McGregor Tourism January 2019 Newsletter
Golly gumdrops! What a great month of December we had in McGregor this year. Our calendar was jam-packed with fun events and community projects – Shirley and Rhowena had a challenge managing my diary as I was wined and dined by locals and visitors. Thank you everyone for joining in the fun and games and especially for supporting the Great McGregor Bake Off Competition, the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Night Market and the BMX Handover! The energetic Tourism Committee have exciting plans for other events during the coming year, so watch this space!
My personal Mr McGee tip for you for 2019 is……get into the loop, people!!! Do yourselves a favour and sign-up on to the various mailing lists and ‘like’ certain Facebook pages so that you will be the first in line to hear news of the various happenings in our village and then make your bookings early to avoid disappointment.
One mailing list that you should be on is that of Wahnfried. Send your details to Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org / 072 601 1616) and he will send you the calendar of events taking place at Wahnfried every month. Michael has a great line-up for January. Take a look:
Tuesday 2nd @ 4pm: Film – Isle of Dogs (2018)
Friday 4th @ 5pm: Film – Taxi Driver (1976)
Sunday 6th @ 3pm: Film – Once upon a Time in America (1984)
Thursday 10th @ 5pm: Film – Goodfellas (1990)
Saturday 12th @ 5pm: Live event – Trio Recital (Booking essential email@example.com R120)
Sunday 13th @4pm: Filmed opera – Le Nozze Di Figaro (Mozart) 2006
Friday 18th @ 5pm: Film – Cape Fear (1991)
Sunday 20th @ 4pm: Filmed concert – Barenboim at the Proms (2016)
Friday 25th @ 5pm: Film – Ronin (1998)
Sunday 27th @ 4pm: Filmed opera – The Magic Flute (Mozart) 1975
Meg and Steve are the 2 new kids on the McGregor block arranging an interesting line-up of live events at the courtyard – connecting people in the heart of McGregor. Be sure to like their Facebook page to get first-hand news of upcoming events. I had a coffee with Meg and Steve recently and this is what they told me about themselves:
“We love dancing and laughing and hanging out. We love spending time with people who want to spend time. We love connecting with people and helping people connect. We love hearing people’s stories and sharing our own. We love McGregor, the peace, grace, sparkle and new life it offers. We love our family and finding new family in friends.” Welcome to McGregor, Meg and Steve!
I have discovered that there are not really sufficient adjectives to describe Temenos Retreat and my advice is to go there to see for yourself. The Nativity Scene that Billy has so lovingly created is set up in the original old ‘Stable’ and will be there until the 6th of January and a few steps away is the Temenos Gallery where you will find the exceptional “Garden of the Beloved” art exhibition in the Temenos Art Gallery. Temenos offers its beautiful spaces for reflection and meditation (9am and 6pm in The Well or The Little Way Chapel). On a Tuesday morning at 8am, you are welcome to join a group doing Qigong in the Spiral. If you would like more information, pop into the Temenos Office and have a chat with the ever-smiling Madie. While you are there, ask her to add your name to the Temenos mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org / 023 625 1871). You will receive notifications of specials at Tebaldi’s Restaurant, the monthly quiz and retreats and workshops scheduled to take place there. A retreat worth mentioning to start off 2019, is The Self Compassion Break Retreat with Karen Nebe which will take place from the 25th to 27th January.
McGregor has a challenging Karoo climate and yet it prides itself with beautiful and unusual gardens which are open to the public each year. This year, Jenny Stip, has taken over organising this annual event and she is already on a roll getting things prepared. Do diarise the dates of the Heritage Day long weekend of 21st to 23rd September. If you would like to take part, contact Jenny (email@example.com / 082 643 2404) and be sure to attend the McGregor Magic Open Gardens Introductory Meeting on the 8th of January at 5pm at 101 Long Street. The first guest for January’s meeting is Corne Le Roux from Robertson Garden Centre. Corne has agreed to support 10 community gardens this year.
