Picking the Flowers!!!

Flowers? What are flowers? Anne is not used to seeing such colourful and beautiful wonders. Growing up in Antarctica all Anne ever saw was ice, snow, antarctic winds, just white. When she went to visit the florist for the first time she saw greens, yellows, blues, purples, pinks, reds and oranges. Such choice. Anne quickly decided though that purple was her favourite colour and thought that pinks worked quite well with them and that it would match the ribbon that she was intending on wearing with her veil. So this is what she decided on:

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Inside View: The Ardhowen

Picturesque backdrop to the Ardhowen Theatre

Picturesque backdrop to the Ardhowen Theatre

The Ardhowen Theatre is situated with the picturesque backdrop of Enniskillen’s Lough Erne. The theatre opened in 1986 and offers a year round programme inclusive of various art forms including professional drama, classical music, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, a wide range of music; jazz, blues, country, folk, as well as comedy, arts, children events and lectures.

The venue has a 290 seater raked auditorium as well as a smaller studio space for smaller and more intimate performances. In addition to these performance spaces the Ardhowen has a number of hospitality facilities including a splendid restaurant and a number of bars and an exhibition space.

The theatre is home to the annual International Beckett Festival which usually runs in August for a week. Last year the festival was met with rave reviews including a piece in the New York Times who remarked on how great the festival was and how popular it was among the local population. Keep your eyes peeled as the line-up will be revealed in the next few weeks.

Grainne Duffy performs at Ardhowen 25th April

Grainne Duffy performs at Ardhowen 25th April

The next few weeks sees a strong live music schedule with performers set to include home-grown singer-songwriter Grainne Duffy who is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. She is deeply influenced by the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and the Pretenders and this comes out in her original compositions she performs. She takes to the Ardhowen’s stage on 25 April and you can book your tickets here.

Derek Ryan comes to Enniskillen on 30th April

Derek Ryan comes to Enniskillen on 30th April

The following night the theatre plays host to The Legend of Luke Kelly, a tribute to the iconic singer from the Dubliners, sang by perhaps Ireland’s finest ballad voice Chris Kavanagh. A few days later on 30th April it’s Derek Ryan’s turn to take to the stage. Derek has recently become one of Ireland’s most popular Irish country music stars. Join the Carlow Man, formerly of boy band D-Side, as he belts out his back catalogue of hits which include ‘The Red, Yellow and Green’ and ‘100 Numbers’.

If music is not for you, then never fear, the Ardhowen has a great variety of different events in the listings that you can check out here on their website.

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Where am I: Revealed!

ardhowenPolo was out and about on a boat this week. He couldn’t contain his excitement and try as he might to hold it in, he sang The Lonely Islands and T-Pain’s song ‘I’m on a Boat’ repeatedly, the whole time. congratulations if you were able to spot that he stopped off at Enniskillen’s Ardhowen Theatre on his travels! Be sure to check back next week to see where he goes next!

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Where Am I? 14th April

ardhowen w PoloAfter his recent trip to Belfast Barge, Polo has developed a boat obsession. Here he is somewhere on Lough Erne. Can you guess which venue he visited on his travels? Comment with you answer below and be sure to check back on Wednesday to see if you guess was correct!

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Picking the Perfect Dress!

Next to choosing your partner, picking the dress is probably the most stressful decision a future-bride will have to make. For those who haven’t been put in the position of having to choose, they may be fooled into thinking it’s easy. It’s just a matter of selecting a white dress, putting it on on the day and walking up the aisle.

Nope. You’re wrong. There’s a lot more to it. What design do you want? What shape are you? What shade/tone of white do you want? Veil? Train? What colour do you select for your bridesmaids? How will this effect the decision you make on your own dress?

Will Anne subject her bridesmaids to any of these horrible dresses?

Will Anne subject her bridesmaids to any of these ghoulish gowns?

There is that age old myth that brides-to-be select the most horrible bridesmaids dresses for those standing at the altar next to them to make the bride look better. Horror stories of bridesmaids being forced into frumpy fuchsia monstrosities, lime-green leotard dresses, tangerine two-pieces. Never until it came to selecting her own dress did theses thoughts ever cross Anne Tartica’s mind. But now that she was put in these shoes (Oh God shoes! She’ll have to get shoes too!) Anne was becoming uncharacteristically a Bridezilla!

Anne has spent months traipsing back and forth to boutique after boutique, outlet mall to seamstresses homes and after what has seamed (see what I did there? I spelt it wrong to make a pun…tumbleweed…) an eternity she finally found a dress that she feels accentuates her finer features and she is ready to walk down the aisle and meet her husband in her stunning new attire. So here it is. What do you all think?

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Inside View: Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre

roe valley 2Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre opened in 2010 and is situated in the heart of Limavady. The centre acts as a flagship venue for the Limavady Borough Council and provides the local community with a diverse range of programmes ranging from the best in local and international talent across theatre, music, visual arts, heritage exhibitions and film.

The centre is comprised of the magnificent 221 seater Danny Boy auditorium which showcases various theatre shows and music concerts. There is also the O’Hampsey Dance Studio, three galleries which house a number of interesting visual arts pieces, as well as a number of workshop spaces, boardrooms and conference spaces for corporate events.

The centre also houses the tourist information centre for the local area and you can buy local craft, art and other trinkets in the gift shop.

roe valley 1On the 25th of April the centre will play host to the hilarious and popular Dirty Dancin’ in le Shebeen which tells the story of Maggie Muff who is back after a sell-out tour around the country with 50 Shades of Red White and Blue. This time Maggie is helping her friend Big Sally Ann plan her birthday party in the shebeen where Sally Ann wants to recreate the famous scene from Dirty Dancing. Join the two friends and a cast of other characters as they have the time of their lives. Tickets are available here and start from £13.

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Where am I: Revealed!

roe valley 2Earlier this week we asked you to guess where Polo was. For a change he was outside of Belfast.  Derry? Nope! Armagh? Nope! Dungannon? Not even close! Polo was in Limavady at Roe Valley Arts Centre! Ten points to anyone who managed to get the right answer! Check back next week for another Where Am I?

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