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


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


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


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


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


And celebrate the event with an amazing adventure by clicking HERE


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


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


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