2017 Venues 2017-08-12T13:17:11+00:00

WELCOME TO McGREGOR!

AND ITS VENUES ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE

Caritas

The Venue:

The book lined library at the top of the Temenos gardens

Links:

www.temenos.org.za

Directions:

Caritas at Temenos, Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St.

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Temenos Gardens

The Venue:

The magical Temenos gardens, envisioned by Billy Kennedy, are now renowned for their tranquillity and beauty. Wander along the contemplative paths and discover a variety of Art created by Rose de La Hunt, Guy Walter and Richard Maidwell and local sculptress, Barbara Sowter. Within the grounds is a Library dedicated to Poetry from which guests are welcome to borrow a book and sit quietly in one of our many secluded corners. These are all the Venues inside Temenos

Links:

www.temenos.org.za

Directions:

Temenos Gardens, Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St.

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The Little Way Chapel

The Venue:

The chapel in the heart of the Temenos gardens

Links:

www.temenos.org.za

Directions:

The Little Way Chapel at Temenos, Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St.

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The Well

The Venue:

The much loved meditation space that draws its inspiration from the original Temenos in ancient Athens

Links:

www.temenos.org.za

Directions:

Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St.

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POETS CORNER

The Venue:

Tucked away in a corner of the garden, Chalice is a quiet, contemplative venue. Poets appearing here may be distinguished or as yet undiscovered and unpublished. The venue provides poets who have a body of work with the opportunity to showcase their poetry in an encouraging environment. Admission is FREE.

Links:

www.temenos.org.za

Directions:

Chalice at Temenos, Cnr Voortrekker and Bree St.

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The Book Tent

The Venue:

The Booktent, sponsored by McGregor Winery, next to the Church Hall in Church Street, promises to be an exciting addition to this year’s Poetry Weekend.  Visitors will find brand new poetry books and anthologies of their favourite poets at the Protea Bookshop.  Book launches, individual poet mentoring sessions, book signing and presentations and talks by poets will take place in the Booktent.  Come and enjoy a glass of wine or coffee while you listen, brows, purchase books and talk to poets. Times:  Friday & Saturday 09:00 – 19:00 and Sunday 10:00 – 14:00.

 Die Boektent, geborg deur McGregor Wynkelder, langs die NG Kerksaal in Kerkstraat, beloof om ‘n opwindende toevoeging tot vanjaar se Gedigtenaweek te wees.  Besoekers kan splinternuwe digbundels van hul gunsteling digters by die Protea Boekwinkel aanskaf.  Nuwe boeke en digbundels word bekendgestel, digters bied praatjies oor hul poësie aan en individuele mentorskapsessies word aangebied.  Digters sal ook boeke hier teken.  Kom geniet ‘n glasie wyn of lekker koffie terwyl u luister, lees, snuffel en oor boeke en digters gesels. Tye:  Vrydag & Saterdag 09:00 – 19:00 en Sondag 10:00 – 14:00.

Directions:

The Booktent, 24 Kerk St. McGregor

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Wahnfried

The Venue:

Wahnfried is a home in McGregor purchased by Michael and Freddie with the intention of it being used for the benefit of the Village, now and in the future. Our vision is that the house will act as a venue for cultural events – live music, recorded music, films and other ‘sympathetic’ activities which take place in our Village. The Moroccan inspired house with its double volume ‘salon’ and excellent acoustics is furnished with an 1873 Bechstein grand piano, comfortable chairs and a quality film projector system which shows films in high definition and the latest surround sound. Musical events are held most Sundays and films are shown weekly throughout the year.

Links:

Facebook

Directions:

Wahnfried, 27 Bree Street, McGregor

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La Galleria

The Venue:

La Galleria opened in March 2017 as Dani’s Photos Studio and Gallery, but with the idea to share the space with other artists for solo exhibitions. The gallery was built in 2016 on the corner of Bree and Mill Street in McGregor. The feel is very natural: The art is displayed without invading the lime plastered walls and the old Oregon pine windows and doors bring natural light into the space. The peaceful space outside under the coral tree is the perfect spot to sit and discuss art and life.

Opening hours: Sat–Sun 11:00-15:00 weekdays when barn doors are open or on appointment with pleasure: Contact details

Links:

www.danisphotos.com

Directions:

La Galleria, 7 Bree Street, McGregor

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Edna Fourie Gallery

The Venue:

From the McGregor main street one steps into this airy light-filled gallery, exclusive home of the art of Edna Fourie. It is an intimate space with the feel of a sanctuary. Paintings, poems and music engage the visitor in a soulful multimedia experience. During the Poetry McGregor each poetry session held here adds to the rich emotional tapestry of this space.

Links:

www.ednafouriegallery.co.za

Directions:

Edna Fourie Gallery, 50 Voortrekker Street, McGregor

Damphitheatre

The Venue:

Damphitheatre at Poena, the home of Lies Hoogendoorn and Hester van der Walt. An intimate outdoor venue born from the red clay of a leiwaterdam.

Links:

Poena on Papermine

Directions:

Damphitheatre, 9 Breë Street, McGregor

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Stillness Sanctuary

The Venue:

This unique small Yoga, Ayurvedic and Meditation centre is a peaceful place of sanctuary and healing.  It borders the Nature Reserve (simply open the gate and walk into the veld and up to the dam) and is  surrounded by spectacular views of layers of blue mountains.

The elegant light blue studio echoes the movement of light of the spacious blue Karoo skies.

A simple spiral labyrinth made from the Eucalyptus trees with the stone sculptures witness each step to the centre …and there is a teeny tiny meditation sitplekkie (in days gone by, the longdrop)  from one sitplekkie to another…..

A charming garden cottage nestles alongside.

The perfect place to enjoy a selection of therapies, treatments or private custom made retreats.

Links:

www.facebook.com/Stillness-Sanctuary

Directions:

Stillness Sanctuary, 9 Darling Street McGregor

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The Green Room

The Venue:

The Green Room is green – a colour to symbolise fresh and new life!
It’s a dedicated household space for meetings, workshop, conversations and meditations that bring life.
It is a room about 5.5 X 6.5 in size, attached to the living space of the main house, but with its own private entrance through beautiful barn doors. There are washroom facilities and a place for refreshments. The space is perfect to accommodate an intimate group seated around a round table, or up to 15 seated in horse-shoe, or the space can be kept empty and participants can sit on the floor. There is a gas heater, plugs, dimmable lights to create the appropriate atmosphere for the theme of the workshop.
Contact Vivien Stacey: vivienst@googlemail.com for more information.

Links:

www.magdala.space

Directions:

The Green Room, 105 Long Street, McGregor

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The Mothertongue Project

The Venue:

We are a collective of women artists, activists, academics and practitioners committed to personal and social transformation through participatory theatre and integrated arts methodologies

Links:

www.mothertongue.co.za

Directions:

The Mothertongue Project, 9 Voortrekker Road, McGregor

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McGregor Backpackers

The Venue:

Our backpackers is situated in the heart of McGregor, surrounded by the majestic Langeberg Mountains.  We are a stroll away from all the places of interest in the village.

Links:

www.mcgregorbackpackers.co.za

Directions:

Mcgregor Backpackers, 34 Bree St, Mcgregor

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How Bazaar

The Venue:

The kind of shop where you are sure to find that special gift or momento or something decadent and luxurious just for yourself.  We also stock locally made chandeliers and wooden products.

Ecclectic Collection of quality items:
Linen, Cotton Clothing, Hair and Beauty Products, Decor and furnishing items. Locally made chandeliers, wooden products, soaps, hand loom woven products, bedside rugs, shower, bath and place mats as well as unusual gifts and lovely hats.

We now serve coffee and delicious homemade muffins and brownies – probably the best espresso in town!

Directions:

How Bazaar, 46 Voortrekker St, Mcgregor

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Café Gourmet

The Venue:

New bistro restaurant that has recently opened in McGregor

Directions:

Café Gourmet, 44 Voortrekker St, Mcgregor

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Grape De-vine

The Venue:

Grape De-Vine is McGregor’s popular wine bar and boutique wine shop.  Choose from a variety of local wines available to purchase and from the by-the-glass menu which changes daily.  Enjoy the sunny stoep or sit in the tranquil courtyard. Unwind, relax, read, paint or meet friends and enjoy a glass (or bottle) of wine. Open from 11am until 7pm for wine by the glass or buy bottles to enjoy at home until 6pm.

As the sun sets on cold winter evenings there is an open fire in the courtyard which makes it the perfect place for sizzling conversation.

Open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am to 7pm

Directions:

Grape De-Vine, 44 Voortrekker St, Mcgregor

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Le Bonheur

The Venue:

Le Bonheur is a small Bed and Breakfast establishment in McGregor and the venue for the Poets’ Welcome Function this year.

Links:

Le Bonheur, www.lebonheurmcgregor.co.za

 Directions:

Millstone Pottery

The Venue:

Paul de Jongh and Nina Shand live and work in McGregor, a quaint village in the Western Cape, South Africa. At their pottery studio and showroom, they produce high temperature, wood-fired and salt-glazed stoneware and porcelain. They also make wood-fired terracotta, electric-fired domestic ware as well as sculptural and decorative raku pieces.

Links:

www.millstonepottery.co.za

 Directions:

Millstone Pottery, 1 Bree St, Mcgregor, McGregor

NGK Church

The Venue:

Once again the NGK is the venue for the School’s Festival on the morning of the 25th August. This venerable building, which dominates the skyline of McGregor, seats around 800, in three seating areas. It is ideal for large groups, with excellent acoustics. This year we anticipate tha the church will be rocking to the sounds of over 700 happy children.

 Directions:

NGK Church, 60 Voortekker St, Mcgregor

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