Voorkamerfest 2012 in Darling – 31 Aug, 1 & 2 Sept

Dear Voorkamerfest Fans

It’s that time of the year again!

Planning for VOORKAMERFEST 2012 in DARLING is in full swing!

Tickets are R195 pp for the Friday routes and R225pp for the Sat and Sun routes each, bookings open on 1 July.

Over the past year we have sent out numerous proposals for sponsorship to many organisations, corporations, banks, and government departments in both South Africa and the Netherlands.  However, we are finding that due to the restrictive financial climate worldwide, it has become necessary to seek underwriting support elsewhere.  We therefore appeal to all our faithful friends and offer the following to those able to give Voorkamerfest ongoing support:

As a Voorkamerfest Ambassador your donation of R200 a year will help to assure that this unique festival remains a definite date on the annual calendar. In return, you will be able to book your Voorkamerfest tickets 2 weeks prior to the official opening of bookings i.e. from Sunday 17 June.  Get in early because once bookings open, tickets sell out in a flash!

 

Your assistance as we move forward to assure the future for Voorkamerfest will be much appreciated!  We look forward to receiving your donation and your 2012 booking (any amount, although only donations of R200 or more will qualify for Voorkamerfest Ambassador status and priority booking)Here’s to another exciting line-up of artists for you again this year!

Please email the loverly Lizaan with your request and proof of payment for Ambassadorship – lizaan@evita.co.za

 

BANKING DETAILS:

The Darling Festival / Standard Bank / Darling branch – (00)050111 /
account no. 083 273 689 / ref: surname, initial & AMB

Please eft for my attention or fax to 022 492 2851.

Festival Greetings!

Tasha St John-Reid
www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za
tasha@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za

Bookings:
bookings@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za
082 321 7542

News & Events in Darling – December 2011

Wednesday 14 December
The Planet Art Creative Centre


Evita se Perron Xmas Season

There is a full programme of shows scheduled for the festive season at this quirky theatre on the old Darling Station. To find out what is on during this month, please contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za http://www.evita.co.za (Bookings are essential)Please note: the Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00 for visitors to enjoy the vibe.
Friday 16 19h00 Desperate First Ladies
Sat 17 14h00 Icons and Aikonas
19h00 Reconcile with Evita
Sun 18 14h00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus
Tues 20 14h00 Evita’s Xmas Tree
Wed 21 14h00 Evita’s Xmas Tree
Thurs 22 14h00 Evita’s Xmas Tree
Fri 23 14h00 Evita’s Xmas Tree
Sat 24 14h00 Evita’s Xmas Tree
Tues 27 14h00 Icons and Aikonas
Wed 28 14h00 Desperate First Ladies – SOLD OUT
Thurs 29 14h00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus
Fri 30 14h00 Evita’s Old Year/New Year
Sat 31 14h00 Evita’s Old Year/New Year

Sat 17 December
Oyster and Sparkling Wine Weekend at Vyge Valley


Thurs 22 December
Carols by Starlight

The Darling Trust hosts ‘Carols by Starlight'(Bring your family and a candle with too)
An evening of song, stars and community 22nd Dec @ 7pmAt the Piazza dolcEvita outside Evita se Perron, accompanied by choirs and gospel bands from Darling and surrounds – and local food stalls.For more info please contact Loretta Rhoda 082 490 4788 or Jane Wallace 072 410 1365 To book a stall contact Annelizel 022 492 2851

Sat 24th December
Christmas Eve @ Bistro Seven


Thursday 29 December
SPCA Weskus Woefie Natuur Wandel


Sat 31 December
New Year Eve Seafood Extravaganza @ Bistro


Sat 31 December
A Vinyl Experience at the Slow Quarter


The Cat Walk

Come in and view our exciting clothing ranges – Jenja, Slick, Fabric, Indian Summer and Classic Living which offer a range of styles to fit any shape or age! We have a variety of gorgeous interior items such as cushions, throws, home ware and gifts. Vouchers are also available. We are open from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday, however before and after this, entrance to The Cat Walk is through the main shop, the Marmalade Cat. Looking forward to seeing you! Tel/Fax: 022 492 2515 19 Main Road Darling 7345

I ♥ Darling Because…

This Q&A article was first published on the SA-Venues blog: http://blog.sa-venues.com/provinces/western-cape/love-darling

 

Hi, I’m Paul Martin from Aloe Cottage in Darling.

