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What’s new? 04 March 2017

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Slight change of plan……  Calitzdorp Museum “What’s New?” on Saturday 4th March.

Unfortunately, it looks like climate change has overtaken us.  Our planned visit to hear all about the POMEGRANATE business has had to be cancelled.   Louis le Grange has contacted us to say that the whole pomegranate season occurred earlier than anticipated this year, and all the excitement of selecting and picking and packing the fruit is already over – and he therefore has nothing he can show us.    Next season maybe?

However, all is not lost.   In place of the pomegranates, Ebenhart – Calitzdorp’s well-known pipemaker (and one of only a tiny handful of pipemakers in South Africa), has, at short notice, very generously agreed to step in to fill the gap.   Yes, I know, pipes are about smoking (and many people don’t approve of smoking), but the opportunity to meet an internationally-recognized craftsman, right here in Calitzdorp, working with local woods to produce beautifully crafted products that are highly prized and exported all over the world, is not an opportunity you should miss.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


Join us for a tractor-tour of Calitzdorp’s south-side – and discover what some of the town’s most important farming activities are about….with the option to have lunch at the Krans Bistro afterwards..

  1. JOSIE NEL of the farm, Rosevilla, was the winner of the 2016 Vineyard Block Competition.   At his farm, Josie will explain to us, on site, how this important farming award came about and what it means.
  2. We then move on to LOUIS LE GRANGE’S farm, St Helena, where he will give us the low-down on the booming POMEGRANATE business.
  3. Back to De Krans Winery, where Cape Wine-master, BOETS NEL, will give us a cellar tour and explain how port is made, and what makes Calitzdorp so special in the world of port production.  There will be the opportunity to taste some of the different styles of port. Since this will be a formal, sit-down tasting, it’s important that you let us know if you will be coming.
  4. Around 12h15…. end of the tour.   Across the road, back to your car or – if you have booked for the lunch (see below) – to the Bistro.

Please come and join us for what promises to be a very interesting morning.

WHEN:       Saturday, the 4th March 2017.

WHERE:    Outside the Klein Karoo Agri Building (the Co-op), opposite De Krans Winery, approximately 1 km south of Calitzdorp town centre, on the road to Vanwyksdorp.

TIME:          09h00.         Departure time – 09h15
Vehicles will be parked at the Agri Building and we will travel together through the countryside on the Calitzdorp choo-choo (i.e Klokkie’s tractor and covered ‘carriages’), to the various venues.

  COST:        Friends of the Museum: R50 per person (remember to bring your membership card).
Non-members, R60.    Please pay when we meet.

MEAL:        After the outing, for those who would like it, lunch will be available at De Krans Bistro at R75 per person (we have organized their delicious Vintner’s Platter at this reduced price).  Drinks obviously extra  

IMPORTANT:   Seating at the Bistro is limited.
                      If you want to have the meal you must please let us know by Wednesday (1st March)

         Telephone Jutta, at the Museum, at 072 221 7171, or email:,za

 Calitzdorp Museum Association is a voluntary group
that raises money through various activities,
in order to keep Calitzdorp Museum
open for the public