Good times planned at Buffs Club

The Long Bar at Buffs Club
Picture: MATTHEW FIELD

With its perfect view of Buffalo Park, Buffs Club in Bunker’s Hill has been a popular location to relax while enjoying the many thrilling sporting events that have taken place at the stadium over the years.

Even though Covid-19 has put a halt on the sport for now, Buffs Club general manager Marais Stander said they still have plenty of entertainment on offer.

Every second Sunday, the club hosts live music sets.

“We’ve got the Silver Creek Mountain Band coming this Sunday [May 16],” Stander said.

Silver Creek is a country and folk band founded by East London locals Dennis Schultz and Rod Dry in 1981. They are joined by Bryan Daniel and Shugg Dry.

Stander said these shows were good for both the club and artists.

“Nobody has done much during Covid-19, they’ve all been hit hard.

“Normally on Sunday afternoons, there’s only two or three people sitting here so now we’re getting more people in,” he said.

Silver Creek is just the beginning, and more shows are planned for the near future.

On June 5, the Knysna Celtic Festival will be hosting the Sundowners Celtic Concert at the club with local band Misstree playing live afterwards. Then on June 13, Pretoria-based bluegrass band Georgetown will perform, with East London’s own Can of Worms performing on June 20.

As an added bonus, anyone who books for Sunday lunch will get a free ticket to the live sets. Club members also get free entry. Otherwise, entry is R50 for the live sets and R100 for Georgetown.

“Covid-19 killed a lot of things, but squash and snookers have started their league games and rugby had a practice run the past Saturday and things are looking up,” Stander said.

“We will even have the Washie 100 this year on July 23. Hockey and cricket are still awaiting their future.

“Last year we had a rugby legends day for all the clubs on the Border and visitors came as far as Cape Town and Durban. We are planning another one this year on July 31.”

Stander said all the Lions games will be shown on the big screen.

“It’s all about raising funds, since most clubs are strapped for cash due to Covid-19,” he said.

Buffs was founded on June 2, 1877, making it the oldest football club in the Border region and the third oldest football club in South Africa.

For more information, visit the Buffs Club Facebook page or www.buffsclub.co.za

Get your copy of next week’s GO! & Express (May 20) to find out how you can win tickets to see Georgetown and also win double meal tickets for Buffs Club’s famous Sunday lunch.

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