Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 19 Happy Birthday Clarens

Weekend Weather

It is going to be warm and sunny the entire weekend, no chance of rain or any other form of unpleasantness. This prediction brought to you by Kevin the Fool who will be in the stocks on the square, waiting for you to come and throw a tomato at him if he is wrong.

Notes from the Editor

Fanfares and trumpets! Oh frabjous day! Kalloo! Kallay! The Centenary day begins today and all through the village is excitement afoot. The tingling in the air begins as you turn into Clarens off the Golden Gate road and find an assortment of local treats and crafts waiting just for you. Early birds will be able to jump on the first available tavern tour leaving at 10am to taxi you around 6 of our finest Taverns and be back in time to receive some revitalizing healing at the wellness area on the square, before trying out the results of some of Clarens’s top chefs cooking exhibitions, and having a look at the Destinations tent, having a beer, and checking out the Medieval Games, try your hand (or foot) on stilts and rope walking, toss your caber and head on either to Bibliophile to hear Maja Kriel at the Bibliophile book shop, or down to the theater at the Marti Lotz hall for the first performance of Herman Charles Bosman’s Mafeking Road. Straight after the show head back up to Bibliophile to hear Jo–Anne Richards talking about the life of the writer, and then back down to the Marti Lotz hall to hear Elizabe Zietsman in Kabaret, and then back up to listen to Anne Marie du Preez. Of course that’s only if you got away from the square and didn’t spend the whole afternoon throwing tomatoes at the Fool in the stocks or laughing at Knot the Juggler and friends performing next to the Kids area… Either way, make sure you are at the Clarens Golf Estate and in the Sheepshed Gallery by 6, to hear acclaimed artist and author Peter Badcock-Walters give you a look behind the scenes at the creation and conception of The Illustrated Bosman, and his search for the heart of South Africa.

 Portrait of the Artist as a young man
If you haven’t selected a restaurant or pub to spend the rest of your night in, the Kgubetswana Soccer Field is going wild with traditional afrocentric music and King Vitus himself till late, unless you prefer the refinement of a Classical Soiree at the Brambleberry, or Gail at 278, or the brilliantly talented Denzl and Hensie at Artichoke Restaurant. Spoilt for choice you lucky people!

And Saturday gets even better. Start your day off with a hot air balloon ride at 8am, champagne and the best view in and of the village. From there on catch up with everything you missed on Friday because you spent the whole day on the square in the beer garden laughing at the clowns and stiltwalkers and trying to win prizes by tossing your caber further than anyone else. The whole village will be trembling with excitement for Saturday night, the Greatest Show on Earth begins with Violet Somedays’ fusion of funk and rock before the legendary Rooibaart premier material from their long awaited latest album. Joseph Clark doing a tribute to Queen follows all this. For the more literary minded, dinner and banter will be served at the Phatt Chef for the Bibliophile Bookfest writer’s dinner, limited seating, call Simon now. For the full programme of events click here now Your intrepid News team will be working to bring you all the latest pics and information from the Centenary, to see what’s going on click on these codes wherever you see them to find out more about Clarens, and why we call it home

This code takes you to Centenary Programme

if you follow this one you should end up at the Centenary Programme

And, if you follow the News you will see regular updates and pics from around the festival, some of the art some of the stories some of the fun some of the games and some of the laughs. THE LADY PILTDOWN DIARIES We at the News are also thrilled to announce that a box of yellowing scraps of paper which was handed to us, has turned out to be the journal of Lady Piltdown, wife of Lord Henry Piltdown, one of the earliest pioneers of the Package Tour holiday. They joined up with the first Tour operators in 1835 going from Cape Town to Graaf Reniet, and then onwards in something that would come to be known as The Great Trek. Apparantly this journal was discovered in the foundations of a local farmhouse undergoing renovations, but the exact address has been withheld to avoid unnessecary publicity for the owners of the farmhouse, who wish to retain their privacy in what will no doubt come to be a major international heritage site. An excerpt: “Many of our fellow travellors exhibit signs of a fundamental lack of understanding of the finer points of etiquette. Only last night Harold was trying to place the spittoon within spitting distance of one of our new friends (whose tobacco chewing would not be half so problematic if he would only do it with his mouth closed). Every time he placed it where Johannes had just released a stream of brown fluid, and the man would then aim his next eruption to the other side of the table from the recepticle. After Henry had moved the object no less than five times, our esteemed colleague leaned over and growled in heavily accented English “Listen my friend, if you move that thing one more time I swear I will spit in it…” Later in the comfort of our own wagon Henry confided his sense of elation at having finally been called ‘my friend’ by this gruff fellow…”

Things to do THIS weekend

Centenary News The full Programme of events can be found by clicking this image

Bibliophile Bookfest

Click on the image for more information There will also be a Kids Area on the Square, with Stiltwalkers, Medieval Games, Jugglers, Clown Shows, Magic, Art Workshops, Music, and so much more besides.
Clarens News Knot the Juggler
ARTISTS GUILD The Clarens Art Guild endeavours to encourage and give a platform to local hobby artists. It presently consists of an enthusiastic group of 16 artists painting in various media. We will be exhibiting our work in the Dutch Reformed (NG) Church Hall on Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October. Neil Moss will be giving painting demonstrations. Please visit us and be inspired!

