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We look forward to welcoming a number of new faces to our annual winter Festival. The immensely popular and completely unique event features a day of live music and song, book signings by local authors and a busy Christmas Market with activities for children, all accompanied by an all day café in the new Village Hall at Balkeerie on Saturday 20th November, 10 am – 4 pm.
ENKCA hall project manager Michael Ryan said, “We are absolutely delighted that the contractors expect to hand over our new hall in time to let us hold the festival in our own building on our own patch for the first time. There will be a lot of work putting our furnishings in place in time for the event but it will be a pleasure to see everything up and running on the day. “
“We are looking forward to a high standard of entertainment. Sandy Ingram and friends are joining us for the first time; John Tylor Thomson, author of "Drinking The Wind," who rode in the first Trans Scotland 200 miles Endurance Ride, is a new literary figure for us and the ever popular Jim Broon, our own multi talented musician and author brings a following where ever he appears. On the sales floor we have 22 stalls booked from returning favourites and new traders. We are very pleased to welcome Memus Community hall’s stall. We have had the benefit of their support in the past and there is great potential for the future when rural communities support each other’s efforts. “
The stalls in the gift fair include arts & crafts, foods, books, Christmas gifts, calendars, cards, CDs, jewellery, soaps, bags, scarves, candles, vintage items, woodcraft, hampers, toys and tombola and feature a high proportion of locally crafted goods. Youngest stallholder is 10 year old, Seonaid Durston, who is running a stall in aid of Children in Need, with a “Build a Bear" Pudsey prize, worth £24.50, bought with her own pocket money.
The festival promises a relaxed day out for any age or gender. Weary – or reluctant – shoppers can rest in the Café and enjoy tea, coffee, traybakes, filled rolls and soup and listen to – or participate in - the varied entertainment. Pocket money stalls and an activity zone for children will distract youngsters from their parents’ festive purchases.
Admission is free of charge.