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Scottish American Society

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Brian McElhinney, Scottish American Society piper

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2015
 

11th Annual

CELTIC BELTANE FESTIVAL*

Sponsored by the Scottish American Society

Was held on

Saturday, May 9th 2015

At

COLUMBIA WOODS PARK

NORTON, OHIO

And a GRAND, GLORIOUS DAY IT WAS!



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CELTIC BELTANE FESTIVAL*


The 11th Annual Celtic Beltane Festival, held on Saturday, May 9th, 2015, at Columbia Woods Park, 4070 Columbia Woods Drive, Norton, OH, 44203, was super. In this new location we will have more room to grow.  Our Highland Athletes (yes, those braw laddies tossing telephone poles around) had an opportunity to present a full program.  It was much appreciated by all who were there to applaud.  


Parking was free, close and simple, with easily managed special parking for handicapped individuals.  Gates opened at 10:00. Admission cost: Age 100 and over, free. Age 8 and under, free. Over age 8 - $7.00. $20 for a family.


Our entertainment this year featured outstanding bands including The Celtic Eagle Pipe Band and the Akron Ceili Band.  Other musical groups presented traditional Celtic tunes.


There was much music and dance. Baskets containing many wondrous items were raffled off to raise funds for the benefit of Pegasus Farms, a 501 (C ) (3) organization dedicated to horseback riding therapy for those who are disabled or handicapped.


Several clans were represented in the clan area. Vendors included many different crafts, jewelry, clothing and food items.  A Fairy Tea was held on site and children’s games were featured.  A beer garden, snacks, a children's playground and a bake sale were in or near a pavilion with picnic tables for the use of visitors.  Many took advantage of this to get out of the sun.  Sure was hot this year. 


Keep this in mind for next year. The Festival is easily reached via I-76, State Routes 21, 261, and 585 or US Route 224.  Visitors may access the Norton city center (and thus Columbia Woods Park) by exiting I-76 at the Cleveland-Massillon Road Exit 14 and heading south. 


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*The Celtic Beltane Festival is a 501(c)(3) charity.


 

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For information on participation as a

Vendor:  Bob or Ida Morehead, Tel.: 330-753-1474

Performer:  Brian McElhinney, Tel.: 330-628-4202

Clan: Jim Hamilton, Tel.: 216-671-3580

Athlete:  Richard McClain

e-mail:  richard.mcclain@glsaa.com.

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For information on the Great Lakes Scottish Athletic Association, click here.

For information on J & C Entertainment - providers of the sound system for the Beltane Festival - click here.

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Hornpipe Dancers
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Sydney Luyster & Kate Walsh

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND DANCING
Instructor:  Christie Urquhart Walsh
Certified B.A.T.D. Dance Instructor
345 S. Rose Blvd.
Akron, Ohio 44313
Tel.:  330-867-1030
 
 
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GAELIC CLASSES
 
Interested in learning Scottish Gaelic?
Interested in possibly participating in a Mod?
 
Frances Acar is taking new students who are interested in learning Gaelic language and song. She uses several methods to teach.  She does have regular classes, plus tutorial materials.  But if you have Internet access, you can also learn from her via Skype, or even digital sound files sent by e-mail.  You do not need to physically attend class.
 
The tutorial materials are available for anyone who might be interested in competing as a beginner in the next mod. The materials include a CD of the songs to be learned and song sheets of the Gaelic words and translations.
 
Apart from teaching Gaelic, she runs tutorial sessions throughout the year teaching the songs for the following year's mod. Class times by arrangement.  Contact her at frances.acar@gmail.com or tel.: 330-673-6514. Again, beginners welcome.
 
 



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Click here for the Akron Ceilidh Band web site.

THE AKRON CEILI BAND
 
Founded by Gordon Schaeffer, this grand group of musicians in Northeast Ohio (Akron, Canton & Cleveland areas) plays the lilting Celtic Music that finds a home in any of the seven Celtic Nations.  They have performed at our Beltane Festival and at our St. Andrews Dinner.  They love performing for the public and also at private events. Some of the members offer lessons, too. You will love hearing them as much as they enjoy performing.
 
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FOR BRITISH PASTRIES AND GOODS, PLEASE SUPPORT OUR OWN

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GAELIC IMPORTS

Jim Henderson, prop.
5633 Pearl Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44129
Tel: (440) 845 0100

 

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THE SHAMROCK COTTAGE
9097 Mentor Ave.
Mentor, Ohio  44060
 
John M. Luskin, Owner
 
Despite the Irish name, John has a super collection of Scottish and Welsh items in addition to the Irish.  It's well worth browsing his collection there.  If he doesn't have it, you very likely don't need it.  He has Luckenbrooth brooches and jewelry, soaps, perfumes, glassware, cups, beer mugs, tee shirts, wonderful warm jackets, sweatshirts, hoodies, kilts, accessories - he has them all.  Check with John before you hit the mail order catalogs.
 
Tel.:  440-255-2207
 
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