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
The Scottish Blackface is the most common breed of domestic sheep in the British Ilses and Ireland. This tough and adaptable breed is often found in more exposed locations, such as the Scottish and Irish Highlands and Mountains.
Outside Plaza, Kanawha County Main Library, 123 Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301, (304) 343 4646 – FREE
4pm: Beni Kedem Highlanders Bagpipe Performance at the Charleston Town Center Mall, WV 25389, (304) 345-9525. - FREE
2 pm : Painting Event
A local artist will take you step by step in the creation of your own work of art on canvas. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Cost $40. More details and to register: here
Uncork and Create, 901 Quarrier St, Charleston, WV 25301, 304 552 3331
Noon – Irish Dance Performance, followed by Workshop
Join Appalachian Lads & Lassies at Macy's Court for an Irish Dance performance at noon, followed by an Irish Dance Workshop at 12:30pm !
Charleston Town Center Mall,
WV 25389, (304) 345-9525. – FREE
9am: Celtic Calling KILT 5K RUN - WALK . From Power Park up to and around scenic Spring Hill Cemetery Park. Kick off party with Vinyl Village. 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 7 am, Appalachian Power Park, Plaza East Car Park, 601 Morris Street, Charleston, WV 25301,
More details and to register:
2pm – Scottish Dance Performance, followed by Workshop
Join Appalachian Lads & Lassies at Macy's Court for a Scottish Dance performance at 2pm, followed by a Scottish Dance Workshop at 2:30!
Charleston Town Center Mall,
WV 25389, (304) 345-9525
11am: ‘Ireland a Village in West Virginia’ Denton and Sandy King
Ireland is an unincorporated community in Lewis County, West Virginia. It was settled in the early 1800s by Andrew Wilson, who was nicknamed "Old Ireland," because he recently had immigrated from the country of Ireland to America, and because, when he died in November 1843, he was 114 years old. Each spring the families of Ireland, West Virginia hold an Irish Spring Festival which includes St. Patrick's Day and the time of the Vernal Equinox. It is a celebration of their Scots - Irish heritage, but just as much a celebration of awakening, the Appalachian Spring.
3rd Floor, John V. Ray Room, Kanawha County Main Library, 123, Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301, (304) 343 4646 - FREE
3 30pm: - ‘Scottish Smallpipe Concert’ – Sarah Marchio with Scottish Dance by Savanna Brown
A journey through the “Scottish Lowlands.”. Bellow-blown smallpipes, to art and literature, combine to convey the sights and sounds of “lowland country.” Sarah attended Piping Schools in Scotland where she earned a Senior Certificate from the Institute of Piping. She has won several awards and is a native of Harwich, Massachusetts. Savanna Brown is a competition Scottish Dancer who studies in Elkins with the Highland Dance Company.
John V. Ray Room, Kanawha County 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. Music on the street, and in participating locations.
2 pm: ‘Scots-Irish Stew’– Mixed Roots in Appalachian Culture and Music’ – Dr Mick Moloney, Humanities Lecture.
Discover the impact of the Scots-Irish on language, music, dance and song in mountain communities, and how their traditions mixed with those of other racial and ethnic groups. The result made a rich mix.
Mick Moloney combines the careers of professional musician, musicologist, record producer, teacher and arts presenter, consultant and advocate. He holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife, and now teaches at New York University. In 1999, he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States.
WVSU Capitol Center, 123, Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, (304) 343 2739. - FREE
Sat. DAY, March 4th 2017: 2018 will be updated when confirmed
1pm: - ‘Irish Songs and Circle Dancing for Children’ – Margaret Rush,
A traditional singer and guitarist from Dublin, Ireland, now living in Raleigh, NC. Margaret will lead an interactive, fun, musical and movement experience for young children and their grown-ups. Bring along babies, toddlers and children up to 7 years old, to a 45-minute class including songs, movement, musical props, and of course lots of fun and silliness. Margaret is a Certified 1- qualified Music Together teacher, and teaches elementary general music. Margaret will be joined by fiddler Andi Hearn to provide live jigs, reels and polkas.
3rd floor, Children's Dept., Kanawha County Main Library, 123 Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301, (304) 343 4646 – FREE