12-3pm: Highland Coo’s, WV National Guard Rockwall, Clydesdale Horse, Crazy Golf 

10 30pm: Children’s Hour

Story and crafts for wee ones, with a Celtic theme.

Taylor Books, 226 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301 – (304) 342-1461- FREE

Sponsored by Beattie Firth Realty and Meyer Ford Glasser & Radman, Capitol Market, 800, Smith Street, Charleston, WV 25301 - FREE

12-3pm:  ‘Ba Ba Black Sheep’, ‘Petting Zoo’ 

Several Scottish Blackface sheep will be on the library walkway for kids young and old to see. The Scottish Blackface is the most common breed of domestic sheep in the British Isles. This tough and adaptable breed is often found in the more exposed locations, such as the Scottish and Irish Highlands and Mountains.

All ages.

Outside Plaza

1-4pm: Spinning and Weaving Demonstrations

Knitting and weaving were a staple part of the 'fabric' of Scottish and Irish Life. Come and see demonstrations of wool being spun on a spinning wheel and demonstrations of weaving on an 8-shaft table loom.  There will be opportunities to make a take away piece on a heddle loom, or perhaps learn to knit. Presenters are Sarah Sands and Sarah Radow from the Kanawha City Yarn Company.

Adult and teen.

Zone 4, Teen Area

Main Library, 123 Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301, (304) 343 4646 – FREE

4pm: Irish Dance Performance

Appalachian Lassies give a 'Riverdance' style performance of soft and hard shoe Irish Dance. 

McKinley Carter Wealth Management Stage, 

Rock City Cake Company, 205 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301

12 30pm : ‘Blarney Stone, Tall Tales Story Contest’

​​It is said that kissing a hunk of rock at Blarney Castle, in County Cork, Ireland,  bestows one with great eloquence or skill at flattery, and the name itself has become synonymous with storytelling with humor and wit.  All Celtic Countries have great storytelling traditions,  from far flung mythology to the more contemporary, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce - Irish; Robert Burns - Scot;  Dylan Thomas - Welsh; etc Join this great tradition and plethora of greats, and bring your own fanciful tale.

We will borrow heavily from the first and greatest storytelling contest in all the land—the Vandalia Gathering Liar’s Contest—in form and function. We’ll ask contestants to show up a little early to sign up, draw their names for their order of participation, and limit contestants to five minutes on the mic.

Emcee - Pete Kosky is a Liar’s Contest winner, storyteller, songwriter and author whose book 'Mountain Tales & River Stories' is available at Taylor Books.

Registration from Noon.

Judges - Kennie Bass, Bill Hairston and Alisa Bailey will be our Three judges.

Prizes - T.B.A  

We hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a fun and hilarious event!
Taylor Books, 226 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301 – (304) 342-1461- FREE

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Family Fun at Capitol Market. Veiw the 'hairy beast' of the mountains, the elusive Highland Cow or Coo,  the workhorse of farming before machinery, a Clydesdale Horse. The game of golf is arguable invented in Scotland, there will be several unique holes to putt on. If you have a putter please bring it. The West Virginia National Gaurd will have its Rockwall on site, for those who want to celebrate their mountaineer heritage. See below for 3pm close out of event, a Dog Show.

2 30pm: Cape Breton Step Dancing Workshop

Have you ever wanted to try percussive dance? We will learn easy 'strathspey' steps and the basic reel 'hop' step from the island of Cape Breton. No dance experience required - all experiences welcome.

Instructor: Will Roboski, Davis and Elkins College. 

Dan Carney will be playing Fiddle and Mike Thomas will be playing guitar! What a treat to have live music.

To register and more details: (304) 308 9191

$8 charge per person
$6 per student, senior, AmeriCorps

McKinley Carter Wealth Management Stage Rock City Cake Company, 205 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301

11 30am Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club

A mix of Celtic and Appalachian Tunes played on an orchestra of stringed instruments. 
While the group mostly plays mountain dulcimers, it also includes guitars,
hammered dulcimer, autoharps, harmonica, banjammers, fiddle, penny whistle and
washboards. The group has been together for over 12 years, and performs at churches, 
community events, weddings, fairs and festivals

McKinley Carter Wealth Management Stage @

Rock City Cake Company, 205 Capitol Street - FREE

2pm: The Bodhran: An Introduction

​Learn about the history of the Irish drum and how it is used to accompany Irish music. You will learn some simple beats to accompany jigs and reels from Gene Thorn who regularly teaches a bodhran class at both The Worley Gardner Winter Festival in Morgantown and the Pattyfest Festival in Fairmont.  He will also demonstrate patterns for slip Jigs, hornpipes, polkas, marches,  and waltzes as well as jig and reel patterns. Triplets as well as rim shots will be demonstrated. Care and tuning the Bodhran will be discussed. Pizza drum boxes will be provided or you may bring your own. Class size is limited. Registration is required.

