Celtic Heritage Hollow

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

Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm   Celtic Creations &Crafts
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm    Robert Mouland – Period Instruments performance & demo
1:00 pm  - Brian McNulty – Bagpipe demo
2:00 pm - Joe Keane – Children’s Irish Story Telling
3:00 pm  - Highland Dance demo
4:00 pm - Brian McNulty – Bagpipe demo

Sunday

11:00 am – 6:00 pm   Celtic Creations & Crafts
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm   Robert Mouland – Period Instruments performance & demo
1:00 pm - Brian McNulty – Bagpipe demo
2:00 pm -  Joe Keane – Children’s Irish Story Telling
3:00 pm - Highland Dance demo
4:00 pm - Brian McNulty – Bagpipe demo

Robert Mouland is a rare musician – a combination of performer, historian and storyteller who uses period instruments to educate and entertain. Robert was enchanted by the history and lore of the clairseach, the legendary wirestrung harp of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands. He made a few period instruments and began doing performances that concentrated on the music of 18th century Ireland and British Isles and the impact it had on life in Early America. Robert is known for the easy nature of his performances, a casual give and take with the listener that is sprinkled with good humor and education. Visit Robert’s website at www.wireharp.com.

Joe Keane – Irish Storytelling
Joe is a talented storyteller or Seanachie’, as they are known in Ireland. Born in Co. Kerry and now based in Boston, Joe 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 to weave together a collection of his own stories, traditional tales and ancient lore. A true Seanachie’, Joe Keane brings together a current of tradition, humor and ancient wisdom.

Brian McNulty - 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!

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.

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.

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 place to try out a new step or two!
Saturday 2:30pm – 4:45pm Irish Ceilidh Dancing & Scottish Country Dancing

From 2:30pm – 3:00pm is the children’s ceili for our wee ones under age 10. Led by O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance with the support of the West End Ceili Dancers (Poconos)
From 3:15pm - 4:45 pm is the combined session of Scottish Country Dancing and the ceili for adults and children aged 10+.

Ceilidh Dances are from the official book, “Ar Rince Foirne” published by the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin. They use step dancing moves, with arms held at the sides unless holding the hand of the person next to you. 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. The Irish adapted the dances for their own style, adding Irish steps and music.

Scottish Country Dancing is a form of social dance involving groups of couples of dancers tracing progressive patterns according to a predetermined choreography. Country dancing is sometimes mistaken for a type of folk dancing, but it is actually the ballroom dance form of Scotland, as its original base of dancers was from the more educated and wealthy classes of the Renaissance.

The fun continues in Foy Hall on Sunday 9/25!

12:30pm -  Celtic Classic Fiddle Workshop

This is a FREE fiddle workshop taught by one of the judges of the Fiddle Contest. This workshop is open to all the contestants from Saturday’s competition plus any violin or fiddle player who would like to participate – but we ask that you use the preregistration form found here

2:30pm - Irish Language Workshop

Deirdre (Marybeth) McFarland is a charter member of Daltaí na Gaeilge (Students of Irish), and she has been a part of their immersion programs as a teacher and student since the 80’s. She proudly wears the Fáinne Óir (ring of gold) signifying fluency in Irish.  Deirdre is the recipient of Daltaí na Gaeilge’s teacher’s scholarship and studied at Oideas Gael In Gleann Cholm Cille, in southwest Donegal, where she was awarded their teachers’ certification.

4:00pm - McDermott’s Handy – Harp Duo Presentation

Kathy DeAngelo and Dennis Gormley are a husband-wife duo who have been performing traditional Irish music together as McDermott’s Handy since 1979. These talented multi-instrumentalists put on a super concert and combine their strong vocals and equally strong backing accompaniment with a commanding stage presence. With a huge repertoire they’ve built over 35 years of playing traditional music, they sing in Irish and English.

Celtic Craft Schedule

Here are a few of the projects for the wee ones to get creative with:

Queen Maeve Crown: Decorated individually by each child to reflect their creativity using beads, ribbon and other fun mediums.

Welsh Hat: Part of Welsh national costume, still worn by women and particularly schoolgirls, on St. David’s Day.
Fairy Houses: Fairies hold a special place in Celtic culture. Enter their world of whimsy and wonder and make your own Fairy House!

Isle of Man Pinwheel: Make your own fun pinwheel, its center being the Manx triskelion, the coat of arms of the Isle of Man.
Scottie Dog Ornament: In the distinctive shape of the lovable Scottish Terrier. Decorate with its own tartan “collar”!