Giddy-up! Giddy up up up! All horse enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear of the Mini-show that Deirdre Scott-Rogerson is arranging on their Riverstone Farm Equestrian Centre on the 12th and 13th of January. Do contact Deirdre for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org / 072 1580 521
An exhibition that is worth seeing more than once is Solly Smook’s, Sanctus, which is taking place at La Galleria until the end of the month. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. If you would like to be informed of future exhibitions at La Galleria, please contact Daniele Debellis (email@example.com)
The Breede Centre Afterschool Programme opens its doors for the afternoon programmes on Monday 14 January.
Katleen Verschoore invites visitors to pop in to meet the children and youth leaders and get a sense of the activities offered. Any donations towards materials and food most welcome!
McGregor is part of the Cape Winelands area and no visit here would be complete with popping in to one of our fabulous wineries, members of the McGregor Wine Meander. Take a look at the website to see what’s on offer.
Lord’s Wines has a wonderful new venue and is open daily for wine tasting, platters and their famous T20 Toasties!
I spend a lot of time sitting on the desk next to Shirley and Rhowena and I love welcoming the visitors and being instagrammed! It would seem that I am becoming quite famous! I really have fun answering all the queries and here is a list of some of the frequently asked questions:
“Where can we watch the rugby?” Open Kitchen and The Whisky Bar
“Is there anywhere where we can have a late afternoon drink and chill?” Open Kitchen Happy Hour daily 5pm to 7pm / Tebaldi’s Wednesday to Saturday / at the courtyard
“Is there a Park Run nearby?” Robertson every Saturday 8am
“Is there anywhere to have a game of bridge?” Monday afternoon Duplicate Bridge at Wahnfried
“Any keep-fit dancing groups?” Country Dancing every Tuesday afternoon at 5pm at Kampterrein
“Which restaurants are open?” For this question – super efficient Shirley and Rhowena hand them an up-to-date list of the restaurants (Tebaldi’s, How Bazaar, 51, Open Kitchen, Green Gables, at the courtyard, Lady Grey, Sandbag House….) with their open hours and contact details. What a team!
“What events are coming up in the next few months?”
Hands on Harvest 1 – 3 March
Celebrating the Arts in McGregor 22 – 24 March
Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary Book Fair 17 – 19 May
Wacky Wine Weekend 7 – 9 June
Robertson Slow Food and Wine Weekend 9 – 11 August
Poetry in McGregor Festival 23– 25 August
Run2Nowhere 31 August – 1 September
Ride2Nowhere 6 – 8 September
McGregor Magic Open Gardens 21 – 23 September
Wine on the River 11 -13 October
One thing that Shirley and Rhowena always tell the guests about the fascinating walking tours through McGregor. There are 2 options available: purchasing an interesting booklet with directions or downloading a VoiceMap app on your smart phone. Rose Kent is the master-mind and voice behind the VoiceMap app and she recently sent this note to us:
“Although I forgot to invite Mr McGregor ahead of time, so he was probably still in bed, a group of 14 of us very much enjoyed an early morning ‘walk through old McGregor – it’s heart and it’s history ‘ on 17 December. It’s a year since I completed compiling this very interesting project, and there has been some very positive feedback from those who have done the walk. It can be done by downloading the VoiceMap app on your smartphone for free, then paying a small fee for the GPS-activated guided tour I have recorded. Just occasionally, as I did on the 17th, I will lead an accompanied tour for those who would rather hear the stories “live” than on their phone (Shirley and Rhowena will make the arrangements). But if you have a smartphone, do give it a go – you’ll hear a lot about this fascinating village that I’m pretty sure you didn’t know before ….😉! ”
Ok – so now the next question is…..who will be the next person to have their photo taken with me and post it onto Instragram? I’m ready and waiting!
Have a great January everyone and see y’all in McGregor soon. If you have an event that you would like to be featured in this monthly newsletter, please send the info and an image to firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like a print-friendly summarized calendar version of what’s happening in McGregor this month, do let us know and we will email one to you.
Cheers to you all!