Clarens News: 8th November, 2013: Steelwings
Contents: In the Rooiberg; Steelwings; Clarens Craft Beer Festival; Getting the Beer Fest to work for you; Community Garden News; Plant of the week: Helechrysum callicomum; The Twitcher; Invitation from Dihlabeng Municipality; The Clarens : Golf News; This weekend; Let’s Remember – 11th November; Classifieds
You simply have to read Mary’s article: In the Rooiberg . It will make you feel good to be alive, and even better if you happen to live in the Free State.
The photograph features in the 2014 calendar produced by and sold in aid of Cluny Animal Trust. Calendars can be purchased at Clarens Gallery, Clementines Restaurant and the Old Stone Bottle Store, in Clarens. Alternatively they can be ordered from Katherine on 0827886287, Jan on 0782462553, Helen on 0582230918 or by email to email@example.com .
In the Rooiberg
Soon after I returned from England last year I was invited to spend the night on a farm in the Rooiberg, between Clarens and Fouriesburg. I went along with enthusiasm and spent a pleasant afternoon being shown around the farm. Our photograph this week is of a flock of sheep resting in a pen and, in the background, the Rooiberg Mountains rise up impressively into the perfectly still winter sky.
This mountain range forms the northern slope of the Brandwater basin, stretching from the watershed at Golden Gate in the east, to the Witteberg range in the west, and to the Maloti Mountains beyond the Caledon River in the south. Within this basin, along the south facing slopes of the Rooiberg, lie the villages of Clarens and Fouriesburg. These mountains are particularly well known for their sandstone formations, and the late afternoon light transforms their sculpted precipices into lavish shades of pink and orange and ochre. This gave the mountain range its name – Red Mountains.
In the evening, well after darkness had fallen, my host received a message that sheep had strayed. I was invited to come along. We piled into the bakkie and clattered along dirt roads and tracks, up and down winding slopes, through thick darkness. It had become bracingly cold, the temperature having plummeted, it seemed, as soon as the sun had disappeared. Despite my hand being bare and aching with cold, I clung onto the handle above the door while the vehicle lurched and bucked its way through the dark night, frenetically chasing the headlamps’ beam barreling ahead along the rutted road. Read more
This weekend we have Steelwings returning to Clarens for the 10th time. What an occasion!
The town has already started “purring” with that rather distinctive Harley-Davidson sound. There will certainly be lots of action this weekend. All Harley lovers will have lots to do and lots to see.
Clarens Craft Beer Festival
The Clarens Craft Beer Festival 2014 was launched last week on, 1 November, and already there is a hype in the social media about it. Exciting times! The fourth edition of this popular festival,taking place 21-23 Feb, will see some changes: new exciting breweries, absence of some of the older ones, new food vendors, longer hours (put not too long!) and more music which includes an exciting band from Jozi… Most notable of all is a lack of corporate sponsorship or any sponsorship at all for that matter. We declined the offer of sponsorship from SAB since their requirements were not beneficial for the festival or the village. The beer festival almost didn’t happen as a result, but some support and clever footwork from locals, friends and partners in the events industry opened the doors. Long live the entrepreneurial spirit and here we go – solo!
So, besides launching what else is up? Accommodation woes, that’s what! This is also an appeal to the owners of every guest house, B&B, self catering establishment, hotel and booking agency (and tent, cave, kennel) to please, please, please support the festival by taking bookings for festival goers only as far as possible – we will fill them up, guaranteed. If there are existing bookings that you don’t know were made for the fest, how about contacting the guests and informing them of the event? If there is a wedding party booked – how about suggesting to the guests that they extend their Clarens experience by visiting the fest on the Friday? And, if you are booked up, please don’t just say “the village is full” – please refer them to the festival website where they can contact us for alternatives. The reality is that the festival relies on people to make it work, and whilst the perception is that we make a huge amount of money from this, we don’t and in fact are in the red after three years. So the 2014 edition is a watershed one; if we get the numbers we will continue with the festival. If not, this will be the last. Please don’t let that happen by supporting the festival!