Business News

October 11

Weekend Weather

Delicously warm with a hint of cloud. Don’t forget your sunscreen

Notes from the Editor

This day in History: October 11 saw the first manned space mission – Apollo 7. To see the historic launch click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNY2yKBPn9w. Reports that a Free State farmer actually beat them to it remain unconfirmed Last week also saw the launch of a new periodical in Clarens, the Clarens News newspaper. Look out for it and prepare to see it grow in leaps and bounds in the future, big plans are afoot. You can contact editor@clarensnews if you would like to advertise, write or get involved in any other way. You will also have noticed (regular readers) that the look and feel of this newsletter has changed somewhat. To find out about Shops, Delis, Restaurants, Accommodation, Adventures, Tours and much more, follow the links in the table of contents (on the right) to go to the website where they are all hosted. CLARENS NEWS PAPER We take this opportunity to offer special rates on advertising with the Clarens News Paper version to all of our current advertisers with this newsletter. If you would like to know more please email me on editor@clarensnews.com to be involved with this project, and watch out for QR codes around town, all of which will take you to News – hosted Webpages through the portals of special offers and much much moreThis code takes you to Centenary Programmeif you follow this one you should end up at the Centenary Programme THE LADY PILTDOWN DIARIES We at the News are also thrilled to announce that a box of yellowing scraps of paper which was handed to us, has turned out to be the journal of Lady Piltdown, wife of Lord Henry Piltdown, one of the earliest pioneers of the Package Tour holiday. They joined up with the first Tour operators in 1835 going from Cape Town to Graaf Reniet, and then onwards in something that would come to be known as The Great Trek. Apparantly this journal was discovered in the foundations of a local farmhouse undergoing renovations, but the exact address has been withheld to avoid unnessecary publicity for the owners of the farmhouse, who wish to retain their privacy in what will no doubt come to be a major international heritage site. An excerpt: “We have noticed that the guides all carry bags of items by their feet on each of their wagons. In these bags they have dried meat, tobacco and various other assorted bits and bobs of which they seem very fond. We have been travelling with them for the last 3 months, and they seem to have developed a genuine liking for us, and even given Henry  his own nick name, based (I presume) on their fondness for the bags they carry. Every time Henry approaches their main camp fire to find out more about the journey ahead, they all call him (with great fondness) Foot Sack, in reference to their beloved carry bags.The mountains in the distance disturb my dreams, but I feel certain that our bearded guides will get us through the narrow ravines and up the formidable slopes, to our destination, as yet unknown…”

Things to do THIS weekend

Live Music and Specials

Friday night sees Grouse and Claret hosting Slipstream – Rudo, Vic, Denzl and OB rock out, see you there Friday night and Saturday night Van Smith will be playing at Friends Pub and Restaurant http://www.facebook.com/events/454878641231637/ to see some more about this, and if you really like them, go to their website on http://vansmith.co.za/ click play to hear Van Smith

GOLF Book now to avoid disappointment, and have a great day all those who are already involved

Upcoming Events – Clarens Centenary

Centenary NewsThe full Programme of events can be found by clicking this image

Bibliophile Bookfest

Click on the image for more information There will also be a Kids Area on the Square, with stilt walkers, jumping castle, jugglers, shows, magic, story telling, music, traditional games and so much more besides. ARTISTS GUILD The Clarens Art Guild endeavours to encourage and give a platform to local hobby artists. It presently consists of an enthusiastic group of 16 artists painting in various media. We will be exhibiting our work in the Dutch Reformed (NG) Church Hall on Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October. Neil Moss will be giving painting demonstrations. Please visit us and be inspired!

Business News

Titanic Rock

Little known Free State facts:

The Spirit Level was invented between Senekal and Bloemfontein by a local farmer who was inspired by the view of the horizon in all directions from his stoep In some parts of the Free State if you order chips and vegetables with your meal you get chips and a baked potato Once every 3000 years the Free State becomes a portal through time and space, specifically the town of Tweeling

Free state of mind.

