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Art In The Park

9 Oct 2014

We're nearly at the end of this year's Haddo Arts Festival, but there's still plenty of music and art on show over the new couple of days!

Tonight we're getting the hall ready for a cabaret jazz night with Alison Burns and Trio Red. On Saturday there's an afternoon recital from the students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and an evning performance of piano music on the Steinway grand with world-renowned pianst Cristina Ortiz. The arts festival then comes to a close on Sunday evening with a programme of chamber music from the Royal Scottish National Opera Octet.

There are still a few tickets available for performances, check haddoartsfestival.org.uk for booking details. 

If you're visiting over the weekend, then make sure you don't miss the exhibition of Scottish landscape paintings by Collieston artist Paul Ritchie in the Peatyards. The exhibition is open from 10.30am and during performances. Entrance is free, although many of the paintings are for sale so you may be tempted to splash out! You can also see Sally McPherson's photography in the Mobil Room during performances. 

Wild Weather

Once again we've been hit quite badly by very strong winds early in the week and one of our mature beech trees by the lake has come down, along with some big branches throughout the park.  

We're seeing lots of Red squirrels are everywhere, busy collecting beechmast and nuts for their winter food caches. They're quite fearless at the time of year and very easy to spot, they also have a tendency to dash out in front of cars, so please drive carefully on your way in.

Out on the lake, the Canada Geese have mostly disappeared, and instead we've got around three hundred Greylag Geese, lots of Tufted Duck, several Goosander, two families of Little Grebe and one slightly lost Pink-footed Goose. 

Trip Back In Time

Lots coming up at Haddo in the next week or so, even once the Arts Festival is over.

On Thrsday 16th we've got our rescheduled Prehistory Evening led by the Aberdeenshire Ranger Service. You'll get to see some of the fascinating prehistoric objects held by Aberdeenshire Council’s Museum Service, then out into the dark for a taste of life in those far-off times; no ‘electrickery’ at all - just stories around a fire in the woods. No need to book in advance, but if you want more information or to reserve a place then contact the Formartine Ranger on 01358 726417/ 07786 021780 or e-mail formartine.ranger@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Then next Saturday morning at 9.30am we've got a morning out with Steve Willis from Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels- hopefully getting some good views of our own squirrels in the park. You can also find out about how to attract red squirrels to your garden, and how to spot the signs of them in your neighbourhood. 

We've also got the return of our free dog training classes- led by professional dog trainer Jenny from Malibears. The first class is on Saturday 18th October starting at 2pm in the dog park. 

For  more information on either of these events email haddo@visithaddo.com or give us a call on 01651 851041.