The Olive Branch
It’s all action on the tourism front in Prince Albert. Our updated info map is at the printers – separate versions for accommodation and activities; we have a very smart new sign to direct you to our office to meet our friendly team of Melinda, Henriëtte and Sue-Anne and our on-line booking portal on our website is working like a charm! Visitors can see at a glance what is available for the dates of their visit, can book effortlessly and even pay their deposit by credit card. Go to the ‘stay’ section on our website and tap on the button ‘see what is available for the date of your visit’. Fill in your dates and a list of establishments appears. All those with ‘select’ next to their name are available. What could be easier? And remember, a number of establishments offer a 5% discount if you book on-line!
We promised updates on Michael and Judith Treloar who are pedalling South in the 25th Anniversary Tour d’Afrique from Cairo to Cape Town. In the last month they’ve cycled through Kenya, crossed the equator, and are traversing Uganda. Their son Ken receives regular updates through satellite calls, e-mails and sms texts and they are on track to cycle into Cape Town in May. For more on their adventures read the March issue of the Prince Albert Friend or follow them online.
We still offer a wonderfully old-fashioned snail mail subscription service for those of you who would like to read the Prince Albert Friend. It costs just R220 annually, postage included in SA, for eleven copies of this bilingual portal to ALL that’s happening in town and throughout the district. Click here for details.
Old-fashioned flight happens here too, the Prince Albert big balloon had just sailed through it’s annual airworthiness test in Johannesburg and will be floating over the Great Karoo from 25 February to 20 March. Call Andrew & Ursela on 079 888 9502 to make a booking.
History buffs will be interested to know that during February a new website about Robert Jacob Gordon was launched. This collaboration between the Brenthurst Library in Johannesburg and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, brings together Gordon’s journals, letters and drawings. This is a fascinating resource for anyone interested in the 17th century Cape. Gordon visited de Kweekvallei, the farm from which Prince Albert grew, on two occasions. His 1778 drawing of the farm is among the material on the website.
Do you feel inspired to take a body therapy course? Hermon Coleman of Simply Saffron will be offering a number of courses in relaxation therapies during the next two months: Reflexology and foot massage 3 to 7 April 2017; a Stress Release and Health building massage course for four weeks from 25 April (2 x 4 hour sessions per week) and a Reiki first degree course from 26 to 28 May 2017. For more information call Hermon on 082 873 9985 or 023 5411040. (For leadership, photography and calligraphy courses in and around Prince Albert, click here.)
On Friday 10 March we will hold the first of this year’s Moonlight Markets. Join us from 6.00pm in the ‘markie’ next to the Fransie Pienaar Museum for an evening of good food and Prince Albert ‘geseligheid.’
The March line-up at the Showroom Theatre includes Cat Simoni & Paul Spence – Luv Abba (11 March); Andrew Young – Get Back (18 March); Eg Suid-Afrikaans met Petronel Baard, Eric Nobbs en Stef Kruger (25 March) and 1 April brings Charl Du Plessis Trio with Baroqueswing Vol. ii; visit the Showroom booking site for details and tickets.
If you live near an independent theatre watch out for a screening of Eerstewater a documentary based on Hélène Smit’s book Beneath – Exploring the Unconscious in Individuals. It combines conceptual film-making with academic theory on the unconscious mind through story-telling and poignant music-making by Prince Albert people. For more information contact Hélène at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last month we told you about Sonneblom Kids ECD and this month we want to introduce you to Pick-a-Piece, a community project which has been running and growing for several years, where children bring recyclable materials in exchange for points. The points are redeemed in a shop for essentials such as food, toiletries, school supplies or treats. Pick-a-Piece is open most Wednesday afternoons and visitors are most welcome. Visit their facebook page to see two little videos about a Pick-a-Piece afternoon and learn how you can help. Hint: they have a donate button!
The Leesfees ladies are planning this year’s festival, which will take place from 3 – 5 November. Words in all their manifestations are the focus of the Leesfees and this year comedy and satire join the programme in the form of Nik Rabinowitz. Nik is an old friend to Prince Albert and we are delighted that he will perform at what promises to be an entertaining and inspirational weekend. We know there are several book clubs coming from far afield to join us, so make sure you book your accommodation in good time.
We can’t end this newsletter without thanking the numerous people who stepped in to assist the Karoo Donkey Sanctuary when they recently rescued 233 donkeys and 23 horses. The vets from Cape Vet Equine Practice, farriers, staff and local volunteers, from school children to grannies… every one is a hero! Visit the sanctuary’s Facebook page to learn more and contact them if you can offer any help.