Newsletter November 2012

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Thursday, 1st November 2012

The weekend of 7th, 8th, and 9th December will see the unofficial launch of the Blue Crane Development Agency's Boschberg Tourism Hub, with the first staging of the Boschberg Classic Mountain Bike Race and Trail Runs. All the local sporting clubs have become involved, and this will be a real community effort. On Friday 7th, the inaugural Spur Schools League mountain Bike Race event will be launched, with schools competing against one another, on the new Meurant Botha designed trails on the slopes of the Boschberg. The Art Gallery featuring the work of the local Boschberg Art Club will be launched in the evening: as well as the Coffee Shop and Spa.

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Sadly, the weekend will be overshadowed by the sorrow felt by the whole community, following the untimely death of Professor Jakes Gerwel, who chaired the Blue Crane Development Agency Board. As well as his great contribution in many fields to South Africa; Prof. always had the wellbeing of his home town, Somerset East, very much in his heart.

Saturday 8th will be the date for two new Trail Runs, 5km and 15km on the challenging Boschberg Slopes, and in the evening there will be Steak House, and live music.

Sunday 9th, Mountain bikers can compete in the first ever Boschberg Classic, with lengths of 25km and 60 km. These trails have already been judged by experienced cyclists to be second to none in the country, and this launch will see Somerset East becoming the premier Mountain Bike and activity centre in the Eastern Cape.

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Somerset East caters for the less energetic among us as well, for whom the Boschberg shows a gentle face. On Saturday 24th November, the "Strings of Joy" concert held on the veranda and lawns of Stephen and Vega van Niekerk's Somerset House, nestled at the foot of the Boschberg, attracted over 100 people, many of them from outside town. A very talented string quartette played a programme which ranged from Mozart to Lennon, and from Vivaldi to Kern; and including a crowd pleasing Tango; Por Una Cabeza. After this, candles were distributed, and the audience sang along to Christmas carols played by the four talented young musicians. it is hoped that this most successful event can be staged annually, or even become a regular event throughout the year.

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