What a lovely return to winter we are having today! I am happily tucked up in the office at Halsway where the world is warm and welcoming. It is always lovely to turn up and the open fires are blazing and the wind outside is roaring. It is pretty picture perfect!
So, I wanted to tell you about a few things we have going on in the weeks ahead at Halsway Manor. If you would like further information on any of the events, then please go to the web site www.halswaymanor.org.uk.
This weekend we have the Irish Set Dancing Weekend and I hope to have some photos that I can post from that, early next week. The following week we are hosting the Anglo Scottish Dance week from 15th to 19th April and are rounding a thoroughly British week off with English Folk Dance and Song Society, an Artists’ professional development weekend on 19th to 21st April. I am pretty sure these are already booked up but if you were interested, then please do call Viv at the office to see if there have been any cancellations, or to book for next year.
At the end of April – (26th to 28th) – Carin Wilkinson is hosting a Baroque Recorder Players weekend and then we have MAY! I can’t believe that we are almost in May and still looking for sunshine! On May 1st we have of course the wonderful May Day celebrations at Halsway Manor, where we greet the dawn with ritual and Maypole dancing and song. We also provide a large breakfast and in the evening we will be putting on a barn dance. This event is open to all and I will be posting some more details a bit closer to the time.
From 10th to 12th of May John Kirkpatrick is staying with us and hosting a Melodeon workshop weekend. This is very popular and will need to be booked in advance, so get booking as there are still a few places left! John will also be giving a concert on the Saturday night, which is open to anyone who would like to come. It is £10 per head and under sixteens are only £4). Kickoff is at 8pm.
May also plays host to a recorder weekend with Pat Fitzpatrick on 17th to 19th May and the American Contra Dance follows this from the 20th to 24th May. This is hosted by Meg Winters and sees the arrival of Sue and Bruce Rosen (Sue the caller and Bruce on Piano) with George Wilson on Fiddle coming all the way from the US.
Halsway Manor are also hosting an Arts and Crafts weekend from 25th to 26th May with some incredible local artists that come and stay ‘in residence’ for the weekend teaching all manner of things from print making to ipad art and sculpture. More of that in another blog soon!
As May draws to an end we have our Early music Week which includes Voices, Viols and recorders, with Michael Sharman and a folk music weekend with Dave Brown, John and Elaine Meechan, and Christine Corkett – from 31st May to Sunday 2nd June, taking us into the summer months with song and dance!
We hope you will come and join us for some of these fantastic events. If you can’t make a whole weekend, you can always just pop along for the day, just give us a ring to arrange!
Have a great weekend!