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Open Season, Ailie Blunnie and Winter Market at The Dock

December 6, 2011

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!  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


Happy Halloween from The Dock!

October 29, 2011

Wishing you a Happy Halloween folks, be safe and sound this weekend to not end up like this poor ole witch!

Otherwise, here is a hilarious cat litter cake recipe for the kids, start checking the presses for all those ingredients, the young ones will love the disgustingness of it!

Hunters Moon is in full swing, and the streets a filling with little ghosts and Frankensteins, some big ones too actually, … and Natalia is  calling all Leitrim kids to the Halloween Dress up Film in the cine-mobile at the Dock this Sunday at 4:45pm!  Prizes for best dressed boy/girl/and best dressed adult! The Film is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, already a classic in my house! The whole show to be followed by the Day of the Dead Parade leaving from the steps of the Dock! Get your outfits and costumes ready, everything goes! 

All i can say, the daughter wants to dress up as a geek. Where are those days when it was straight forward vampires, witches and little devils? ;o)

Happy Halloween, Your D B

Scary Movies for Halloween

October 27, 2011

Here’s the line-up for the Halloween and Schlock Cinema Films that will be shown as part of the Hunters Moon Festival. Festival Ticket Holders get in to the films for free. Otherwise it is 5 euro per film. The Mobile Cinema will be parked by the LCC Offices, I guess we can’t miss it once we peep our heads around that corner of the town!

Saturday 5:00 PM: BUCKET OF BLOOD

 Saturday 6:45 pm: THE CABINET OF DOCTOR CALIGARI with an original soundtrack by STEPHEN RENNICKS (wow, our very own Stephen Rennicks, Stephen you ROCK!)

 Saturday 8:30 PM: WHITE ZOMBIE

Sunday 5:00 PM: SPECIAL HALLOWEEN KIDS FILM (Which one is it going to be? Hunters Mooners, once you chose, let us know!)

Sunday 6:45 PM: DEMENTIA 13 (My favourite title here on the list, but didn’t watch the trailer yet!)

 Sunday 8:30 PM: DEAD MEAT

Check out those movies, grab a friend for emotional support and come and get  the creeps together!

Your Scaredy cat Dock Blogger

Hunters Moon Festival in Carrick-on-Shannon

October 26, 2011

Guys, there is an exciting weekend just around the bend; The Hunters Moon Festival is waiting for our call!

The next three sentences I am stealing from their website for you, but I’ll link you to it as well for the full programme and ticket prices and options etc…

 Hunters Moon Music and Art Festival will take place on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of October in the Northwest of Ireland in Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim. Hunters Moon Festival is an experimental music, art and film festival combining unique visual art and music in the unique town of Carrick on Shannon. Tickets are available to all music events. There are festival tickets, day tickets and evening tickets on sale. Check the tickets page for full info.

There is free stuff too, open to everyone, so in times like these I am pointing that out especially, just to get a taste of what’s in store for us!

The Hunters Moon Arts Trail: An Arts Trail will wind its way through the streets on Carrick over the weekend of the festival. Maps of the Arts Trail are available at the Box Office. All art spaces are free and open to the public. Thanks to the keen eye and the hard work of our art curator, Caroline Walsh.

The Short Experimental Films Cinema: in the box office in Murtagh’s Courtyard, Main Street. Right down my street for that matter!

“Seek What They Sought” Art Exhibition by Tim Kerr: opening at 8 pm in the Jury Room of the Dock Arts Centre on Friday 28th of October. Looking bright and cheerful, come and have a drink and see the new art on those walls!

Deejays at Murtagh’s Bar – Friday 4 -8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 – 8 pm:  There will be festival deejays playing everything from folk rock to medieval bands to art rock discos in Murtagh’s Bar all through the weekend.  This is open and free to everyone!

Day of the Dead Procession: Sunday 30th October 6 – 7 pm, meet at the Dock Arts Centre. Whoa, sounding spooky scary – looks like bringing the small people along, do the whole fancy dress affair thing, and maybe put some sucky sweets into your pockets too, just in case!

There is a long line up of bands playing on all of the nights, I can’t even start typing them all down so you better check that website, the Weekend Tickets are available in THE LEITRIM DESIGN HOUSE leading up to the festival, whereas Tickets for night-time performances will go on sale from 8:30pm at The Dock for that evening’s performance and are available for purchase on the door (subject to availability, as always and of course!).

