Auchmithie Heritage and Arts Festival weekend

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Heritage Auchmithie Arts Residents (HAAR) have outlined the programme for this year’s summer festival held on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21.

This year the biennial events of the Open Doors Arts Festival and historic re-enactments will combine over the same weekend. On Saturday 11am-5pm (Heritage and Arts Festival) and Sunday 12 noon-5pm (Arts Festival).

On Saturday only, the 18th century fisher folk, desperate to see the erection of a village hall, will be found locked in combat with the Earl of South Esk over the controversial method of fund-raising.

Despite his opposition of the project you will see the fisher folks’ efforts to ‘negotiate’ a resolution with the Earl through the flamboyant Mrs Annie Gilruth!

On Saturday and Sunday, 15 venues will become temporary art galleries to exhibit a range of unique art work to suit every taste. Ancient fishing cottages, farm steadings and the old school will open their doors to welcome visitors. The quirkiness of these properties, with the striking backdrop of the sea and cliffs, has made this a ‘not to be missed’ event, with many visitors coming back every year.

As one visitor said: “Coming to Auchmithie is like taking a step back in time. We love seeing the fishing folk coming to life and enjoy such a warm welcome wandering from cottage to cottage and all in a beautiful setting.”

Events start at 11am on Saturday with re-enactments of the original grand opening of the village hall in 1888 and the opening of the festival.

The re-enactments continue at noon in the church telling the real story behind the building of the village hall using original letters and correspondence. The action then heads off round the village over the course of the afternoon and finishes off with the traditional fisher weddin’.

All the art venues will be open. The Muckle Backit Pizza Oven and the Soup Kitchen Van will offer tasty snacks for sale.

The Art Festival open their doors again on Sunday at 12 noon. The Festival closes on both days at 5pm. On Saturday and Sunday the very popular Auchmithie Archive will be available in the church and the village hall tea room will offer light refreshments. The event is free including family fun and games in the church grounds and there is ample parking available.

There are also regular bus services from Arbroath Bus Station.

Mrs Gilruth, Eckie Dunder, Big Maggie and all their pals will be delighted to greet all visitors, so take the family and be assured of a warm Auchmithie welcome.