And through the darkness I saw the light It was flashing before my eyes Brightening the skies And it was then that I realized That I’m grounded Tied to this rock Gravity’s got its hold on me… And theres nothing I can do but… Let go. Free your mind and your soul. Be who you know that you should be. Let go of this fantasy And join us Welcome to reality.
Parker Griffith

Things to do in Clarens

SHOPS

The village is filled with an abundance of shopping, to see some of the local stores (no franchises) click HERE

BAKERY/DELI/COFFEE

Tasty treats, snacks and picnic basket fillers available HERE

RESTAURANTS/PUBS

Once you’re done shopping go and have a bite to eat and glass of whatever you like, to see them click HERE

ACCOMODATION

Treat yourself to a good night’s rest and delightful hopitality at any of these establishments, click HERE

WEDDINGS/EVENTS

Turn that special moment into the occasion of a lifetime, click HERE

ADVENTURES

And celebrate the event with an amazing adventure by clicking HERE

PROPERTY

Why leave, you’re already here, so click HERE to find the home of your dreams

CLASSIFIEDS/SERVICES/VACANCIES

For those of you who have already made the best decision, HERE are the people who can make things even better

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

The numbers everyone should have are all available right HERE.

Geocolaptes olivaceus

ORNITHOLOGICAL NOTES Talk about an avian identity crisis!   The increasing furore surrounding the missing clutch of Guinea Fowl eggs reached fever-pitch this week with the news that Dorkus Duck has signalled the hatching of her stolen eggs with a fit of triumphant whistling.    She had gone to water with the missing eggs on the Clarens Golf Course’s notorious eleventh-tee last week, and simply vanished.    The Clarens news can now report that Dorkus emerged from the reeds this morning leading 12 very surprised Guinea Fowl chicks, who were having a lot of trouble keeping their beaks above water.   Dorkus is one determined duck however, and has apparently enlisted the aid of wild-life authority and legend David Attenborough to teach her recalcitrant brood to swim.   Attenborough, said to be staying incognito in the Brad Pitt room at the Lake Clarens Guest House, shared the view with your faithful correspondent that Guinea Fowl were not known for their natural flotation abilities and tended to sink like stones when wet.   Attenborough has apparently developed a patented design for small reed rafts to keep the dodgy dozen afloat but said that teaching them to whistle might prove a greater challenge.   Undaunted, Dorkus was last seen fending off the furious attentions of dispossessed mother, Gargatua Guinea Fowl, and giving her wanna-be White-Faced ducklings their first whistling lesson.   Witnesses said that her attempts to teach her fledglings the chorus to Bohemian Rhapsody had been less than successful as the Guinea-Ducks kept disappearing below the water when exhaling.   Attenborough will be signing autographs on the eleventh-tee this Saturday, as the brood launch their reed rafts for the first time.   Golly! The Twitcher

Clarens News October 4

Weekend Weather

Bring sunscreen, T-shirts and something warm for later.

Notes from the Editor

A few things to consider over your morning croissant or freshly baked bread: This the 13th edition of the News in its newest incarnation holds no fears for me, as I do not suffer from Triskaidekaphobia in any way shape or form. For those of you who are wondering what I’m talking about, here is the overall authority of WikipediaTriskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris meaning “3″, kai meaning “and”, deka meaning “10″ and phobia meaning “fear” or “morbid fear”) is fear of the number 13; it is a superstition and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia. It is also the 60th anniversary of man’s first stab into space, October the 4th saw the Russian Sputnik 1 take to the sky and then to infinity and beyond. Click here to see footage of that momentous moment (rumours that a Free State farmer did the actual filming of this clip are still under review…) Not only that, but October the 4th is also World Animal Day (possibly a connection to the Sputnik launch, it might be their idea to get rid of us and return to a quieter time…) and if you would like to get involved in local animal welfare projects please go to  info@clunyanimaltrust.za.org to find out about The Cluny Trust, what it’s doing to help animals in need, and how you can help them. Looking back at last week’s amazing Classics in Clarens event, a huge thank you is extended to the Goldblatt family who at the last moment opened their beautiful venue at St Fort to the Classics for a truly memorable occasion under the Mushroom rock, beneath a full moon. Chilly conditions did not detract from the beautiful sounds of the Durban City Orchestra, or the graceful movements of the Campus Dance School and the Winsome Fuller School of Dance. Really stunning, and we look forward to more in the future. Well done to all involved. Last week also saw the launch of a new periodical in Clarens, the Clarens News newspaper. Look out for it and prepare to see it grow in leaps and bounds in the future, big plans are afoot. You can contact editor@clarensnews if you would like to advertise, write or get involved in any other way. You will also have noticed (regular readers) that the look and feel of this newsletter has changed somewhat. To find out about Shops, Restaurants, Accommodation, Adventures, Tours and much more, follow the links in the table of contents (at the top of the page) to go to the website where they are all hosted.