Darling IS BEST KNOWN FOR its won­der­fully diverse spring flowers, the Voorkamerfest Theatre and Arts FestivalEvita se Perron (the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout), great wine farms, art gal­ler­ies, country-style res­taur­ants and bis­tros, the Duckitt orchid nurs­ery, the friendly small-town atmo­sphere and relaxed coun­try life.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Evita se Perron where you can pose as “the most fam­ous white woman in South Africa” and take a humor­ous trip down South Africa’s memory lane at Boerassic Park.
THE BEST spring flower PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Tinie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve, Waylands Flower Reserve or at the orchid open days at Duckitt Nurseries on the first Saturday of the month from May to November.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS CAN BE TAKEN while sip­ping wine at some of the local wine farms like Ormonde, CloofDarling CellarsGroote Post and Tukulu.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO cycle around the vil­lage and farm­lands with my cam­era. The Nguni cattle at Oude Post Farm are par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful with their speckled hides and long horns.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO browse the amaz­ing selec­tion of books at Book League.
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS any time of the year, BECAUSE sum­mer offers trips to nearby Yzerfontein beach and long warm even­ings around the braai. The Darling Music Experience clas­sical fest­ival takes place in February. Autumn is ideal for wine tast­ing while the vine­yards turn to orange and gold. Winter brings misty morn­ing walks, and cosy nights with good food and wine. Spring brings the annual Darling Wildflower Show, Voorkamerfest, Rocking the Daisies music fest­ival and so much more …

MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS Chicory Cheese Café or Brig’s Barn.

FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST The Marmalade Cat.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS Bistro Seven, TRY THE Eisbein.
BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK FROM Café Mosaic, known by the loc­als as ‘The Stoep’.
MY FAVOURITE bar­gain hunt­ing SPOT IS The Mantis Trading Store.
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY Kraalbosdam on a Friday night.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO the Darling Country Market on the first Saturday morn­ing of the month at the Nitrophoska Building.

Darling’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS the local butchery, Darling Vleismark, per­fect for stock­ing up before return­ing to the city. And don’t miss the cheap homemade jams at the till!
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS enjoy the local beer, Darling Brew, avail­able at most res­taur­ants in Darling.

FOR SOME CULTURE , I LIKE TO GO TO the Voorkamerfest in September, where per­formers from South Africa and around the world give intim­ate per­form­ances in the ‘voork­amers’ (lounges) of houses in Darling. It is not to be missed.

TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO enjoy the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY mak­ing your own wine at the annual Darling Cellars Crush Day.
MY FAVOURITE WALK IS with my dogs at the Renosterveld Reserve at the top of the hill, where you have pan­or­amic views of the vil­lage and sur­round­ing farm­lands.
MY FAVOURITE gift and home­ware SHOP IS is the beau­ti­ful ware­house at the back of The Marmalade Cat.

MY FAVOURITE bird WATCHING SPOT IS from the kit­chen win­dow at Aloe Cottage, where the weaver birds put on a fant­astic dis­play build­ing their nests and show­ing off their dexterity.

IF YOU’RE HERE IN July, JOIN IN THE FUN AT Christmas in July at Evita se Perron.

MY FAVOURITE MUSEUM IS Darling Museum. Discover how Darling got its name and don’t miss the little shop; Ouma’s Treasures.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS Koekemakranka Backpackers, FOR ITS cre­at­ive and whacky interior, cre­ated by local artist and co-owner Omnia Grobler.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS Lelieblom Farm Restaurant where the kids can see and touch farm anim­als. Enjoy a lazy week­end lunch where you dine with your hosts and enjoy true coun­try hospitality.

BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS tak­ing a leis­urely drive around the coun­tryside.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO go wine tast­ing, stock up my cel­lar with excel­lent local wines, then enjoy a cel­eb­rat­ory meal at Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post.

THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS the dif­fer­ence that one per­son, Pieter-Dirk Uys, has made to a com­munity by put­ting Darling on the map and giv­ing so much to sup­port devel­op­ment pro­jects in the area.
MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS Aloe Cottage, of course!
WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I sup­port The Darling Trust.

I ♥ Darling BECAUSE the people are friendly and wel­com­ing, the vil­lage is authen­tic and not overly touristy, and it’s an hour from Cape Town… but a world away!

Aloe Cottage

Aloe Cottage offers lux­ury self-catering hol­i­day accom­mod­a­tion in Darling, near to Cape Town, South Africa. We are pet-friendly! The hol­i­day home has been beau­ti­fully dec­or­ated with top qual­ity linen, fur­niture and art­work and enjoys pos­sibly the best views in Darling — over rolling hills and farm­lands to the dis­tant moun­tains. Aloe Cottage is the per­fect romantic get­away for couples as well as for week­ends away with friends or fam­ily holidays.

Visit Aloe Cottage
View Rates or make a Booking

Desirable Digits

Chicory Cheese — +27 (0)72 852‑6644
Brig’s Barn — +27 (0)22 492‑2451
The Marmalade Cat — +27 (0)22 492‑2515
Bistro Seven — +27 (0)22 492‑3626
Café Mosaic — +27 (0)22 492‑2307
Kraalbosdam — +27 (0)22 492‑3803
Lelieblom Farmhouse — +27 (0)82 573‑7736

Introducing the Darling Stagger

Are you a hardcore mountain lover, a twitcher, or botanist, do you want to take your family on an easy walk to appreciate nature? Do you see yourself as a  modern-day strandloper?

The Darling Stagger (launching September 2011) :- A slow-paced, mouth-watering hiking trail from the hills of Darling through wine and olive farms to !Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre and down to Yzerfontein on the coast.

It’s great to see South Africans finally picking up on what the Italians have known for centuries; that this is the way life is meant to be lived – slowly and simply, with good food and wine and good company, in a natural, outdoor setting. This is a trail for those who know how to experience the good things in life.

