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Scottish American Society

Brian McElhinney, Scottish American Society piper


Photograph taken by Joy Dingman
Photo courtesy Hartville News

(From left) Pegasus Farm Executive Director Carol Lichtenwalter, Scottish American Society Beltane Festival Chair Alex Murray, Gillyn the Fjord horse, Beltane Festival Treasurer, Jim Frost, and Scottish American Society Chairman Margaret Frost gathered at the Farm on July 2 for the presentation of a gift of $1,000 from the Society.



11th Annual


Sponsored by the Scottish American Society

Will be held on

Saturday, May 9th 2015






The 11th Annual Celtic Beltane Festival, will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2015, at Columbia Woods Park, 4070 Columbia Woods Drive, Norton, OH, 44203.  In this new location we will have more room to grow and an opportunity for our Highland Athletes to present a full program.  It will be a larger, far more interesting event than in the past.

Parking is free, close and simple, with easily managed special parking for handicapped individuals.  Gates open at 11:00. 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 will feature outstanding bands including The Celtic Eagle Pipe Band and the Akron Ceili Band.  Other musical groups will present traditional Celtic tunes.

There will be entertainment from the Scottish, Welsh, and Irish communities.  Baskets containing many wondrous items will be 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.

Visitors can visit the clan tents and see various displays of an amusing or educational nature. The vendors will include many different crafts, jewelry, clothing and food items.  A Fairy Tea will be held on site and children’s games will be featured.  A beer garden, snacks, and a bake sale will be in a pavilion with picnic tables for your use. There will be a display of vintage cars (weather dependent).

A list of nearby campgrounds can be furnished upon request.

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. 



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



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.


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.




Hornpipe Dancers
Sydney Luyster & Kate Walsh

Instructor:  Christie Urquhart Walsh
Certified B.A.T.D. Dance Instructor
345 S. Rose Blvd.
Akron, Ohio 44313
Tel.:  330-867-1030
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.



Click here for the Akron Ceilidh Band web site.

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.




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




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