Heritage Hollow - Childrens Area

Visit our Children’s Activity and Heritage Area

Located in Celtic Heritage Hollow just over the foot bridge behind the Grand Pavilion entertainment tent.

Children’s Activity Tent  Schedule

10:00 am - 6:00 pm   Crafts
10:00 am - 4:00 pm   Claire Marcus – Sheep to Shawl demo
1:00 pm -  Brian McNulty – Bagpipe demo
2:00 pm -  3:00 pm   Joe Keane – Children’s Irish Story Telling
4:00 pm - Brian McNulty – Bagpipe demo


11:00 am – 6:00 pm   Crafts
11:00 am – 5:00 pm   Claire Marcus – Sheep to Shawl demo
1:00 pm -  Brian McNulty – Bagpipe demo
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm   Joe Keane – Children’s Irish Story Telling
4:00 pm -  Brian McNulty – Bagpipe demo

This area is home to the Children’s Activity Tent where children can make their own Celtic Crown, bagpipe or a fluffy sheep magnet.  Why so much emphasis on sheep? This year kids will learn how wool goes from “Sheep to Shawl”.

Claire Marcus is a fifth generation textile artist who conducts classes and residencies throughout the Northeast. She has been an Artist in Eduction for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts since 1998.

Claire holds an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania, and has shown her award-winning work at the Ohio Craft Museum, Philadelphia's City Hall, Textile Center in Minneapolis, and numerous university and commercial galleries. This is her eleventh year as a teaching artist for Celtic Classic. You can visit Claire’s website www.ClaireMarcusFineArts.com

Irish Story Telling

Joe Keane will also be in the Children’s Activity Tent to entertain the kids by spinning some yarns of his own. Joe is a talented storyteller or Seanachie’, as they are know in Ireland. Born in Co. Kerry in 1959, the now Boston storyteller Joe Keane explores the boundary between reality and fiction. Using magical stories, lyrics, gestures and poetry, his performances play with our ideas of myth, cultural history and identity. Keane uses his special talents weaving a collection of his own stories, traditional tales and ancient lore to make a fine tapestry giving us insight to both the landscape and traditions. A true Seanachie’, Joe Keane brings together a current of tradition, humor and an ancient wisdom to create a feast of soul food of the Celtic people.

Bagpipe Demonstration

Brian McNulty will be on hand to teach the children the history and workings of a traditional bagpipe.  Brian is a very talented piper and has been a member of several local pipe bands for many years.  Don’t miss this interactive, informative demo and be ready to join in the parade!

Celtic Heritage Discovery Passport (Saturday ONLY Event)

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Want a fun way to learn more about Celtic Classic, the Celtic culture AND receive a cool patch in the process???? The Celtic Heritage Discovery Passport is a fun way to do just that! This passport will transport you to different areas of the festival where you will find the answers to questions in your passport booklet.

Once you have answered all the questions in the booklet, you return to the Children’s Activity Tent to receive your patch.

Scottish Highland Dance Demonstration

This year at the Celtic Heritage Hollow, we are happy to showcase our Highland Dance Competitors. Highland Dancing is an exciting traditional dance from the Highlands of Scotland, but it has stretched beyond the highlands to exemplify the soul of Scotland. The demonstration will give the audience a taste of this Scottish tradition.

Back by popular demand this year is Social Dancing located at Moravian College’s Foy Hall on Saturday afternoon.

After the Scottish Highland Dance Competition is over, the stage at Foy Hall is the location to try out a new step or two.

Saturday 2:00pm – 4:00pm Irish Ceili Dancing
(First hour for children, second hour for adults)
Lead by O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance with the support of the West End Ceili Dancers (Poconos)

Ceili Dances are from the official book, “Ar Rince Foirne” published by the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin. They use step dancing moves. Arms are held at the sides unless holding the person’s hand next to you. Some of the dances have been danced for hundreds of years. They are danced in squares of couples, lines, circles or long ways sets.

Set Dances have been danced in Ireland for about 200 years. They descended from the French quadrilles, which were brought to Ireland by the British army and landlords. Irish people adapted them for their own style, adding Irish steps and music. Sets were informally learned in the home with everyone dancing, including children.

Saturday 4:30pm – 6:00pm Contra Dancing
Lead by the Valley Contra Dance Group

Contra Dancing is an American folk art and recreation that descended from the country dancing of England, France, Scotland, and Ireland in colonial times. It is partnered dance in a basic formation: two long lines that are facing/ opposite/contra. As in square dancing, contra dances are led by a caller. Many of the moves are similar to square dancing: allemandes, stars and partner swings. Unlike square dancing, dancers usually change partners from one dance number to the next, there’s always live music and casual dress is welcome. Contra music is lively, consisting mainly of marches, polkas and Celtic jigs and reels. As forms of dance go, contras are easy for beginners because there are practices (“walk throughs”) before each dance number. There are no special steps, you just walk in time to the music. While that may sound overly simple, there is a wonderful physical flow in the sequence of moves.

The Celtic Classic Fiddle Workshop

After all the nerves and hard work preparing for your performance at the Celtic Classic Fiddle Competition, it’s our turn to treat you to a free workshop with some of our contest judges. This will be an opportunity to hear some additional feedback from the judges about the contest performances the previous day and also a chance to learn a new tune, while benefitting from a demonstration of how phrasing, bowing and ornamentation can turn an ordinary tune into something spectacular and memorable. Please plan to stay over or come back to the festival the next day to attend this workshop, gain some more insights into playing traditional fiddle,  and to enjoy some more of the festival band performances and activities.