TRAOUAIR IS FAIR
An essential date in the Borders’ calendar since the early 1970s, the Traquair Fair initially promoted local craits, but by 1986 had grown so large - 9000 turned up to see lt.d.lang amongst others—that a halt had to be called. Since 1990, a more theatrical and acoustic-music- orientated, but no less subdued version oi the fair has been delighting those who make it to the picturesque village oi Innerleithen.
This year over 25 different acts will be taking part. Lip Service will be pertorming their Withering Looks (an insight into the lives oi the Bronte sisters) in the Theatre Tent. Also in the tent will be The Hairy Marys, Pete Wear, and the Inside Out Theatre Company. while The Buttermountain Boys and Robin Williamson are among the acoustic musicians braving the elements with Bio Na Gael on the Little Music Stage among the apple trees of the walled garden.
Dancing, singing and storytelling will be in the courtyard and the kids' Theatre Tent will include a host oi clowns, the ubiquitous Mr Boom and the Edinburgh Puppet Company. Anyone else who can’t find a stage, and that includes clowns, comics, lire-eaters and jugglers, will be buttonholing visitors as they wander the grounds.
Once inside, all entertainments are tree, but don’t torget some cash ior the cralts and a bottle or six of the heady Traquair Ale. Food will be on sale, but
g. . . . but sometimes it rains. A new poem Ior John lieolev.
a back up supply of sarnies could be an advantage ii the queues are long. Sadly, the house, the oldest inhabited building in Scotland, is showing its years, and structural failures in a gable-end wall are necessitating repairs totalling £200,000. The bespectacled deadpan comic John Hegley will be providing a cabaret with the Kevin McKenzie Quartet on Saturday night in aid of the restoration iund.(Thom Dibdin)
See Listing for ticket details.
This section covers events not included elsewhere in the magazine. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact telephone number tor our information. Open Listings compiled by Thom Dibdin.
I FESTIVAL OF WHEELS Sat l/Sun 2 IOam—9pm/10am—6pm. SECC. £4 (kids: £2.50). Brrrrrrrmmmmm: forty gallons to the mile gas guzzlers in pink and burgundy, daredevil motorbike stunts and customised Ford Populars rub shoulders with the latest in cycling.
I CANAL SAFARI Sun 2 noon, 2pm and 4pm. Firhill Basin. Forth and Clyde Canal. 041 33291 15. Free. Wildlife canoe trail along the canal. Limited places. so arrive early.
I POLLOK'S NATURAL NIGHT LIFE Sun 2. 9.30pm. Country Ranger Centre. Pollok Country Park. 041 632 9299. Free. Who knows what will be out and about in the park tonight? Owls, foxes and toads are all possible. Bring a torch!
I CLEAN UP THE FORTH AND CLYDE Mon 3 and Mon 10, 7.30pm. Maryhill Locks. behind the Whitehouse Pub. 041 332 9115. Free. All welcome to help clean up the canal with the Forth and Clyde Community Project.
I TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC Sun 9. 2pm. Maryhill Locks. Forth and Clyde Canal. 04] 332 9115. If you go down to the canal today . . . don't forget Pooh Bear as he’ll want in on this fun day out with music. boat rides, games and prizes.
I DENIZENS OF THE DEEP Sun 9. 2pm. Country Ranger Centre. Pollok Country Park. 041 632 9299. Free. Another pond dip at the park. Bring your wellies and be prepared to tread lightly. as the toadlets should be ready to leave the water.
I GLASGOW CYCLING CAMPAIGN Thurs 13. 7.30pm. 53 Cochrane Street. 041 337 2871. Free. Monthly meeting for those interested in making Glasgow safer for cyclists.
I DEMOCRACY FOR SCOTLAND 24 hours a day, every day. The Parliament Building. Regent Terrace. Permanent vigil by the non-party political campaign for a referendum on the establishment of a Scottish Parliament. All welcome.
I FLEAMARKET Fri 3 l/Sat 1 and weekly, noon-6le 1am—5pm. The Centre, 103 Broughton Street. 031 557 0718. Free. Clothing, books. trinkets, household goods and most excellent food.
