Nieu-bet­hes­da, a gre­at pla­ce to spend New Y­e­ar’s Eve

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The u­su­al­ly qui­et vil­la­ge of Nieu­bet­hes­da was trans­for­med in­to a hi­ve of acti­vi­ty this ho­li­day pe­ri­od.

Whi­le guest­hou­se book­ings ap­pea­red less than u­su­al i­ni­ti­al­ly, the­re we­re a hand­ful of nig­hts w­he­re the­re was li­te­ral­ly not a sin­gle bed a­vai­la­ble for tho­se who had not book­ed a­he­ad of ti­me.

The dirt ro­ads soon tur­ned to po­w­der dust as vehi­cle af­ter vehi­cle rol­led in­to the vil­la­ge, co­a­ting e­ver­y­thing in a fi­ne whi­te­ness.

Lo­cal re­stau­rants did good tra­de and mu­si­ci­ans such as The Fa­ke Le­at­her Blu­es Band and Ja­mie Ju­pi­ter gra­ced au­dien­ces in front of ‘Out­si­ders’ and ‘Die Wa­en­huis’ re­specti­ve­ly.

The In­fi­ni­ty Gal­le­ry hou­sed Dir­k­je Da­ling’s et­he­re­al art­work, and so­meti­mes the sound of pi­a­no and sin­ging waf­ted from the in­si­de, a ten­dril of won­der­ment.

Nieu-bet­hes­da be­co­mes a ma­gi­cal pla­ce on New Y­e­ar’s Eve.

The lig­ht lin­gers la­te in­to the e­ve­ning, ba­thing all in a gol­den glow, and one can’t help but slow do­wn to lap it all up. Whi­le so­me sat on so­po­ri­fic stoeps and wa­t­ched the wor­ld go by, ot­hers we­re bu­sy ma­king lan­terns to join in the an­nu­al Fe­s­ti­val of Lig­hts that took pla­ce at the Bet­hes­da Art Cen­t­re. This was, as u­su­al, a bre­ath-ta­king e­vent.

So­me lo­cals took a trip do­wn me­mo­ry la­ne, don­ned ‘hip­pie ge­ar’ and dro­ve out to P­ho­to: Lo­ri­an He­tem G­regg P­ri­ce took this p­ho­to of a spec­ta­cu­lar dou­ble rain­bow that gra­ced the vil­la­ge one De­cem­ber e­ve­ning. LEFT: Ka­ren de Beer and Ina Bo­tha hip­py the nig­ht a­way. RIGHT: So­me lo­cals took a trip do­wn me­mo­ry la­ne, don­ned ‘hip­pie ge­ar’ and dro­ve out to Ka­ree­laag­te, the ho­me of Ina and Fran­cois Bo­tha, w­he­re an ‘op­skop’ of no­te en­su­ed! Seen he­re are two very young dan­cers ha­ving a gre­at ti­me. Ka­ree­laag­te, the ho­me of Ina and Fran­cois Bo­tha, w­he­re an ‘op­skop’ of no­te en­su­ed! F­riends stop­ped and joi­ned lo­cal braai’s, so­me went to bed be­fo­re mid­nig­ht w­hen fi­ve drops of rain tried to fall, the­re we­re thank­ful­ly a mi­ni­mal a­mount of fi­re­works, and all in all a ‘lek­ker’ new y­e­ar was had by all in Nieu-bet­hes­da.

The an­nu­al Fe­s­ti­val of Lig­hts that took pla­ce at the Bet­hes­da Art Cen­t­re was, as u­su­al, a bre­ath-ta­king e­vent.

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