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November 2014

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filmThroughout Novemberrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

exhibitionUntil 31ST DECEMBERENCHANTED CHRISTMAS
Mon-Sat 9.30-5pm @ 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway. DG6 4DU
Little Winter House by Fiona MillarThe gallery will be a treasure trove of original gift ideas to suit every pocket. There are a few new Fine Artists to the gallery for this exhibition, including Jane McCance, Rona Lee & Patricia Sadler, Julie Barnes and Este Macleod. An interesting collection of work will be on show from local artist Helen Acklam, whose recent travels to the Orkney Islands have sparked inspiration to produce a series of paintings, bookwork and mixed media sculpture. Returning Fine Artists include Grace McDonald Cameron, Stewart Lammie and Peter Tudhope with their unique, powerful interpretations of the Scottish landscape, ranging from the more traditional through to the semi abstract. Fiona Millar will also have some of her extremely popular work on show, depicting landscape and still life studies in her own unequivocal style. Kirkcudbright based artist Margaret S Milligan was the best seller of last Christmas, and returns with a collection of her endearing still-life oil paintings.
We are excited to introduce some new makers to the gallery for this exhibition, including Kim Steeden, Susanna Hanl, Miya Hayes and Lisa Rothwell Young. We are introducing a new basket maker to the gallery. Geoff Forrest works with willow to create traditional basket work, as well as pursuing a more contemporary style of work, often incorporating different materials to create beautiful works of art. We have a collection of framed textile pictures from Kate Buchanan, with subject matters ranging from beaches and landscapes to the more quirky and fun. Joining Kate are regular exhibitors Jo Gallant, with a new collection of her handmade cushions, as well as felt work by Rachel Morley and Heather Potten.
There will also be a selection of framed and 3d glass work by Niki Crew, framed illustrative porcelain pictures by Wendy Kershaw, new sculpture by Michael Lythgoe, ceramic sculpture by Helen Kemp, Paul Jenkins & Urpu Sellar and ceramics by Debbie Barber & Karen McPhail. Ongoing work will also be on show including furniture, sculpture, glass, forged ironwork, ceramics, artist prints, cards, books and much more.
In keeping with the theme of Christmas, we will also have some very festive handcrafted Christmas decorations, including glass decorations by Jo Newman and ceramic decorations by Shirley Vauvelle.

outdoorEvery day from October to March@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
11am and 2pm - Wild swan feeds - See wild whooper swans closer than anywhere in Britain.
11am to 3pm - Guide in the Hide - Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will be out and about in the hides to point out the best wildlife of the day. 
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.  
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 24th November:

otherThursday 27th NovemberInaugural John `Tar’ McAdam talk on ‘Roads’
3-5pm @ Moffat Town Hall ’
Professor Richard Demarco CBE illustrated talk in honour of the iconic Scottish road –builder
What have roads ever done for us except get us from A to B? Pilgrimage, poetry, problem-solving and other perplexing peregrinations’
If you go down to Moffat churchyard you will see the tombstone of John Loudon McAdam, of ‘macadamised’ and ‘tarmac’ fame, the inventor of the macadam road surface, who is buried there. John lived in Moffat before his death on 26th November 1836. With this roads theme in mind in Moffat Town Hall, Professor Richard Demarco CBE, a Scottish artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts, explores in words and pictures an imagined journey of Russian national poet Mikhail Lermontov, b.1814, through the land of his Scottish Learmonth forefathers.
This time we drive you to your impeccably-smooth surfaced cream tea - £7.50 ticket from either:
Present Time, 2/3 High St, Moffat or http://www.eventbrite.co.uk (search GYRE)

otherThursday 27th NovemberChristmas Light Switch-On & Late Night Shopping in Dumfries
Visit Scotland, 64 Whitesand, Dumfries opening until 7pm
Book signing by  local author David Carroll 5-7pm 
Books available: Ten Tales of Dumfries & Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway Curiosities and The Dumfries book of Days.
Lots of quality gifts. Mostly Ghostly also attending.

outdoor Friday 28th November Geese Homecoming
10am-12noon @ RSPB Ken Dee Marshes, Mains of Duchrae Cottage, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 2LY
Join the Warden for an informative walk through the reserve. Learn about the resident wildlife and our ongoing conservation work.
£4.00 / Children free - Tel: 01556 670464

theatreFriday 28th November The Simon And Garfunkel Story
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
Award-winning actor Dean Elliott and a full cast of performers tell the compelling story of the well-known music duo in this 50th Anniversary Celebration. Using original photos and film footage.
£16.50 per ticket

outdoor Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th November Wildlife Photography Weekend Course
@ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
One to one tuition with Tom Langlands and Bob Fitzsimmons, suitable for beginners to experienced photographers. Geese/Swans/General.
£170/head including coffee, tea and lunch both days.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