This 2.5 day, 25km trail begins in Darling. Tucked away between hills of vineyards and golden wheat fields, the trail winds through olive groves and wine farms up to the highest point in Darling where you will take your time sampling local fruits of the vine direct from the farmer.

The trail then meanders through renosterveld and fynbos full of flowers, game and birds, en route to !Khwa ttu where you spend the first night at the unique San Cultural Centre. After a leisurely breakfast, we continue downhill through the strandveld to Tygerfontein Farm along the coast to Yzerfontein, sampling local seafood along the way.

These new 2.5 day slackpacking trails, without the schlep, are guided and catered, comfortable and safe.  Hikers carry a small daypack, lifts and luggage are organised and local folk and restaurants prepare meals in traditional West Coast style.

For more information, full itineraries and prices and to book please call or email.

 

The Darling Stagger Slack Packing Trail

Review by Louise de Waal

Courtesy of http://baobabtravel.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/the-darling-stagger-slack-packing-trail/ 

 

Earlier this month (July 2011) the Cape West Coast Trails were launched within the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR). The CWCBR, with the West Coast National Park at its centre, is one of the 6 UNESCO recognised Biosphere Reserves in South Africa.

Paul and I were invited to explore the brand new Darling Stagger, a cycling and walking slack packing trail between Yzerfontein and Darling. The Darling Stagger is one of the five trails planned within the CWCBR. The other four include the Eve’s Trail (a walk mostly along the West Coast National Park beach), the Five Bay Trail (a coast hugging walk between Paternoster and Jacobsbaai), Wheels of Time (a cycling tour from Mamre via West Coast National Park to !Khwa Ttu), and the Berg River Canooze (a kayak trail from Hopefield to Velddrift).

Why a Biosphere Reserve?

With Cape Town rapidly expanding north, West Coast communities recognised that action was required to ensure that conflict between urban expansion and the diverse ecosystems on the West Coast would not get out of hand and appropriate development plans were put into place. Hence the CWCBR was proclaimed in 2000.

The idea behind the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme is a sustainable and balanced approach between human development and nature conservation. Part of the sustainable development of the CWCBR is enhancing its tourism potential and the Cape West Coast Trails are part of this philosophy.

The Darling Stagger Stage 1

At lunch time we left Cape Town on an unseasonally warm & sunny day. The meeting point just outside Darling at Alexanderfontein Farm was also the first activity of the weekend. Olive tasting at the home of Darling Olives is an all-round olive education on growing, pressing, and use of these originally Mediterranean fruits. As a non-olive eater, I was fascinated and partly converted. A total surprise to see how many uses olives can have. From your simple virgin olive oil and cured olives to olive pastes and olive cooking & bath salts. Maybe I am pretty ignorant when it comes to these little fruits, but the biggest revelation was to learn that black olives are just ripe green ones. Always believed these were different types….

After this olive experience we set off to !Khwa ttu, San Education and Culture Centre and home for the night. We worked up a bit of an appetite with a cycle from the Bush Village Camp to the Atlantic Ocean for a traditional African sundowner. Staying in locavore style, we had a Darling Brew, a slow beer inspired by the rare geometric tortoise. Although a reasonably light beer, the return cycle was far more challenging than the first leg. Or maybe it was more due to the fact that we ended up cycling in the pitch dark, under the most magnificent night sky? The Scorpio constellation was a gentle reminder that it really still is winter in South Africa.

Returning to camp, a typical West Coast dinner was awaiting us, mussel soup, grilled snoek, and several traditional deserts prepared by Natasha and Cariline from Langebaan. All flushed down with the lightly wooded Quercus Gold Chardonnay from the Darling Cellars.

Was this setting the standard for the rest of this slack packing weekend? Can it get even better?

The Real Darling Stagger

Waking up after a chilly but comfortable night, I bumped into yet more great cooks. Natasha & Kyle from Chefs on the Move in Scarborough, although not quite Darling local, were here to show our guides, Morgan and Jacky, what can be achieved with some TLC and fresh ingredients. For a change I was not the odd one out, the lonesome vegetarian, the one declining a full cooked breakfast. This time breakfast consisted of Mobi’s organic granola with fruit & yoghurt, a vegetarian spicy Lebanese take on a cooked breakfast and good quality coffee. Basically I was in heaven.

Coming down to earth with a bang, I realised why this weekend was called the Darling Stagger. After all this fabulous food, walking is no longer an option. So we just staggered to !Khwa ttu, where Ivan gave us an introduction to San medicinal knowledge of the Fynbos vegetation. Fynbos is not only the most diverse vegetation types known on earth, it is also rich in medicinal purposes.

From !Khwa ttu we walked through the fields, vineyards, and olive groves of Ormonde and Alexanderfontein with stunning views of Table Mountain, Dassen Island, and the Atlantic Ocean behind us. The terrain varies from sandy & grid tracks to some tarmac roads or just through the fields. The trail is not hard, you only carry your day pack and the distance is limited to about 15 km. I had no problems at all, so basically anybody in reasonable shape can do it.