Getting the Beer Fest to work for you
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If you still have accommodation available over the beer fest weekend, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to make sure that everyone wanting to come to the Beer Fest has somewhere to stay.
Community Garden News
Letter from Tsepiso Mosia
The prize giving function went well as expected on the 29 October 2013.What an event.I would like to thank all the stakeholders,participants and the sponsors for the job well done.
I want to thank the following sponsors: Rand Water, Clarens Breweries,Clarens Suppliers,De Boer Family,Bon Appetit,Mont d Or,Old Stone Bottle Store,Clarens Interiors,Valley Cats, Clarens Village Grocer & Clarens Trading Post and lastly Clarens News.
Your prizes made such a difference to the event and lives of the recipients.The good news is that the event was such a success that the MEC Me Mamiki Qabathe has chosen Clarens to host the District Event on the 02 December 2013.
This is a good recognition for our town.Please let us support this event for the benefit of Clarens.
Thank you for the Team effort.
Department of Agriculture & Rural Development FS
071 079 1332
Plant of the week: Helechrysum callicomum
Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “Weekly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be looking at a relatively conspicuous plant that many of you would have seen if you’ve recently found yourself walking our trails.
Helichrysum callicomum (known as motoantoanyane in sisotho – English common name not available), is a medium sized perennial tufted herb, growing up to 400 mm tall. Kalli is Greek for beautiful, kome is the Greek word for hair and likely refers to the numerous flowering branches and golden inflorescences resembling a beautiful hairdo. This plant grows on river flats, gravelly banks, and overgrazed areas at 1800-2400 m A.S.L., and grows from the Eastern Cape to Zimbabwe.
No news of Kaalvoet this week, which is perhaps as well, given the influx of mounted aliens from all points north, south, east and west. These gentle souls are dedicated to the preservation of American culture and consider the flatulent rumble of a Harley exhaust a thing of beauty and joy forever. It may be that one Harley exhaust gently chuckling on a Free State mountaintop is indeed something special, but massed in discordant harmony, the result is far from orchestral perfection. Still, their obsession with Captain Morgan’s and flat Coke means that they will spend large parts of the weekend either unconscious or incapable of riding their mopeds, so we may be spared the cacophony for some parts of their time with us.
Of particular concern to your faithful correspondent is of course the effect of this tsunami of noise on our birdlife. I watched with concern as my Guinea Fowl flock decamped from the plains of the Golf Estate, but it turned out to be the predatory ramblings of my Norwegian Forest cat, Zak. They are apparently oblivious to humankind’s obsession with noisy toys and hardly cast a glance at the leather-clad strangers. So perhaps it is just us after all. Read more
Invitation from Dihlabeng Municipality
The Clarens : Golf News
Cost is only R150pp, includes Halfway and snacks at prize giving!
Please distribute to your mailing lists and spread the word at your local club or bar. Your support is much appreciated.
Printed posters will also soon be distributed.
This weekend – Weather
This weekend – Music
Friday 8th November 2013
Street Café : 20h30 – Fumadores
Friends: 21h00 – Swetty Betty –
Artichoke: 18h00- Deon The Soutie from Totie –
Saturday 9th November 2013
Street Cafe: 12h00 – Deon The Soutie from Totie
Street Cafe: 21h00 – Fumadores
Artichoke: 11h30 – Fumadores
This weekend – Rugby fixtures
The boks take on the Welsh this Saturday. Watch all the action at one of the pubs in Clarens (Artichoke has a big screen). It’s almost like being at the game.
This weekend – Other events
Steelwings: Here’s your chance to drool over the more than 500 Harley Davidsons visiting Clarens this weekend.
Saturday: 9th November, 2013
Farmers Market: Saturday: 10h00 – 15h00 Outside Bibliophile
Let’s Remember – 11th November
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the fighting stopped. It was the end of World War I : the war that destroyed a generation and changed the world forever. Remembrance or Poppy Day is observed annually in South Africa to commemorate the sacrifice of veterans and civilians not only in the two World Wars but in all other wars as well.
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Click here to read the famous poem: In Flanders Fields.
The 11th November 1965 was also the day that Rhodesia declared UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) and life for many in Southern Africa was also changed forever.
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