Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
It's that time of year - filled with weddings and summery social occasions - when the possibility of turning up to an event wearing the same thing as someone else increases dramatically.
Not that there's anything wrong with it, save for some minor embarrassment, but it can make you a little sad that your personal style is not as unique as you'd like to think. It's why opting for vintage is always a good idea. Happily, online store Nine Crows, which sells reworked vintage plus its own brand, is a goldmine of one-off finds, so you can stand out in a crowd for all the right reasons.
BUY: Vintage backless dress, €32; see shopninecrows.com
Aviation fans should head for Wicklow this weekend, as the 2017 Bray Air Display takes to the skies today and tomorrow. Some of the most skilled pilots in the world are on this year's line-up, including the Royal Jordanian Falcons and - performing for the first time in Bray - the Spanish Air Force. The Irish Coastguard will demonstrate a safe water rescue and a food fair and craft village all add to the carnival atmosphere.
Softly does it
Sligo's annual festival celebrating the Yeats family has begun and runs until next Sunday. The Model will host the Jack B Yeats: Lives exhibition while other highlights are the Shigeyama Family's traditional Japanese kyogen comedy interpretation of The Cat and the Moon - closely associated with the noh style of theatre explored by WB Yeats (above) - and Roald Dahl storytelling for children in the Liber Bookshop.
DETAILS: See treadsoftly.ie
My old china
Discarded china gets a new lease of life with Irish craft business Forgotten China's sterling silver jewellery and homewares. Designer Julie Swan trawls charity shops and auction rooms for vintage cups and plates, and is always on the lookout for pieces from Royal Tara or Arklow Pottery, which may bring back fond memories of Sunday teas with grandparents. Every piece is unique and the range is constantly expanding.
BUY: Earrings, €45, forgottenchina.ie
Movers and makers
Creativity and resourcefulness are at the heart of Dublin Maker, a free event in Merrion Square today. Inventors and creators, who answered an open call, will be demonstrating their creations, and all come from diverse backgrounds. It's a place where these makers can share what they're learning and also provide inspiration to the next generation of inventors.
DETAILS: 10am-6pm today; see dublinmaker.ie
See the light
When you're decorating on a budget, it's all about making the maximum style impact with the things that really shape the character of a room, such as lighting. Irish-made and Irish-designed lampshade Allium is a self-assembly design (300 x 350mm) that hooks into any ceiling pendant light fitting. It has 10 individual pieces, which link together to form a spherical pattern, and comes in shades of red, orange, yellow, grey and all-ivory, which can be mixed and matched to suit a room's colour scheme. BUY: €55 each, available from shop.designist.ie
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel has teamed up with Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre and Cakeface Patisserie to create a super new Summer Under the Stars package. It includes overnight accommodation in the hotel, with tickets to the current gig at the outdoor amphitheatre venue, and a picnic from Cakeface Patisserie, with treats including sourdough baguettes and homemade marshmallow bites.
BOOK: Prices start at €105pp sharing and the package is available on specific dates throughout the summer. See kilkennyhibernianhotel.com
Ireland's plein air or outdoor painting festival, Art in the Open, starts in Wexford next Saturday. Prepare to see prolific painters capturing southeast landscapes over the subsequent nine days, leading up to an exhibition on the August bank holiday Monday, where all paintings are for sale and can be considered for awards. The festival is open to all and, upon registration, visitors can attend free lectures and social events. There are also workshops and demonstrations with leading international plein air artists, which can be booked and paid for in advance, and for a small fee you can practise life drawing on two evenings. BOOK: Registration is €60; see artintheopen.org
One of the country's most unusual festivals starts next Saturday, as the Durrow Scarecrow Festival kicks off. Some incredible creations, with an array of designs and themes, can be seen at the All Ireland Scarecrow Championship, where a prize of €3,000 will be hotly contested. While some of them are indeed quite frightening, others will make you laugh. Durrow is the place to come if you'd like to learn how to make your own scarecrow at a workshop, and the nine-day festival also features live music, a food and craft fair, treasure hunts and more.
DETAILS: See durrowscarecrowfestival.com