Consider your WEEKEND PLANS sorted with one or more of these GLOSSY ACTIVITIES to keep you busy …
WHERE: We’re heading north to take in the art exclusive Drawn from Life: People on Paper exhibition at the prestigious F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio. The exhibition is a collection of figurative drawings featuring some of the world’s greatest artists including George Fullard and Frank Auerbach. Supported by the Arts Council Collection in London, this is the first time the collection has come to Ireland. From Gwen John’s delicate lines to the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman, visitors can also view works by David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Lucien Freud. The gallery has a lovely in-house café while next door is an Outlet Centre – top picks include LK Bennett and Jaegar for scoring bargains. www.femcwilliam.com.
WHY: Getting out in the fresh air and enjoying spring at Turlough Park in Castlebar, Co Mayo. The gardens, woodland and parkland of Turlough Park House are now in full bloom and there is plenty to explore in the grounds and walkways, making this an ideal spring activity for all of the family. While you’re there discover the Museum of Country Life and take part in one of their ongoing creative workshops. They are hosting a fun one-hour workshop on jewellery design with a Viking theme, on Friday, February 17, from 2pm to 3pm. Participants will learn about the famous Cushalogurt hoard of Viking silver jewellery, on temporary display at the Museum, and will then be able to have a go at designing and making their own bracelets with artist Lisa Fahy of Studio C. Registration is free but booking is essential. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: We’re booking ahead for a place on Ely Wine Bar’s next wine appreciation course, beginning on February 28. Whether you’re an oenophile, connoisseur or simply a grape nut – learning more about wine from award-winning sommelier and Ely’s wine manager Ian Brosnan, in such a relaxed sociable way is bound to be enjoyable. The four-week course takes place in the beautifully restored wine vaults at Ely Bar & Brasserie and each two-hour class is accompanied by supper. Informative background and tasting notes are provided on the evening, as well as tasting sheets and a loose-leaf binder for you to keep a journal of your wine experiences. This course is part of a regular series of wine tastings and classes focusing on particular regions, grapes or producers. Starting on February 28 and running over March 14 and 21, the course costs €220 per person. For further information: www.elywinebar.ie, 22 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
WHO: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin – who doesn’t like a bit of swing? We’ll be getting ready for a night out at the National Concert Hall this evening (Thursday 16) to see the Legends of Swing concert by Connor McKeon and his band. In aid of 3Ts – Turn the Tide of Suicide – tickets are from €15. More highbrow is Madama Butterfly by Puccini (from Saturday 18 – Tuesday 21) performed by Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee and English tenor Julian Hubbard. This is guaranteed to be an elegant, atmospheric production and an emotional presentation by Ireland’s own Lyric Opera. For further information www.nch.ie.
WHAT: Having a manicure at Neelu’s Beauty Salon. The salon uses Nailberry polish – a brand renowned for its organic, chemical free and non-toxic ingredients. Featuring breakthrough oxygen resin-complex with advanced oxygen technology, Nailberry polish allows air to pass through the polish, resulting in healthier nails. Now that it’s officially spring it’s also time for us to embrace the new season’s colours – punchy pastels in hot pink, rose quartz and baby blue. Neelu’s new salon is located on 25 Liffey Street Upper, Dublin 1, call 01 2806742 or 01 8788132 to book an appointment.
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