We’re closed on Monday for a wedding!

Don’t forget that Dock Cafe is hosting its first-ever wedding tomorrow – I got a little sneak peek at the preparations today and it looks SPECTACULAR!  (promised I wouldn’t spoil the surprise though)

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So we’re now a venue for wedding receptions, birthday parties, mission fundraisers, launch events, book groups, music video shoots, baking collectives, drama rehearsals, leaving parties, breast-feeding mum gatherings,  pop-up choirs, knitting circles… any more?!

And congratulations to Scott (who was a Dock Volunteer way back in the early days) and Tammy!

The Marvellous Mayor and her Many Minions

Last week we had the great pleasure of the company of the Lord Mayor of Belfast for a cuppa and a chat in The Dock Cafe (and an impromptu tour of our lovely neighbours on SS Nomadic!):

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1536674_10204340026411562_5372613147242145036_nIt was fantastic to hear about her vision of a shared city of Belfast, a welcoming multicultural melting pot of people united by the joy of living through days of hope in our beautiful city.

So I was very honoured a few days ago to be asked to join the Mayor’s team of Chaplains – another example of the kind of shared, connected city that’s being modelled from City Hall and a great chance for people of faith to play their part.

This is the whole gang of us – the many minions of the Mayor – gathered for breakfast at 174 Trust:

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So we’ve now welcomed no less than four Lord Mayors of Belfast through the doors of The Dock… Some stood and chatted, some chilled on the sofas and chatted, some kissed babies and some prayed with us in the Prayer Garden… such a variety of personalities and parties, but all determined to work for a shared city and a better future.

And I think they all kinda liked The Dock…

Is there anything NOT happening in the TQ this weekend?

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photo-24It’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!

2014-08-02 21.30.56It’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

9581848587_a874ab928f_zIt’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.

photo-30It’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!)

photo-28It’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.

photo-29Ah, 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?)