Another Busy Weekend
Once again there were all sorts of events taking place on Sark last weekend with a choice of events on offer from live music, an island-wide litter pick and a talk by one of the world’s leading astronomers. The music was provided by the Budapest Café Orchestra, a quartet who gave a lively concert of Balkan folk music on violin, accordion, cello, guitar and various other stringed instruments. The next day the Sark Watch junior wildlife group held their autumn litter pick venturing as far and wide as Dixcart woods, Window in the rock, the lighthouse and Pilcher monument as well as the Avenue. Although Sark is generally free from litter they did find a small amount of rubbish, mostly empty beer bottles and cans. After their efforts the team of around 15 children and adults retired to the Island Hall for a well-deserved hot chocolate. This weekend also saw Sark Astronomy Society’s Starfest (SAstroS) held to celebrate the start of the star gazing season. This is their sixth such event and the fifth time that Dr Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, has been guest of honour. Sadly the cloudy skies meant that stargazing was off the menu but Marek gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘History Through a Telescope’. He also presented SAstroS with a copy of the latest ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ book and was delighted to be shown the site where Sark’s observatory will be built early next year.
Pictures and words by Sue Daly
See the ITV coverage of our Starfest weekend by clicking on the link below: