Memorable dinner at The Retreat

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The Glenesk Retreat highlights two memorable dinner events that are planned to take place this October.

A very special dinner in honour of a very special person will be held at The Glenesk Retreat on Saturday, October 22 at 7.30 pm, while on Sunday, October 23 a scary Halloween feast will take place at 5 pm.

The Greta Michie dinner, held on October 22, will be an occasion to remember and celebrate the founder of the Glenesk Folk Museum.

This fully accredited museum, run by a volunteer group, is a much loved treasure trove of not only Glenesk, but Angus life.

Hosted by Jim Brown MBE, an evening of food and drink, music and reminiscence, involves a three course buffet dinner and a talk from Mrs Maggie Copeland of Monifeith History Society.

There will also be music from accordionist Gavin Piper and from two local young fiddle players Georgina and Robyn.

Drinks will be offered on arrival at 7.30 pm with the meal starting at 8 pm.

Tickets cost £20 with booking required by Friday, October 14.

To book and with any enquiries phone Anna Robson at the Retreat visitor centre on 01356 648 669

“Greta was an amazing lady with much enthusiasm,” said Anna, manager of The Retreat.

“Through organising this event I have heard some very interesting and amusing stories about Greta.

“I feel that it is high time Greta was remembered for the efforts she put in to setting up the Retreat Folk Museum and everyone who assisted her, donated artefacts and those who have kept the Retreat alive and moving forward into the 21st century.”

With its restaurant and tearoom, its gift shop and archive facilities, its nature trail and children’s play area, its conference facilities and community space, The Retreat visitor Centre and Glenesk

Folk Museum is a unique venture within Angus.

Entirely owned and run by the community of Glenesk, just as Greta Michie might have envisaged, it has recently been awarded four stars by Visit Scotland.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to celebrate not only Greta’s great achievement but the continuing achievements of the community “ said Anna.

“Places will be limited so please book by October 14.”

Closing for the Winter at the end of October, the Retreat is hosting not only an exciting series of craft workshops but also, on Sunday October 23, a children’s Halloween dinner at 5 pm conjured by the Glen’s resident witch!

This follows an afternoon of storytelling with writer John Nickson.

“Dress up and join the fun” said Anna.

“John will be telling the story of Spooky Spiky at 3 pm, followed by a scary Treasure Hunt and a chance to decorate cup cakes, before our very special Halloween dinner at 5 pm, created by our very own resident witch.

“Tickets cost £6 per child and it will be great fun.

“The Retreat relies heavily on its volunteers and the local community to promote and create new ideas.

“As the Retreat is community owned it will always be a huge part of the glen.

“We will be delighted to give visitors a warm glen welcome throughout the last month of our season.”