Dear Reader, due to unforeseen technical switch-overs I am losing all my little quirky extras and snowflakes and pictures, but the new Dock Website is there, and with it the Blog Live on the page! I have no clue yet if you’ll be safely led to the new virtuell paths by all those technical hidden hands and brains at work, but in the case of nobody else telling you, I’ll lead ya to the right place right here and right now! Come on, follow me on http://www.thedock.ie/news/, I’ll be busy blogging there as of today, bookmark the new page, get rid of this old one, and after the initial teething problems it should be even cooler there than it was here. Thanks to our loyal readership, Your Dock Blogger in Transition
I hope you all enjoyed the lovely Winter Market, the smell of baked goods and mulled wine, the handcrafted goodies. I had a ball for sure, lots of chats, small little presents for my gang, and to put icing on the occasion I caught my beloved sneakily buying the vintage skirt I had looked at beforehand and put away again, being good and all that! I know that he doesn’t know that I know, so I will have to wait till Santa puts it under the tree I guess!
Back to Friday night at The Dock, I so love Open Season, the different colours, textures, and how every one of the artists translates a glimpse of a moment, an idea, a feeling or whatever notion into his or her own piece of work, into art… Looks like the first pictures have been bought already, Christmas pressies are being wrapped, the hustle bustle of Friday night in The Dock was a joyful one, the opening words all about hope during gloomy times, the choir songs resounding through the foyer full of warmth and excitement, well done kids! Familiar faces in the crowd, nice to keep bumping into John Mc Dwyer all the time now after having interviewed him, people staying behind chatter boxing about the new exhibition or taking a second and third look at a particular piece of work.
Good few of the crowd stayed on for Ailie Blunnie’s –AND BAND – gig, and I have to say the sisters are getting even more funny by the day, I didn’t think that possible! It’s all about not mentioning the band, Roisin just being there for the sweets anyway, the golden boyfriend getting his bass solo in and the back vocalist being handed a dictionary for the French songs. The stage looked all christmassy and white and glittery, how do the Blunnie’s make even Wispy’s snowmen look beautiful and classy? My daughter thought the whole show most hilarious and almost a comedy as well as unbelievably good and catchy songs, two for the price of one, even though she was rather embarrassed by her mother clapping for additional songs at the end of the night! All in all, a brilliant night at the Dock, delighted that the bar was open for drinks at the interval, as my Dock Blogger ears picked up concerns about that in the crowd beforehand, and yes, I love my interval drink too, even though you’d probably chuckle at my choice of beverage! Davy and Andy are getting used to it by now though, and it is lovely to feel part of the gang even in those small ways.
As you noticed, the Dock Blogger Identity didn’t get revealed on the night, somewhat due to unforeseen chock-a-block business during the week, but more importantly for the poll results on the blog – the majority of you wants to keep the mystery going for a while, even though it was close nose-to-nose, but nevertheless the mystery callers made it to the top!
Now, all we’re waiting for is for the new website layout to hit our screens, the minute that happens I can press send on this post, upload my pictures from the night and let you in on my secret mystery clip of 23seconds Ailie Blunnie sound-checking before the gig! The light at the end of the video is Keith in the sound box, once you know it it’s obvious, and he didn’t want to be filmed anyway! But yes Keith, brilliant job on the night, mesmerizing lights, as well as sounds, this time Roisin was busier slagging Ailie, so she forgot some of the elaborate praise that you deserve! Keith you rock! On a technical note: Right now the clip needs one rotation clockwise, so you need to adjust your neck and head at 52 degrees to the left at the moment, till I figure out how it’s done!
Check out the programme for December, there’s smashing performances ahead of us for big and small people, our new website at http://www.thedock.ie/ and the Open Season exhibition in the galleries, foyer and Café Bar! Have a great week,
Your Dock Blogger
ps: I sneak this post in for you due to personal impatience, lets see if it works or gets lost in the process of transferring the website!