After about three quarters of the hike, we arrived at an idyllic setting in the olive groves, where a Bedouin type tent was erected, straw bales set out to give the old legs a good rest and a delicious light lunch of salads ready to be devoured. Natasha, Kyle and Morgan had done an sterling job!

The last stage of the stagger was fortunately mostly downhill, a good thing as drinking wine at lunchtime and climbing hills is not a good combination. Little did we know however that more wine was on the itinerary with a full blown Ormonde wine tasting. For some strange reason, nobody seems to quite remember how many wines we tried, but I can tell you we sampled the whole Alexanderfontein, Ondine, and Ormonde ranges.

The evening programme was the cherry on the cake – Evita Bezuidenhout’s Christmas in July show and babotie at Evita se Perron in Darling. Having heard so much about Evita se Perron and Pieter-Dirk Uys’ character Evita Bezuidenhout, I can confirm that all the praise is well-deserved and more. She is not only funny, but very sharp and willing to stick her neck out by tackling political issues in a way that everybody, regardless age, gender and race, will listen to and take note off. In addition, she does amazing work raising funds for the Darling Trust. Girl you totally rock!

The Darling Stagger finale

The second night we stayed in the heart of the sleepy village of Darling in Trinity Lodge. Here you don’t need an alarm on Sunday, as the church bells, calling Darling’s community to the early morning service, wake you well on time for breakfast.

After breakfast it was time to burn some of those calories with a short cycle through the village, a visit to the fascinating Darling museum and Nicolaas Maritz’s Studio Gallery.  Nicolaas, a well-established local artist, decided it was time to have a proper Studio Gallery, so people can have a look ‘behind the work’ and understand it better. He created the most incredible house full to the rafters with art, mostly his own but also some of his fellow South African artists. You roam from one room into the next, into his waterwise garden and his studio, and lose yourself in his intriguing work described by art critics as zippy, post-modern ethno-centric punk, naive, and challenging. No idea what that means, but I love his work.

The finale to the Darling Stagger is wine tasting and lunch at the historic Groote Post wine farm. I have always liked their wines, but the Groote Post Chenin Blanc 2011 is exceptionally good and great value for money. The mini ‘Ice Age’ last spring led to a very late harvest of this cultivar and the beautiful guava and green-apple flavours.

Overall the Darling Stagger slack packing trail was a great success with fabulous food, wine tasting to make anybody’s mouth water, mixed with a good amount of calorie burning of walking and cycling, and great company. Thank you guys for hosting us!

tel: 086 187 2457 (TRAILS)
Cape West Coast Biosphere Central Office: 022 451 2648
Cape West Coast Biosphere Hub R27: 022 492 2750
083 261 7960 (Ivan)
083 628 3426 (Sheryl)
email: trails@capebiosphere.co.za
web: www.capebiosphere.co.za/trails
notes: Special offer! Ask about reduced prices on initial exploratory trails.

What’s happening in Darling during May 2011?

REFLECTIONS OF GROOTE POST AT HILDA’S KITCHEN

Groote Post, the historic wine farm on the West Coast, presents a wine experience with a difference. Groups, of between 10 and 20, are entertained in the Private Room of the Manor House to a wine tasting in which the farm owners give a brief presentation on the history of the farm dating back to 1706. The talk includes anecdotal references to Hildagonda Duckitt, doyenne of South Africa’s cook book writers, whose “Diary of a Cape Housekeeper” is an account of her growing up as the hostess of the Groote Post farm in the 1860s. Guests enjoy 4 white cultivars and a starter followed by a tasting of 4 red wines and a main course followed by a dessert.

Bookings are essential and can be booked through the cellar on 022 492 3430 or e-mail: mclaughlin@worldonline.co.za.

 

Evita se Perron

To find out what’s on the programme during this month, please visit www.evita.co.za  or contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za 

The Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00. for visitors to enjoy the vibe.

Saturday 07 May

Open house at Duckitt Nurseries from 9h00 until 12h00.   These Open Days take place every first Saturday of the month May – November. Admission is free. Complimentary tea and coffee. Various orchid pot plants, spikes and accessories for sale in pack shed. Debit and credit card facilities available. One of the greenhouses will be open to the public. Contact: 022 492 2606 or e-mail:  info@duckittnurseries.com www.duckittnurseries.com

Please be advised that the Orchid Shop on the Oudepost Farm, will be open from May until October – Monday until Thursday – 09h00 until 12h00. The Orchid Shop has a variety of orchid pot plants and accessories for sale. Orchid flower orders can also be done directly through Lynne. Contact: Lynne Duckitt at 022 492 2368 (The Orchid Shop is separate fromDuckitt Nurseries)

MOTHERS DAY:- Sunday 08 May 2011

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve – Mother’s Day Menu

Fresh Home-Made Bread / Cream Mushroom Soup

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Leg of Lamb in Mint Infused Gravy / Pork & Dried Fruit Stew / Deep Fried Hake

Vegetables in Season / Roast Potatoes/ Savoury Rice

Apple & Pecan Nut Salad / French Salad / Curry Green Bean Salad

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Tiramisu / Cappuccino Mouse

Coffee/Tea

R175 per person R75 per child under 12 years

(Reservations essential) 022 451 2824/072 356 4797

 

It’s Mother’s Day at Lelieblom

Treat your wife and/or mother to a lovingly prepared, relaxing, laid back and traditional Mother’s Day Lunch on the farm!