Things to do THIS weekend

Live Music and Specials

After last weekend’s musical madness Clarens is a little quieter this week: Friends Restaurant will be hosting Slipstream on Friday night, and DJ Electric will be giving you a chance to prove your Idols chances with kareoke on Saturday night. Not up to singing? Let Rick Schwim do it for you with your old favourites at the Grouse and Claret also Saturday night. Artichoke Restaurant will see Deon Spruyt covering 70′s and 80′s all afternoon on Saturday

Bring and Braai

At the Gourmet Shed

Road Running

If you’ve brought your running shoes you might be interested in joining in The Golden Gate Marathon, and if you need some inspiration,  HERE (if you click) is the story of Katherine Switzer, the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon in 1967, who was actually physically attacked by one of the race organisers who could not accept that a woman was running his race, but went on to complete the event in 4 hours 20. GOLDEN GATE MARATHON Date: 06 October 2012 Time: 07:00 Event Cost: 21.1km: R60; 10km: R40; 4km Fun Run: R20; Temporary License; 21.1km & 10km: R20 Location: Glen Reenen (closest town, Clarens) Description Late entries will be taken at Glen Reenen Rest Camp, on 5 October, between 4pm and 8pm. You can also enter on race day, between 5am and 6:30am. Start times: 21.1km & 10km: 7am; 5km Fun Run: 7:20am Organised by Organised by: Ebarnie CillersEmailbhmmarathon@gmail.com Phone: 082 822 8992 En vir n egte

Vrystaat Experience

Stap saam na die Bethlehem Fees hierdie naweek

Upcoming EventsThe Journey of Hope Breast Cancer Survivors will be visiting Clarens on Monday the 8 October at 12:00. at the Golf Estate

They will share their breast cancer journey with the community, and their goals which are to create awareness about breast cancer, how to self check,what signs to look for and should you find anything unusual where to go for assistance. Not only is the Journey of Hope here to educate but they want to make a difference in communities this year they will be feeding ladies, gentleman, young and old with soup and bread.  Be sure to get to attend and get your soup token.Centenary News The full Programme of events can be found by clicking this image

Bibliophile Bookfest

Click on the image for more information

Business News

Titanic Rock

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window,into which people look(while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and fro moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.

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Things to do in Clarens

SHOPS

The village is filled with an abundance of shopping, to see some of the local stores (no franchises) click HERE

RESTAURANTS/PUBS

Once you’re done shopping go and have a bite to eat and glass of whatever you like, to see them click HERE

ACCOMODATION

Treat yourself to a good night’s rest and delightful hopitality at any of these establishments, click HERE

WEDDINGS/EVENTS

Turn that special moment into the occasion of a lifetime, click HERE

ADVENTURES

And celebrate the event with an amazing adventure by clicking HERE

PROPERTY

Why leave, you’re already here, so click HERE to find the home of your dreams

CLASSIFIEDS/SERVICES/VACANCIES

For those of you who have already made the best decision, HERE are the people who can make things even better

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

The numbers everyone should have are all available right HERE.

Geocolaptes olivaceus

ORNITHOLOGICAL NOTESWell.   The worst fears of the village’s avian population have been realised.  In spite of intensive negotiation and the involvement of several renowned duck breeders, both the twelve missing Guinea Fowl eggs and an itinerant White-Faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata), apparently known as Dorkus (aka Dementia Duck) have simply vanished.   Witnesses claim to have seen the suspect duck, wearing diamante sunglasses and an elaborate hat, pushing a supermarket trolley loaded with what may prove to be very free range Guinea Fowl eggs, heading in the direction of the Golf Estate.   The search has been expanded to the reed beds that confound golfers off the 11th tee, and an all-points bulletin has been issued to Guinea Fowl flocks that patrol the southern edge of the Golf Estate.   Distraught mother and errant egg-sitter, Gargantua Guinea Fowl, has posted a reward of unprecedented proportions (said to involve tickets for a romantic dinner at a nearby mielie-bistro) and sworn never to lay another egg until her clutch is returned.   Caddies on the golf course have found a warm pile of 86 golf balls in an abandoned duck nest on the shore of the dam, suggesting that Dorkus Duck may be more troubled than was earlier thought.   Attempts to contact a duck psychologist have failed, as the valley waits with baited breath for the next instalment in this heart-rending saga.   Stay posted!If you are confused you should click on the above image to find out the history of our town’s most loved fowl