|30 April, 2009|
|The Ballyduff Active Retirement Group will be holding a joint Alzheimer's Tea Party and Art and Craft Exhibition combined as one event, which will take place this Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May. Refreshments will be offered to everyone coming, and they will have the opportunity to make a contribution towards the work of the Alzheimer's Association.|
The Art and Craft Exhibition is Ballyduff's contribution to the national festival of Bealtaine. The traditional Irish festival has been adopted as a celebration of creativity in older people, and all over the country groups like Active Retirement are organizing events, such as story-telling, drama performances, writing workshops, poetry readings, and dance and music sessions.
The Ballyduff group are delighted that their local event will be opened this year by Mr Jimmy Deenihan T.D., who has been very strong in his support of the arts all over Kerry. The exhibition will include paintings by members of the group, who recently attended a course of painting classes led by Mary Allen, a talented local artist. Other items featured will include work arising from the many hobbies, interests, and rural handicrafts practiced by the members. These include baking, flower arranging, embroidery and knitting.
Another feature of interest is the fact this event is the first major one to take-place in the newly re-furbished and extended Family Resource Centre, known locally as "Buds", and will be an opportunity for everyone to view the wonderful resources, now available to the village through this project.
The event will run right through from 2.00 pm in the afternoon to 9.00 pm in the evening, and will include music by Stevie Dunigan, who is a well-known local musician with a great following in the locality. Stevie will play from 6.00 to 8.30 pm and anyone wishing to dance is welcome to do so. Everyone is welcome to visit on the day, and the members of the Ballyduff Active Retirement Group look forward to meeting you and giving you a wonderful time.