Let us spoil her, make her day special…WHY… because…she DESERVES it!

R180.00p/p Children under 12 R75.00 p/c

Bring own wine.

Every Mom will receive a small gift from Lelieblom

Please book in advance: Karen 082 573 7736 karen@lelieblom.co.za

www.lelieblom.co.za

 

Mother’s Day @ the Marmalade Cat

Starter

Smoked Salmon Potato cakes

Spinach and Ricotta crepes

Mains

A choice of:

Lamb shanks served on mustard mash

Coq Au Vin on creamy mash

Bombaystyle fish on Basmati rice

Country veg bake

Desserts

Crème Bruleè

Lemon Meringue

R130-00 per person Bookings 022 492 2515

 

Sunday 15 May 2011

Owen Brits accompanied on piano by Rika Steenkamp performs at Lelieblom

12:30FOR 13H00

Join us for an afternoon of glorious and heavenly music!  Sit back, relax and  sooth your senses while Owen and Rika transport you to a world filled with angelic music, perfoming  a repertoire of light  classical  works for flute and piano from well known composers like Bach, Rachmaninov, Telemann, Chaminade and Bizet,

 

Owen Britz obtained his B Mus degree from the University of the Free State in 1999 majoring in piano, always being in love with the flute it was a natural progression from the piano to the flute.

Owen obtained the UNISA Performer’s Licentiate in Music (Flute) cum laude in 2010.

He has premiered works by Hendrik Hofmeyr and Christo Jankowitz and has performed as soloist at the Darling Music Experience, Voorkamerfest and various other concerts and events.

 Owen is currently working on his Masters degree in Performance at the University of Cape Town.

 Rika Steenkamp obtained her B Mus degree and Diploma in Organ music at the University of Potchefstroom. Rika’s love for organ started from the age of 14 and since the age of 15 was instructed by Marthie Koornhof in piano and church organ music.

  Rika obtained her Higher Teaching Diploma with honours  from Unisa and accompanies singers, instrumentalists and choirs.

 Recently at the opening concert  of the Darling Music Experience,  Rika accompanied the community choir  singing excerpts of  Rossini’s Petit Mass Solonelle.

R150.00 pp LIGHT LUNCH included Advance booking essential please

Karen Basson 0825737736 E- mail: karen@lelieblom.co.za  www.lelieblom.co.za

Saturday 21 May

Time to get moving if you want to enter the Darling Half Marathon and 5km Fun Run!!

Pack the car with the kids, ouma and yes even the dogs for the annual Darling ½Marathon, 10 km run, 5km fun run and Doggie Dawdle.   Not only is it the canine social event of the year but one in which the whole family can enjoy a happy, fun day in the country.  For the serious fitness lover there is the 21 km run and for those who like to smell the coffee along the way there is plenty of time to walk it.  For those who enjoy a stroll get those feet a-moving with your furry family members and stand in line to win lots of prizes and surprises with stalls, Darling’s famous pancakes and good clean country air.

For more info phone Mary on 0826845575 / 022 492 3401 www.darlinghalfmarathon.co.za

 

Saturday 21 May

Darling Museum Open Day

Each year the Darling Museum celebrates International Museum Day by holding an Open Day and this year is no exception.

All welcome. Free entrance to the museum on this day.

Time: From 10h00 until 14h00

Traditional Crafters at Work

Local crafters will showcase their talents in a variety of old-fashioned crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving, butter making, flower pressing, beadwork, and much more.

Visitors can watch these crafters as they demonstrate their work and perhaps purchase a San or Xhosa beaded necklace, homemade butter, a mohair spun & woven scarf, etc.  Car Boot Sale

All kinds of interesting items for sale in the parking area opposite the museum! Please contact us if you would like to book a space!

Tea Garden

Bring the family for a treat in our new garden area; tea, coffee, sandwiches and snacks or Boerewors rolls.

 Bring the family, bring friends – discover and enjoy our wonderful museum in Darling!!

For more information phone 022 492 3361 or e-mail info@darlingtourism.co.za.

Saterdag 21 Mei

BEKROONDE SKRYWER ILSE SALZWEDEL KUIER OP LELIEBLOM

10:30vir 11h00

Ontmoet vir Ilse Salzwedel in persoon en luister na haar vetellinge van

die stories agter die stories  van haar nuwe  boek  Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee, en hoe die boek ontstaan het. 

Daar is heelwat humor in die boek, en jy sal beslis anders dink oor mense wat hul heil buite SA gaan soek. Dis sommer ‘n informele reis na die res van die wereld.

Moenie die geleentheid misloop om een van ons eie bekroonde skrywers in lewende lywe op Lelieblom  te ontmoet nie! Ilse skryf gereeld artikels vir Rooi Rose Lees gerus haar artikel oor ma’s en dogters en hul lywe in Rooi Rose!

