Located in Heritage Hollow just over the foot bridge behind the
Grand Pavilion entertainment tent.
10:00am – 6:00pm Crafts
10:00am – 4:00pm Claire Marcus
2:00pm – 3:00pm Joe Keane
11:00am – 6:00pm Crafts
11:00am – 5:00pm Claire Marcus
2:00pm – 3:00pm Joe Keane
This area will be home to the Children’s Activity Tent where children can make their own Celtic Crown or a fluffy sheep magnet. They will also be able to help decorate a large foam cutout of a sheep. Why so much emphasis on sheep? This year kids will learn how wool goes from “Sheep to Shawl”.
Meet our Artist in Residence for the weekend, Claire Marcus. Claire will be interacting with the children throughout the weekend. She will be demonstrating how the fleece that is taken from the sheep is turned into yarn by spinning it on a wheel. Claire will also have an antique spinning wheel on display. You can visit Claire’s website www.ClaireMarcusFineArts.com
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.
Want a fun way to learn more about Celtic culture, Celtic Classic AND receive a cool embroidered 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.
Join us at the Children's Activity Tent in Heritage Hollow to pick-up YOUR passport. Return to the tent with your completed booklet and receive your patch!
Also new to Heritage Hollow is our Clans and Societies Area. Here you will be able to learn about genealogy and the different families or clans that make up the Celtic Nations. You can also learn about the history of some of those Celtic Nations.
Please visit the following Clans and Societies in Heritage Hollow:
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.
*Due to a scheduling conflict, the Lehigh Valley Scottish Country Dancers will not lead a session this year. We hope to have them back in 2014.
The Celtic Classic Youth Fiddle Competition takes place at the Charles A Brown Ice House, and historic indoor venue on the grounds of the Celtic Classic. Saturday September 28, 2013, 9:00am to approx. 12:30pm.
The Celtic Classic Highland Dance Competition will take place in Moravian College Foy Hall Saturday September 28, 2013, 8:30am to approx. 1:00pm. Registration begins at 8:00am.