Belfast Telegraph

On the grapevine - February 17



baroque delights

WHAT better place to enjoy the delights of the baroque period than in the exquisite setting of Mount Stewart's Central Hall.

This Saturday Mount Stewart will play host to the ladies of Baroque Delights as part of their Irish tour.

Performed by flautist Karin Leitner, soprano Kerstin Doelle and pianist Mary McCague, the concert offers the audience a superb combination of well-loved baroque music and stories about its creators and composers.

You'll also experience rediscovered treasures, and get a glimpse of a forgotten heritage, underscored by the musicians' stunning baroque dresses.

Set to be an entertaining musical evening for all ages, places are limited to 100 — tickets are available at Mount Stewart reception (Portaferry Road, Newtownards) or call 028 4278 8387 to book.

Tickets cost £18 each (including|National Trust members). The concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday.

You'll also have time to browse the books and take a look at the gift shop during the interval.

fancy some folk on friday?|AUDIENCES in Ards can expect a passionate performance as the Southern Tenant Folk Union bring their mix of bluegrass, gospel, country, folk and pop to the Queen’s Hall this Friday.

Playing as part of the Friday Night Live series, the seven-piece acoustic band is one of the most highly-acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today and will be performing songs from their latest album — New Farming Scene — featuring direct lyrics with a modern twist and strong vocal harmonies backed by tight playing.

Formed by Belfast-born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey in 2006, the rest of the band hails from mainland UK and will be in Ards for one night only.

“The Southern Tenant Folk Union promise to provide a great night of entertainment and if you’re up for a night of fine folk and bluegrass music in a relaxed atmosphere this is a gig for you,” said Emily Walsh, arts officer with Ards Borough Council.

The Southern Tenant Folk Union show begins at 8pm and the event is ‘bring your own’.

Tickets are £7 and further information is available from Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards. Tel. 028 9181 0803.

Friday night quiz night

Nendrum College School Association will be holding another Quiz Night on|Friday, March 11, in McBrides (on the Square), Comber.

The quiz begins at 8pm and the cost is £5 per person with a maximum of six to a team, please. Spot prizes and ballots on the night.

All inquiries to secretary Pauline Rea at 07968746614 or email


Step into spring for hospice

Northern Ireland Hospice is encouraging people of all ages to take steps to support the 2011 Hospice Walk. Thousands of people are expected to participate in the various 11 walks taking place from Saturday, March 26 to Sunday, April 3.

People of all ages and ability can take up the charity challenge to walk from a minimum of 1.5 of miles and maximum of 11 miles in various annual routes.

Familiar faces are also expected among the stampede of walkers with May McFettridge, actress Olivia Nash, Miss NI, Paul Clark and other personalities tying an extra knot in their laces to take part in one of the walks.

Money raised from events like the 2011 Hospice Walk helps care for those living with a terminal illness and offers support for their families. All care is free of charge and is provided 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

If you would like to take your first step towards taking part in the 2011 Hospice Walk, register today by visiting, telephoning 028 90777123 or texting the word HOSPICE to 81222.

Hospice Walk Dates:

Saturday, March 26 (walks start at 10am) — Lagan Tow Path, Carrickfergus and North Down

Sunday, April 3 (walks start at 8.30am) — Mournes Mountain Trek

Saturday, April 2 (walks start at 10am) — Castle Ward, Castle Coole, Colin Glen, Antrim, Belfast Castle and Larne.

Recycling centre temporary closure

Residents are advised that Holywood Recycling Centre will be closed on Thursday 24 and Friday, 25 February, 2011.

This is to facilitate the installation of a Roll-Packer, which will enable further separation of waste and help increase recycling rates at the site.

The centre apologises for any convenience caused and the site will reopen at the earliest permissible time.

The Roll-Packer has been funded through the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland's Rethink Waste Fund. |


Mini-man jam

T13, the new urban sports park at Titanic Quarter (Queen’s Road, Belfast), is hosting a Mini-man jam — a national skateboarding event for kids aged 14 and under — on Saturday, March 12 from 12 noon to 6pm.

If you think your skateboarding skills are up to scratch, come along and have a go, meet new friends and\[Thomas Hawkins\] get show off your talents on the number one skateboard destination in the whole of Ireland (helmets are compulsory for all competitors).

It’s £10 to ride. If you are new to the sport and want to watch, there’s great news — spectators have free entry.

There will be music at the event, a barbeque and great prizes on offer.

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