Guys, no posts over the weekend, the blog will go ‘live’ onto the Dock’s homepage/ website and somewhat in ‘real time’ between now and early next week, and I am advised to NOT update anything until that has visibly happened, otherwise the guys from wordpress, OSD and technical support will never ever speak to me again! So a quick bye bye for now, see you Friday night and over the weekend at the Winter Market, but my pictures from those events will be slightly delayed here on the blog but being uploaded for next week nevertheless! Chat you in a few days, stay safe and sound and leave the car at home if you possibly can, the mulled wine at the market will be more-ish for sure!
happy third advent, your Dock Blogger
It’s almost Wednesday morning, I have a handful of more details and news for you, and I am still looking forward to the weekend at The Dock! Ailie Blunnie is not having a support act on the night, so Friday 8.30pm very sharp it is, straight launching into the Blunnie Sisters’ act, I also heard there is a boyfriend on that stage too, and I guess we’d be lost without Keith in the sound box, so let’s welcome the boys also! If the Open Season allows me to pop out in between, I’ll try and take a couple of shots of the Blunnie’s in preparation of the show, I have a feeling they might just let me do that for you! I love the idea of Duke Special meeting Imelda May for a day of feeding ducks in the park and putting that thought into music; and boy am I excited to go to that gig!
Mella, one of the organizers of the Winter Market filled me in on a few more details too, last year’s market was fabulous already I can give you that, but they are sure to well top that yet! First of all, it more than likely won’t flood or ice-sheet the roads on us between now and Saturday, so allof us get a fair chance in turning up at The Dock this time, and there will be even more stalls than last year to choose from and potter around so I heard. Very importantly there will be nibbles and mulled wine (did I just mention the food first … again!?), there will be handmade natural cremes and ointments, handcrafted Teas and Coffee, Christmas Cards, books, Santa’s Lost Buttons, Felt Creations, Ceramics, Knit Kits, paintings, Wellie Trees, hand painted lamp shades, local photography, hats and scarves, vintage clothing, Woodcraft, Christmas decorations… and I think they have a few more things up their Winter Market-sleeves! Sounds great to me, a lovely day out, and many thanks to Mella and crew already, I saw her busily organizing and putting time and effort in all morning today!
So, anybody else like me waiting for that What’s On Guide turning up in your letter box? I was tossing and turning already, patience is not one of my virtues yet, but I found out why we are that bit behind with the post-outs. And yes, that brings me to the sideline of the Volunteer Scheme again too! With the Trade Conference and all, The Dock staff has been so flattened with work all weekend that the What’s On brochure found its way into the envelopes only this morning, and I don’t really know how many of us are on that mailing list, but it looked like a big job to me! So anybody idling around and having time on your hands as little as it may be, call in and let Ciara know that you are interested in volunteering for The Dock, mailing, putting posters out around town, ushering for the odd performance. The perks? If possible at all, getting into the shows you like for free, in times where money is that bit tight this might be worth a lot to a lot of people out there. So spread the word and come along, there is always some nice crowd about in the foyer too… And the What’s On should be in your letter boxes somewhat between today and tomorrow, you can look forward to a neat job on that! I know some people found the last one a bit hard to navigate through, this one has a cooler lay-out, more leight weight, and i love the calendar bit at the side of each month! Glad i put my own calendar bit on the blog days ago already, great minds think alike, now it appears rather streamlined even though it wasn’t!
What else? The galleries are currently and seriously being painted and prepared for Open Season on Friday night, should be great craic to see all the different styles and ways of creativity together on one wall space! Pity none of the artists came forward to tell us a bit about themselves or their work for the blog, maybe I catch some of them on the night, but here the last chance to email me if you want to present your work and yourself at the last minute in regards to the Open Season exhibition on Friday at 5.30pm! firstname.lastname@example.org What delights me a lot is the presence of children’s art this year, Annaduff and Newtowngore National Schools have been working with artist Kate Wilson and their self-portraits and an animation made by the children will be on show in The Jury Room Café/Bar throughout the run of Open Season.