That covers it all? It probably didn’t, but it’s a start to get you nosy!

See you at the weekend, looks like one more perk to be had in town, Murtagh’s Bar as the main sponsor of the whole festival is offering 10% off all food for the attendees of the festival, I might meet you at that bar  too so!

in Halloween mode,

Your D B

The Lost Sock Princess, picture update

October 19, 2011

Remember The Lost Sock Princess kids show from the Puppet Lab from Edinburgh last Wednesday? The show that was so booked and sold out that not another little pitter patter mouse would have fitted into that room?

well, here’s two pics from the day, thank you secret spy for sending them to us!


I certainly hope, they’ll be back for more next year, I want a sock like that too!


The Week on one Post – What’s On in The Dock

October 12, 2011

Writing about the whole week today, just in case, I have a funny feeling that I might get caught up in my day job later on during the week. If not, you’ll hear more of me anyway, if yes, well then I gave you the low-down already!

Unfortunately the interactive playful show The Lost Sock Princess on Wednesday morning is completely sold out, a second show has been put on already, sold out as well, and it looks like the kids are in for a real treat! I hope we’ll get the Puppet Lab from Scotland back to us soon so, as people and groups had to be turned away already! Looks like there is a bit of a market for these pre-schoolers here, I hope Punch and Judy and Ding and Dong are reading me, we need more of all of you! And the ones of you holding precious tickets please don’t forget to bring your own odd sock along to the show, I guess the Puppet Lab has something charming in store for you…

Thursday 8.30pm The Leitrim Laughs Comedy Club hosts David O’Doherty, 2010 Hot Press Irish Comedian of The Year as well as holding a good few other awards and being hailed as a triumph and national treasure … looks like running for the remaining tickets to me! If you have not much to laugh at the moment or find the vanishing of the summer a bit of a pain, maybe David O’Doherty will cheer you up big time, come along Thursday eve! And you happy ones, you make sure to come along too of course to share the laughter! And yes, Patrons get a free shot at the Jury Room before 8.15pm, did I not mention that yet?

Saturday the 15th is the Write for your Life Workshop with Monica Corish, if you didn’t enrol yet and this sounds about “write” to you please feel free to contact her on 087-641 4185, I didn’t check if she has places left, but its always worth trying!

And then, Saturday night fever at 8.30pm, Mundy and The Painbirds at The Dock, hosted by the Leitrim Live Music Club, and he is coming to us to introduce and promote his new album Shuffle, it seemingly takes a new twist on his band as I heard. Mundy and the Painbirds is a left hand turn off the road, loads of great energy and ‘rootsy’ brilliant songs! Well, that should keep you going for the week, make your plans, book those tickets, put your glad rags on and don’t forget there is always a cuppa or drink to be had in The Jury Room Café too.

Anybody not making it to Mundy for some odd reason, I am reminding you guys once again that The Adaptation Film Festival is on in Dromahair too, launching its brilliant programme on Friday night, and there is just one more place left for the Adaptation Workshop with Steven Cleary Saturday and Sunday 10 till 4. This two day workshop is aimed at filmmakers, producers and writers who are planning to adapt work for the screen. The first day introduces you to a new way of marrying the specific technical demands the original material makes of the writer with a fast and practical way of getting to the thematic centre of the adapted screenplay you want to write. The second day shows how to use key screenwriting techniques to ensure your adaptation is truly cinematic as it moves away from the source material to achieve its own integrity. This is followed by a step-by-step guide through an adaptation screenwriting process. If you’re interested in the subject, check it out, seemingly Johnny Gogan took the same course and look what happened to him!

Looks like a good week to me, rushing off now, but chat to ya later!

 Your Dock Blogger

The Dock for Culture Night

September 22, 2011

Culture Night, 23rd of September, an evening crammed with things to do, to hear and see, to join in, where do I start? I better stick to The Dock only for now, even though I am aware there is the Poetry and Prose Stroll on in Drumshanbo at 7.30, a group walk around the town with readings from the organizers and guests, and members of the public are strongly encouraged to join in and read their own or someone else’s work along the way. So much for my little advertisement for The Written Word Weekenders AKA organisers Eileen O Toole and Stephen Rennicks.

