Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival

The main purpose of Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival Southern Africa Foundation NPC / NPO (NPC registration number: 2016/283475/08) (NPO registration number: 181‐161) are to assist the greater Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community, in supporting causes and charitable events, providing education and awareness programs, and creating an ethos of care within the community and beyond. To achieve its objectives, the organizations will mainly rely on sponsorship and donation income from the public and corporate sector. The organizations value the use of spectacle, pageantry, theatre, creativity, recreation, music, design, multi-media, and other forms of artistic expression, to create LGBTQ+ awareness/celebration, eliminate stigma and promote pride-consciousness as a philosophy for living and being well.

Starting date: Thu 30 May 2019
Ending date: Sat 01 June 2019
Venue: Knysna
Contact Person: John O’neil
Contact Number: 083 347 9570
Contact Email: office@pinkloerie.co.za

Roan Ash LIVE in Knysna

Roan Ash is a multi-talented singer and songwriter from Pretoria with a modern-country-blues-folk style.

He started playing the guitar in 2001, and in 2006 he started opening for other bands and doing his own live performances. Since then, Roan has shared the stage with artists including Dan Patlansky, Matthew Mole Jan Blohm, Koos Kombuis, Arno Carstens, Vusi Mahlasela, Glaskas, Klopjag, Robin Auld, Albert Frost and others. In February 2015, Roan recorded and released his debut album The Traveller, independently. He launched it to a full house at the iconic Atterbury Theatre and toured it nationwide.

He has performed at major art and culture festivals including Innibos and the Fijnwyn Wine Festival. Roan was a contestant on the first season of The Voice, South Africa, where he was instantly noticed by the music industry. In 2016, he co-wrote and recorded the theme song of the feature film “Sy Klink Soos Lente” with Bouwer Bosch and Dawie De Jager, which is receiving widespread acclaim. Roan joined the Inhoud Huis team in 2016, where he is working with songwriters including Christoph Kotze (Appel) and Johan Vorster on his next album. He is well on his way to a successful music career, with regular live shows of his powerful songs.

He combines his soothing crunch style vocals together with meaningful songs and heartfelt performances. He describes his music as being inspired by his life’s journey. After digitally releasing his brand new album “Whiskey to my soul” in April, Roan has been the talk of the town, not only locally but internationally as well. He has sold out the Atterbury Theatre two weeks prior to his physical album launch on 22 May 2018. If you are looking for an artist that will inspire and impress your audience with depth, modern song choices and soulful performance, book Roan Ash today. His life philosophy is “Be someone that feels the rain, don’t just get wet” and you will see this in his outstanding live performances.

Tickets R120 on Quicket and R150 at the door if available.

Date: Sat 18 May 2019
Entry Fee: R120 – R150
Venue: Red Bridge Brewing Co.
Contact Person: Jackie
Contact Number: 084 587 6665
Contact Email: jackie@betterlive.co.za

Knysna Motor Show

The Knysna motor show is organised by the Garden Route Motor Club (GRMC)and is now recognised as one of the premier motor shows in South Africa. Over the past four years, the motor show has grown exponentially in attracting the best 300 to 400 classic cars from across South Africa. The 2016 Motor show was regarded by participants and the press as the best and well organised that they have attended in SA. Accolades were received from all quarters.

To ensure the quality of the vehicles/motorcycles on display, invitations are targeted and all vehicles/motorcycles are personally selected. With the popularity of the motor show growing we estimate that the show will draw in excess of 5000 visitors (Mainly from the Garden Route area, but a fair percentage also from across SA).

Besides providing the fellowship enjoyed by like-minded people, exhibitors, the motor trade and the public, the show has been the source of much-needed funds for local charities. Over the past four years close to R200,000 has been distributed to Hospice, Animal welfare, E-PAP (Children feeding scheme), Knysna High School bursary fund for underprivileged learners and FAMSA. This is the GRMC’S major drive, once a year, to raise money for these charities within the Garden Route area.

