What's on at the Blaauwklippen Family Market this October
September 29, 2016
On the 2nd of October 2011, we launched the market as a weekly Sunday Market instead of a monthly weekend market. On the exact same day, five years later, we will be celebrating our 5th birthday! During these five years, we have grown into a “family” as such. Numerous friendships between traders and guests were formed.
The market organiser wishes to thank Blaauwklippen Estate Management for their continued support for the market. No market can be a market without its traders. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of them for their continuous and loyal support. So often we shared some great times and also sometimes sad times…but mostly happy times, filled with laughter.
These photos were taken somewhere between 2011 - 2012. The traders in these photos are still at the market.
Lastly but most definitely not the least, the Market, as a whole, would like to thank you, our loyal guests. We wouldn’t have been where we are today without your support. It is always a pleasant experience to see you. And, not only the human kind, also your furry relatives. We all know The Clan – a family of six Golden Retrievers who visit us so regularly. We have some Irish Wolfhounds that grace The Market with their gentle demeanour and then also the Basset Hounds that stop us in our tracks with their deep, sonorous “Woofs”. So many Yorkies visit the market – from the timid to the carefree and brave who will stand their ground with confidence. This is always a tricky area for we run the risk of singling out some other furry visitors which is so unkind. During the past five years we have had some strange furry ones sniffing around the stalls – a pigmy pig, and Nougat, the Giant Flemish rabbit. A colourful parrot or two have also been seen at intervals throughout the past five years.
We are looking forward in sharing another happy 5 years with all of you!
It is rather fitting that we have 5 Sundays in the month of our 5th birthday. Now, with spring in the air and summer approaching fast, we have booked our most popular musicians and we are excited to celebrate the month with you.
On this day of our birthday, we are sure that some of the traders will join the celebration with something special up their sleeve.
As usual we have Me Barbara Collins and her traders exhibiting their collectables and curiosities in the Carriage House. Browse amongst the stalls; talk to the traders and appreciate the objects from way back when. Don’t hesitate to talk to these traders for they are so knowledgeable and are always happy to share their expertise with you.
G-Man and the Gingers: A crazy, creative name for a group of musicians, isn’t it? These two guys are nothing else but that: hot stuff! Listen to this kind of loyalty and professionalism: G-Man and the Gingers had a gig in Buffeljags River; drove home; had two hours’ sleep and made it to The Market on time. No sign of fatigue for soon they had the visitors to The Market on their feet – dancing, clapping and singing along with them. G-Man and the Gingers is a funky acoustic folk, blues, country and reggae act with some fresh sounds; just the right kind of great music to celebrate our birthday. You will enjoy their sublime interpretations of classics from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Tom Perry right through to more modern hits from Avicci and Mumford & Sons.
So many of you will already be familiar with the sounds of Stuart, our musician for the day. This guy has been entertaining both visitors and traders at The Market for the past 3 years. He not only provides popular hits but has way of interacting with the visitors, especially if there is a birthday or a crowd of enthusiastic music lovers.
Stroll around; visit the goats and kid goats or just laze in the sun or shade. Meet some of the traders. Talk to the traders about their wares and get to know them. There is Sharon with her beautiful semi-precious stone jewellery and large collection of rocks. Somebody once said: People who don’t love stones, will find it difficult to go to heaven. Sharon’s beautiful, colourful rocks and quaint fossils are worth a visit, really.
This is the day of our monthly Vineyard Doggy Walk which we have been hosting for the past 5 years. Please help the wonderfully unselfish people from the Helderberg Animal Welfare. Not only do Julia and her helpers contribute time and effort to rescue and treat hurt and abandoned animals, they do it without expecting anything in return. It is however very sad and worrying that they often have to plead with the public for food for the animals in their care. Please support the Doggy Walk – your fee of R20 will go towards their bills and food. Please also feel free to bring a bag or two of dog food along.
Speaking of which, The Market offers so many interesting delicacies: some delicious fudge and nougat – all handmade; a selection of sugar or caramel coated nuts and then the stall popping with the most delicious and beautifully made cakes, cupcakes and a lemon meringue pie to die for.
Dirkie & Talisa on guitar and violin will be providing the music on this day. Visitors enjoy their lively renditions Gipsy jazz and melodies with a distinct Spanish feel.
Many visitors at The Market know the traders and their wares rather well. Sometimes, however, they just know them as ‘The Lady with the Hat’. Now, here we are talking of Jutta from the Flammkuchen. Jutta lives in Cape Town. In the central, central CBD. Seven storeys up. An uninvited visitor graced her with its noisy presence a while ago and like it is the habit of crickets, of course it started its nocturnal serenades as soon as Jutta switched off the lights and hunkered down for the night. At her wits’ end with this noisy creature and short of removing plumbing; rearranging her flat every night, she asked some of the traders for advice. This is where the visitors miss out on so much for, banter happens early in the morning when set-up of stalls take place. In any case, back to asking advice. Which she didn’t get because traders have a tendency to explore ‘How? Why?’
This is the kind of dialogue you can expect to hear:
Jutta (Flammkuchen): How dit it get zher? It’s on ze seventh floor! (with notable German accent)
Andre (Die Rooi Olyf): It took the lift!
Sunny (German Suasages): Don’t be silly. It can’t reach the buttons…… It took ze stairs. (another German accent)
Jutta: What is it doing in ze CBD?
Catje: Needs to do some shopping and is going to shows.
Paris (Gyros): It flew up there! (the voice of reason and wisdom with Greek accent)
Patrick (Stonehill Olives): The why? It is a male! (no-nonsense Irish accent)
Needless to say, all this didn’t solve Jutta’s problem since none of the traders managed to get round to ‘How do you get rid of it?’ (What else to you expect with such a cosmopolitan crowd? Sounded like a UN debate!) The cricket stayed for the summer. During winter it seemed to have disappeared and we are happy to share with you that the noisy, chirpy lodger hasn’t returned since.
Newton is back! He will definitely entertain you with his extensive repertoire of well-known and not so well-known songs.
Ricky Nass has recently joined us and subsequently become one of our favourite musicians. His music is enjoyed by visitors and traders alike because he is so passionate.
Time to stock the larder for the beautiful summer’s days ahead. Look for Patrick, his olives and delicious preserves (he is the guy with the large green hat in the Wine Centre). Here you will also be able to taste some aromatic teas from Raymond’s tea stall; try delicious cheese or a cheese platter from Pickadeli served by Peter and Vivienne; allow Gary and Robin, from Pierre’s Deli, to help you select some spicey sausages from Pierre’s Deli to take home.