Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Carnival This Weekend, June 16-18
Friday Night Action
While all the fliers and posters are in circulation at this stage, we'd to remind people that the wonderful exhibition of paintings from the Waterford Council Art exhibition will open specially at Cappoquin Library, from 1 - 5 PM on Friday, and again from 11 to 4 on Saturday during the Cornerstone Carnival. These pictures are really worth seeing and entry is, as always, free.
The evening events on Friday are all moving to Twigbog this year, for safety and traffic reasons. Along with the music, the face painting and baloon trickery at the Twigbog car park, the Dromana Five run will finish there too. This means the runners will come in the road past the GAA field, turn left onto Mill Stret and travel along it until turnign down to finish in the centre of the car park. Naturally, in the interests of safety, there will be some traffic restrictions in the Twigbog area for part of the evening, and we thank residents for their cooperation with this 'necessary evil'. The exhibition of primary school artworks will be staged in the Community Centre at the same time, with proceedigns starting from 7 PM.
Saturday
The art theme continues on Saturday, with the much-anticipated open house at Maderson's running from 1 - 4 PM, again with free admission to come and view the latest works by Arthur before they head for galleries and homes around the globe. Patrons should park at the GAA field entrance and will be guided at the entrance to Derriheen House by our stewards.
At the GAA field, stallholders for the country market will be setting up for a 1 PM start, while registration for the dog show will be from 12 pm in the field. The dog show prizes are sponsored this year by Kelleher's Super Valu. There will be four categories: Big, Medium and Small Breeds as well as Best Groomed.
Among the other fun and games at the Field, there will be a major novelty tug-o-war event this year, a unique hurling skills event and what we can justifiably call a Cappoquin's Fittest Family event. These all kick off at 1 PM, punctuated by a dramatic demonstration by the local fire and emergency services around 3 PM. A huge thanks to the GAA club, not least to Noel Landers, for their support with the programme.
On Saturday evening, the Castle Street Cascade will again stop the traffic in the town centre, as close to 600 bouncy balls make their way from John Cahill's JCB down to the Cornerstone, to be caught by the local kids. This is our main fundraiser for the Carnival, and now is a good oportunity to say a huge thanks to the hundreds of people who bought lines over the past week, and the dozens of sellers. We appreciate all our sponsors, the main one being the Credit Union, but we value every single €2 received, rest assured.
The Macra mayhem, another charity fundraiser, goes on at the Central Bar later on Saturday night.
Sunday

The main Carnival event on Sunday will be a mini-regatta of scratch races and kayaking organised by the Rowing Club, from 10 AM. Slightly more leisurely pursuits are also on offer, with Andrea Jameson providing a painting class for all-comers at Tourin House from 10.30, and back in Cappoquin the inimitable Brendan Kiely will lead his 13th annual historical walk to another 'hidden' section of Cappoquin, starting at 12.15.