Thursday, September 24

Capture the Flags! For a chance to win 2 Tickets to see Solas at Sellersville Theatre!


By now I hope that all of you are familiar with the 7 Celtic Nations, and their flags...
because now the Hunt is on!


Starting on Saturday (9/26) there will be hidden throughout the festival, 8.5"x 11" sized flags of the seven Celtic Nations (see example image, though obviously the colors are completely wrong...). Find all seven flags, and send us a message telling us the name of the nation and where each flag is hidden. Hint: Check out the craft and food vendors and our community sponsor booths..


There will be three prize drawings throughout Saturday. Once you capture all seven flags and contact us, you will be added to the prize pool and remain in the pool for the rest of the day. Winners will be taken out of the pool.


Drawing times and prizes are:
Noon: Anything out of the souvenir tent $25 and under.

3 pm: Kilt and Sporran Mug (see picture in wall photo album).

6 pm: 2 TICKETS TO SEE SOLAS AT SELLERSVILLE THEATRE, DEC. 3rd!


To enter: Email or Direct message us on Twitter with your full name, phone number and answers. We need your contact information in order to contact you if you are a winner.
Email: celticclassic@gmail.com (please use "Flags" as a subject line)

If you need a refresher on the 7 Celtic Nations, visit the Celtic Quest area, near the Icehouse...
Good luck!

Wednesday, September 23

A few Celtic Classic Favorites

If you can't wait until Friday for the festival to start or if you just want to get started early, check out a few of our favorite CDs by artists performing this year!

You can also view these items as a list at Amazon.com, http://bit.ly/4iym9O.

Blackwater ~ Live at 10

Burning Bridget Cleary ~ Catharsis

Malinky ~ Flower & Iron

Glengarry Bhoys ~ Rhoots

Scythian ~ Immigrant Road Show

Albannach ~ Albannach

Gaelic Storm ~ Bring Yer Wellies

Seamus Kennedy ~ Sailing Ships and Sailing Men

Barley Boys ~ Days of Abundance

Barleyjuice ~ The Irish Collection

Outrageous Tartan Sunday!!!


As a nod to our gaudy ancient Celt ancestors, the last day of Celtic Classic is being declared as Outrageous Tartan Sunday!

Show your Celtic spirit by mixing your tartan and stripes in the craziest combinations in outrageous quantities and get spotted and photographed by one of our roving camera volunteers for Facebook.

Those with the best turnout will be rewarded with Celtic Dollars to use on their next shopping trip.

Celtic Dollars will be good for discounts at these participating merchants:

Aardvark Sports Shop
Braveheart Highland Pub
Chateau Bow Wow
Chickadees
Cleo's Gallery
Donegal Square
Girlfriend's Boutique
Heavenly Hedgehog
Jack Callaghan's Ale House
McCarthy's Tea Room & Restaurant
Moravian Bookshop
Spa Soleil
Tally-Ho Tavern
Wired Coffee Shop

Celtic Dollars are worth $1 each on a purchase of $5 or more up to a max of $5 per location - the equivalent of 20 percent off - valid for 1 year.


Ancient Celt Textiles:
Ok, now...
When you watch a Hollywood film about medieval or pre-modern Europe, chances are the people are clothed in drab
clothes, crudely woven and sewn.

Actually, textiles in ancient times were fairly advanced.

It doesn't make any sense that a culture with the fine
metalworking techniques seen in torcs and other surviving artifacts would be running around in rags and tatters, yet this
is the common perception of what people wore.
Weaving is a very basic technology and was quite advanced as early as 5,000 BCE, and brightly colored dyes were
readily available. If we met our Celtic ancestors, they would probably look as gaudy to us as they did to the Romans,
since they were very fond of bright colors and ornamentation.

Friday, September 18

ONE MORE WEEK!


We are now exactly one week away from Celtic Classic!!


This time next Friday the pipes will be playing, stages will come alive with some of the best Celtic bands around,the Highland Field will be showcasing Hurley, one of the fastest sports in the world, tables will be set up for the great Haggis Eating competition, and and the great, wonderful, crazy group of people who have spent hundreds of hours preparing for next weekend will hopefully be rewarded by the sight of thousands of people showing up at the festival they have been dedicating a large portion of their lives to these past months.

