McGregor Tourism Newsletter March 2019
Hold onto your hats, folks! There is a jam-packed month of March in McGregor coming up! We kick off with one of our beautiful valley’s top festival’s – The Hands on Harvest Festival. Take a look at the wonderful programme of events taking place throughout our valley but make sure that you come along with me to attend an event right on our door-step: The Market at Lord’s Wines on Saturday 2 March from 10am to 6pm. Inbetween your browsing and chatting, enjoy a wine tasting with the Lord’s team: Jacie, Louwrens, Jacques and Melanie and get info from-the-horses-mouth about their great mid-week accommodation specials; light lunches, wine tasting and purchasing that is available 7 days a week and the wine to-your-door-delivery service that is offered. A little bird whispered in my ear that wine prices will be going up soon, so be sure to catch some bargains.
Another weekend to make your way to McGregor is the weekend of the 22nd – 24th of March when we, McGregor Tourism, will be hosting the annual Celebrating the Arts Weekend in McGregor. There is a fabulous programme of events to suit all ages and interests. Everyone on our mailing list will receive this information soon, so this is the perfect time to subscribe if you have not done so yet. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org A ‘taster’ that I definitely won’t miss is the “buy-a-bowl and get free food” evening on Friday the 22nd with Nina and Paul at Millstone Pottery.
Billy from Temenos Retreat has once again a wide range of great retreats to choose from:
Regular visitor to McGregor, Dorian Haarhoff, will be presenting Mind The Gap: A Mindful Writing, Being and Meditation Retreat on Friday the 1st of March.
The month will end with a delightful journey: Healing in Love Retreat with John Homewood from the 29th to the 31st. Contact Madie 023 625 1871 / email@example.com for additional information and bookings and to be added to the Temenos mailing list for notifications regarding retreats, workshops, monthly quiz evenings and Tebaldi’s specials.
A reminder that Tebaldi’s Restaurant at Temenos has a wonderful vegan menu now in addition to their vegetarian and regular menu items. When you are there, don’t forget to pop in to see the current Garden of the Beloved Exhibition that is in the Temenos Garden Gallery.
On Saturday the 9th of March, do join Patricia Hall for a fascinating Mandala Workshop where you will have the opportunity to interact, draw and create. This takes place at The Breede Centre from 10.30am.
In the evening, on the 9th, join the us for the Boere-Straatete. This fund-raising event is hosted by the McGregor NG Kerk and will surely be a night to remember.
Another great village event to which everyone is invited and most welcome to join is the annual Friends of Vrolijkheid Brunch. This will take place on Sunday the 10th of March starting at 8.30am with an informal talk on Birds of Vrolijkheid and surrounds by Eric Leaver.
The McGregor Magic Monthly Meeting will take place on Tuesday the 12th of March and you are all warmly invited to attend. It will be held in the beautiful garden of Bill and Kristina – 79 Voortrekker Street at 5pm. Do bring along your drink of choice if you would like to linger and socialise afterwards. The guest speaker will be Minette Schwegmann from the Sheilam Cactus & Succulent Garden. She is a dynamic and seasoned speaker, and all new and old Karoo gardeners will be riveted. RSVP Jenny Stipcich 0826432404 or firstname.lastname@example.org
McGregor Tourism has been invited to participate in the Robertson Wedding Fair on the 16th and 17th of March. We decided to have a “Paying it Forward with Love” stall selling gently-worn formal wear and decor items. The proceeds will be used to support local community projects so please support us by donating suitable items. We have received wonderful donations already but we need more stock so PLEASE take a look in your cupboards to see if there is anything that you could contribute. Any items as small as a tie or belt to big items like wedding dresses and men’s suits will be appreciated. Items can be dropped off at the McGregor Tourism Office or arrangements can be made to collect them from you.
Dani’s stunning framed cotton prints of his photos are currently on show at La Galleria. Do yourself a favour and pop in to enjoy a time in this beautifully tranquil space. Open Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Michael has once again arranged a fabulous line-up of events at Wahnfried and these will be of particular interest to Meryl Streep fans:
Sat 2nd @ 4pm: Film – The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Sun 3rd @ 4pm: Filmed opera – Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) 2013
Fri 8th @ 5pm: Filmed ballet – L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Handel) 2014
Sun 10th @ 4pm: Film – Sophie’s Choice
Fri 15th @ 5pm: film – Silkwood
Sun 17th @ 4pm: Film – Out of Africa
Wed 20th @ 5pm: Film – Breathe
Fri 22nd @ 5pm: Film – August: Osage County
Sat 23rd @ 5pm: Live event: Flute and Piano Recital (Jeanie Kelly – flute and Elizabeth Retief – piano). Booking essential R120.00
Sun 24th @ 4pm: Filmed opera – Norma (Bellini) 2017
Fri 29th @ 5pm: Film – The Post
Sun 31st @ 4pm: Filmed Oratorio – The Creation (Haydn) 2010
Remember my “Mr McGee tip” to send Michael a message or email to check there is space available and arrive 30 minutes before the advertised time to enjoy a glass of wine and a natter with your fellow theatre-goers. email@example.com / 072 601 1616
Any avid bridge players keen for a game of duplicate bridge? Make sure that you are in McGregor on a Monday afternoon join in the competition which takes place weekly at Wahnfried on a Monday starting at 2pm. Contact Michael as above for details.
Visitors with young children will now be thrilled to know that there is a new Bike Park in McGregor. It is situated at the Breede Centre and open to young children and their families. Adults and children’s bikes are available for rental from Shirley and Rhowena in the Tourism Office. These projects come under the banner of Max Menzie’s McGregor Young Warriors and Angels Bike Academy which is rolling out more and more each month. Be sure to ‘like’ their Facebook page to read all about it!
McGregor Tourism is in the process of registering with “Pack for a Purpose” and listing all the community projects on the go in McGregor at present. You will be delighted to read about all the heart-warming endeavours happening in our lovely home village and share this information with family and friends who may be interested in giving their support.
Meg and Steve continue to roll out the most amazing live shows every weekend at their lovely venue “at the courtyard“. They now have a regular Friday night showcase….. opening their stage up to those who want to share their love for music and may not often or ever get the chance elsewhere. Local legends in the making!
On Saturday the 2nd of March, famous Albert Frost will be performing, so we are really in for a treat! Make sure you have ‘liked’ the Facebook page to get the hot-off-the-press notifications of events.
We are thrilled to announce that a new restaurant has recently opened in McGregor. A big welcome to Tess and Ronel and The Farmer’s Table team. Open Thursday- Saturday from 18h30. Bookings essential, not licensed so BYO. No cash. Please book via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or via WhatsApp on +27 (72) 784-0301.
Please pop into the Tourism Office when you are passing by. It would be great to meet you and show you around the fascinating small McGregor museum. We have a lovely range of locally made items for sale too!
Be sure the come visit The Breede Centre during the last two weeks of March. Numerous village children are involved in games, sports, art and craft workshops during the mornings from 9 to 12. Wanting to lend a hand? You are more than welcome.
During the Art Weekend of 22 March a room filled with creations made by the children with recycled materials will be on view at the Breede Centre.
If playing board games is more your thing then come in the afternoons between 12.30 and 14.00. Any donations towards art materials and food is appreciated.
A statistic worth noting from The Breede Centre: Serving the community. A total of 10 034 meals were served to children in 2018.
Ending on that note, may your month of March be filled with a multitude of magical moments in McGregor. See you around!