PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events taking place this weekend …
WHAT: We’ll be checking out the new Stone Step Gallery, 45 Booterstown Avenue which represents a small number of artists and photographers. One of these is our very own contributing photographer Doreen Kilfeather, who is exhibiting some narrative portraits of children from a shoot “Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft.” Kilfeather’s inspiration is fascinating – and dates to 1953 when the International Flying Saucer Bureau sent a bulletin to its members urging them to participate in an experiment sending out a collective telepathic message to visitors from outer space. To learn more about this venture, do visit – the exhibition runs until end of January. www.stonestepgallery.com.
WHY: Isabelle’s is a new dining destination on South Anne Street which is begging to be tried out. Oak clad walls, locally-crafted furniture, artworks by Clare Ormerod from IMMA and Kerlin Gallery and a show kitchen are the décor highlights, while the menu has been created by head chefs Barra Hurley and Stephen Ryan. They have emphasised seasonality on the menu with seafood featuring prominently, as well as woodfired pizzas. Decadent desserts and a Christmassy cocktail list are optional extras. www.isabelles.ie.
WHEN: We’ll be looking for present inspiration at Gifted – the craft and design fair at the RDS on now until Dec 9. In addition to 500 makers under one roof, there’s The Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium at which to indulge the tastebuds. www.giftedfair.ie.
There are several workshops we want to sign up for this weekend. Firstly, a Christmas card printing workshop led by artist Janine Davidson will be held on Saturday 8 at the Hugh Lane Gallery www.hughlane.ie.
Also running across two weekends is the Dublin Flea Christmas market at The Point Square – where over 280 artists and designers including Kathryn Davey (natural dyed linens), Kirk Modern (mid-century furniture) and Dublin Herbalists (natural skincare) will be participating.
Finally, there’s a festive floral workshop in Ballynahinch Castle Hotel led by Mark Grehan of The Garden in Powerscourt on Saturday December 8. Mark will lead guests on a foraged walk in the morning to gather foliage, prior to turning them into decorations. The four-hour floral workshop is priced at €85pp including afternoon tea. To book your place for this seasonal offer, call +353 95 31006 or visit www.ballynahinch-castle.com.
AND … The new immersive Roe & Cosy Terrace at Sophie’s at The Dean is officially open and includes a roaring fire, blankets, hot water bottles winter-inspired drinks and a lovely menu. Think Belgian waffles, smores, Nutella calzones and more. Open every day from 5pm bookings can be made at www.sophies.ie or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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