The Friends of Graeme Park have amped up the annual Celtic Heritage Festival into a two-day Celtic Weekend. Top notch entertainment, including the popular Glengarry Bhoys, Seamus Kennedy and Blackwater will be performing in the covered Festival Tent. Other musical entertainment includes Irish Thunder, MacGregor, and Bucks Caledonian Pipe and Drum Bands, the popular Celtic Martins, Carl Peterson, and new to the festival, Melinda Crawford, the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, who will be both performing and conducting a Scottish fiddle workshop for attendees who bring their own fiddles.
In addition to the music, other aspects of Celtic heritage will be celebrated, including Irish dance, Border collie demonstrations, Highland athletics, Celtic languages, kilt-making, a haggis-eating contest and the sports of hurling, camogie, and Gaelic-rules football. As in previous years, vendors selling Celtic wares, including jewelry, textiles, knitwear, woodenware, metalwork, pottery, and kilts will be on hand along with various Celtic clans and associations. For children there will be a moon bounce, games and crafts, and special performances by Seamus Kennedy, the Kilted Juggler, and Ruthanne Ankney.
The event, which is in its 17th year, is being held on Saturday, July 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The festival celebrates the Scottish Heritage of the Keith, Graeme, and Fergusson families who lived at Graeme Park in the 18th century and is the Friends of Graeme Park’s largest fundraising event to support educational and community programs, operations, and historic preservation of the National Historic Landmark Keith House at Graeme Park.
Admission is $10 for adults (18+) and $5 for youth (13-17) or $30/family (2 adults and accompanying children). Two-day adult passes are also available for $15/each.
Call 215-343-0965 for details. Directions are available on our website at www.graemepark.org.