What's on in Knysna ... SUNDAY, JULY 16
SATURDAY, JULY 15
Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon, Waterfront Drive, Knysna. Whether you compete in the half (21km) or the full (42km) version, the race offers several unique highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world. Much of the run takes place deep in the forest with a breathtaking view over the Knysna estuary into The Heads, for inspiration towards the finish. If you haven’t done this race yet, it’s an absolute must.
Houtklapper Trail Run, Goudveld, Knysna. This run offers three routes of varying lengths and difficulty, taking runners through the forests made famous by author Dalene Mathee (Circles in the Forest, Fiela’s Child, Moerbeibos and others). The 15km and 27km routes have been chosen not only to challenge intermediate to experienced trail runners but to provide an opportunity to experience the deepest secrets at the heart of the Knysna forest. Singletrack and terrain to excite trail runners of all ability, including an easier route for the beginner trail runner of 9km.
TUESDAY, JULY 18
Catch Albert Meintjies live at Surf Café in Plettenberg Bay. With his unique voice, brilliant songwriting and exceptional guitar techniques, Meintjes has been entertaining audiences since 1996 in London, Croatia, Seychelles, Mozambique, Cuba, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Egypt, Belgium, The Netherlands, Nigeria and Kenya and his debut solo album, The Very Silence of Waiting in This Place has recently been released.
Meintjes has also released two albums with Scicoustic (of which he has been the frontman for the past 16 years), and one album as Algrecko featuring Greg Georgiades.
Meintjes is no stranger on the music scene and has been active since 1996. Highlights in his long-standing career include his performance with New Porn alongside Arno Carstens, supporting the Metallica tour. He also shared the stage with some of the top artists in South Africa like Albert Frost, Anton La’mour, Karen Zoid, Valiant Swart, Shaun Morgan (Seether), Hugo De Waal, Lani van der Walt, Greg Georgiades, Steve Newman, Guy Collins, Gerald Clark, Piet Botha, Gian Groen and Mosoeu Ketlele just to name a few.
He is also one of the first musicians in SA to be featured on Layar, an augmented reality (AR) app that allows users and fans an unprecedented experience with his music and content. This feature is now accessible to download on all major mobile app platforms. – Supplied
After having to postpone this gathering last month, the Knysna Historical Society invites you to take “A Look at the history of the Knysna South Western Railway together with a pictorial ramble around some cottages and rural abodes in the Western Cape”. Join Allen Duff at 17:30 sharp in Cearn Hall, Leisure Isle. Members and their guests only, please.
SUNDAY, JULY 30
The Outeniqua Branch of the Dendrological Society of SA is having an outing at 10:00 to the Rooikraal Farm Forest on the Barrington Road. We will be walking into a forest, unaffected by the fires, which slopes down to the Witels river, a tributary of the Homtini river. Afterwards, enjoy a BYO picnic in the garden. Directions: On the N2, about 5km east of Sedgefield, turn right from Knysna, left from Sedgefield, onto the Karatara Road, carry on straight up the Barrington Road for about 15km. The turn-off to Rooikraal is almost opposite to the Teniqua Treetops entrance. Wear walking shoes, sunscreen and hats. Visitors are welcome (R20). Children free. Info: Jenny Herd 044-343-1937 / Stewart Herd 083-602-0755.
The Motorcycle Room museum, Thesen Isle, Knysna (daily). Info: 082-414-5167 or www.themotorcycleroom.co.za.
San Ambrosio Church museum in the Gouna Forest, Knysna (daily). Info: 044-3829762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest Legend Museum & Café, Diepwalle, Knysna (daily). Info: 044-382-9762.
Millwood House museum, Knysna (MonSat). Info: 044-302-6320.
Pledge Nature Reserve right in the heart of Knysna, where there is also a monthly full-moon walk. Info: Knysna Tourism 044382-5510 / email@example.com. PLEASE NOTE, due to the fire, Pledge Nature Reserve is closed until further notice.
The Rotary Club of Knysna meets at the Knysna Yacht Club from 12:30 onwards for the lunch meeting from 13:00 to 14:00. All visiting Rotarians are welcome as well as potential new members.
EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY
The Knysna Embroidery Guild meets at 09:30 at the Knysna Bowling Club in Rawson Street. Visitors welcome, R20. Info: Berry 082-216-9666 or davidprentice25@yahoo. co.uk.
TWO WEDNESDAYS A MONTH
Knysna Networking meet and share business ideas and support our members. For more information contact Gudrun on 072-6994174.
Sedgefield: Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market (an award-winning market with over 60 stalls of the finest local farm produce, home bakes, plants and flowers, outdoor breakfast and live music), Scarab Craft Village and Mosaic Market, all in close proximity along the N2.
Plettenberg Bay: Harkerville Market offers food, art and craft and more, on the N2 midway between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
Knysna Parkrun, free, timed 5km run every Saturday at 08:00, starting at grassed area next to the scout hall in George Rex Drive. The aim is to promote health and fitness. To register go to www.parkrun. co.za and follow instructions and print your unique barcode, to be brought to every event. For assistance, call in at John Winfield Optometrist’s office 28 Waterfront Drive (below Glow beauty salon), and the staff there will kindly assist you with the registration.
For a comprehensive listing of what to enjoy in the Greater Knysna area, from sport and entertainment, nature walks and cycling, places to stay and dining, to arts and culture, have a look at the Knysna Tourism website on www.visitknysna.co.za/things-to-do.
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