Sukkel jy om jou lyf te aanvaar (of jy nou maer is of minder maer)? Lees dan llse se artikel oor ma’s en dogters en hul lywe in die Rooi Rose wat  op die rakke is. Ilse deel die ware verhale van ‘n paar vroue, en was verstom.

“Ma’s met dogters, ons het ‘n baie belangrike verantwoordelikheid teenoor ons dogters.” se Ilse

Come and meet Ilse Salzwedel in person and listen to the story behind the stories of her new book, “Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee” and how the book came about. The book is humorous and you will surely think differently about the people who looked for their welfare outside SA. It is an informal travel to the rest of the world.

Ilse regularly writes articles for Rooi Rose, such as mothers and daughters and their bodies. Ilse shares true stories of a few women. “Mothers with daughters, we have a great responsibilty towards them.” says Ilse

R100 p.p. ligte verversings ingesluit                                                                    

Bespreking noodsaaklik asseblief Karen 0825737736  karen@lelieblom.co.za
Website: www.lelieblom.co.za

Thurs 26 May

Wildflower Meander

Flora Group walks take place in the Reserves in and around Darling/Yzerfontein as follows:

Darling: the last Thursday of each month with Helene Preston 082 222 8135   .

Yzerfontein: from June on the first Wednesday of each month with Libbes Loubser 022 451 2504.

We explore the reserves for whatever is flowering that day, also to find anything new, and to discuss anything botanical as we go along. These are gently walks, so anyone can come along.

 

Saturday 29 May

The Darling Country Market

This community market has its home at the Nitrophoska Building in the Main Road of Darling.  The market opens promptly at 10h00 and trades until 12h30. With the emphasis on home made, home grown and hand made; stallholders sell fresh produce, flowers, home bakes, special breads, preserved olives, arts & crafts including pewter and much more…. Why don’t you join us?

Contact Con Meyer 082 927 6225 for information or to book a stall

 

Please note: Some of these events are subject to change – to avoid disappointment please enquire/make a booking with the contact person above before making arrangements to attend an event

Dianne le Roux

Darling Tourism

+27 (0)22 492 3361

info@darlingtourism.co.za

www.darlingtourism.co.za

What’s Happening in Darling – April 2011

Reflections of Groote Post at Hilda’s Kitchen

Groote Post, the historic wine farm on the West Coast, presents a wine experience with a difference. Groups, of between 10 and 20, are entertained in the Private Room of the Manor House to a wine tasting in which the farm owners give a brief presentation on the history of the farm dating back to 1706. The talk includes anecdotal references to Hildagonda Duckitt, doyenne of South Africa’s cook book writers, whose “Diary of a Cape Housekeeper” is an account of her growing up as the hostess of the Groote Post farm in the 1860s. Guests enjoy 4 white cultivars and a starter followed by a tasting of 4 red wines and a main course followed by a dessert.

Bookings are essential and can be booked through the cellar on 022 492 3430 or e-mail: mclaughlin@worldonline.co.za.

Kraalbosdam Steak Evenings

The winter season will start on Friday 1 April 2011.

During the season we will only be open every 1st Friday of the month for Boontjiesop, Steak & Chips.

Please Book! Anet – 083 632 2196 Cornel – 082 544 2210

 

Brig’s Barn

Please note that Brig’s Barn will now be open every Tuesday evening for “Pasta and Pud” from 6.30. Bookings are essential – please contact Margy on 022 492 2451 or 082 640 3405. Also open every Friday for “Sundowners in the Garden” from 4.00p.m. (We will then be open every Friday evening for drinks etc.)

 

Saturday 2 April 2011

Starry Night

Sip wine and watch the sunset on a West Coast Farm as a prelude to dinner and a fascinating talk on the Southern African night skies.    Then climb aboard the pillow and blanket-laden star cruiser (tractor and trailer) for a guided star viewing tour. Dessert follows under the night skies.

For more details contact Mary on 0826845575 or click onto https://darling.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/darling-starry-starry-night-2-april-2011/

 

Monday 04 April

Darling Museum Annual General Meeting

17h00 at the Museum (022 492 3361)

Please come along to support our darling Museum.  New members are always welcome and we hope to see many of you joining up as Friends of the Darling Museum.

 

Good Friday 22 April

Darling Passion Play

Venue: The Vlei, Darling

Time: 16:30 for 17:00

This annual event takes place on Good Friday in the vlei opposite Evita se Perron which provides a perfect setting for the portrayal of this biblical event. This is always a moving and very special event involving actors from our Darling community – well worth attending.

Bring your own chair and something warm to wear.

Admission is free (although donations are always appreciated)

Contact Sary Vlotman 074 369 8212 for more information.

Die jaarlikse Darling-Passiespele vind plaas op Goeie Vrydag  April.

Kom en beleef hierdie tradisie met ons. Die passiespel word sedert 1996 opgevoer met plaaslike akteurs – en het gegroei tot een van Darling se treffendste geestes-ervarings.


Easter Weekend Services in Darling – Presbyterian Church

Thursday 21 April

Tenebrae service of darkness at 7-00pm- a moving service celebrating the institution of the Last Supper and Christ’s betrayal and crucifixion

Friday 22 April

Good Friday service at 9-00am

Sunday 24 April

Sunrise service at 6-30am at the Towers Gates. Bring own chairs and coffee and hot cross buns.

