Guest host Krissy Holmes steps in for Angela Antle this week, and offers these suggestions.
1. Writers at Woody Point Literary Festival is happening in Bonne Bay this weekend. This year, the literary event will have more events and more tickets available, two series of free readings, plus two free outdoor events produced in partnership with Parks Canada. The event will be hosted by CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers, host of The Next Chapter, a show about Canadian writing and writers. The Writers at Woody Point this year include Cathy Marie Buchanan, Chad Pelley, Will Ferguson, Des Walsh and Elisabeth de Mariaffi, and songwriters include Joel Plaskett, Duo Gelato and Pamela Morgan to name a few. Unless indicated otherwise, all events are $30.
2. The Annual Eastern Edge Art Marathon Festival has already started in St. John's. Expect to encounter pop-up exhibitions throughout the city this weekend, featuring everything from music to graffiti to interactive installations. Sean Martindale, a Toronto-based artist, will be launching his project Fencefront Views on the new harbor front fence in downtown St. John's. From 12:00 p.m. August 17 until 12:00 p.m. August 18th, the Art Marathon begins at 72 Harbour Drive. Over 60 artists making art live with five local bands and various pop-up performances throughout the day. Open to all ages. $5 admission during the day, $10 admission at night.
3. The Voices of Placentia Bay Festival is in the town square this weekend. The festival runs Saturday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Expect a full day of entertainment for the whole family. Upside Clown with Beni Malone will be performing at 2 p.m., and after that a busker and fire show. A full line-up of performers throughout the day, including Joy Norman, Tobias Pearson, and Emma and Jessica Duke. A real family-friendly affair, complete with concessions, psychic readings, food and a beer tent.
4. The Shakespeare by the Sea show at the St. John's Farmers Market this Saturday will be your last opportunity to see the show for this season. Their collection of comedic tragedies called "Shake it up" is suitable for all audiences, and where else can you eat butter chicken, mini doughnuts and watch a Shakespeare show all at the same time. Their last shows of the season are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.
5. Portugal Cove-St. Philip's is holding their annual End of Season Regatta this Saturday. The first race starts at 8 a.m. on the Portugal Cove Wharf next to the ferry terminal. The Regatta committee is inviting you to come out for a day of races, musical entertainment, and games. Shuttle service is provided from the three church parking lots in Portugal Cove. Parking on the wharf is limited so using the shuttle service is recommended.
And if your weekend extends to Monday …
6. Beyond the Backyard is a drop-in program aimed at preschoolers and primary school-age kids at the MUN Botanical Garden on weekdays at 10:30 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., there's a Nature Hike for kids of the same age. Soon enough, the kids will be back to school, and unavailable to help lollygag the afternoon away, so why not take them on a family field trip to the Botanical Gardens while they're still free? Clear your afternoon and bring your picnic snacks for a day of outdoor fun with the kids.