WAM Picks: Doors Open Days, a super plant sale and all-day wine tasting

Every weekend, WAM and host Angela Antle bring you some of the very best weekend events and happenings on the Avalon.


Classical Music to Soothe the Homesick Student – Soprano Jane Leibel, pianist Maureen Volk and clarinetist Christine Carter will explore homesickness, alienation and longing – in the music of Schumann, Wolf, and arrangements of Newfoundland folk songs by D.F. Cook. Appropriately, all this glorious music will take place in the D.F. Cook Recital Hall, beginning at 8 p.m.

Work on Your Dance Steps – There’s a salsa party at The Rockhouse, with DJ's Judy D & Tamara. Learn the steps to salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata and reggaeton. Beginner's lessons begin at 9:30 p.m.

Wooden Boat Conference in Petty Harbour – There’s a fishing skills workshop in Bidgood’s Cove at 11 a.m.; Boats in the Harbour at 2 p.m.; and the strong possibility a kitchen party might break out in the evening at the Community Centre.


12th Annual Doors Open Days – The Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust unlocks the doors to many of the city’s historic, culturally significant and interesting buildings. The event is FREE, and is a great excuse to have a good twack around. Follow @DoorsopenNL on Twitter for updates.

Harvest-palooza – The St. John’s Farmers’ Market is in full swing with 60 vendors and delish food from The Jewish Deli; plus Thai, Turkish, Brazilian, Indian and African food. As well, In Your Face Ice Cream and sinful breakfast delights from The Waffle Lady will also be there. Take in yoga, music, comedy, hula-hooping, crafts and salsa. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Super Plant SaleThe MUN Botanical Garden’s friends have the best heathers and perennials in St. John's, as well as some rare rhododendrons. All proceeds raised help support the botanical garden, a non-profit organization. They're located at 306 Mount Scio Rd. Get there early! 10 a.m. – noon.

A piece entitled 'Summer Caribou' by Ray Mackie and Deb Kuzyk is part of an exhibit at the Craft Council. (Lucky Rabbit Pottery)
Caribous at the Craft Council – A group show called 'The Spirit of the Caribou,' featuring work inspired by ol' rangifer tarandus. You'll also see unique jewellery in the Annex Gallery from Pamela Ritchie. The opening reception starts at 2 p.m. in the Craft Council Gallery, on the second floor of Devon House in St. John's.

Classical Music at The Cape – Join the Atlantic String Trio, Tanglecove and the incredible classical guitarists Sylvie Proulx & MarijnCompanjen at the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series finale at the Interpretation Centre. The show gets underway at 8 p.m.

Recitations in English Harbour – "Half the Lies You Tell are Not True!" features Chris Brookes, Hubert Furey, Harry Ingram and Dave Paddon. The storytelling foolishness starts at 8 p.m.


Wine Tasting –  Autour du Vin – A one-day course where you have a chance to taste 10 styles of wines and experiment with food pairings. Ideal for beginners, participants will leave with a solid foundation in the service of wine. Clovelly Clubhouse, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Parkinson Superwalk 2014 – Meet at the Techniplex on the shores of QuidiVidi at noon. This is one of several fundraisers in the province. Funds raised will support research, support systems and advocacy initiatives, in order to improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson's disease in our province. There will be musical and family entertainment, games, prizes and a silent auction.


Music From the Edge – Singer-songwriters Jon Hynes and Joanna Barker perform at Eastern Edge Gallery on Monday at 8:30 p.m.  There are no advance tickets for the show.

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