Easter Service with Holy Communion at 9-00am

There will also be a service at The Dutch Reformed Church


Sat 29th January 2011

The Darling Country Market

This community market trades in the Nitrophoska Building (entrance in Station Rd ) and takes place on the last Saturday of each month.  The market opens promptly at 9h00 and trades until 12h30. With the emphasis on home made, home grown and hand made; stallholders sell fresh produce, flowers, home bakes, special breads, preserved olives, arts & crafts including pewter and much more…. Why don’t you join us? Contact Con Meyer 082 927 6225 for more information or to book a stall

 

What’s on at Evita se Perron during April:

The Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00.

– To find out what’s on the programme during this month, please visit www.evita.co.za or contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za

Please note: Some of these events are subject to change – to avoid disappointment please enquire/make a booking with the contact person above before making arrangements to attend an event

No vision in Karoo fracking plans

Although this doesn’t relate directly to the town of Darling, we feel that many small towns in the Karoo will be affected by plans for “fracking”. Hence our support of those opposing these fracking plans…

Article courtesy of http://www.thegreentimes.co.za/index.php?id=0&storytype=1&storyaction=viewstory&storyid=831

What is it going to take to stop the plans to threaten the sensitive Karoo region from being destroyed by Shell’s plans to blow it apart in search of natural gas?
A controversial application by oil giant Shell to explore for gas in an area of the Karoo should be put on hold, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday. The opposition party warned that exploration would involve processes that risked contaminating surrounding bodies of water, but Shell countered that processes were in place to prevent this happening.

In a letter to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Water, Ms Edna Molewa, Mr Gareth Morgan questioned whether the minister “has the ability to assess the efficacy or appropriateness of these activities at this stage.”

Clearly, it is incumbent that all who know or care about the future of Karoo life should participate as much as possible to ensure that responsible decisions are taken at high level.

He emphasised the serious threat to the rare water resources of this region, due to

  • the large quantities of water needed for this fracking process, as “each fracking event uses at least 15 million litres of water and each well can be “fracked” several times”…  I am not sure how many wells Shell would drill if granted the exploration right, but it could be hundreds as they could explore for up to nine years” and
  • the threat of ground water contamination. “There is then an attempt to fracture the rock using a high pressure flow of liquid, including water, sand and so-called ‘special-purpose’ chemicals.”
  • “The Environmental Protection Agency in the USA has begun a two year study on the possible relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water following concerns reflected by the US Congress about the process in its 2010 budget report. If a country like the USA, with immensely more technical capacity than our own country, is concerned about “fracking” then we should be too. Added to that there is a moratorium on “fracking” in New York State and apparently over 160 municipalities in the USA have banned “fracking” through local by-laws.”

In a letter we’ve received from Dr. David Gaynor, manager of the Sneeuberg Nature Reserve in the Graaff-Reinet, he also looks at the threats to livelihoods and the desertification of the Karoo:

Short-sighted profits rule

“Fracking for gas is not appropriate development for the Karoo. The exploitation of natural gas through hydraulic fracturing threatens the Karoo’s  most valuable resource – clean, uncontaminated water. The granting of exploration permits to Shell and other companies to search for gas in the Karoo will pitch the short-term profits of mining a fossil fuel against the risk of permanently contaminating the scarce water resources of the Karoo.

The gas, a mixture of methane and other gases might be cleaner burning than oil or coal in terms of some pollutants, but produces the same amount of carbon dioxide meaning that it will be a significant contributor to global warming. Each commercial well will probably only produce for 10 -15 years and create very few local jobs. Most of the profits will go into the multinationals pockets and any long-term problems will be left to the inhabitants of the Karoo to live with.

10 million litres of water each time

Initial exploratory drilling will require up to 10 million litres of water, with around the same amount being needed for each hydraulic fracturing of the underground rock. Not only does this water have to be sourced, but it is then mixed with a toxic cocktail of chemicals to aid the drilling and fracturing process.

Most of this contaminated water will be pumped to the surface and will have to be safely stored and treated. Significant amounts of this polluted water will remain underground and could potentially infiltrate underground water sources.
Underground water is the life blood of the Karoo. It is scarce, but if utilized wisely it underpins all sustainable development in the Karoo. It supports the cattle, sheep, wildlife, lucerne and other pasture Lands – the main economic activities in the Karoo. It supplies clean water to the towns and growing townships, whose existence is dependent on clean water and the income from livestock farming, hunting and tourism.

Livelihoods threatened

Are the risks of permanently contaminating the one thing essential for life and livelihoods in the Karoo – Water – worth the short-term and limited local benefits of mining a fuel that will only contribute to global warming?

The best regional models for global warming indicate that with continued use of fossil fuels the proposed area of mining will by 2040 experience conditions so hot and dry as to be only comparable with the Namib desert. It would be ironic if this degradation was fuelled by the exploitation of gas reserves in the very same area, especially when this area has so much potential for the development of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.

