The last McGregor News issue was in August/September 2011 - since then we have had quite a few events in McGregor.
1. St Francis Day on 27 Oct 2011 at Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary - as usual a beautiful event with blessings for the donkeys, the visitors and their pets.
2. Open Gardens Weekend - October 2011 - Christine Lawley says "Did you see this on Open Gardens day? I was totally amazed. I'm a knitter myself but if I hadn't seen it I would not have believed that this could be done - every single thing there was knitted!! What a job. It was made by Rachel Botha."
3. Reconciliation Day Project - November 2011 - The first McGregor Tourism / Community Policing Forum project centred around the involvement of 11 young people from McGregor between the ages of 16 and 18 (later projects will be approximately 100 young people between the ages of 12 and 25) in the creation of a site specific performance event that travelled through the village on the Saturday evening (dusk) of the Reconciliation Day project week on 17th December. A trans-disciplinary approach was utilized to integrate the various art forms, i.e. Performance (drama, dance, music), Visual (design), and Creative Writing. The idea was for 16 facilitators (5 drawn from the Mothertongue pool of facilitators and the other 11 drawn from the McGregor community) to work with 11 young people from the Tuesday 9 Dec prior to the Saturday 17 Dec performance. Participants decided whether they wanted to focus on Acting, Dance, Music, Design or Creative Writing and will formed groups accordingly. Each group was assigned 2 facilitators (one from Mothertongue and one from McGregor).
4. Olie bollen on New Year's Eve - For the eleventh time Lies and Hester served olie bollen and ginger beer on Old Year's Eve. Friends met again and old ties were renewed while these Dutch delicacies made with apples and raisins oiled the palate. At the end of the evening the little donation box yielded R700 for the VICTIM EMPOWERMENT PROJECT. This will go some way towards making their work easier, so thank you for your generosity.
Matt Slater has been reading to young people in the library on Fridays.