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PALISSANDER CHAMBER CHOIR

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Die Palissanderkoor, een van Suid-Afrika se toonaangewende kamerkore, bring ‘n verassingsbesoek aan Stilbaai. Die Stilbaai Musiekvereniging kon gelukkig daarin slaag om op baie kort kennisgewing die optrede te reel. Die enigste moontlike tyd vir die optrede is nou gereel vir  Palissander-koor is ‘n internasionale erkende onafhanklike amateur-koor wat in 1992 gestig is en tot dusver met groot sukses opgetree in Kanada, Noorweë, Denemarke, Nederland. Kenia, Frankryk, Italië, Duitsland en Spanje. Die koor se kernwaardes is passie, oorvloed, vreugde, respek en aanvaarding.
Die koor se hoogs begaafde en gekwalifiseerde dirigent is vandag nog steeds Sarita Hauptfleish, wat die koor gestig het met die doel om sielsmusiek te maak. Dit het daartoe gelei dat die koor sowel plaaslik as internasionaal ‘n ambassadeur vir liefde en vrede geword het. Palissander doen dit deur die gehoor nie slegs op die musikale vlak nie, maar ook op die intellektuele en emosionele vlak te betrek deur middel van programme met sentrale temas. Hierdeur word die kooruitvoering tot ‘n spirituele ervaring omskep. Palissander se 2016-tema, “Deur die oë van ‘n kind”, daag elkeen van ons uit om die moed te hê om te droom soos toe ons kinders was, om te glo dat hierdie drome waar kan word, en om toe te laat dat ons harte ons die weg wys.
Palissander assosieer homself met organisasies wat omsien na weeskinders en kwesbare kinders. Kwesbare tieners, saam met hulle maatskapike werker, vergesel die koor gereeld op oorsese toere. In 2006 het die koor die Suid-Afrikaanse Koorvereniging se toekenning vir die beste bydrae tot die gemeenskapsontwikkeling deur middel van koormusiek ontvang.
Palissander het tot datum agt CD’s vrygestel. Die koor is in Pretoria gebasseer en het tans 27 lede.

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DIE BRUGMARK

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Joa van Tontder van Joa’s Creations se mosaiekwerk is ‘n gewilde stalletjie by Die Brugmark en van haar werke pronk regoor die land. Op Saterdag, 27 Augustus, deel sy bietjie meer van haar kuns deur demonstrasies van haar Mosaïekwerk by Die Brugmark aan te bied! Kom kyk gerus wat Joa met mosaiek doen. Bly sommer vir ietsie om aan te smul en besoek die ander interessante stalletjies by Stilbaai se eie ‘Brugmark’

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SOUL WARMING DRUMMING IN STILBAAI

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We were introduced to drums, when Kats Swanepoel came to stay for a while by us. Our “family” circle was expanding and thought it would be a great idea to have a monthly gathering where likeminded people could come together and enjoy an evening of laughter, socialising and beating their hearts out on the drums. And that is how our Stilbaai drumming Circle started.
Anthea Nell tells us more about the Drumming Circle in Stilbaai.
Our first evening was held outside, but due to the onset of colder weather we moved inside,where it is much more cosy and the sound of the drums is just amazing. Everyone brings their own refreshments and wors and rolls. With a glowing fire inside, the wors gets braaied by myself for all those who come. We normally start anytime from 6.00pm until the group starts to leave( but on a average around 10.00pm), no set time. It’s very informal and a friendly gathering. Greetings tend to take a good few minutes as lots of hugs, kisses and chattering happens. There after each one without been told, grabs a drum and starts to play, until everyone has joined in (there are not set rules, just pure enjoyment and relaxation). There are always a few bystanders that sit out and listen and join at a later stage. But this does not bug anyone.
People ask why do we drum, well for different reasons. Each person has their own reasons, whether the person is beating out their stress, sending energy out into the world, to heal their soul(or others) or just to play music.
I just love the sound of it and can sit and listen how a group of people can get together and within moments come together in harmony and play some awesome music that touches your soul. Whether it’s a person doing a single tap, or a double tap or a intricate beat, or even someone that doesn’t have a beat, they all in the end flow together and find a rhythm. Some people in the beginning are scared to pick up a drum and play, but we encourage them as we do not believe in that one has to be a professional to play the drum. It’s about what is in your heart and to enjoy yourself.
In-between all the drumming once the food is ready, everyone has their wors rolls, chat a bit and then grabs the drums again. And that is how the evening goes until it’s time to go home.The majority of our drums are handmade by my dad. ( See photo). His ambition is to have enough drums so that whoever joins us for an evening won’t be without a drum. He has made some truly amazing drums, and this from a person who has never made a drum before.I would say our whole goal/ideal is to provide a platform for those who have other interests, to be able to get together and communicate openly. This is a non-religious or conformist gathering. There is no age restriction, young and old are welcome. Open to all.