The government has promulgated feed in tariffs that ensure that companies like Shell can invest, assist development and make money from renewables rather than relying on the old carbon economy to make money for their shareholders.

There is currently a public participation process, as Shell needs to consult with all interested in affected people and compile an Environmental Management Plan, before they could be awarded this right.”

Join a group of stakeholders organised by Jonathan, and make your voice heard! For more info contact David.

Shale gas is natural gas stored in rocks that are rich in organic material such as dark colored shale.

 

 

GASLAND – (2010) Directed by Josh Fox. Winner of Special Jury Prize – Best US Documentary Feature – Sundance 2010. Screening at Cannes 2010.

It is happening all across America and now in Europe and Africa as well – rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from a multinational energy conglomerate wanting to lease their property. The Reason? In America, the company hopes to tap into a huge natural gas reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground—a hydraulic drilling process called fracking—and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

But what comes out of the ground with that natural gas? How does it affect our air and drinking water? GASLAND is a powerful personal documentary that confronts these questions with spirit, strength, and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives his cash offer in the mail, he travels across 32 states to meet other rural residents on the front lines of fracking. He discovers toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. He learns that all water is connected and perhaps some things are more valuable than money.

 

Please add your support by signing this petition and spreading the word.

Darling calendar of annual events 2011

Monthly throughout 2011

Duckitt Nurseries Open Day

Date:  First Saturday of every month May to November

Venue: Duckitt Ochid Nursery, Oudepost Farm,R315  Darling

Tel: +27 22 492 2606

E_mail info@duckittnurseries.co.za

Website : www.duckittnurseries.co.za

 

Darling Country Market

Date: Last Saturday of each month

Time: 9h00 until 12h30

Venue: Nitrophoska Building, Main Road, Darling

Tel: 082 927 6225

 

February 2011

Darling Music Experience – Concerts in the Country

Date: 25 – 27 February

Venue: Various in Darling

Tel +27 22 492 3996

 

Darling Cellars Crush day

Date: 26 Feb

Venue: Darling Cellars R315 Darling-Malmesbury

Tel:         022 492 2276

 

Ride the Wind with the CA2C – Cycle Race
Date: 26 Feb 2011

Venue: From Clara Anna Fontein in Durbanville to Darling

www.ca2c.co.za

 

March 2011

Adenco 400 (Absa Off Road Championship)

Date: 11 – 12 March

Venue:  Darling Club, Darling

Tel:         082 8077 797 (Bill Bright)

 

April 2011

Darling Passion Play

Date: Good Friday 22 April

Time: 16:30 for 17:00

Venue: The Vlei – opposite Evita se Perron, Darling

Tel : 074 369 8212 (Sarie Vlotman)

Admission is free (although donations are always appreciated)

 

May 2011

The Wonderful Wines of Darling at Trinity Lodge

Date: Every Saturday night in May

Venue: Trinity Lodge

Tel 022 492 3430/083 325 4148 (Shaun Mc Laughlin)

www.trinitylodge.co.za

 

Darling Museum Crafters Day

Date: Sat 21 May

Time: 10h00 until 14h00

Venue: Darling Museum

Tel +27 22 492 3361

 

Darling Half Marathon

Date: Sat 21 May

Venue: Darling Primary , Kalkoentjie Street Darling

Tel:          Mary Ashford 082 684 5575

 

July 2011

Xmas in July

Date: Weekends throughout July

Evita se Perron

Tel: Bookings (022) 492 3930

www.evita.co.za

 

August 2011

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za

 

September 2011

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za

 

Darling   Voorkamerfest

Date: 02 – 04 Sept

Venue: Evita se Perron

Tel : Tasha Reid  082 321 7542

www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za

 

Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show

Date: Thurs 15 -Sun 18      Sept

Venue Oudepost Farm, R315 Darling

Tel: (022) 492-2606

www.duckittnurseries.co.za

 

Darling Wildflower Show

Date: Fri 16 Sept to Sun 18 Sept

Venue: Darling Club, Jacaranda Street Darling

Tel:         (022) 492-3361

http://www.darlingwildflowers.co.za

 

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za

 

Renosterveld MTB Cycle Race – Ride the Rhino
Date: 30 September to 2 October 2011
Venue: Three day, stage race starting in Langebaan, Darling, Malmesbury ending in Durbanville.

E-mail info@renosterveldmtb.co.za

www.renosterveldmtb.co.za

 

October 2011

Rocking the Daisies music festival

Date: 7,8,9 October

Venue:   Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

www.rockingthedaisies.com

 

Darling Gymkhana

Date:

Venue    Darling Club, Darling

Tel:         022 492 3013

 

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za

 

November 2011

The Wonderful Wines of Darling at Trinity Lodge

Date: Every Saturday night in November

Venue: Trinity Lodge

Tel 022 492 3430/083 325 4148 (Shaun Mc Laughlin)

www.trinitylodge.co.za

 

December 2011

Evita se Perron Christmas Season

Date : Throughout  Dec

Venue : Evita se Perron, Arcadia Street Darling

Tel: 022 492 3930

E-mail: bookings@evita.co.za

www.evita.co.za