Last Minute News!

Dear friends, valued customers, colleagues in the media, dear linen – lovers!

This is our last communication to “the world” before the 28th Open Day and Yard Fest. I have attached our last- minute- press release “From Everywhere to Derrylane” below. We are sending it out in English only but international circle of recipients as well.

Enjoy reading it and don’t hesitate to pass it on, use it in your internet – presence etc. Anyone who needs the full programme(s) again or hasn’t got it yet, see here or let us know now!

Two questions have been asked repeatedly in recent weeks, I just want to touch on them in a few sentences.

– Who are the spectacular surprise guests during the evening gig? We know that there have been many rumors but we will stick with the surprise announcement. I can tell you that much: He/they are very special in the true sense of the word. You’ll just have to come and see for yourself!

– The other one has also to do with the music – side of the event: Many people want to know what happened to Dearbhla Mc Taggart, the amazing young Irish Harpist we promoted during the last few years.
The answer is two – fold: Dearbhla had a baby – boy just less than a year ago. At her tender age a large untertaking which takes up a massive lot of her time and energy.
She is doing very well at it and will be at the Open Day and Yard Fest with the little beauty.
She still wanted to go back to playing the harp but a torn ligament which is linguering is giving her a lot of trouble. We had actually planned to feature her this year for just one piece oin stage (with Hermann) but the injury just doesn’t allow it yet. Despite that we are very happy to have her at Flax Mill this coming Saturday. Some of you who have been missing her on stage can tell her then.

So much for this, now enjoy our last minte news and contact us for any other details.

On Friday and Saturday our phone (0044) (0)28777 42655 will be (wo)manned from 6 am.

Can’t wait to see you on Saturday, 11th.


From Everywhere to Derrylane

Its all hands on at County Derry’s only active linen-weaving-mill with the 28th Flax Mill Open Day and Yard Fest on September 11th less than one week ahead.

Marion Baur, owner of Derrylane Flax Mills and her team are putting the “final touches” to the historic mill and to the grounds whilst the first of many international visitors are arriving.

As every year, here are a few “last Minute news” which complete the programmes for both Open Day and evening event.

– Textile workers from at least 6 countries will be attending the Open Day, including a number of members of guilds.

With the secretary of the “Ulster Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers”, Lorna Shannon (she is doing a spinning – demonstration, see programme) present, the mix of textile – experts from different countries and traditions will make for interesting discussions and much exchange of information. “It’s always been a good gathering of spinners, weavers, designers and other experts, this year beats them all though” says Marion Baur.

– Rosemary Henderson joins “Special Guest Designers” for the Fashion Show!

The very talented textile – crafter (she runs a stall at the Open Day, see Programme) has created a unique garment which is going to be shown on the catwalk. “We never give away much about the pieces to be shown before the event but I can tell you that this one is too good not to be shown” says Marion Baur.

– All Vegetables Local !

The vegetables used in the catering for the evening event will be all locally grown and of course chemicals free. Andreas Stoib, chief of the all-German “catering brigade” has asked for that.
“Many people talk about health and the human immune – system nowadays. What you eat has a direct effect on that and I am delighted that our super caterers are asking for the best only” says Marion.

– Puppet Theatre by Farrah

Young Farrah Mullan (5) is setting up a small stage for puppet theatre. The puppets she is going to use are “historical” ones from Germany.
The organisers of the Flax Mill Open Day and Yard Fest are urging interested people to book their place as the interest is extremely big. “The last thing we want to do is to send guests away. But it’s an event on our own ground and space is limited” says Marion Baur.

For all further details, bookings, extra programmes of Open Day and evening event, directions etc. give the Flax Mill a ring: (0044)(0)2877742655 or send us a mail:

Looking forward to your loved company on Saturday, 11th. 9.

Love over Gold

Marion and the team at Flax Mill

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