Starting date: Sun 28 April 2019
Ending date: Sun 28 April 2019
Venue: Knysna High Sportsfield
Contact Person: Brian Gibson
Contact Number: 082 467 2145
Contact Email: gibbo@mweb.co.za

Taget36 Knysna

• Monthly 9-Hole events will be set up at Golf Courses in SA.
• The Course set up will be from Green to Tee and not the Traditional Tee to Green.
• Golfers will be challenged to complete 6 Target Distances.
• Each golfer will receive a Personalised Bag Tag to record his or her Targets.

Why Target36?
• The Golf course-setup is not intimidating.
• Golfers Play and Compete according to their Ability and not Age.
• Skills improve over time.
• It’s only 9 Holes.
• Families can spend more time together.
• Kids have more Fun on the Course.
• It’s a fair Challenge point where Players get Rewarded for Achieving their Targets.

The Challenge is to Score 36 shots or less over 9-holes to accomplish a Goal and move on to the next Goal.

Starting date: Sun 28 April 2019
Ending date: Sun 28 April 2019
Venue: Knysna Golf Club
Contact Person: Knysna Golf Club
Contact Number: 044 384 1150
Contact Email: bookings@knysnagolfclub.com

Things to do and see

Angling
Musselcracker are prolific in Mossel Bay. Along the entire coast elf, kob and leervis run in autumn and winter and off the cliffs are many big rock feeders. Knysna lagoon offers sport for the fisherman with light tackle – galjoen, hottentot, roman, grunter and kob.
Plettenberg Bay is a favourite of fishermen. Gillies – or guides – can be hired. Large rock feeders are common. In autumn there are shoals of elf and notably large yellowtail. Big catchers are often taken.

Canoeing
The rivers of the Garden Route are ideal for canoes. The upper reaches simply lose themselves in forest. The Kaaimans waterfall can only be reached by canoe. The chain of lakes between Wilderness and Knysna is linked by serpentine waterways.

Camping and caravanning
There are caravan and camping grounds within easy access of all towns listed in this section.

Diving
Marine plants are rich along the coast, matching the beauty of the flora on shore. Small fish are numerous and many sea-horses live in Knysna lagoon.

Rail journeys
A pleasant way to see the wonders of the Garden Route is from the windows of a train. The line from George to Knysna passes through marvellous scenery. The trip from George over the Outeniqua Mountains to Camfer and Oudtshoorn includes one of the grandest railway passes in Africa, with tunnels, cuttings and tremendous views.

Surfing
The waves at Victoria Bay are majestic, especially in winter. There is also surfing in Mossel Bay and Buffalo Bay.

Swimming
The beaches at Plettenberg Bay are particularly safe. Mossel Bay also has fine swimming beaches with little trouble from sharks. The rivers of the Garden Route, free of the parasites of tropical rivers, provide excellent fresh-water swimming.

Walking
The whole Garden Route is memorable walking country. The walker sees the best of it. One of the most rewarding of all South African wilderness trails is the Outeniqua Trail. It takes 7 to 14 days to complete. The Otter Trail in the Tsitsikama national park is a 3-day hike.
Exploring any part of the high forests by foot takes the walker along scenic paths, silent, solitary, cool and lovely.

Beer tasting

An absolute must visit is Mitchell’s Brewery, here you can discover all there is to know about brewing fine natural ales. The tour guide will enlighten and excite you with terms such as Mash Tun, Whirlpool and Grist Hopper. After your tour you will be taken to the sales area for a tasting and a chance to purchase some of the ale to take home.

Since 1983, Mitchell’s Brewery have been brewing small quantities of craft beer in Knysna, using only natural ingredients; water, barley and locally sourced hops which makes them the original South African craft beer. Perfected over time, their range of beers are full bodied, refreshing and tasting better than ever.

Mitchell’s Brewery is also known for its tastings, tours and their restaurant. Make a booking at 044 382 4685 and enjoy pure natural beer!

Properties for sale

Brenton-on-Sea is a small coastal town about 15km South of Knysna. The town offers upmarket houses and beautiful landscaped vacant land for sale.

To purchase your next home, contact Sophie Joubert at 082 572 2729 right now!

Pledge nature reserve

Before Knysna was officially named a town, it was made up of small settlements, one of which was Newhaven, just east of today’s Long Street – the long straight road that intersects the town and runs down to Thesen`s Island. To the west was Eastford, a large farm that formed part of the extensive estates of George Rex. The”Founder of Knysna” In 1820 Rex gave 40 morgen of Eastford to the Admiralty. Some of this land was used by the Admiralty to set up a small boat building yard on the edge of the lagoon. The rest of the 40 morgen was used as commonage. In 1825, permission was given for the village of Melville to be built on the common. The village grew slowly at first, and by mid-century only a handful of simple houses had been erected. It became evident, however, that as the settlement of the Cape Colony increased, and the demand for the timber resources of the Knysna area grew rapidly.

As the area flourished, the settlements of Newhaven and Melville experienced their first “housing boom”. Woodcutters, furniture makers, coastal traders and related service providers settled in the area. It was to feed this boom and the subsequent demand for the kiln-dried bricks, those brickfields sprang up around the edge of the settlements, where there was abundant raw material and firewood available. One of these brickfields, on the northern edge of the town limits, as they were then, was an area called Bok-se-kloof. It is here, today, more than 100 years later, that the Pledge Nature Reserve lies, being restored, where possible, to its original natural beauty.

Just when Bok-se-Kloof brickfield closed down, is not known. Certainly, by the 1920’s, the area was known as “the old brickfield”. Daisy Eberhard, whose family was among the pioneers of the area, took over the “Brownie” movement in 1927 and, wanting a suitable meeting place for her group, she approached the Knysna Town Council to allow her to use a portion of Bok-se-Kloof.

In 1929, in support of her application, 500 yards of fencing was built on the hillside and the valley floor for her use. The area was adjacent to the old brickfield with a clear stream flowing through it. It was here that, under the guidance of Daisy Eberhard, generations of Knysna’s youth first discovered the diversity of the Cape`s botanical heritage.

Daisy Eberhard’s stream did not remain clear for very long. Ravaged by urban encroachment, the stream silted up and stopped flowing regularly. However, with its banks bare and sterile, it would flood after heavy rain. This caused silt and urban rubbish to be dumped into the fragile Knysna lagoon. The land itself, being part of a valley and largely unsuitable for housing, escaped major development. But it was left as waste ground — an informal dump, where invader vegetation soon took root and was spreading at an incredibly high rate. In 1988, Kito Erasmus, a local forest officer and a town councillor, encouraged the idea of getting the public involved in the eradication of plant invaders as an Arbour Day project.

His proposal received the full co-operation of the local branch of the Wildlife Society, under the Chairmanship of Margo Mackay, who inspired public interest and organised hacking parties. Their attention was focussed on the Bok-se-Kloof valley which by then was infested with 14 different exotic invader species.

The following year, the Department of Forestry received notice of an offer of sponsorship for a non-commercial forest conservation project in the Southern Cape. The Wildlife Society agreed to adopt Bok-se-Kloof as an environmental rehabilitation project for the Branch and a project presentation was drawn up which resulted in a generous grant from S C Johnson & Son whose range of household products include Pledge furniture care range.

The Community Project that became Pledge Nature Reserve received widespread publicity through popular environmentalist magazines and radio and TV programmes. This culminated in the project receiving M-Net’s Nature Foundation Award in 1991.

The Reserve has also received praise from botanists and environmentalists alike. An officer of the South African Botanical Society pointed out that Pledge’s situation so near to the Town’s centre made the Reserve both exceptional and of high value to Knysna that it should never be underestimated.

The Great “Spring Clean”!!

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable — and even enjoyable. This printable checklist offers an overview of everything you need to know — including information on cleansers, stain removal, fabric care, and storage — to zip through the process and arrive at a happy end.

After you read through the tips and techniques, tailor the list to your home and yard. Create a realistic schedule, keeping in mind that a single weekend won’t suffice, as you’ll need several days for more involved projects, such as shampooing carpets and organizing closets. Whether you prefer to proceed from the attic to the basement or start outdoors and wind your way inside, focus on one task at a time. And be sure to enlist the help of family members.

The information on this checklist was excerpted from “Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook” (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; 2006).

Spring garden project – going green

Everywhere people are suddenly enjoying the unexpectedly early summer sun….. take a bit of time to recycle some tyres from your local tyre shop and make some unusual things for your garden. We like so many of these projects we are going to try a whole lot! MILES OF SMILES…