Certain dates and events stay in your mind forever.
Knysna has started to say "... before The Fire..." or "... since The Fire" and no wonder. Knysna faced a cataclysmic disaster and many are still in shock.
But just over a month has passed, and time plus a little gentle rain has encouraged bright green shoots to push through the devastation. Symbolic of Knysna's gentle recovery.
The Leisure Isle Festival 2017 intends to be part of this symbolism. For fifteen years this integral part of Knysna has been transformed in to a Treasure Island, encouraging locals as well as visitors to come together, enjoy and buy from selected crafters, food vendors, charity stalls and informal traders.
The timing is especially good for making a start for Christmas gifts and delicacies. The Festival is renowned for the variety and quality of food on offer and this year there will be an even greater selection of fine fare.
An extra area has also been set aside for informal traders and Leisure Isle Festival coordinators will assist with training and guidance to improve presentation and exhibiting skills.
Last year's festival raised R235 000 for local charities. Sponsored by Sotheby's and supported by LIRA, this year's event promises to be bigger, better and more fun filled than ever before. Our charities need ever greater support, with the demands on their resources this year leaving their financial reserves depleted.
We hope for a bumper Festival as we, too, want to support those less fortunate than ourselves.
The Hospice team has been busy for months undertaking the massive task of sorting books for their tea garden that is a firm favourite of the Festival. Familiar stalls will be mixed with new exhibits and there will be an added emphasis on fun for children.
Charities that have been selected this year include Loeriehof, KAWS, Vermont Old Age Home, E-pap feeding scheme, Knysna Sedgefield Hospice and Hope HQ among others.
So, please note crafters and potential exhibitors – bookings open today, 1August to secure your sites.
Bookings may be made on www.leisureislefestival.co.za
or via hard copy. These application forms will be available from Sotheby’s Knysna offices in Woodmill Lane and Leisure Isle.
For further information about the Leisure Isle Festival visit www.leisureislefestival.co.za
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Contributed by Jenny Shields, LI Festival Committee