The Front Page – 31st May

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The Front Page – 31st May

 

On the Front Page this month:

  • a busy start to the season,
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • our postman retires.

 

 

Busy start to the season

 

On Colonsay the season starts with Easter, and this year the weather was fair and and there was as a lot going on, including Easter Egg hunting.  Read more in the Corncrake post on Easter: Easter on Colonsay and Alastair Scouller’s fine piece on the Easter church service: Chocolate eggs in church.  Easter was ...

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Spring Festival – the first half

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Colonsay’s Spring Festival, which centres on the creative arts and nature, began as the Book Festival closed its doors on the last weekend in April, with the Old Waiting Room gallery opening its doors to a joint exhibition by renowned artists Alasdair and Andrew McMorrine. The exhibition of the brothers McMorrine included a diverse collection of works in various media.  Oil and watercolours alongside pen and ink washes depicting scenes from Colonsay and other Hebridean islands.  Amongst the varied array ...

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Colonsay Book Festival 2017

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As the doors closed on the 6th Annual Colonsay Book Festival on the last Sunday in April, it marked the end of another successful chapter in life of what has become one of Scotland’s literary treasures. At the same time it was a poignant moment because, as Dilly Emslie, at the helm since the Festival’s inception, closed the festival she also stepped down as its Director. Once again Dilly led her hard working festival committee to produce an outstanding event ...

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Easter on Colonsay

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Eastertide and the island throws off its Winter weeds, welcomes regular and new visitors, and sees the year’s first flush of social sporting events, set of course in the context of its religious festival.  For the outdoor events the weather was seasonally mixed, with showers on Saturday giving way, before the weekend ended, to a flourish of warm sun, well suited for basking.

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Chocolate Eggs in Church by Alastair Scouller

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Easter is not really for the children …

So runs the second verse of a poem by Steve Turner, comparing the two great Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter. And this year, in the parish church at Scalasaig, Colonsay appeared to have got the message. Not a wean in sight! Which was a pity, because the visiting minister, Rev. Mitchell Bunting, known to his friends as ‘Bungie’, had turned up early and secreted chocolate eggs around the ...

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