27 September 2002

This Saturday we are headed up the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It is the largest Celtic festival in the US and is celebrating its fifteenth year.

The festival is free and includes four stages with live Celtic music (Scottish, Irish, Welsh--traditional and contemporary), highland games, Irish dance and highland dance, a border collie demonstration, a pipe band competition, a Gaelic worship, historical recreations from both the Society for Creative Anachronism as well as a Civil War re-enactment group, Scotch tasting, a Celtic fiddle competition, and all kinds of vendors selling Celtic goods and music as well as traditional foods ranging from corned beef with cabbage to haggis.

Musical groups this year include Slainte Mhath, Wolfstone, Gaelic Storm, the Glengarry Bhoys, Raglan Road, Clandestine, and our own local Blackwater.

We will be there, with Claire wearing a nice tartan. As for me, I'll be sporting my utilikilt, a post-modern urban take on the tradition.