The SAGRA took place on Saturday 30 November at 5:30 - 10:00 pm in Church Car park
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What does SAGRA mean?
In Italy, a Sagra has its origins in an old country fair and is a local community festival, usually located in a field or a piazza and is generally linked to a local tradition or food celebrated in the course of the event. The origin of the word comes from the Latin word sacrare, ie consecrate, or an evolution of the adjective sacrum, meaning holy, because in ancient times it was mainly a religious event or a feast to celebrate the harvest. Italians take sagra very seriously, whether religious or not. And in adopting and adapting this tradition, we do too!!
Our SAGRA is a social family braai to celebrate our Constantia Catholic community, and we hope to have many more to follow! Please join us, bring all the family and bring your good cheer!
Thank you to everyone for a fabulous and successful SAGRA.
We thank everyone who attended. It was wonderful to see so many people together - a true ‘SAGRA’. We might have been in a little Italian town piazza – our magically transformed car park transported us to a happy joyful place! It was ours in every way … the beautiful starry sky was the canopy on which we hung a multitude of lights and festive bunting. Our magnificent trees provided the majesty of an open air theatre. In the bustling piazza were the long tables with festive décor – including old fashioned bottles with dripping candlewax (did you know you need to go far to find a candle that drips the old fashioned way! Ask Kate, she knows!).
Our MC Kate B kept the party going with her announcements, jokes and prizes – everyone was a winner this night! The music was the best … the kind that gets you out of your seat, the kind that you cannot be still to! Ageless music … making everyone young, again.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!! So much work was done by so many. An event like this is made by everyone. It could not have happened and been so successful without each person who came, who supported it, and who worked together to make it happen. We have tried to thank people in the brochure – but the truth is we thank EVERYONE – a heartfelt thanks to all! We also miss our friends and family wherever they are … and as far afield as China!!
Our lawns were alive with children playing games and having fun – bobbing apples, hunting treasure, bean bagging and much more. No cell phones in sight - a quiet sigh and hurrah!
Salads, Desserts, Chefs!
The food tables were heaving with the most delicious salads and desserts - all made by the loving and giving hands of our generous parishioners! Yummy – all of it and thank you! We may just need to create a SAGRA Recipe Book!
The Bar was prepared for to quench the needs of the most thirsty! And around the corner was the serious business of braaing … fires prepared from the finest Rooikrans wood and charcoal … tended by the greatest chefs this side of Kentucky!! Dressed for their part, our chefs were amazing in their organisation and cooking skills! Fab meat and cooked to perfection!
Tammy, Kate B; Kate H; Ann Steyn, Alison, Susan, Irene, Karen. Worked together, laughed and cried together and forever friends together!
Grateful and heartfelt thanks to …
- Lynn and Pierre Bosman of Hip Hip Hooray: Donated braais, dessert, lights, professional, support and contacts.
- Murray Nell and Winchester Mansions: Setting up and equipping the bar, tables, table cloths, lights.
2 double vouchers for Sunday Morning Jazz Brunch.
- John Pickering: Collectable of wines and spirits used for lucky draws.
- Sean Defty: Donation of bags of charcoal.
- Rob Willmot: Donation of bags of Rooikrans wood.
- Howard Donnelly and Chefs (Peter Underwood, Graeme Less, Ross Simpson, Terry Lancaster, Brian Pickup, Louis Spaan, Kevin Morris, Julian Springer, Philip Blumenthal, Karl Heath): for organising the braai – a great hit it was!!
- Salad makers – too many to mention but each special and delicious. Thanks so much
- Dessert makers – So many delicious decadent spoiling desserts. A million sweet thanks.
- Barry Smith and Irene Ochem: Donations of wine and spirits for bar.
- Giovannis Deli Greenpoint: Raffle hamper.
- Italian Deli Online and Shirley Roos: Raffle hamper
- Rosemead Superspar: Great deal on the meat and donation of bread rolls. (thanks to Ross & Colleen Simpson for organising this)
- Pick n Pay Plumstead : Voucher for bread rolls.
- Les Alcock: Advent wreath raffle.
- Bartenders: Thanks to Colleen & Debbie Farrugia, Kevin Morris, Mike Brooks and Nic Stipinovich.
- Italian Hamper
- Christmas Hamper 1
- Christmas Hamper 2