Trevor Webster is one of our beloved storytellers in Hogsback and a historian of note. His book on the History of Hogsback has been a best seller in Hogsback for years and is now in its second edition.
His family has been involved in Hogback since his grandfather built a wattle and daub holiday home, Komkhulu, in 1932 and he was the first baby to be christened in St Patrick on the Hill Chapel. Five generations have been returning to Hogsback for reunions and him and Ann, his wife, are now happily retired here. He is an enthusiastic parkrunner and can leave most locals in the dust!! He is also the warden of the little chapel that he was baptised in!!
The wealth of interesting stories from our heritage, not only in and around Hogsback, is sure to thrill all who will attend his talks. Last year this sessions was so oversubscribed that we decided to do 2 sessions this year and you will be able to enjoy his talks at 11am and at 4pm at the Hogsback Inn.
Ever wondered if and where there is a hangman's tree? What are some of the legends to arise out of the mists and forests of the Amatholes? Come and listen to Trevor and enjoy his interactive presentation.
You don't have to book for this talk , and we will be collecting donations for Jikani, an outreach that Trevor feels strongly about.
The famous over 14 m long Hogsback Tapestry will also be on display all weekend at the Hogsback inn. Mae sure that you go and take a photo of it for the scavenger hunt (Hint)
Hogsback's own Cape Parrot Project is working hard every day to save our national parrot. Join Cassie Carstens as he shares his knowledge of the species and what the Project is busy with as we try and save this species from the brink. Free to all. This talk is taking place at the Arminel Hotel from 9am to 9h45am.
I first had to go and look up what a twitcher is, as I at first thought that this is some kind of weird hogsbakian exercise class. Luckily this event does not require any strenuous activity!!
Which brings me to Graham. He has been the birding go-to guy for as long as I have been in Hogsback. If you want to have an amazing walk through the forest, discovering all the secret hide-awlays of all our magical feathered friends, then he is the man for the job. He is not just a twitcher (see one and two), he is a seriously knowledgeable bird watcher.
Like all bird watchers, he is kind of quiet, so getting him to talk about his his great passion in life, is a special event, not to be missed! Make sure that you come join him and his feathered friends on a journey through the different biomes of the beautiful Hogsback discovering who fits in where. This talk is taking place at the Hogsback Inn on Saturday morning at 9h30 - 10h30 .
You don't have to book and you will be invited to make donations to Jikani if you feel inspired to do so!
We are very fortunate that the SAP K9 dog handling unit will be joining us on Saturday with their canine crime fighting partners. Constable Jakavula will start off by showing us how the dogs are trained to be obedient. It is vitally important that the dogs follow instructions in all situations. Warrant Officer Brenkman will then show us how the dogs can sniff out illegal substances. Sgt Mentoor will then proceed with am explosive search and they will end of the display with a live attack by the patrol dogs. any volunteers?
Please remember that these are working dogs and a safe distance form the dogs must be maintained. We will be hosting the dog team at the Crabbush field as there are lots of space. So see you there between 11h30 and 12h30 on Saterday Afternoon. Make sure that you make your way to the field a little earlier!!
On the Friday night of the #hogsbackcelebrations we have a special treat in store for you.....a very edgy talk about a very edgy subject...Cannabis...and we are hosting it at the Edge on the deck of the conference room with a view over the Edge. So if you have been wondering about the debate that is currently happening surrounding the legalisation of cannabis, this is your chance to come and find out all about it, the medicinal value as well as other uses for Cannabis and what the future holds for this seemingly wonder drug...or is it the dread-ed drug?? The Cannabis discussion will be followed by a night food and craft market at the new extended courtyard of the Edge. And maybe you will run into Frostie the snowman? See you there.
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If you have ever wanted to experience a once in a lifetime event, this is it!! Remember to dress warmly and Miss Shanti's tea will go a long way in warming you up as you explore the mysteries of the red blood moon and stars!!
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Wanneer sneeu koors ons tref hier in Hogsback, kan ons nie onsself help nie-ons moet net dans, dans ,dans!! En hier by die Lighthouse Ranch kry jy die lekkerste van lekker ou and nuwe boere musiek vibes diekant van die Groot Vis Rivier!! As julle my nie glo nie, dan moet julle met ons speakers kom kennis maak! Dis super groot en kan tot die bobbejane bo-op die Hogs a ligte rilling gee!
Natuurlik sal ons heerlike nuwe spyskaart seker maak dat jou maag vol is en jou energie vlakke hoog bly!! Julle is welkom om te kom langarm sokkie, al eet julle nie hier nie! Ons binnehuise kaggel sal die sneeu koue buite stoot sodat die hitte in die voete die hitte in die hart kan komplimenteer!
Ons musiek lys (soos ons kos) is legendaries. Dit is spesial gekies deur warmbloedige jong knaters wat al tevore die vloer aan die brand gedans het. So kom sokkie saam op die maat van egte regte boere musiek!!
In Hogsback we are so laid back that we do not need an official opening. We rather like any old excuse for having a laid back party. So this year we will kick off our #Winter #HogsbackCelebrations chilled-ness at Butterfly's Bistro, on the Thursday night preceding our "official" start, with a Pizza and Punch party. We are encouraging the locals and everybody who wants to join in the fun, to wear their blue #hogsbackcelebrations T-shirts. This will enter you into a draw for a spectacular Butterfly hamper prize!!! Soooo, be blue, so that we can see you!!!
We were fortunate enough to have had a pre -glimpse of good snowfall here in Hogsback last week with more snow predicted for this coming weekend. So it seems like we are in for a good snow season and are hoping that our special snow request #letitsnow will become a reality for our #winter #hogsbackcelebrations at the end of the month (27-29 July 2018). Here is some video footage of what it was like when it started to snow.
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