|Notes from the EditorSteel Wings are coming to Clarens for the weekend so brace yourselves for the thunder of Iron Horses and the splendid sight of some of the finest machines in the country, all gathered to celebrate their love of the ride. Clarens owes them a great debt of thanks for the fundraising they do, giving us bicycles for the Sector Police Forum last year and R15 000 so far this year for the purchase of a portable defibrillator for the Nursing Sisters (we don’t have it yet, and locals are urged to dig deep to help find the remaining R10 000 – remember, it may be you who needs it one day). This is their 9th annual rally in Clarens, and already on a rainy Thursday afternoon they are looking magnificent. Note: for those of you who still want to give a little more, Evil ink Tattoo’s and Vermac Tattoo’s are joining together on Sunday 11 Nov. to raise money for the children’s feeding scheme “Bana ba Hlokang” and our Police forum, that keeps Clarens such a safe place to enjoy yourselves. They are hoping to raise R10 000, so get some ink for a good cause.
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Over a truly Xlnt breakfast the other day at the Willows Center I couldn’t help but notice construction had just finished on Clarens’s first cocktail bar. It will be the official opening on Saturday when world renowned sitar player Jean Pierre will be playing from 12 onwards. If I see 2 or 3 of each of you there it may just be the sting in the tail…
Remember Red Nose Day? When the whole country wore big red splats on the front of their cars to support charity? Now we have a new initiative to support Rhino funds: get a big Red Rhinose for the front of your car (or bike) for R35 and know that R28.50 of it goes to anti poaching and rhino rehabilitation. They are available at The Phatt Cheff and at the Henn’s Tooth toyshop, or you can call Simon on 0824693832 to have one delivered. (They look especially good on the front of a Harley, btw)
I know you came here to eat the most delicious fruit of all, but a word of warning. Do not buy from the side of the road! It’s not just that they might have been stolen from a farm, but more importantly, they may just have been sprayed, which can lead to tummy troubles for the unwary. The Cherry Shop and the Village Grocer are both highly recommended, and if you really want to feast on them, the Ficksburg Cherry Festival is only a week away.
Wonderful news: we have a very exciting fund-raising event coming up. Chris Dalzell – who is in huge demand, all over the world, for his slide show on creating the Singapore Gardens by the Bay – has generously offered to do his presentation, here in Clarens, specifically to raise funds for our Conservancy. And, the Protea Hotel are putting on a High Tea for us at cost, so that we can turn this into a very special event. I really hope that you can attend.
Tickets: R150 per person
To book Contact : Toni 082 4492 082 ( email email@example.com)
Karen: 084 4201 082 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tickets will be issued on receipt of proof of payment (see bank details below)
Tickets are also available in Clarens at The Village Grocer, Old Stone Bottle Store, and The Courtyard
To see the flyer and find out more details click here
Another last word on the Centenary
TV Broadcast from the Centenary will be shown on KykNET, Chanel 144
on the 17th December 2012 at 19:30 Hrs.
Things to do THIS weekend
As you might know; Steelwings will have their Annual National Rally in Clarens during the weekend of the 9th 10th and 11th of November. We then decided to have our 3rd DSTV event in conjunction with the rally, in order to simplify logistical matters. Watching the attachment, the competition is self-explanatory. The winners, a number of DSTV staff and camera crew will be an intricate part of the Steelwings Rally festivities.
To see the advert click on the pic above
And this is how it looks right now outside of George’s Sports Caffe
Grouse and Claret are having Slipstream unplugged tonight (always fun to see the boys jamming around a table and having a laff) and Steven Dixon on Friday night, should be good.
Friends is hosting the other face of Rooibaart, Ben Dover on Friday night, see you there.
Xlnt (at the Willows Center) has Jean Pierre over for cocktails on Saturday afternoon
Artichoke always has something on, pop in and have a drink with Bruce anytime.
Ficksburg Cherry Festival
17, 18 November
Click on the pic to see their website
Golf Club Championships
Clarens Craft Beer Festival
Already I am being swamped with queries about the most popular event in the Clarens Calendar
Please click on the pic to go the site and find out all you want