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Anthea on the subject of taking drumming to the schools:
As for the schools, I think it is a great idea. I have seen myself how the drums can open up a child that would normally be shy and withdrawn. Seen how a person can express themselves with the drum better than in words. I think it would be a magical tool for kids, especially for kids with special needs. Although all children would benefit from it, even the teachers. In a group, playing together you bond and express yourself. If I had to start up a group like that I would not force the group to follow any hard rules. But to let each person find their own rhythm, of course some basic guidance given. But I firmly believe that each person should not be conformed to play as one wants them to play, but rather they should find their own beat and rhythm. Next Drumming Circle Meeting Sat. 20 Aug 2016  

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KOM TRAP SAAM MET BALEIA-WYNE!

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Op Saterdag, 3 September, vind die heel eerste Baleia Wines-bergfietsren vanaf hul wynkelder net buite Riversdale plaas. Bergfietsryers kan kies uit drie afstande: 20 km, 40 km en 88 km met die roete wat fietsryers vanaf Riversdale in die rigting van Albertinia en terug neem.
Ryers sal tussen wuiwende groen en geel landerye trap en die natuurskoon in dié gedeelte van die Hessequa-streek, kan maklik veroorsaak dat daar vir ‘n fotosessie gestop kan word. Daar is heelwat goeie grondpaaie asook enkelpaadjies op al drie die roetes en volgens die organiseerders en die roetedirekteur, Riaan Moag, het dié ren ‘n gemiddelde moeilikheidsgraad.
Baleia Wines se wynmaker, Abraham de Klerk, is ‘n kranige bergfietsryer terwyl die grondeienaar, Fanie Joubert, se seun (Jan-Hendrik) wat saam met sy pa (Fanie) boer, boonop ook ‘n kranige langafstandatleet is.
Baleia Wines se wingerde is in die Vermaaklikheid-omgewing tussen Riversdale en Jongensfontein terwyl die kelders langs die N2 net buite Riversdale is. La Bella Deli en Restaurant is langs die wynkelders en ryers en hul gesinne en families sal dié dag op groen grasperke hier kan ontspan.
Daar sal heelwat aktiwiteite vir die kinders ook wees. Baleia se wyne asook hul olyfprodukte sal by by die proelokaal geproe word.
Die 88 km-ren se inskrywingsfooi is R200 en ryers spring 8:00 weg; die 40 km (R140) spring 8:15 weg terwyl die 20 km-deelnemers R80 betaal en om 8:30 wegspring. Ryers wat aan die 40 km- en 88 km-renne deelneem en nié oor ‘n CSA lisensie beskik nie, sal ‘n tydelike eendaglisensie (R35) by die ren kan uitneem.
Al die inligting oor die wedren asook die inskrywingsvorms is beskikbaar by www.baleiawines.com. Inskrywings kan die dag vóór die ren by Baleia Wines se kelders gedoen word asook die oggend voor die wegspring. Heerlike pryse kan gewen word.

A First Ever for Baleia Wines:
The first ever Baleia Wines mountain bike challenge is taking place on Saturday, 3 September, from the Baleia Wines cellars just outside Riversdale next to the N2 on the way to Albertinia. There are three distances – a 20km, 40km and 88km – and racing starts at 8:00. The route will take riders in the direction of Albertinia and they can expect to ride on good gravel roads as well as some jeep tracks.

All the information about the routes as well as entry form is available on www.baleiawines.com

GALJOEN DERBY

Ons plaas graag die volle die uitslae van al die wenners van die Galjoen Derby. Daar was 193 galjoene gevang en 192 weer terug geplaas. Baie ander spesies is gevang soos mosselkraker rooi romanne kolsterte wildeperde kabeljoue en belmanne en alles is weer veiling terug geplaas.. 414 hengelaars het deelgeneem en vir die prysuitdeling is ’n ete voorberei vir 515 mense wat die funksie bygewoon het. Groot dank aan die borge van die Galjoen Derby. Volgende jaar maak ons weer so.