Anyway, back to The Dock, Culture Night really starts at 4.30pm with a kids craft workshop What are you made of?, 6pm is Writers workshop with Belinda Mc Keon, We love Vintage Workshop, Djing Workshop (aimed at all age groups so bring your teenager along as well!), and Life Drawing facilitated by Laura Gallagher. That is only the workshops so far, take your pick and get creative, Culture Night is for free, quite brilliantly so, an opportunity not to be missed for sure!

The Photo Exhibition of the Boyle Camera Club will be opened at 5.30, if my memory serves me right from now on the Jury Room Café will provide wall space for exhibitions too, all the more reason to have a cuppa there!

In the theatre space you’ll find the Teen spirit productions running from 6pm onwards, meaning that the film and music created by participants during our recent Teen Spirit Music Summer Camp will be on show throughout the evening.

And there is always more, 6 till 10.30pm DJ Sweet Cup will be keeping the vibe very Rock n Roll, and at 8.30 Saxophonist Cathal Roche will be on the scene as well.

And yes, there is more again: Vintage fashion Show and Makeovers at 8pm, if you are looking for a ‘special one of a kind’ dress, this event is not to be missed! I know at least two of my girls getting married this winter, girls I hope you are reading this, there is DRESSES to be chosen yet!

Last but not least, the previous mentioned artists’ talk, Audrey Reynolds in conversation with Arts Officer Philip Delamare at 7pm, so if you want to find out more about Bayard Eade, join Audrey and Philip up in the galleries and ask those questions of yours!

Hustle bustle ahead, lets conquer the colder season with those colourful antics that we’ve got planned for you  and all of us! I most certainly can’t wait!

 Your Dock Blogger

Mud Slinging with Kevin Callaghan, the “Afters”

September 13, 2011

This one is for all us parents who did the washing-load-, baby wipe-, dirty car-dirty kids-thing on Saturday after Kevin’s Mud Workshop for all our small people… !

I just heard that it took him and Natalia something close to 3 and a half hours to  clean and tidy up the room after all our fun and muddling around! Looks like they’ve been definitely in the same boat with us so!

And yeah, my own kids want to go straight back for more of the muddy fingers, I bet yours too, what can we say???

Your Dock Blogger

the Right Time for Mud Slinging with Kevin Callaghan

September 9, 2011

We’ve just checked with Jo Lewis, the lady who is organising this whole  Green Door Weekend … and it turns out that we have the wrong info re the Mud Slinging Workshop TIMES!  It starts  only at 12, and runs for one hour of messing, mucking, grabbing, feeling and working for the kids… while we parents might get a coffee in the Jury Room Cafe, getting half a chance!

Please pass on the corrected time to anybody you know, sorry for the confusion, but it gives us an hour longer in the morning for getting organized, that kind of thing!

Kevin Callaghan, here we come! Saturday the 10th – as in, tomorrow-  12pm in The Dock!

Your Dock Blogger

Green Door Leitrim Weekend, a quick reminder

September 8, 2011

While some of you are on their way to the Classic Film Club on this rainy Thursday morning, I am taking the time to remind all of you of tomorrow’s great opening night at The Dock. New reader, please skip back a few posts to The Green Door Leitrim Weekend and read all about the things going on this coming weekend. The Launch of the weekend will take place at 6pm at The Dock, but there is a lot going on this Friday night, and there is literally four exhibitions being opened and launched at almost the same time!

At 5.30 there is the opening for Tracy Hanna’s and Audrey Reynolds’ shows up in the galleries, James P Kinsella will start his building project with books and mortar already at 5pm and the Staircase Poem mentioned earlier is being exposed to daylight and the public once again too!

It’s promising to be a great evening out, get ready for the hustle bustle in the Dock tomorrow and start the weekend in delightful style!

See you there,

Your Dock Blogger

 Oh yeah, there is a PS: I just heard that Kevin Callaghan’s ‘Mud Slinging Workshop’ for the kids takes place on Saturday morning at 11 in the Dock, lets grab old clothes and let the munchkins get mucky, looks like great fun forever to remember…

!!!And  yes, there is another update to the PS: the workshop starts only at 12pm as it turns out!!! Hope you get to read this update too, sorry about that, if you’ve aimed for the earlier hour!!!