“We focus on old-fashioned timeless fun,” says organiser, Anleen Louw. “It’s a weekend for the whole family to enjoy the Hogsback winter weather – where we focus on relaxation, fun and spending time with loved
ones in front of log fires.”
Sponsored by the Amathole District Municipality and the Eastern Cape Tourism Board, The Hogsback Country Xmas in July is an intimate family affair. The whole town of Hogsback is joining in the fun with a bonfire, and a gala performance by the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir on the Friday
evening. There will also be star gazing at the Eco Shrine. Port and Muscadel tastings at the Edge will take place throughout the weekend.
One of the highlights will be a performance by the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. “This is something that is very close to the hearts of the people of Hogsback,” says Louw. “There is only one young man from the Eastern Cape in the choir, and he is from Hogsback.”
Twelve year old, grade five pupil, Sipho Madondile was accepted into the choir and the Drakensberg Boys’ School in 2010 and was given a partial bursary by the school. The rest of his tuition has been paid for by a Pretoria-based businesswoman who heard him singing in the restaurant that his mother works at in Hogsback. According to Sipho, he is looking forward to a career in music and the chance to tour with the choir.
Saturday, 17 July is an “African-style sleigh” – an old wagon drawn by a team of Nguni oxen which visitors can ride on. Jazz and traditional dances will add to the festive vibe. The Boys’ Choir will give a matinee performance for daytrippers.
For some festive creativity, visitors can book craft workshops at the local crafters’ studios. There will also be craft workshops at the main craft market where guests can learn the art of decoupage and riempie and whip making. For the food lovers, there will be a jam making demonstration.
For sports fanatics, a festive soccer tournament will take place featuring local soccer players. After watching some tri-nation action on Saturday, visitors can indulge in delicious high tea or pre-booked gala dinners where seasonal fare, with all the trimmings will be on offer.
Sunday, 18 July will open with an interdenominational church service in aid of the beloved St Patricks on the Hill chapel which recently burned down. “We will be taking a special collection to help re-build
this historic little church,” says Louw.
Overnight guests at Hogsback will receive gifts and festive red hats. They are invited to share in the Country Xmas spirit by contributing towards one of the Hogsback charities.
The Hogsback Country Xmas in July is set to be one of the highlights of the year post Soccer Mania, so bring the kids and enjoy a relaxing getaway in the heart of Hogsback.
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