McGregor Village Welcome to the village of McGregor, its residents & artists Photograph courtesy of Christine Lawley The charming well preserved mid 19th century village of McGregor with its quaint, thatched cottages, known to be the best preserved Victorian village in the Cape, lies at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains just off the famous Route 62, the wine route through the Breede River Valley of the Cape. Surrounded by mountain trails, fruit orchards, olive groves and the vineyards which supply McGregor winery, the village has maintained a rural peaceful ambience inspirational to artists. The village was named in honour of the Rev Andrew McGregor, a Scottish minister who was instrumental in establishing the Dutch Reformed Church in the village What is there to do in McGregor? Well the short answer is nothing!.........for those who wish to just opt out of the race and relax completely. But the long answer is so much - we have the most exciting artists, potters, sculptors, alternative healers, wellness centres, art galleries and, for the more energetic, there are beautiful nature walks and trails as well as the famous "Boesmans Kloof" trail from McGregor to Greyton. Not to mention the "Vrolikheid Nature" reserve which is managed by Cape Nature Conservation. We have just celebrated the “Wacky Wine Weekend” in the valley and it was a great success for visitors and wineries, art gallery and hospitality establishments alike. The good news is………..wait for it……………..the well known and ever popular ………… McGregor Food & Wine Festival On August 20th the magical village of McGregor is holding it's 2005 Food and Wine Festival, a one day affair that gives visitors a taste of delectable country fare and superb valley wines at a one-stop venue in our historic hamlet in the beautiful Robertson valley. Sample homemade sushi and smoked trout, oysters on ice, farm style wors, sophisticated cheese, country tarts and much, much more. Partner them with a range of quality, affordable wines from valley garagistes and boutique cellars, or stock up your car boot with popular labels from the larger wineries. Make time to explore/ re-explore this historic village with its potteries and art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops, or bring your boots or bikes and head for the surrounding hills and trails. To miss this event would be a tragedy…so book now at one of our wonderful B & B’s or self catering establishments and make a quality weekend come true! Full details of establishments are available at :www.mcgregorart.co.za/accommodationdetails.htm or write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 625 1938 But that is not quite the end ……….. The Beautiful Gardens of McGregor McGregor has the finest preserved Victorian Architecture and many of the homes have the most splendid gardens. An open garden day is planned for 8th and 9th October when the most beautiful gardens will be opened for you to enjoy. Mature, as well as younger gardens, indigenous pavement gardens, permaculture gardens, dry gardens with peach pips and small vineyards with olive groves are amongst the treats waiting to be enjoyed by you. Make this another weekend to be in the magical village of McGregor and book your place in our village now for another quality weekend. Then…………we have the Apricot Festival Still to come later in the year - we are planning on 26 November - we give thanks for our apricot crops when we celebrate our Apricot Festival - with all the fun that only McGregor can generate! Watch this space for more details but do make a note of the date and get in early with your accommodation bookings! Finally………………………. Mulberry Studio Art Gallery Since its opening in October 2002, Mulberry Studio Art Gallery has become “The Home of McGregor Artists”. We have sold art to visitors from all over the world and keep in constant touch with them, if they wish to be updated with the work of various artists. Should you wish us to keep you updated with events in McGregor and with the work of our artists, we will gladly do so. If, however, you wish to be deleted from our mailing list please reply to this mail with “DELETE” in the subject line. Jimmy and Anne Binos of Mulberry Studio wish to say “hello” to all those wonderful people they have met with since the Studio opened and to those we have not yet met, we look forward to that meeting soon. Remember, to find out what’s on in Mcgregor go to: www.mcgregorart.co.za www.tourismmcgregor.co.za www.mcgregortourism.co.za or telephone 023 625 1938. Haste ye back!