Open day for Stewartstown

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A CELEBRATION of culture, The European Heritage Open Days 2013 (EHOD), is due to take place this weekend (September 14 and 15).

Supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency the events held at over 400 properties will showcase Northern Ireland’s buildings, monuments, landscapes and artefacts.

The Rickyard Theatre at Stuart Hall, near Stewartstown, has been selected to participate in the EHOD weekend. Recently developed as a unique location to hold community events, Stuart Hall is situated in the beautiful gentle rolling countryside.

Leading the musical events at the weekend will be the Tamlaghtmore Band as well as talented trad group, cÓiriÚ. On Saturday afternoon Cookstown Folk Club, resident group at the Burnavon, Cookstown, who recently played at the Fleadh Cheoil in Londonderry, will also take the stage.

In addition to the musical programme there will be three signposted trail walks around the lovely established woodlands which consist of fine hardwood trees, pines and spruce and ornamental parkland trees in the grounds.

Those who just want to sit, relax and listen there will be Talk on the History of Stuart Hall, followed by a Q&A session in the 18th century chapel (Saturday 12.30pm and 4.30pm and Sunday 3.30pm). There will be an opportunity to purchase back-number copies of The Bell, published by the Stewartstown Historical Society.

Thanks to the primary schools of Ballytrea, St Mary’s and Stewartstown, a children’s art exhibition will be held in the chapel throughout the Open Days. Opening hours are: Saturday noon until 5pm and Sunday from 2.30pm until 5pm.