start of the race the Expedition Africa’s live tracking website started and fans could track there teams 27 / 7. Each team was represented by a red marker and their GPS reading was updated every three minutes.
Very soon Red Dot Fever (the compulsion to follow the team) gripped the world. “By Wednesday over 65 000 people were watching the event online. Statistics showed that by Wednesday just over 5.5 million people had been reached worldwide,” said Knysna & Partners CEO, Greg Vogt.

“Thanks to most of the 54 teams own media teams, the world has been shown the unbelievable beauty of our area. Visit Kinetic Event Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/kineticeventsafrica/?fref=ts and take a look for yourself. These are just examples of one Facebook page that has over 9 000 followers worldwide. Now multiply this by the many other teams that are posting their experiences on their social media and you’ll see what unbelievable exposure or area has received,” expressed Vogt.

Although the top teams would have crossed the finished line by the time you read this blog, there are still many that the race organisers refer to as “heroes” heading on the last leg of this amazing race. Continue to follow them on the live-tracking Website http://www.kineticgear.org/gps-tracking/

Greg invites all to pop into the race base camp, Pine Lake Marina to cheer on these heroes as they complete their race. Teams are expected to be in by Saturday at noon.