readings Saturday 29th November To celebrate BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND - Chris Agee
To celebrate BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND - Chris Agee at The Bakehouse in New Galloway7.30pm @ The Bakehouse, 44 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
A FREE EVENT WITH FREE BOOKS ON OFFER.
Chris Agee is the author of three books of poems, most recently Next to Nothing (Salt, 2009), shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. He has also edited Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe, 1998, Poetry Society Recommendation), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003), The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Salt, 2011) and The Other Tongues: An Introduction to Writing in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Scots in Ulster and Scotland (Irish Pages, 2013). He is the Editor of Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, Ireland’s premier literary journal, and currently the Keith Wright Literary Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Chris will read both from his last collection as well as new Glasgow-based work, and discuss the future of the literary magazine.
To book ring 01557 814175 or email chrys@chryssalt.com

musicSaturday 29th November Rob Heron And The Tea Pad Orchestra
8pm-11pm @ The Grapes, 4-6 Bridge Street, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 7HY
The Newcastle-based singer-songwriter and guitarist plays a mixture of swing, country, folk and Gypsy jazz, with touches of soul and Cajun, with his backing band.
Expect "Infectiously good humour", "Razor sharp solos" and songs full of good old fashion hollerin'.
£12.00 per ticket

outdoor Sunday 30th November Festive Feathered Friends
12 – 2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Come and create Christmas treats for the birds in your garden. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

xmasSunday 30th NovemberCraft & Gift Fair l
From 2pm @ Beeswing Memorial Hall
... CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ... with imagination ...
BodyShop ... PartyLite Candles ... Pampered Chef... Phoenix Cards ... Pet Whisperer ... Handmade Decorations ... Decorative Crafts ... and more ...
Afternoon Tea & Prize Raffle
Entry £2

xmasSunday 30th NovemberMoffat Christmas Festival
High Street, Moffat, Dumfriesshire, DG10 9ET
Christmas market and entertainment.

musicSunday 30th NovemberJohn McNicholl
7.30pm @ Buccleuch Centre, Buccleuch Square, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0AW
One of Ireland's most popular singers returns to The Buccleuch Centre by popular demand
£17.00 per ticket - Tel: 01387 381196

December 2014

filmThroughout Decemberrbc film theatreFilms at RBFCT in Dumfries
Films and Film Workshops at Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries >>

Week Commencing Monday 1st December:

otherFriday 5th DecemberFood For Thought: Dark Skies With Keith Muir
10.30am @ Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 7BE
Meet for coffee & scones at 10.30am. Learn how the Galloway Forest park achieved Dark Sky Park status, followed by a delicious 2 course lunch.
£13.50 per ticket - Tel: 01671 402 165

outdoorSaturday 6th DecemberStargazing For Beginners
6.30pm @ Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 7BE
Find out what's going on in the skies above the Galloway Forest! Meet at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre for hot soup, cake and a tea or coffee. There will be a talk inside the visitor centre and then if the sky is clear we’ll head outside.
£7.50 / Children £5.00 - Tel: 01671 402 165

outdoorSunday 7th DecemberDawn Flight
7am @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Join the wardens as we open early to experience the wild geese flighting in against the dawn sky. The Coffee Shop will also be open early to provide hot drinks and bacon rolls. Bring warm, waterproof clothing, binoculars and a torch.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

Week Commencing Monday 8th December:

musicTuesday 9th DecemberNote-Ability
7.30 pm @ Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie DG11 2RB
Lynne Harvey-Allan – Soprano | Lewis Allan – Bass-Baritone | David Murray Piano
Lynne Harvey-Allan and Lewis Allan combine classical training with beautiful songs to create a richly entertaining experience, with a wide selection of material ranging from Grand Opera to songs from Stage and Screen to delight their audience. The singers exude a special rapport and stage presence which is totally professional. They have performed in venues throughout Scotland, in England, Boston and Rhode Island, USA. They have also appeared on New York TV and radio. Along with their accompanist David Murray they have gained great pleasure giving over 50 concerts a year for ‘Music in Hospitals’ over a 20 year period.
Tickets are purchased at the door on the evening of the concert at the Queen's Hotel.
Adults: £10, Students: £5, Schoolchildren: Free
Annual Membership: £45 includes free entry to all concerts.

xmasFriday 12th DecemberLocharbriggs Community Centre Association
PRESENT ‘CAROLS IN THE CAR PARK
7.00pm @ Locharbriggs Community Centre Car Park, Auchencrieff Road, Locharbriggs, Dumfries DG1
Join the community in singing Christmas Carols tound a log fire
Free Admission’
Christmas music, Raffle, Christmas sales table, Tombola Mince Pies & Refreshments Crisps, Sweets, Soft Drinks etc! In the Centre after Carol Singing
***
Special Guest Appearance From ‘SANTA’
Wrap up warm and please bring a torch!
If wet Carol singing will take place Round the ‘Christmas Tree’ in Centre

sportSaturday 13th DecemberSolway Orienteering - “Pits n’ Bumps”
@ Barhill Plantation, Dalbeattie
This is a Score event. You   find as many orienteering markers as you can within a designated area and return to the finish within the time limit. parking will be in the public car park at the junction of Barhill Road and John Street. DG5 4JJ
The start time for this last event is still to be decided and will be publicised on the club’s web site and on Facebook nearer to the event date.
Cost £4 for adults, £3 for juniors with £1 off for club members
Find out more at www.solwayoreinteers.co.uk

outdoorSunday 14th DecemberFestive Feathered Friends
12-2pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Come and create Christmas treats for the birds in your garden. An event for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free. Booking is essential.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

