Cheers to Bay’s celebration of Heritage Day

THIS past weekend I danced and ate my way through a rainbow of events – the NMB Pride March, Northern Arts Music Festival and the Castle Milk Stout Unplugged Sessions.

The pride march was almost a non-event when the venue was changed at the last minute and determined revellers at St George’s were not going to let rain or the cold dampen their spirits. Multi-coloured frocks, feathered headgear and killer heels clicking on the tar signalled the start of the festivities.

The entertainment included the 2 Fierce troupe, DJ Deviant, Afro Teens and Will Jensen – and my eardrums hardly survived the cacophony coming from the speakers.

Shame on you Lance Weyer – reigning Mr Gay SA and a DA councillor in East London – for making a disappearing act when you were supposed to be introduced as a celebrity guest. Where are your manners?

With the sudden change in venue, the bar was a nightmare. I am no Amy Winehouse or Sue-Ellen Ewing, but it really puts a knot in my feather boa if I have to queue for a Dora longer than it takes to put my eyelashes on. Absolutely unfabulous.

Later on Saturday I headed to Humewood for the Castle Milk Stout Unplugged Sessions at McArthur’s, which started late, but that gave me some time to catch up with old friends I haven’t seen in a while.

The venue was amazing, the marquee stylish with our beautiful bay as the background, and host Vista Kalipa looked after his guests, moving from table to table and mingling with the crowd. You can see he is a pro, except the snacks came out too late in the evening after a 6.30pm invite.


The Northern Arts Festival provided some family time with good musical acts on stage and many stalls. My purse strings were open and I had to struggle to keep them closed as I was working with a plan, buying little trinkets for Christmas presents.

I like how soapie stars have become the latest rage in celebville, hunks Theodore Jantjies (7de Laan) and Maurice Page (Isidingo) were part of the festival doing their two-man show, Platform 9.

Who would forget the delectable Felicia Marion with the velvety voice of an angel? She has become an institution at the festival as she was here from day one.

Having danced off a few inches of my muffin top, I raise my glass to my multi-coloured and proudly South African heritage.

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