Coming to the Notties Moonlight Christmas Market?


Open Day at Aladdin’s – so much to see and do, so little time…

As Nottingham Road turns into hive of activity with the Moonlight Market on Saturday the 16th of November, Aladdin’s Corner will have a variety of interesting demonstrations and workshops on the go. One thing I have never seen before is a farrier making a horseshoe, and Jaques the Farrier will be doing just that on Saturday at 2pm.

Dave Lincoln has lived in the Midlands for three decades. A seasoned horseback safari guide, he is also an internationally renowned craftsman with a love for leather, a passion for detail and over forty years of experience in leatherwork.

On Saturday you will be able to watch Dave as he creates unique and original pieces to your particular specifications. Every item is meticulously hand stitched and carefully crafted. Take the opportunity to commission and purchase your own work.

Ingrid Andersen is a poet, an educator, a priest at All Saints church, Nottingham Road and a great supporter of the Meander. She is also passionate about heritage quilts and will be conducting a 90 minute workshop on the technique of hand stitched English paper piecing patchwork with Shweshwe fabric.

Ingrid Andersen’s work has been published in poetry journals for nearly two decades. She is the founding editor of Incwadi, a South African journal that explores the interaction between poetry and image. Excision, her first volume of poetry, was published in 2004 and her second, Piece Work, was published by Modjaji Books in September 2010. Both books will be available on the day, so that will be an excellent opportunity to get your copy signed.

If you have always wanted to try your hand at pottery, there will be a pottery wheel on which you can explore your creative talents at R5 a go. A mosaic workshop will be conducted all day long, and blanks and mosaic pieces will be for sale. A kids cooking class will add to the fun.

While all this merriment is on the go, you can support the Mooi River SPCA by donating R50, which will entitle you to use the braai fires and fill up your plate at the salad tables. There will be live music by Steve Fataar and Greg Kentgens from 12 pm until 8pm, and the Nottingham Road Brewing Company and The Wine Cellar will be on hand to keep everyone quenched!

To find out more about the workshops and demonstrations, please phone Aladdins on 033 2666460 or e mail