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what’s coming up, 25 april

So, what’s coming up this weekend, 25 April ?

It’s the annual Celtic Festival sponsored by the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland.

I’ve been to a lot of these events, over the years, and this is one of the best ones in the east coast, mid-Atlantic region. It’s a one day event – Saturday only, but it lasts all day, morning ’til night; rain or shine.

What I like about this particular event is that it makes great effort to have examples from all aspects of Irish and Scottish culture. For example, the festival has many vendors selling celtic-culture-inspired crafts; it has a wide selection of food and beer for sale; and it has several stages with non-stop music from about 11:00 am until 6:00 pm. Beyond those offerings, plenty of music and dance competitions happen early in the day.

If music and shopping aren’t your thing, the festival also hosts a rugby tournament AND — of course — the Highland games, featuring traditional Scottish sporting events.

For my part, I’ll be assisting with the Scottish-Style Fiddling competition, which begins at 10:00 am (registration for competitors begins at 9:00, if they haven’t registered ahead of time). The competition ends by about 12:30 or 1:00, after which I’ll be heading out to the general festival to listen to some pipe bands, drink a few pints, and maybe play a a few fiddle tunes at an impromptu session.

Maybe I’ll see you there!

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