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Grapevine - February 3


Ghost Stories — An Evening of Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories, performed by Russell Kennedy, is a two-act adaptation of the most eerie ghost tales, guaranteed to send shivers down the sturdiest of spines.

The production consists of three hair-raising stories — The Ghost in the Bride's Chamber, The Trial for Murder and Dickens’ most famous tale, The Signalman.

This performance takes place at the Web Theatre on Friday, February 5.

For further information telephone 9182 8234 or visit

Watercolour Workshops — This workshop is ideal for beginners, though painters with some experience in other mediums are welcome.

Graham Booth takes the course which is informal and provides company and confidence to paint.

The class, which begins on Saturday, February 6, takes place at the Battletown Creative Studio in Newtownards.

For further information telephone Alison McFerran on 9182 2626.

Dance the Night Away — If you are interested in sequence ballroom dancing then come along to the British Legion on Court Square in Newtownards every Tuesday.

Dancing is held between 8pm and 11pm and is suitable for people of all ages.

If you are interested in classes contact Thomas on 07836789081.

Painting Exhibition — The You Might Have Noticed Exhibition will see the work of Tristan Barry exhibited at Ards Arts Centre this month.

Tristan attained a BA (Hons) Fine & Applied Art degree in 2003 from the University of Ulster at Belfast, specialising in painting.

Based in Belfast, he exhibits regularly as a gallery artist with the Engine Room Gallery and Townhouse Gallery in Belfast, the Yard Gallery, Holywood and most recently with the Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin.

Tristan's work explores his identity by portraying the objects that shape the world around him.

He is drawn to building a profile of the world around him by portraying the seemingly insignificant, yet fundamental things that others will overlook.

The exhibition runs from February 4 — 26 at the Sunburst Gallery in Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards. Admission is free. For further information telephone 9181 0803.

Himalayan Imagery — An exhibition by Eleanor Wheeler, her imagery was developed during a journey, taken by bicycle, through the Indian Himalayas from Srinagar in Kashmir through Ladakh to Shimla.

The artwork comprises a series of carved plaster bas-relief panels incorporating bands of gold leaf and found objects bound in resin.

The work explores the central relationship between people and animals in both an urban and rural setting. The composition is based on that found in icons or shrines, deliberately elevating the animal to a mythical or reverential position.

The exhibition, which runs from February 4 — 26, takes place in the Main Gallery at Ards Arts Centre. Admission is free.

For further information telephone 9181 0803.

Cultural Evening — Experience an exotic evening of Egyptian and Indian dance, African beats and Argentinean rhythms, Chinese crafts and Mexican arts, all mixed up with some Polish lyrics and Columbian tunes. Throw in a variety of tasty nibbles from around the world and you get a veritable cultural banquet — not to be missed!

Ards Arts is delighted to welcome ArtsEkta to host a fabulous evening of entertainment and cultural synchronicity on February 6. ArtsEkta is Northern Ireland's only multi-ethnic, international arts organisation.

Tickets cost £8 for the event at Ards Arts Centre in Newtownards, from 8pm. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. An Arts Link bus is available on request.

For further information telephone 9181 0803.

Master Musicians — Expect heart-filled material — contemporary roots songs about ring roads, dormitory towns, ballrooms of romance, drowning cities, flirting by email and jumping off roof-tops. All of it served up by three master musicians, one of them a story-teller at the peak of his craft.

On this tour, Anthony Toner is joined by special guests Clive Culbertson on bass and John McCullough on piano and hammond organ. The evening promises to be filled with great songs, great playing and some entertaining stories from the road.

The concert takes place on Friday, February 19, at Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, from 8pm. Tickets cost £5.

For further information telephone 9181 0803.


Charity Day — After the incredible success of G.I. Jane 2009, Meningitis Research Foundation has announced that its 2010 event will take place on Saturday, February 27, at The Scout Centre in Crawfordsburn Country Park.

Meningitis Research Foundation welcomes back all past participants but is on the look out for more people.

Ladies will be kitted out in army attire, camouflage and will be put through their paces military style.

Ladies aged 16 years and above will compete in a series of both physical and mental challenges including an assault course, caving, archery, climbing wall, karting and much more.

Places are limited for Boot Camp so if you are interested please download a fundraising pack at, email or telephone 9032 1283.


Hidden Treasures — JOIN NIEA Archaeologist Dr John O'Keefe for a walk exploring the archeological treasures of the North Down Coastal Path from Groomsport to Ballyholme.

The walk, on February 6, will start at the fishermen's thatched cottages in Groomsport and continue along the rural coastal path to Bangor.

Along the way, Dr O'Keefe will talk about the history of the area and wider North Down Coastal Route and point out archeological points of interest.

For further information contact Johanna Hopes on 9056 9801 or email


Quiz Night — Nendrum College Comber School Association is hosting a Quiz Night on March 19.

The quiz will take place at McBrides in Comber from 7.30pm — adults only. Tickets cost £5 per person and can be purchased at the door.

For further information telephone 07968746614 or email

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