Moments "Essences of a Woman" (Profits to FAMSA)

The ever-popular Ladies Night was held on Tuesday 4 July 2006. It had a new coordinator and format this year. Lynn Giles of Moments Event Management presented this event for the Women in the Garden Route as a token of appreciation from Knysna for the role that they play in modern day society and to celebrate the dynamics of this woman - robust and simplistic by day and elegant and refined by night. Says Lynn: "The name change depicts the many facetted essences of a woman, especially in the family nucleus where she plays a variety of roles."

The evening took the format of a formal dinner with Head girl Tammy Turner, owner of Hungry Heads at the helm, being the official Celebrity Guest Caterer.

Movers and Shakers, were moving to the groove and shaking up a storm of Cocktails extraordinaire!

The main theme of the evening was 'The World is your Oyster!' The underlying theme beng 'Wine, Women and Song'. There was a kaleidoscope of activities on the evening which revolved around the Essences of a Woman - a celebrity guest speaker, music, entertainment, dancing, lucky draws and giveaways.

Entertainment included the much anticipated Battle of the G Clefs - a piano marathon between classical pianists Florence Hannaford and Ann Carrol. Local schools were participating in song while local Latin American dance Master, Chris Steyl was strutting his stuff. The highlight of the evening were The Auction.

Amongst other sought after items on auction were a painting specially commissioned by local artist Lyn Beaton called 'Two heads are better than One'. The profits of the evening went to FAMSA Knysna. "It was a fun, insightful yet upmarket evening for the women of Knysna."

Every woman walked away with a gift bag to the value of no less than half the ticket's worth. To involve the community, women were welcomed to buy another for a woman who had made a fundamental difference to the family nucleus. It was an opportunity to honour these women for the role they have played in the family.

Corporate tables decorated their tables according to the theme 'The world is your Oyster!' There were fabulous prizes to be won.

Lynn Giles of Moments is on 082 940 9035 or email
The first Knysna Oyster Festival took place in 1983 and was the brainchild of the late Dick Ginsberg, a local businessman. He and Rose Smith from the then Knysna Publicity Office organised the Knysna Winter Festival, which featured rugby, golf, squash, and bowls. The purpose of the festival was to attract people to Knysna during the quiet winter period.
The Navy was involved almost from the start and in 1984 the Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral A P Putter visited Knysna together with a navy minesweeper and a number of crew. In 1988 the Freedom of Entry into the municipality of Knysna was conferred on the Navy. The Knysna Oyster Festival is supported by Pick 'n Pay.
The next Oyster Festival is 6 - 15 July 2007.

Below are some items from last years Knysna Oyster Festival

Expo 2006, Community Projects of Knysna

Expo 2006 was held on Saturday 1 July and considered a great success. 
It was coordinated by Picca de Bruin, Director of The Muse Factory (Knysna Women's Beading Project) to showcase the various Community Projects of Knysna in the Festival Tent at the Waterfront during this Oyster Festival.

Says Picca: "The Muse Factory was offered the use of the Oyster Festival tent as a fund-raising event during last year's Oyster Festival and it was a great success. This year we invited all the other community projects to join us to showcase their products. The products were of a high quality and beautifully crafted, with designs incorporating both traditional and modern elements. In addition, Knysna Hospice and the Knysna Aids Council manned information tables at the Expo and Animal Welfare held a book sale".

The exhibitors were:

The Muse Factory - Knysna Women's beading project - Beaded pins, key-rings and jewellery, tog bags and other bags, memory quilts

Epilepsy South Africa - Flower boxes, garden edging, gazebo's, playground equipment, leather products, woven mats

Mad About Art - HIV & Aids education for children - Art exhibition

FAMSA - Family & marriage society - Quilts and flower decorations

Masizame - Women of vision - Sewing

Masizame - Arts & craft Centre - Art, pottery, sewing

Badisa - Knysna caring services - Hotboxes, knitting and waist coats

The Prison Art Project - Art exhibition

Die Werkswinkel - Physical disabled workshop - Products: Sewing, woodwork, painting on fabrics.

Knysna- Edu -Trust - Knysna Educational Trust - Gift cards
Knysna Aids Council were all available to meet everyone and hand out information
FAMSA had a range of beautiful Quilts and flower decorations on display at the Expo
Masizame 'Women of Vision' selling table cloths, tea towels and many other hand made items made by the ladies at Masizame
A happy customer looks at a beaded card made by the ladies of the Muse Factory
Animal Welfare had a whole range of books on sale at the Expo 2006
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