Locals celebrate

The first Fish Hoek Craft and Gift Fair gave locals the chance to celebrate the suburb’s centennial birthday by signing their names in the “Living Memory” book.

“This gold-foiled book is to show that you visited Fish Hoek in the year it turned 100 years old and is donated to the Fish Hoek Valley Museum,” says Nikki Clarke.

The Fish Hoek Craft and Gift Fair was launched this year to coincide with the centenary celebrations. It was held at Paul Greyling Primary School for 10 days over the school holidays. “Thousands of people visited the fair over this period, both loving the variety of products available and enjoying the daily entertainment, which was held each day to honour the Scenic South! The jewellery, clothing, leather bags, gifts (pottery, glassware, metalwork and needlework), toys and food stalls were immensely popular” she says.

Each day, an entertainment event was held free of charge.

“Such fun was had listening to the MJS steel pan band, dancing on the field together, watching the little ones drumming and being thoroughly amused and entertained by Mike Barta the magician and juggler.”

Clarke hailed the 10 different emergency service organisations that displayed their vehicles, boats and emergency equipment on the school field.

“Fire engines, boats, ambulances, rescue vehicles, lifeboats, and more were all stationed together, as well as the men and women who so often put their lives on the line to help us in times of distress,” she says.

Listening to the South African Navy Band play cheery tunes on a cold blustery day warmed the hearts of all attending and there were smiles and much toe-tapping when they played an awesome rendition of “Happy Birthday to Fish Hoek!”

“Although the snake and reptile show was shortened due to a medical emergency (nothing to do with the snakes!), the Imhoff Snake and Reptile Rehabilitation Centre was very generous to bring their beautiful creatures to the fair. We were treated to a rescue demonstration by the Emergency Volunteer Services and witnessed the incredible teamwork and communication skills needed to cope under difficult circumstances­.

“The Rainbow Dreams Trust, an NGO which works from Hout Bay and has several projects working with disadvantaged youth, visited us to paint a mural about Breaking Walls. We also had a sports combat demonstration by Mec’s Martial Art showing and a visit from Bikers of the Cape. To end the entertainment of the week, we were treated to a vintage car display, including a 1901 model, by the Crankhandle Club,” she says.

A fancy dress competition was held and two “brother sharks” won the grand prize of a R500 gift voucher to the fair, a three-course meal for two at the Golden River Spur and two nights’ accommodation at an apartment overlooking Fish Hoek Beach. And finally, R5620 was raised in a crafters’ raffle for the False Bay Hospital.

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