After welcoming musicians for a Harp Festival last weekend, Cromarty plays host to Black Isle Words 2011, Doors Open Day and a bumper Community Market this weekend.
The theme of this year's Black Isle Words Festival is 'Words and Laughter', inspired by the 400th anniversary of the birth of Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty, translator of Rabelais. Events will include storytelling, talks, poetry readings, workshops, a ceilidh and booklaunch presented by Des Dillon, Mairi Hedderwick, Ian Stephen, Alan Bissett, Cynthia Rogerson, Janet Macinnes and local author Jane Verburg.
On Saturday, a number of historic buildings in the town are open as part of the annual Doors Open Day. There is free entry to Cromarty Courthouse Museum, Cromarty House (with guided tours) and the Stables, Hugh Miller Birthplace Cottage and Museum. Further details and opening times are listed in the Document Library.
Local food will be highlighted at the September Cromarty Community Market in the Victoria Hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm. An even wider variety of stalls is expected this month (with some outside for the first time). Local produce will feature as part of 'Feed Your Family From 50 Miles'. Cromarty Primary School will provide the market café.