Compiled and written by: Bev Mortimer
With a long weekend coming up this weekend there are a wide variety of events, from social to sports, for all those wanting to have fun on St Francis’ shores. We hope the weather will play ball.
Save the rhinos at Kariega by getting Shipwrecked at Legends Party on ‘Save the Rhino Day’. It’s R20 p/p entrance fee and there will be great prizes for the best dressed individuals and couples.
The event will be held at Shenanigans @ Legends which is Legends’ new exterior bar and beer garden.
Artists performing are Claire Venn, Rob Thompson and Wayne Kallis. The prizes include R400 party voucher for the best dressed couple and R200 party voucher for both the best dressed male and female.
All monies raised will be donated to ‘Save the rhino’ Kariega Foundation. Bracelets and badges will be available for sale profits, of these will also go to charity.
21- 24 September:
Nieu Bethesda Festival: Music ~ Art Exhibitions ~ Theatre ~ Open Air Performances ~ Village Market ~ Children’s Theatre ~ Craft Workshops ~ Clowning Workshop. Local artists will be exhibiting throughout the festival.
Nieu Bethesda is internationally known for the high caliber of artists that are drawn to the village by the legacy of Helen Martins and the Owl House. Sculptor Frans Boekkooi, Ceramic Artist Charmaine Haynes, Potter Martin Haines Painters Raymond Westraadt, Dirkje Louw, Thea van Staden, Joanne Reen and others will be exhibiting at various galleries and Studios in the village.
21- 24 September:
Calamari Classic Golf at St Francis Bay Golf Club. Huge turnout expected on and off the course this weekend as South African golfers from near and far rally here on their annual golf and fun sojourn in St Francis. After prize giving in the evenings there will be entertainment in the form of a disco on the Friday and live bands or DJs on Saturday and Sunday.
Non golfers are welcome as always to participate in the evenings’ festivities but have to book in advance to get a meal ticket if they wish to eat.
There is also the Calamari Bowls tournament this weekend at the Bowling Club. Details to follow soon.
There is a Canal and Kromme River challenge being held by the St Francis Paddling Club. The events are: 2km (guppies), 5km (junior & development), 9km, 18km. R50 p/p. Tel: Chris Opperman 076 723 6565.
Friends of St Francis Squash Tournament: The 4th Friends of St Francis Squash Tournament will run from 22-24 September at the St Francis Bay Squash Club. Daily from 10 am – 5 pm, except Monday till 1 pm.
Eight teams are competing – 2 teams from Rhodes, 2 from East London, 1 from PE, the Barbarians team which consists of squash players from Pretoria, Johannesburg and East London, and the St Francis Bay team . Altogether 50 squash players will be playing for the fourth time in St Francis Bay. “They are good friends of St Francis and keep coming back,” says organiser Peter Bridges.
24 September 2012:
Heritage Day and National Braai Day is being celebrated at the Heritage centre (St Francis’ museum) . There will loads of entertainment for adults and kids alike, plus several craft and white elephant stalls, brick a brack, plus things to eat. There will also be an early fun walk .
Organised by the St Francis Kromme Trust, the event will be celebrating the heritage of this unique village with its natural beauty and distinct architecture.
There is a full programme of events. At 8 am there is a trail walk following a circular route through the Community Garden and Romazini Valley to Port St Francis and back via the Two Harbours Walk. At 9 am food stalls, plus a market will open . There will be fun and games plus a Braai competition run by St Francis Tourism Officer, Warren Manser, and Darryl Geel from St Francis Bay’s SuperSpar.
The fun filled morning will include market stalls, white elephant table, minute-to-win-it games, jumping castle, a demonstration by the Sea cadets, sand sculpture competition and much more. There will also be a variety of food stalls to choose from.
“Stock up your picnic basket from these stalls and have your picnic right there on the lawn,” says organiser, Bridget Elton, adding that the Kromme Trust’s Creatures of St Francis’ photo competition will be launched during the course of the morning.
The Trust is requesting items for the white elephant table.” Items can be dropped off at the Heritage Centre on Sunday 23 September between 3-4 pm or phone Bridget on 042 294 0416 or 083 282 0017 to make other arrangements. Proceeds of this table will go to the SPCA.
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