St Francis Rocks 3 – Concert in the Park

The holiday season in St Francis kicked off with what has now become an annual event, the St Francis Rocks – Concert in the park. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play its part and no doubt kept some folks away from what turned out to be a great afternoon of entertainment. Even though it was a touch windy we should be thankful that the rain held off right up to the end of the performance of the afternoon.

Concert crown - St Francis Rocks

Having arrived just a little late we never caught the first performer but certainly second, ‘Clique Claq’ certainly got the crowd stomping with their energetic performance. The entire group should enter the World Aerobics Championships for they never stopped bouncing for the hour they were on stage. It seems Clique Claq are headed for greater things and will form part of the opening act at the Hugh Masekele concert at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth on Friday 18th December.

Jo Brown

Jo Brown having fun

What a talented compere we have in Jo Brown! How she keeps up the banter whilst the bands set up is truly a talent and her Manchester sense of humour raises more than a few chuckles. Well done Jo for keeping the show on the go.

Next up were Cape St Francis’ very own ‘Grosvenor Road’. Where else other than maybe the musical hot spots of Memphis or New Orleans would you possibly find a bunch of talented musicians all living in a single road? But in the tiny seaside village of Cape St Francis this is exactly the case and hence the name “Grosvenor Road”. Formed just a few months ago and led by world renowned acoustic guitar maker Marc Maingard their performance was well received by the crowd and in fact came back for a second session to close of the concert.

Mark Maingard

Mark Maingard of Grosvenor Road

Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson

‘Well done Sun’ were next up and certainly kept the crowd entertained for in spite of the wind having intensified to almost gale force proportions few left the concert. Up next was probably one of the finest guitarists in South Africa, Rob Thompson. Accompanied by gravel voiced ‘a la Joe Cocker’, Francois Hugo was certainly the highlight of the show with excellent vocals and fantastic guitar playing by Thompson supported by a good drummer and a very accomplished bass player. Bass players often go unnoticed, not on Saturday though. Unfortunately this act had to return to Port Elizabeth for another gig that evening but not before Thompson enthralled the crowd with some guitar magic.

Finally Marc and Grosvenor returned for a final stint that included a few classics including ‘Piano Man’ and a Crosby Stills and Nash number ‘Teach Your Children’. And then came the rain.

But the show was not all about music. The kids had  to queue for face painting and the adults for beverages at Legends and the Grill Company. It was decided to also introduce a food market this year and one must feel for our three intrepid caterers, Rose, Lettie and Dee who battled the conditions in the car park before scurrying into the area next to legends where they had some protection. Why they were not designated this area right from the start was an error by the organisers for it at least placed them amongst where beverages were being served as well as close to other service including access to electricity needed to ply their trade. Maybe a lesson for next year?

But a big thanks must go out to John Hammond and his committee comprising Sarah Swanepoel, Jo Brown and Barry Tonkin as well as to all the Sponsors, The Village Superspar, St Francis Bay Residents Association, Harcourts Oyster, Legends, Dune Ridge, The Grill Company, Brooklands Hardware, Balobi’s, Link Pharmacy, St Francis links, Little Venice, The Trattoria and Kouga Print. Let us hope this is continued with St Francis Rocks 4 next year.

Golfers not forgotten in St Francis these holidays

Golfers in for a rare opportunity of a one in two!

There certainly is enough to keep even the most fanatical fitness fans busy this December with runs, swims, cycle events and any combination of all of these in the coming weeks. But there is also plenty for those who prefer to participate in more skillful forms of exercise where challenging strength of mind and concentration is more important than level of fitness. We talk of course of golf and there are several great golfing events on the calendar.

Two of the most exciting golf competitions both have cars, no, not just cars but Audi A1’s to be won for the first hole-in-one in each tournament. On the 29th December we have the HAT & HOUND CLASSIC which we featured in Friday’s news. If you haven’t read all about the Hat & Hound because, like the rest of South Africa, you were distracted by the mind blowing decision by ‘everyone’s favourite’ politician to fire the Minister of Finance and send the Rand into tailspin, there is a link at the bottom of this article that will take you to the Friday’s post.

Jeff Clause of St Francis Links sent through the following over the weekend and if you are a golfer, even a high handicap, here is a chance to walk away with a prize in a million. A hole-in-one is the perfect fluke and probably more hole-in-one’s have been recorded by golfers in the 18 to 36 handicap range than those in the sub 10 category so get your entry in as soon as you have read this article for there is a limited field.

