MARCH 2014 – OUTING: ALTYDGEDACHT

DATE:  Saturday, 29 March 2014
TIME: 10am

We visit Vernac stalwart, Jean Parker, at her farm Altydgedacht Wine Estate located on Tygerberg’s fertile slopes, which has been owned by the Parker family since 1851.

On arrival, we’ll honour Jean’s helming hands over celebratory morning refreshments, before being shown around the farm by Janine de Waal, an architect who had done extensive research on this farm for her M.Phil Conservation of the Built Environment, which she’s currently completing.

It’s one of the oldest wine farms in the Durbanville region. In 1698 the farm, then known as De Tijgerbergen, was granted to a widow, Elsje van Suurwaarden. In 1832 the name was changed to AltoosGedaght (Altydgedacht).

The agricultural buildings consist of a wine cellar, old stables, storage and workshop areas, while the remaining buildings are residential.
Built in 1702 the unique working wine cellar is listed by the Durbanville Heritage Society (DHS).

We’ll hear from Dr Nico Walters, a social historian and DHS founder member, who’ll share insights and nuggets from his forthcoming book on the farm.
We plan a relaxed but informative day, mixing input on the farm’s history with anecdotes of its people plus exploration of its buildings
After lunch in Jean’s garden we’ll be driven over the property in tractor-trailer mode courtesy her sons, to see for ourselves its geographical origins and to  comprehend its current threats. (Weather permitting)

Bring out your Persian rugs, silver goblets & finest fare to celebrate 50 years of picnic lunch tradition!
RSVP to Kathy Dumbrell on 021 674 7272 or 082 460 9899 or email dumbrell@gmail.com by the 21st March, for morning-refreshment-catering purposes.
A gentle rules reminder: Members only, no dogs / children.

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Membership Rates 2014 – due by 25 April
Single: R185
Family: R320 – at the same address
SACAP member: R280, with certificates at R150 ea
We encourage members to pay via EFT, and henceforth will be charging an additional R10 per a cash / cheque payment to offset bank charges.

NB. After completing the Membership Form – either online at https://www.vassa.org.za/membership/ or pay via The Standard Bank, Rondebosch, Account 075624257 / Code 025009 and e-mail marionellis@capeinsights.com or fax 086 689 2019 with your proof of payment plus Membership Form.