Tuesday, 30 May 2017

13th Annual Cornerstone Carnival 16-18 June

Major Art Exhibitions for Carnival weekend

The Carnival opens on Friday 16th June, and an interesting highlight all day on the Friday, June 16, will be an exhibition of high quality artwork at Cappoquin library all day, and on Saturday June 17 also. The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council in association with Cappoquin Heritage Group is pleased to present 'Selected Works from the Waterford Art Collection', as part of the Cappoquin Carnival weekend in Cappoquin Library, Co. Waterford. This is a Waterford Rural Arts Network Initiative. Admission is free and we will confirm exact opening times next week. With thanks to the Arts & Library Service of Waterford City & County Council.
The Carnival committee members are also delighted to confirm that internationally renowned local artist, Arthur Maderson, will open the doors of Derriheen House from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday, June 17 for visitors to come and see his latest works. As usual, Arthur draws his inspiration from the French countryside and daily market scenes, but also very much from this locality, so visitors will undoubtedly enjoy his unique depictions of the South of France side by side with scenes from West Waterford, including Glenshelane and Tallow Horsefair. Our sincere thanks to Arthur, Verlayne and family for this wonderful opportunity for art lovers. This picture is one of Arthur's, depicting a Tallow Horse Fair scene which he has called 'Small Talk'

Evening of Friday June 16
From 7.00 PM on Friday, the main action centres on Mill Street and the Twig Bog Carpark. The change of location this year has been decided upon due to the combined challenges posed by traffic congestion at the Square and the one-way system. At Twigbog, the highlights will include DJ Michael O'Rourke, face painting by Ciara and some balloon magic courtesy of Laura McNamara. At the same time, there will be an exhibition of primary pupils' art at the community centre, themed around 'Carnival'. This art competition will be judged by local artist Arthur Maderson and it's great to have the use of the centre for this new event in the Carnival.

From 7.30 onwards, the Dromana Five race will begin to arrive at its new finishing line on Mill Street, under the auspices of West Waterford Athletic Club, with a lot of local stewards giving their usual time to ensure it all goes smoothly. The revelry will continue late in a number of hostelries around town, have no doubt, with details to be confirmed.

Saturday June 17

Apart from the two major art exhibitions already mentioned. the main action on Saturday will focus on the GAA field. A family fun day will run from 1 until 4 pm, featuring various cuisine and craft stall holders, bouncy castle, lots of children's races, tug-o-war and novelty events, plus a few for the 'big' children too. A special demonstration by local emergency services personnel is also being organised, and a few more events are currently being finalised. Tony (Magic) O'Donnell will be our MC for the afternoon. Our sincere thanks to Affane-Cappoquin GAA Club for its ongoing support here.

At 8 30 pm on Saturday, the now legendary Castle Street Cascade will take place, with close to 1,000 bouncy balls being released from a JCB at the top of Castle Street, to be caught and collected by a horde of kids at the bottom. We noticed a somewhat new trend last year, of grandparents getting in on the act, and can reassure everyone this year that age will be no barrier to participation here - if you can catch the ball, it's yours. Later, on Saturday night, the local Macra will host another madcap fundraiser for charity at the Central Bar.
Sunday June 18

With the Waterford hurlers taking on Cork at Semple Stadium around 4 PM, the Sunday events on the Carnival programme will be concentrated on earlier in the day. The artistic theme continues, with a painting class hosted by Andrea Jameson at Tourin House - more details to be confirmed. Brendan Kiely will lead his thirteenth historic walk of a section of the town, starting from the Square at 12.15 PM. We are also delighted to welcome the Rowing Club to this year's programme, and a regatta of scratch races and kayaking will be held also on Sunday morning. Again, the time will be confirmed in due course.

Our main fundraising activity for the Carnival is the Castle Street Cascade, and our ball sellers will be in operation during the weekend before the Carnival and in the days leading up to it. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Our thanks also to our regular sponsors, Lismore Cappoquin Credit Union, whose financial assistance is invaluable in helping to keep the event in operation.