Aah, the mountains look so lovely after a sweet refreshing shower… And we get amazing lightning shows as well!
Notes from the Editor
I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath for this week’s News, sorry about the delay, you may have lost the will to live without your beloved weekly Newsletter, but still, better late than never, eh? Why the delay you may ask? Well, if it had come out yesterday there would have been no feed back on the SPF meeting on Thursday afternoon (see sidebar on right), or on our Comrade President’s Valentine’s address to the nation. Reason enough, I hope. Apparently he will continue to make corruption a top priority this year (sounds like all the other years to me), and still blames apartheid for all the ongoing violence in the country. On the upside he announced the setting up of special courts to deal specifically with the scourge of rape in this country, currently the world leader in that department, and hopefully it will review past cases as well. Maybe it’s not so bad if you do it on Valentine’s day, as long as you give taxi fare the next morning, Mr Zuma… The highlight of the affair by the sounds of it was when 84 year old Mangosotho Buthelezi ran around before it officially started, giving out flowers and love notes to various female representatives. And did you know (number 83485) that the word “Malibongwe” means “let them be praised”? and is a reference to a group of 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on August 9 1956 to register their protest against having to carry pass books! And aren’t you so lucky to have a clever little editor. It’s taken a week of head scratching, but finally all the daily news postings on the facebook page (www.facebook.com/clarensnews) go directly to the websitewww.clarensnews.com, making it the most up-to-date source for your News about Clarens, the Free State, and our world in general. (takes bow to thunderous applause)
In other News:
The Scooter Addicts came and went. Their 35000 km tour from Cape Town to Dublin in aid of Children’s Red Cross Hospitals saw them stop over at Witsieshoek on Monday night, where they were greeted by Pete and Toni Badcock-Walters. Full article to follow, but here are some pics in the meantime
The next (and possibly final) printed version of the News will be out next week. Hoping it looks as good on paper as it did on the screen when I finished it at 3am…
Craft Beer Festival News
As a precursor to the main event a number of Clarens restaurants are having food and beer pairings on the Thursday night before it opens officially.
Thu 21 Feb 7pm
Food and Beer Pairing evening with:
• 278 on Main and Darling Brew
• Adamo and Drayman’s Brewery
• Clementines and Cockpit Brewhouse
• Phatt Chef and Three Skulls Brew Worx
Bookings are essential and I will try to get their menus for that night for the next edition
Join the event on Facebook by clicking here To read more about Beer and the festival please click here for the full program of events and beers and bands and breweries who will be participating.
Bethlehem Kine is live and operational again, so if you love the big screen, the smell of popcorn, cuddling in the back row or just a good old night out at the movies, here’s what is happening: Life of Pi The Hobbit Here comes the Boom Pretville (locally made and marketed under our very noses) To find out times, make bookings etc call them on 0583034333
Live Music and Specials
Artichoke Rick & Denzl Friday Hensie and Denzl Saturday afternoon and again that night T-Bone steak R70 Eischbein – R75 Grilled Halloumi with Avo – R35 Jalapeno poppers – R30 February Special @ Bon Appetit Bistro! Travel your way around the World in 28 teas. Come and enjoy our delicious teas from around the World. For each pot of tea sold, we will donate R.2 to CLUNY ANIMAL TRUST. So come discover amazing teas and do your bit for our local Animal charity!
Street Cafe has Monday night Happy Hour with Slipstream and friends. Friends Restaurant will have live music over the weekend, band to be confirmed (you can click HERE
for updates as I get them)
9 March 2013 – The SPF Macnollie fund raising challenge. Are you a hunting, shooting fishing kind of person? Compete to raise funds for the Sector Police Forum and keep Clarens safe. Click HERE for more details Clarens Festival of Dirt – 5-7 April 2013. Clarens X-Treme will once again be hosting this dirty weekend. The Mountain Madalas # 1 hosted by Enduro Mag will start mid morning on Saturday after the 40km mountain bike trail ride which leaves St Fort at 6am. If that is not enough, come and enjoy a 3km or 10km trail run on Sunday. Bring the whole family to St Fort for an action packed weekend with loads of entertainment for visitors and locals. The Sandstone Gorge in Ficksburg has their Steam Heritage Festival which runs from the 4th to the 12th of May this year, and promises historic trains, a Sherman Tank, vintage tractors and dozers, as well as a Model T Ford grain truck, all of which are in operation and function in conjunction with the agricultural nature of the area it inhabits. Well, maybe not the Sherman tank (I hope), but all the rest. In the meantime, to read their latest Newsletter click HERE
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