Adult and teen.

Level 3, John V. Ray Room, Kanawha County Main Library, Capitol Street, WV - FREE

9am: Celtic Calling KILT 5K RUN - WALK . From Capitol Market, up to and around scenic Spring Hill Cemetery Park.  Wear a kilt to compete for best dressed. 

This is a dog-friendly event, so be sure to bring your best buddy - all dressed up in plaid and ready to run!

Walk course is 2 miles. Bagpipers will line the course to encourage you. Registration fee includes a t-shirt. Fees vary for distance, group and discounts for School Cross- Country Runners. A portion of proceeds will go to Friends of Spring Hill Cemetery, a non-profit group that helps maintain Park groups and provides burial for indigent infants.  

Arrive from 8 am, Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street, Charleston, WV 25301,

More details and to register:

Charleston Convention & Visitor's Bureau

1 30pm – Scottish Dance Performance

 Appalachian Lassies will be bedecked in tartan for performance of Scottish Heritage dances. This group that has members from Kanawha, Putnam Counties, under the tutelage of Chantil McCormick, has been performing at festivals for years.  Chantil might even round some folk up for some traditional group dances.

McKinley Carter Wealth Management Stage, 
Rock City Cake Company, 205 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV - FREE

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1 pm: Mountain Thyme   

Mountain Thyme is an all-women band in West Virginia that has performed and preserved music that they describe as “Appalachian Celtic” in the region since 1982. Songs feature multi-layered vocal harmonies and unaccompanied singing. Themes range from traditional ballads to contemporary folk— encompassing rousing accounts of romantic escapades, tales of trial and challenge, historical sagas, stories of personal experience and place, and amusing expressions of everyday life and events. The band’s Celtic-flavored tunes include jigs, reels, hornpipes, marches, waltzes, contemporary melodies written in traditional style, and original compositions.  

St. Johns Episcopal Church, Quarrier Street

11am: A Celtic Camino: Reflections on and Images of a Journey through Galicia along the Camino de Santiago Compostela 

In the fall of 2018, Rick Wilson completed a pilgrimage along the ancient route of Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied de Port France to Santiago and beyond, finishing in Galicia, the home of the Iberian Celts. Join Rick as he shares his story in slides and tales. Rick is the Director of the American Friends Service Committee West Virginia Economic Justice Project. He is a columnist for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and has taught sociology for Marshall University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.


John V. Ray Room, Main Library, 123, Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301, (304) 343 4646 - FREE

3pm: Dog Show
Bring your hound, pooch, best friend, to a fun dog show. A panel of judges T.B.A, will select and award prizes in the following categories. Best Celtic Breed, Best 'Red Head', Best Fancy Dress. Prizes T.B.A
Each section will include a grand champion, addition prizes will be determined on day by number of entries.  No entry fee required. 
Sponsored by Swilled Dog a hard cider maker located in Franklin WV, with a love of all dogs. Product available at Wine Shop.

Center Court, Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street, WV 

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Downtown Celtic Calling Boutique Walk 

Participating business will offer specials or specialty Irish/Scots products. Be sure to sample Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream Festival favorites, Guinness and Bailey's Irish Cream flavors. Sam's Uptown Café is noted for its  Saturday and Sunday Celtic Brunch Menu. Remember The Tartan Store located in Rock City Cake Company, for Highland Kilts and Accessories.

Sat. DAY, March 2nd 2019

9-10am: Introduction to Genealogy - Andrew Bragg
Andrew will  help those interested in genealogy to get started in their research. Andrew will demonstrate how to use online sites as well as explain the vast amount of research aids in the archives. He will give a crash course on understanding some of the records they may come across, and how to properly research sources. Using these tools he will illustrate how to start the process and go back a few generations with information supplied by a few volunteer attendees. 
 Daniel Boone Chapter, West Virginia SAR . WV Archives and History Library, Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305 - FREE