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5. Small News
Dartmouth has just witnessed the
best Music Festival ever! With over 110 performances
covering everything from classical to rock, and everything
in-between, there was never a dull moment. As usual it was
impossible see everything we wanted, but we had a good time as
these photos show. There were many moving moments from 59
Ford's rendering of The Shadows Guitar Tango to Glorious Chorus
all dressed in red. How many performers did you see?
Dartmouth dot TV would like to especially thank The Royal
Castle, Browns, and Wildfire for their exceptional hospitality
and taste in music. Music Festival marks the start of
summer for Dartmouth, and what a start!
This Friday 23rd May will see nine galleries having an open
evening starting at 6:00pm, although we suggest you come at
With wine and nibbles, and more art than you can throw a
stick at, this will give you the opportunity to buy some new
pieces to replace any tired old 1984 prints you may still
Buying modern art is satisfying and every time you walk into
the room it will fill you with joy.
Coombe Gallery will be holding a limited group
exhibition exploring the human form and our sense of
identity in the current digital age. The exhibition
will open on Dartmouth Galleries night, 23rd May
2008, along with the other galleries in the town and
will finish on 24th June 2008. Whilst some of
the artists will be concentrating on portraying the
human form purely as a subject matter in its own
right, other artists will be making sense of our
Trish Tomas will be showing her "Water Colours"
collection of hand made jewellery. Throughout
the world, the making of beads has been a
highly-valued skill since ancient times. Techniques
invented by the Egyptians and Romans are still in
use today and, for centuries, many have remained
closely-guarded secrets. But it's not only beads you
Simon Drew will be exhibiting his own inimitable
work with guest artist David Clevery who moved to
Devon 28 years ago and started making pottery at
Haytown. Here he first made a range of brown
domestic earthenware with modelled sprigging. David
began making larger figures in 1992. Now the figures
have taken over almost completely, with a
proliferation of historical and mythological
characters and their creatures.
Contemporary art gallery Baxters in Foss Street has
just launched a bright, new and funky website
showing the wide range of artists, including local
artist Simon Hart,
click here to
visit. Baxters was established in July 2006
when Sarah Duggan took over Hartworks. After
too many years of saying "one day I'll own a
gallery", Sarah decided that Dartmouth and Baxters
would be where she would enjoy life and her passion
for the arts. The gallery has a wide range of
affordable art ranging in price from £20 to £2000
and the Devon and Cornwall coastline is captured by
many of the artists. Other work reflects a
subtle sense of humour of the quirkiness of animal
life as shown here.
To see all our art galleries
click here, and why not
come down for a few days?
A pair of wild Canada
Geese flew into Woodlands two months ago and have decided
it’s the best place to set up home and start a family. There
is a beautiful, quiet and secluded lake at the bottom of the
80 acre park which is earmarked as a conservation area where
wildflowers proliferate; do the geese choose that lake? No!
they prefer all the fun of the Bumper Boat pond where the
brightly coloured boats bump around the pond next to the
massive Sea Dragon Swing Ship.
The four goslings are quite convinced they are the main
attraction for the visitors, although the Oxford Sandy
Berkshire piglets just born are so cute that children can be
seen running from one to the other in delight, all the rides
and playzones taking second place.
Click here to visit their
"penguin blog" hits cyberspace
Politicians are doing
it, pop stars are doing it - and now penguins are doing it.
Everyone, it seems, is
Ping the African penguin is the first penguin to enter the
blogosphere. Ping is penning regular updates about
life, love and the pursuit of fish from his pad at Living
Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo. His thoughts are being
posted regularly on the charity’s newly re-launched web
click here to read
the blog. Life’s a beach on the English Riviera. Ping
spends much of his time on his own private beach or in the
pool, hanging out with friends, eating fresh local fish and
being waited on hand and webbed foot by his keepers.
Occasionally, he and the other penguins go for a walk around
their waterside home to mingle with the tourists.
Fame runs in the family, as Ping’s grandmother is Pat, who
made national news earlier in the year when she celebrated
her 30th birthday as the world’s youngest great grandmother.
Ping’s parents are Olive and Fergus, both well known
characters around Living Coasts. Ping is cheeky,
inquisitive and confident. Hatched on 25th August, at two he
is now a young adult. He hangs out with the juvenile
penguins – including female Poppet and males Shadow and Pip
- and has not quite managed to move out of his parents’
place yet, but he is now looking for romance.
Living Coasts is big and
modern, the Dartmouth dot TV crew visit every year!
You don't need children and it is always a great day out.
5. Small News
English Wine Week. From the
24th May – 1st June Sharpham Vineyard will be
celebrating English Wine Week with eight other Devon
vineyards. Each vineyard will be offering tours and
tastings and fun packed
click here to find out
more. Now in its 3rd year, the Devon Vineyards
together a unique trail guide. Visitors can now
experience a truly educational visit, both in the
vineyards and the wineries, at Devon’s top vineyards.
Of course, you must include our local vineyard, Sharpham,
visit them now by
We just couldn't resist these two
burgers on Music Festival Friday from the
click here to see why we liked it so much?
Beyond the exquisite beer was the beautiful river and
the brightly lit Higher Ferry.
time to book your holiday
in Dartmouth now?
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Cawley, & others.
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