Mu­sic and mar­ket kick off Sum­mer­fest

Suf­fragette theme fea­tures in cul­tural fes­ti­val

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Marzella

It’s truly a com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion that shows Cal­lan­der at its best

Cal­lan­der’s top sum­mer event will be launched to­mor­row (Satur­day) with an even big­ger pro­gramme of fun, events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cal­lan­der and Trossachs Sum­mer­fest runs un­til July 29 and has events sched­uled ev­ery day.

The cul­tural fes­ti­val will be staged at venues across the town and the head­line act of the fes­ti­val will be Scot­tish singer–song­writer Dougie Ma­cLean who will per­form at Cal­lan­der Kirk on July 19.

The event gets underway at An­caster Square on Satur­day with the Sum­mer­fest mar­ket and mu­sic from Cal­lan­der Brass and the Loch Lomond Ukulele Orches­tra.

An­other fea­ture of the open­ing day will be Art in the Square which has a Suf­fragette theme and the area will be dec­o­rated in yarn and wollen cre­ations in pur­ple, white and green yarn, the colours as­so­ci­ated with the votes for women move­ment.

Vis­i­tors can also try var­i­ous crafts which will also be on dis­play.

In the evening, sto­ry­tellers Lea Tay­lor and Ni­cola Wright are bring­ing their show, which played to a full house in Ed­in­burgh, to Cal­lan­der Hos­tel. It tells the com­pelling story of the Scot­tish Suf­fragette move­ment, us­ing his­tor­i­cal facts and prose.

On Sun­day evening there will be a screen­ing the 2015 film Suf­fragette in the Ma­sonic Hall at 8pm.

The main art ex­hi­bi­tions will be in St An­drew’s Church, Leny Road, and fea­ture one of Scot­land’s lead­ing wildlife artists Dar­ren Wood­head, lo­cal artist Orla Stevens and sculp­tor and ce­ram­i­cist Michael Young.

A unique dis­play of felt pan­els de­pict­ing life in Cal­lan­der through the sea­sons will also be on show in the Ben Ledi Cof­fee Com­pany in Main Street.

Work­shops, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, cy­cle rides and walks, mu­sic, drama and po­etry all fea­ture in the pro­gramme.

Anne Docherty, sec­re­tary of Cal­lan­der Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust and one of the main or­gan­is­ers of Sum­mer­fest, said: “Cal­lan­der and Trossachs Sum­mer­fest keeps on grow­ing. We’re amazed and very pleased that each year more peo­ple and groups of­fer new events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It’s truly a com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion that shows Cal­lan­der at its best. I hope that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble come and en­joy what’s on of­fer.”

There are more de­tails of Cal­lan­der Sum­mer­fest events in our What’s On sec­tion (pages 30 and 31) and the full pro­gramme and tick­ets are available at www. in­callan­der.co.uk or the fes­ti­val box of­fice which will be in Bram­bles del­i­catessen, Main Street from 11am to 4pm.

Mu­sic mak­ers Cal­lan­der Brass

Vote of thanks Lea Tay­lor and Ni­cola Wright will be telling the story of the Scot­tish Suf­fragettes

Here comes sum­mer Mar­ket in An­caster Square will her­ald start of fes­tiv­i­ties

Head­liner Dougie Ma­cLean to per­form at Cal­lan­der Kirk

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