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

12-3pm: - ‘Ba Ba Black Sheep’, ‘Petting Zoo’, sponsored by Meyer, Ford & Glasser, PLLC  

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, Main Library

12-3pm: Spinning and Weaving Demonstrations

Knitting and weaving were a staple part of the 'fabric' of Scottish and Irish Life. Come and see top-of-the-hour demonstrations of wool being spun on a spinning wheel. At the bottom of the hour, there will be a demonstration of weaving on an 8-shaft table loom. In between times 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. All Ages

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

12 30pm: - ‘Song of Granite’  - Film

​Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney to the screen in THE SONG IN GRANITE, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes, documentary footage, and beautiful black and white cinematography. Shaped by the myths, fables, and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, the film celebrates the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man. It was selected as the Irish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

WVIFF 'Underground Cinema', 230 

​ Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301, (304) 343 4646 – (304) 395 6688 - Admission - $9 Adults, $5 Students

Noon: ‘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.

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

Prizes - Wallace Metal Works, Charleston's own Blacksmith Shop, located on the West Side, Swiftwater Café, Oddbird Gift Basket, Taylors and Ellens Ice Cream Gift Certificates.  

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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1 pm :  Lively Limericks 

Students of Colleen Anderson’s The Lively Limerick: A Workshop, Main Library which takes place on Monday Feb. 26th, from 6-8pm, at the Main Library, will share the verses they created with curious listeners. Listeners can vote for their favorite verse, with their applause. 

A limerick is a type of nonsense poetry made famous by British poet Edward Lear. Though the poem's connection with the city of Limerick, Ireland is obscure, the name is generally taken to be a reference to Limerick city or County Limerick.

In the prepetory workshop, 

local poet and songwriter Colleen Anderson will share some limericks with you and give you the chance to compose your own.  workshop.

Colleen is the owner of Mother Wit Writing and Design, a creative studio in Charleston that provides copywriting, graphic design, and creative consultation. Ages 13 and up.

9am: Celtic Calling KILT 5K RUN - WALK . From Power Park up to and around scenic Spring Hill Cemetery Park.  Wear a kilt to compete for best dressed. 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, Appalachian Power Park,   Car Park, corner of Smith and  Morris Street, Charleston, WV 25301,

More details and to register:

Charleston Convention & Visitor's Bureau

2pm – Scottish and Irish Dance Performance,  sponsored by BB&T

Downtown Charleston

3 30pm: ‘Fairy Myth and Folklore of Ireland’  

Celtic fairy lore is not just entertaining stories for children, Disney-esque ‘Tinkerbell’ type ‘fakelore’ of the nineteenth and twentieth century romanticists. They are also stories of the dangerous, sinister Sidh/Fey/Gentry/Good People of peasant folk. They involve the oral history of a series of 2,500 to 3,000 year old clashes between Iron Age cattle herding people and Bronze Age cultivators that resulted in continuous guerrilla warfare. The speaker will examine some key elements of fairy lore, legends, history, cultural analogies, and archaeology to conclude that some legends would be better considered as oral history. Michael J. Simonton earned his Ph.D in Social Anthropology at the National University of Ireland-Galway with a longitudinal study of aging within the context of sociocultural transformation. He is the author of several books and papers that include Celtic subjects. Currently he is the Director of Celtic Studies at Northern Kentucky University. Adult, Teens.

- Main Library, Capitol Street.

11am: The Orkney Islands: A Travelogue and Historic Adventure
Dr. Tim Mainland has spent his career teaching Music Theory, Music History and collecting folk music. His surname (a bit unusual in the U.S.) is quite common in Orkney and he wanted to know more about that. Two recent trips there to explore old family stories plunged Dr. Mainland deep into his career interests and led him to discover the old stone houses and graves of direct relatives and the welcoming arms of many Mainlands (half the phone book, there!).  He discovered the magnificent Saint Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, the Orkney Folk Festival, the Ness of Brodgar and the mysterious Neolithic Cairns of Rousay, all unexpected treasures.

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

Downtown Celtic Calling Boutique Walk 

Participating business will offer specials or specialty Irish/Scots products. Roving musicians, you may find some mini golf holes, and possibly a donkey wandering the streets. 

Sat. DAY, March 3rd 2018