Midnight in Montagu 2014



Midnight in Montagu 2014

Midnight in Montagu 2014

Midnight in Montagu 2014

Midnight in Montagu 2014

Midnight in Montagu 2014

Midnight in Montagu 2014

31 December 2014

Midnight in Montagu- filled with community spirit, fun and love.

All great ideas start with some FUN in mind ... so it seems that one of the main reasons a group of Montagu Locals got together to plan a New Year's Eve Party - like no other Montagu has ever seen - was for fun and community spirit.

The planning started early and the logistics became more as great ideas sparked. (but) True to Montagu style, the collaboration and hard work of the committee consisting of: Lauren Zarges, Louise Smith, Max Waldron, Anne-Marie Coetzee, MartlyCalitz, Monique du Plessis, Clare Smith and Jannie Uitlander together with the support of Montagu-Ashton Tourism and a helping hand from social media and trusty locals, resulted in one Magical evening that will be remembered with fond memories from locals and visitors alike.
Midnight in Montagu was magical starting with the special venue, the courtyard of the KWV Art Gallery/Museum, fairy lights, quirky and earthy decor, long "kuier" tables all the way through to the Live music from a local band - Free Bass, some great DJ songs, golden oldies and a dance floor to boogie the night away; delicious spitbraai, vintage movies on the wall, local wine and good old Countryside hospitality.

The congratulatory e-mails and special words of thanks say it best.

Quoting Richard Weilers, Chief Operating officer -Tsogo Sun hotels, recently purchasing property and a Home in Montagu: "The Midnight in Montagu made this New Year very special for my family and myself. My son Damian, who lives in London, my daughter Azzedine, just returned after living for 3 years in Melbourne, voted the experience as the best New Years Eve party we have had. The organisation and setting was really superb. What draws us as a family to live in Montagu is the genuineness of the community, and this event amplified this feeling where all ages, families and even the odd domestic pet danced away the old year into the new. I spoke with a Swedish tourist couple who discovered the event by chance - rated the event as the highlight of their South African tour so far. All I can say is thank you Montaguers and the organisers for a very special New Year.

Spotting the event advertised on the Facebook and Montagu websites - visitors from as far as Sweden booked their tickets in advance and responded joyfully with a special word of thanks from Ulrika, Johan and Moa-Karin:
"Thank you for a marvelous New Years Eve in Montagu 2014. As visitors from Sweden we really appreciated your welcoming of us. It was a wonderful evening with nice music, food and Montagu people we got to know. We will never forget our "Midnight in Montagu - event" the last day of year 2014."

Locals all agree - It was a winner!!

As Helen Gooderson sms'ed the very next day: "Thank you for a beautiful evening...you can be extremely proud!
It was the greatest event our town has ever had! Well done and thank you.... Happy 2015!"


Hanna, a well- known Montagu artist responded with a Thank you:
"We enjoyed the music and met some nice people at our table.The "golden oldies" were really inviting for dancing! All together it was a great evening for us and our
overseas friends.Thank you!"


Petrus Jansen, huidige Voorsitter van Montagu-Ashton Toerisme vat dit mooi saam:
"Dit was 'n nag van feetjieliggies sonder die sterre, lang tafels gevul met heerlike geselskap, skaap op die spit en lewendige musiek wat die feestelike atmosfeer gevul het. Die KWV se binnehof was getransformeer in die ideale plek om die laaste paar ure van 2014 totsiens te groet. Kinders het ook baljaar, daar was 'n springkasteel en ander aktiwiteite vir hulle. Waar jy kyk het mense gelag, gedans, geeet en kinders het gespeel. Ons het dit baie geniet en dit was verseker 'n hoogtepunt en klimaks vir 2014. Hoop dat daar weer so 'n partytjie einde van die jaar gaan wees!"


No great event is complete without the odd challenge or two - so the night produced its own challenge in the form of a power outage and this time not even Eskom could be blamed - but a true sense of Montagu Community spirit prevailed when some of the guests of the evening came to the rescue and solved the problem quickly and efficiently - so a special word of thanks to the "power rangers" of the evening; Jacques Venter from JJ Electrics, Johan Mostert from the Municipality and Jannie Uitlander (curator of the KWV Building).

The success of the great evening can also be measured in numbers, with 182 adults and 24 children buying tickets and attending and a good profit of R44 600, we can also call Midnight in Montagu a financial success on top of a Social success.
One third of the total amount will go to Charities: SPCA, Hospice, KWV Gallery and Gloryland: Khayalethu Empowerment Projects (Khayalethu means - House for all).

The Wishing Tree that was specially erected for the evening was filled with Wishes for 2015 and in the end it was obvious that everybody wants the same thing ... to Love and to Be Loved. But looking back on the special evening it is obvious that a lot of Love has gone into this evening and we can just but wish all of Montagu a 2015 filled with love and another great Midnight in Montagu 2015.


(PHOTOS: Hilton Preston)