I ANTIQUE FAIR Sat 1, 10am—4pm. Assembly Rooms, George Street. 031 220
I THE HERMITAGE THROUGH THE AGES Sun 2. 2pm. Hermitage of Braid. Braid Road. Free. but contact 031 447 7145 to book a place. Guided walk through the Hermitage.
I 21 GUN SALUTE Tue 4. noon. Edinburgh Castle. Don‘t fall offthe parapet! It‘s only HM the Queen Mother‘s birthday.
I EVENING FLEURTATION Fri 7. 7pm. Cammo Park. Cammo Road Gates. Free. but contact 031 447 7145 to book a place. Evening stroll through Cammo park.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES
I TRAOUAIR FAIR Sat l/Sun 2. 11am—6pm. Traquair House. Innerleithen. Peeblesshire. 0896 830 323. £7.50 (£6.50 in advance); Child/Concessions £4; families £15. Cabaret tickets£10 (£7.50 in advance). Lowland Scottish bus number 62 from St Andrews Square leaves at half
past the hour on Sat. returning at quarter to the hour. On Sunday the first bus is at 10.35am. then every two hours. Last bus back is at 7.45pm. See panel.
I OPEN SUMMER RETREAT Sat l—Sat 15. Skirling House. near Biggar. Contact Glasgow Buddhist Centre. 041 333 0524. £130 (£100 low income. £70 unemployed) per week. Get away from it all for one week or two. with a full residential course of meditation. No experience needed.
I AT THE ROYAL COURT OF MARY STUART Sat 1/Sun 2 and weekly. 2.15pm. 3.15pm and 4.15pm. Linlithgow Palace. £1.50 (60p). The Linlithgow players bringthe ancient walls to life with re-enactments of Mary Stuart‘s return to herpalar‘e of pleasatmre.
I A CELEBRATION OF MARY STUART Sat 8. 7.30pm. Linlithgow Palace. 0506 844600. £7.50. Scotland's most romantic and tragic monarch remembered in theatre. song and a feast.
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‘CELEBRATION OF MARY STUART
Saturdays 8th - 15th - 22nd August 1992 The year 1992 marks the 45(lh anniversary of the birth of Mary Stuart, Queen of France, Queen of Scotland and Pretender to the English throne. What more fitting tribute to Scotland's most romantic and tragic monarch than to celebrate her life in theatre, song and feast in the place of her birth, Linlithgow Palace? Linlithgow Trust have endeavoured to create a tapestry of music, dancing, tableaux, to recreate the story of the fairest of the Stewart line.
Performance 7 30pm. Tickets £7 .50 include wine and savourias.
AT THE ROYAL COURT OF MARY STUART
Saturday and Sunday afternoons 18th July to 30th August On Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 18th July to 30h August, Linlithgow Players re-enact the return of Mary Stuart to her birthplace, the Palace of Linlithgow from her early life at the Court of France. Combine your visit to Linlithgow Palace with the opportunity to see its ancient walls brought alive by the colourful splendour of Mary and her Court. Performance at 2.15, 3.15 and 4.14pm. No charge for performance - normal Palace admission charges only.
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING FOR ALL
Wednesday evenings through August 1992 Come along and enjoy dancing in the unique environment of Linlithgow Palace's courtyard. Dance to the strains of live music around James V's beautifully-carved stone fountain. Young or old, experienced or not - fun for all! 5th and 12th August in Palace, 7.15pm, 19!}: and 26th August in Burgh Halls, 7.30pm. Tickets at door an evening priced Q & concasions include tea and biscuits.
QUEEN OF HEARTS
Sunday 6th September at 2.30pm and 730pm "Queen of Hearts", a one-character play about the vivacious yet unfortunate Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen. sister of Charles I, will be performed in Linlithgow Palace. Tickets [.350
Tickets and further information phone Forth Valley Tourist Board
0506 844600 or The Secretary, 0506 842498
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