Music and market kick off Summerfest
Suffragette theme features in cultural festival
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