By Ingrid Grundling & Kayla Odendal
It came, it entertained, and it left us all wanting more.
Harmonie’s annual Stay In weekend kicked off with a classy art exhibition on the evening of the 21st of July. Making its debut this year, this event created a platform for Harmonites to share their amazing talents with the rest of the House. The Cookery, Groupery and Lookery were transformed into an art gallery and was accompanied by music and refreshments that created a sophisticated atmosphere. There were a lot of different art forms to be observed, including animated art, photography, paintings and sketches. The exhibitors were present and informed their viewers of the meanings and stories behind their artworks. One could see the admiration and enjoyment on the faces of Harmonites viewing the art pieces. The artworks were original and thought provoking. All in all, the event was an enormous success and it paved the way for the rest of an eventful weekend.
Our Quad Market was held on the Saturday morning. Few people attended, but those who did were fortunate to lay their hands on fantastic bargains. Second hand clothes were sold, Henna tattoos were done, and there was also a X-stitch table selling knitted and crocheted items. Harmonie’s Merchandise Committee’s table did exceptionally well and as a result managed to sponsor five and a half tickets for the House Dance.
Harmonites turned up in numbers for the wine tasting event which took place on Saturday afternoon at Spier Wine Farm just outside Stellenbosch. Harmonites were offered the opportunity to taste some of the best wines that Spier has to offer, with three white wines and two red wines available for tasting. For many, this was their first time going wine tasting. Alternatively, non-wine drinkes had the opportunity to taste grape juice on the sunny patio. Everyone was able to enjoy dressing up and being in each other’s company.
On Saturday evening Harmonites had the opportunity to entertain and to be entertained at our Stay In weekend Culture evening. Our MC’s, Marie Mjacu and Chelsea Green, saw to it that there was never a dull moment and ensured laughter in abundance. House members showcased their talents by singing songs, playing the piano, reciting poetry, performing a drama scene, and dancing in onesies. The atmosphere was one of unity and it was truly heartwarming to see Harmonites encouraging one another and being swept away by the talent of their fellow housemates. The evening came to an end with Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, which is, of course, exactly what we did.
Early on Sunday morning only a few of the bravest early risers took on the challenge of climbing Coetzenburg. We took on this journey, along with our Vensters partners, Oude Molen. Our 2016/2017 primararia, Jana van Schalkwyk, was the front runner. For the rest of us who have shorter legs, the mountain climbing was exhausting and fast paced. However, every stride was worth the effort when we finally stopped to take a break. The breathtaking view allowed for a quick improvised photo session. Despite being winded, the medical kit was fortunately not called upon. New friendships were formed as we laughed about each other’s “unfitness levels”.
All in all, Harmonites had a fun and jam-packed weekend. Unfortunately, we have to wait a whole year for the next one, but as they say: good things come to those who wait.