And last but not least all comedy fans check out Fred Cooke and Eric Lalor on our website – looks like a night of laughs on Thursday at 8.30pm! I bet you see Davy from the Jury Room there, I figured out that he loves comedy a LOT!
Happy Wednesday to everybody, Your Dock Blogger
Good morning folks, I apologize for the missed post on Friday, there was no internet for me to tap into in Dublin! I heard the TRADE exhibition opening went very well indeed, I am sorry I missed it but I will definitely call by before it closes its doors on Wednesday eve on us! While I am eagerly waiting for the new What’s On Guide to arrive, and very eagerly waiting that is, I am already looking forward to the end of the week, Open Season, Ailie Blunnie on Friday night, the Winter Market on Saturday and Sunday… The market is opening its doors from 12 till 5pm on both days, not starting at 2pm as suggested in some wrong misprinted place… so make sure you take a mental note of it right now and here and don’t be too late…
I went to the RDS Arts and Craft Christmas Fair over the weekend, looked at lots of arts and crafts from all known and emerging trades, and it was lovely to see that people seem to take the time to take it all in, to wander around and let themselves be inspired, to not get too stressed over the approaching season and the gift-getting that is closely connected to this time of the year!
Let’s make our own Winter market the same, a stress-free weekend where we may pick up a few quirky or handmade pressies, where the smell of mulled wine makes us remember the excitement of Christmas once again, where we bump into people we know and make time to stop for a chat…
Looking at the poll as if to reveal my true Dock Blogger identity, it’s not looking like you’ll get to see my face in next week just yet, more people seem to think the mystery idea of it all is a smart one, despite a lingering curiousness nevertheless… If you haven’t voted yet, please log on here and make your voice too being counted.
All best, your D B
PS: And last chance to see the ONLOCATION exhibition in the Leitrim Design House this week, check it out, and if you have a cuppa in the Jury Bar say hello to Davy for me!
Stephen Rennicks and David Spence getting the place ready for the opening of the exhibition of work by the four artists selected for the Trade residency program 2011. Featuring group work undertaken as Engage Artist Collective as well as individual work featuring David Spence, Brigitta Varadi, Stephen Rennicks, David j and David Michalek. To be opened by Declan McGonagle and there will be a presentation by Dr. Aedín McLoughlin of Glenwood Research. Part of the Trade 2011 conference at The Dock. http://engagecollective.wordpress.com/
No green light from Paul regarding my competition idea yet, so I am holding my breath for a minute, but another On My Radar for you, a subject that will affect all of us around here one way or another, so check out the link to see what is happening on Friday afternoon in Carrick-on-Shannon!
An approach to look at hydraulic fracturing through artistic eyes and research, what stays behind in the landscape when we dig too deep, which elements of our lives will be at risk if we follow the path of promises and money, and which consequences may be impossible to undo for our lifetime to come. Or the lifetime of our children and theirs. A fresh look at a pressing issue, four artists sharing ideas and working on the exhibition collectively, hence the title. Unfortunately I am not able to be there on Friday eve for the actual opening, so I had to peep my Dock Blogger camera into the exhibition space today and get a first glimpse of the work… I am sure the guys will spend all day to get ready for us on Friday, but I let you in on the preparations, Stephen Rennicks and David Spence getting the job done… and while the video uploads, here the first picture!
Worry not folks if each time you peep at the blog there is a different colour or lay-out screaming at you, I am constructing one more time and more from scratch, it may take a few days and trials and errors to figure out the coolest design yet. If you like one in particular in the meantime of me playing around with all options please comment and let me know. Same goes with designs you absolutely hate, I guess. ;-)
And there she is, our very own Ailie Blunnie, coming out to chat to me on the rainiest day of the whole month, thank you Ailie, I very much loved chatting to you! Looking forward to your concert on the 9th of December at 8.30pm in The Dock, I hope you’ll be having your Roisin and our man Keith from the sound box in tow that eve! Out and over to Ailie Blunnie!