On December 21st at St Francis Links will be holding a 4-Ball Alliance competition with morning tee-off times for the early rises and afternoon tee-off times for those who need to practice a little before
teeing off. The cost for visitors is R470.00 which includes your green fees, competition and a cart. For those who want a shot at the big prize, a brand spanking new Audi A1, and who in their right mind wouldn’t want a shot, R100.00 is all it will cost and all of your hole-in-one fese will go to support NSRI’s Station 21.

So not only could you be driving off Audi A1 but you will be contributing to the coffers of National Sea Rescue Station 21 based right here at Port St Francis who have in the past performed amazing rescues saving countless lives and need all the financial assistance so they can continue their fantastic and at times, dangerous work.

NSRI Golf Day at St Francis Links

If you missed this on Friday read all about the other opportunity where golfers have an opportunity to win an Audi A1 at the “Hat & Hound Classic”

Italy comes to Cape St Francis

Pizza  Bar – Second best thing to happen to Cape St Francis!

Mauro of Mauro’s Restaurant at Port St Francis recently did some out the”pizza” box thinking and on Friday, opened a new Pizza Bar at the legendary STIX pub run by Alex Lennox. The Pizza Bar has been built on the verandah of the building and makes for an ideal venue with plenty seating out on the verandah to sit and enjoy a beer and pizza as did this scribe on Friday evening. Word of mouth alone spread through the village for there was a stream of customers throughout the evening all eager to taste Mauro’s fare. After devouring a rather delicious pizza and whilst chatting to Mauro and rubbing a rather satisfied belly, I happened to jokingly say to Mauro, “the second best thing to happen to Cape St Francis”. He immediately countered with “so what is the best thing” to which I replied “……………………………”. And Mauro had to agree and so the idea for a small competition with a free Mauro’s Pizza as a prize was born!. So therein lies the question and a bit of fun to kick off the holiday season

What is the best thing to happen to Cape St Francis?

Add you answer to the comments at the bottom of this article or e-Mail and all the correct answers will go into a draw to win one of Mauro’s Pizzas of your choice.

Mauro's Pizza's at Stix Pub Cape St Francis

Mauro with his team setting up for the rush on Pizza’s to follow on opening night. STIX Publican Alex Lennox second from right.

Many of those who live or holiday in the quaint little village of Cape St Francis are only too familiar with the legendary pub, STIX. Its one of those pubs “where everybody knows your name” and even if they don’t they make pretend they do and make you feel at home. Sure it’s had its ups and downs but to the locals, it is their refuge, their very own piece of Cape St Francis folklore. STIX the pub, is rather hard to classify for it is somewhat different to any pub you may have ventured into. Consider a blend between a township tavern so popular with our overseas visitors who do the township tour bit on the visits to South Africa, an old 60’ 70’ men’s bar converted to accommodate ladies. Then add a touch of a sports bar and maybe one of those not so quaint English pubs with slot machines and a pool table, in this case the slot machine is an electronic golf game and not a one armed bandit. Get the picture? Well maybe it’s nothing like that for after all STIX is unique and you have to come in and see for yourself if you have never yet ventured in.

Beers are sold in quarts, pints and draught and most popular spirits are available along with seemingly endless bottles of Jaegermeister  and Tequila, for these are somewhat popular shooters at STIX. If you are popping in for a pint rather change out of your suit and don a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and a pair of slops for you certainly won’t be overdressed for the accent is on casual. Your first visit may be a culture shock if you are used to the classy pubs in Rivonia or Umhlanga but you will adapt quite quickly if you enjoy casual. If there is no sport, on theTelevisions, STIX has a great selection of piped music played through a great sound system and for a great night out on the tiles, oops, town, STIX often has live music to entertain large contingent of loyal supporters And best of all now that Mauro has established his Pizza Bar Cape St Francis residents no longer have to travel the nigh on 20 kilometre round trip to St Francis Bay when they have a craving for a really good pizza.

And Mauro’s Pizza’s are amongst the best you will taste South of Italy.

Some of the crowd who made a meal of Mauro’s Pizza’s on Friday night.

seen at Mauro's Pizza Bar opening

seen at mauro’s opening