It’s a sign! The Dock Markets are back all day Saturday – twenty-two (a new record!) local creatives, artists, photographers, bakers, waffle-makers and plenty more – our fantastic new market space full of the buzz of life and business and creativity. And a honking great big sign. Spread the word!
It’s a fry! Our new Saturday morning ‘Eats and Seats’ Ulster Fry at The Dock (delicious freshly-cooked not-at-all-unhealthy fry courtesy of the Mace, comfy squashy not-at-all-lazy seats and sofas courtesy of The Dock) – perfect way to start a Saturday morning
It’s a run! The Colour Run is happening in the TQ – the most joyful 5K on the planet – a mini-marathon in which the runners are pelted with powder paint as they go, finishing the race multi-coloured, messy but happy. Judging by the atmosphere last year, it’s going to be another fantastic day for Belfast - click here to see Jeremy’s great pics of a very colourful team from The Dock at last year’s run.
It’s a boat! The Nomadic are holding a Family Fun Day all day Saturday – complete with magic, fancy dress, Cool FM, carnival games and a Birds of Prey display. Check out their website here for all the details. (And if you haven’t been on board SS Nomadic yet, what are you waiting for? The Mayor visited the ship for the first time this week and was very impressed – but that’s another story!)
It’s a draw! Or at least a drawing day. The unspeakably beautiful old Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices are open for a Big Drawing Day with Julie Douglas – a chance to sharpen your pencils and sharpen your skills, whether you’re an experienced artist or a beginner. Click here for more details.
Ah, to think that Saturdays used to be dead as a doornail. Them were the days… (Actually no, these are the days. Did we ever dream of such great Saturdays in our wee city?)
There’s a new artist on display this week: Peter Lennon’s stunning local photography is up on the wall behind the coffee bar and looks absolutely amazing:
There’s a new super-duper boiler behind the counter (James called it “the Ferrari of boilers” – he gets excited by things like that), thanks to our wonderful tea suppliers at Suki Tea. (Any rumours of a burst pipe and a Titanic-style flood during its installation, complete with anguished cries of “Women and children first!”, are of course completely true.)
But all credit to Wes and Colin who brought the raging waters back under control and were therefore rewarded with the first cuppa from the new Ferrari:
There are new flavours of coffee on offer as well – every week we’ll be showcasing a new gourmet blend of some of the richest, tastiest, most exotic coffees from all over the world (all freshly ground on site just minutes before making their way into your mug). Just check the the blackboard on the pillar beside the counter to see what’s brewing this week:
There’s even some new flora and fauna – have you seen the huge new purple trees, donated by our Abseiling Window Cleaners?
And as always in The Dock, it’s not the product that matters as much as the process. Much as I love having superb coffee, tea and artwork in the cafe, what really brings me joy is the knowledge that it’s all thanks to people donating their time, gifts, talent, energy, enthusiasm and even plumbing skills… A community of people bound by the immense fun of living Life in the Titanic Quarter.
Shorter than Lord Of The Rings… With less Ewoks than Star Wars… More restful than the Godfather Trilogy… Containing more cups of tea than Indiana Jones… It can only be another trilogy of short films featuring The Dock!
The first – the Star Wars if you will, setting the scene of our galaxy far far away (just off the motorway and turn left) – was made a few months back by Jules and the guys from UCB as part of their ‘Real God – Real People’ series of faith stories:
The second, in the tradition of The Empire Strikes Back, is darker and ends on a cliffhanger. Of course, it’s only dark because an iPhone camera can’t pick up the details in the shadows on a sunny day in Dock Cafe, and the cliffhanger is: What happens next? Will yet more customers arrive to enjoy yummy scones and soup?
The third, a la Return Of The Jedi, is a story of hope and redemption… it’s a part of a recent Mindwise project called ‘All Along The River’, which started with a boat trip on the River Lagan and ended with a fantastic art project on display in Dock Cafe:
So there you go – another Titanic trilogy! And just as they can’t stop making new extra Star Wars trilogies, Dock World is always finding new stories – look out for new artwork, new developments and new movies (including Nate’s epic Story Of The Dock) appearing on a screen near you this holiday season…