MusicSunday 14th decemberThe Christmas Show with John McNicholl & Sandy Kelly
7.30pm @ Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
A Christmas Show with a difference.
John McNicholl and his band will entertain you with his on style of country and Irish music. This young man put up a great show on his last visit to the Ryan Centre and got a well deserved standing ovation. Joining John will be one of Ireland's best known singers Sandy Kelly who accompanies George Hamilton 1V on his UK tours and sings the songs of Patsy Clyne. This is the ideal Christmas Show.
Cost: £17.00
Tel: 01776 703535

Week Commencing Monday 15th December:

musicWednesday 17th DecemberDalgarno Singers -  Evening Christmas Concert
7pm @ Penpont Church
To mark the end of their 40th anniversary year, the Dalgarno Singers will be performing a Carol Concert in Penpont Church.
A selection of popular Carols, and the evening will finish with serving hot drink and Christmas bites
Admission (adults £8, children free) includes a mulled drink and a Christmas bite to eat.
Dalgarno Singers Tickets from choir members.
Visit our website www.dalgarnosingers.co.uk

Week Commencing Monday 22nd December:

outdoorFriday 26th DecemberBoxing Day Guided Walk
2pm - 4pm @ RSPB Crook Of Baldoon Nature Reserve, Shell Road, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 9AQ
Need a walk after your festivities join the warden for a stroll along the shore and get some fresh Wigtownshire air. Bring binoculars and walking boots
£3.00 / Children £1.50 - Tel: 01988 402130

January 2015

outdoorThursday 1st January New Years Day Bird Race
10am – 5pm @ WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire DG1 4RS
Start the year by challenging our warden to see how many bird species you can spot in a day.
Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.
Please contact the centre on 01387 770200 or info.caerlaverock@wwt.org.uk

musicTuesday 13th JanuaryThe Lothians Duo
7.30 pm @ Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie DG11 2RB
Jessica Beeston – Viola | Andrew Johnston – Piano
Scottish Duo Jessica Beeston and Andrew Johnston form an exciting and lively partnership who have been playing together since 2006 when they were accepted onto the prestigious Live Music Now! concert scheme, which involves doing workshops in schools and in the community and giving recitals in venues throughout the country. They have recently performed for Aberdeen, Perth, Kirkcaldy and St Andrew's Music Societies. Jessica Beeston is a keen chamber musician. She plays with the Hebrides Ensemble and is a member of the Tunnell-Trust-winning Nephele Ensemble. She is a guest principal with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and enjoys playing with the Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra Revolution et Romantique,the English Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She gained a distinction in her Masters Degree from the Mozarteum. She has been violist with the Edinburgh Quartet. Andrew Johnston performs regularly as a chamber musician with various different ensembles and as a soloist, but has also given performances of major piano concertos such as the Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and Rachmaninov’s Second with orchestras in Britain and abroad. He gained his Masters Degree in Musicology from Edinburgh University in 2006, and has participated in master classes with a number of eminent pianists. As a duo, Jessica and Andrew are currently exploring the existing repertoire for viola and piano as well as investigating the possibility of adapting other works for their own instruments. They are keen to work with Scottish composers and perform neglected works by composers such as Hans Gal and Erik Chisholm.
Tickets are purchased at the door on the evening of the concert at the Queen's Hotel.
Adults: £10, Students: £5, Schoolchildren: Free
Annual Membership: £45 includes free entry to all concerts.

February 2015

musicTuesday 10th FebruaryTrio Ecossaise
7.30 pm @ Queens Hotel, Annan Road, Lockerbie DG11 2RB
Harriet Davidson – Cello | Jennifer Brown – Clarinet | Claire Haslin – Piano
Formed in 2001, the Trio has performed extensively throughout Scotland and at the Jacqueline du Pré Concert Hall in Oxford. They also give performances in aid of charities such as Multiple Sclerosis Scotland and The Medical Foundation. All three are from Scotland and trained at respected conservatories - Harriet at Oxford University and Guildhall School of Music; Jennifer at the Royal Northern College of Music and Indiana University; and Claire at the Royal Scottish Academy and Guildhall School of Music. In addition to their chamber music commitments they each pursue busy and diverse freelance careers. Harriet’s recent engagements include work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has toured in India and Europe, an education project at HMP Shotts, and concerts for the "Music in the Hospitals" scheme. She has recorded for BBC Radio and TV, and has performed at the Mercury Music Awards and Glastonbury Festival. Jennifer has played with various orchestras in the UK including the CBSO and the RSNO. She has broadcast on Radio 3, and performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and St Martin-in-the -Fields, London. Claire is much in demand as an instrumental and song accompanist. She is official accompanist for Glasgow University Music Department and a staff repetiteur at Scottish Opera.
Tickets are purchased at the door on the evening of the concert at the Queen's Hotel.
Adults: £10, Students: £5, Schoolchildren: Free
Annual Membership: £45 includes free entry to all concerts.

 

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