What's on in Knysna...
A Big African Jam
The African Experience Bush Café in Hoogekraal near Karatara presents A Big African Jam from 15:00 on Sunday 26 November. Well-known South African musicians Steve Newman, Tony Cox and Wendy Oldfield, along with Jonty Hendricks, will ensure a “friendly, open and beneficial exploration into spontaneous music”. Tickets cost R50 pp. You can bring along not only your own libations, but your own music instrument too, or you can use those provided. Contact 076 144 6633 for more information or Google African Experience Bush Café for directions.
Test your blood sugar levels
Knysna Lions, in conjunction with registered nurses from Knysna Provincial Hospital as well as Life Hospital Knysna, will provide a free service to the public in line with World Diabetes Day on 14 November. Venues: 25 November – Woodmill Lane; 1 December – Hornlee clinic.
Pop-up art gallery
The Stanley Grootboom pop-up art gallery from 1 November at Woodmill centre in Knysna. Grootboom’s famous book installation and other original works including a number of oil paintings (images of Knysna) will be on exhibition. His work has appeared on national television and in top magazines such as Brand South Africa. His book installation was shown at, among others, the Fada Gallery, University of Johannesburg, alongside the work of William Kentridge during the International Booknesses Colloquium.
Visit Knysna Fine Art gallery at Thesen House to celebrate its two decades in the wonderful world of art. For the occasion, more than a hundred works by 80 established and new artists are on show.
Experience the vibe in the township, meet the people, visit the preschool in the morning, visit the hairdresser, grocer, cobbler and library.
Enjoy tea in a home in the township with drumming and singing. This tour gives back to the community. Depart daily at 10:00 and 14:00. Cost: adults R400, children R150. The tour lasts between two to three hours. To book: 082 338 6289 or 044 382 1087 / email@example.com
Lakes Bird Club outings every first Saturday of the month, also other outings and talks. Info: Pat 044 382 0638 / Steve 082 785 6152 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridge pairs morning
Duplicate bridge every Wednesday and Thursday at the Knysna angling club. R30 playing fee includes tea/coffee. All welcome on a “walk in” basis. Register by 08:45 to play by 09:00. “Singles” will be paired to play together. Players can stay after play when Heidi Atkinson will answer questions and go over any difficult hands at no charge, to encourage players to improve. Info: Heidi 082 776 0238 / email@example.com
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: 044 382 9762 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
Holy Trinity church, Belvidere, Knysna (daily). Info: 044 382 1293
Time in nature
Steenbok Nature Reserve, Leisure Isle, Knysna (all year). Dog friendly. Info: Knysna Tourism 044 382 5510
Rotarians get together
The Rotary Club of Knysna meets at the Knysna Yacht Club every Tuesday 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.
The Knysna Embroidery Guild meets every first Wednesday of the month at 09:30 at the Knysna Bowling Club in Rawson Street. Visitors welcome, R20. Info: Berry 082 216 9666 or davidprentice25@yahoo. co.uk.
Network in Knysna
Knysna Networking meet and share business ideas and support our members every second Wednesday. For more information contact Gudrun on 072 699 4174.
Park it at the market
The Friday Market @ Knysna Montessori School, 16:00 to 20:00, for good food, live music, licensed bar and crafters. Follow the scarecrows on N2 then up Welbedacht Lane. Info/enquiries: Liezel 044 382 5316
Sedgefield: Wild Oats Community farmers’ market every Saturday morning (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 Saturday Market every Saturday morning offers food, art and craft and more, on the N2 midway between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
It’s a Sunday thing
Liven up your Sunday by taking a leisurely drive to a popular Plett landmark, The Heath, and support locals who exhibit their handcrafted products and other goods, amid a festive atmosphere and live entertainment – 09:00 to 15:00. You’ll still have time for your afternoon nap!
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. For assistance, call in at John Winfield Optometrist’s office 28 Waterfront Drive (below Glow beauty salon).
* 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, go to the Knysna Tourism website on www.visitknysna.co.za/things-todo. For Plett, visit www.pletttourism.com.
* Send detailed notices of your events, from meetings and fundraisers to regular get-togethers, to rianas@groupeditors. co.za. This must reach us by NOON on a Monday.