With that comes a realization. That no matter how many hours we have been putting into planning and setting up Celtic Classic, it's still going to come down to who shows up to make it a success, and keep it going for 2010.

With that in mind, we would like to ask our fans for help. Please reach out to your network of people during the coming week and let them know that Celtic Classic is happening and invite them to come to the festival. send them to this fan page or to our website. Usually events ask that you turn off your cell phones and cameras, this year we hope that you keep them on. Take photos, tweet, upload clips and update your facebook status all with the keywords of Celtic Classic or Celtic Fest. Share with us your experiences so we can keep motivated and make the festival even better in the years to come.

Spread the word, Celtic Classic is in one more week!

We'll see you there :)

Terriers of Scotland

Until 1873, all of Scotland’s terriers were grouped together. They were then divided into two groups: Dandie Dinmont Terriers and Skye Terriers. The breeds now known as the Scottish Terrier, the West Highland White Terrier and the Cairn terrier were in the Skye Terrier classification. These three were developed form the same stock and originated in the islands and highlands of western Scotland. The three often were found in the same litter, distinguished only by their color. Toward the end of the 19th century, Scottish Terrier fanciers began to breed along separate lines. In 1908 the West Highland White terrier was acknowledged. The rest of the Skye Terrier classification was called “Short-Haired Skyes”. They were then renamed Cairn Terrier of Skye. In 1912, the shortened name of Cairn Terrier was agreed upon.

West Highland White Terriers "Argus, Piper, and Wynne" with their owner Liz Haug of Bethlehem, PA



Cairn Terrier Size: 14 pounds
Common throughout much of Scotland, cairns were piles of stones which served as landmarks or memorials and were hiding places for small mammals including foxes, weasels and badgers. Small terriers were used by farmers to enter the cairns and bark to hold the animal until the farmer killed it. The modern Cairn remains the closest to its working class roots. Their ancestors were highly prized and bred for their working not their appearance. Such characteristics as courage, tenacity and intelligence, housed in a sturdy body clad in a weather-proof coat, armed with big teeth in strong jaws, were sought generation after generation. The Cairn is friendly, independent, confident, intelligent, strong, loyal, stubborn and strong willed and will dig for real or imagined prey with their large feet and thick nails. Toto from the Wizard of Oz is one of the best known Cairn Terriers.

Scottish Terrier Size: 18 to 22 pounds
Also known as the Aberdeen terrier. They were first bred in the 1700’s. Their main purpose was to hunt badgers and to dig and chase after small vermin. They possessed strong tails to allow the owners to pull them out of the hole they dug going after the prey. This feisty dog breed was nicknamed “little diehard” by George the 19th Earl of Dumbarton in the 19th century. His pack of dogs was so brave they were named Diehards and were to have inspired the name of his regiment in the Royal Scots Guards as “Dumbarton’s Diehards”. The Scottie is alert, quick, feisty, stubborn and rugged with endless determination.

West Highland White Terrier (Westie) Size: 15 to 20 pounds
Originally they were in colors ranging from black to red to cream. Legend one day while hunting with his pack of colored terriers, one of Colonel Edward Donald Malcom’s dogs was accidentally shot as it emerged from the underbrush because it looked very much like a fox. Then and there he decided to only breed white dogs to prevent another unfortunate shooting. They were called Poltalloch terriers after his home in Argyllshire. They are a breed filled with much spunk, determination and devotion in a compact body. They have a lot of energy, tenacity and prey aggression which is keeping with their original purpose.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Size: 18 to 24 pounds.
This short legged otter and badger specialist developed in the Cheviot and Teviotdale Hills in the border country of Scotland and England. He has a long body – he is longer than he is tall-, short legs and a top knot of hair. He is determined, reserved, intelligent, and fond of children and an excellent guard dog. This breed is the only terrier named for a literary character. In 1815 Sir Walter Scott wrote about his terriers in Guy Mannering. A jovial farmer named Dandie Dinmont kept a pack of six mustard and pepper terriers. (Scot was credited for giving names to the breed’s colors which were names of Dinmont’s dogs). People were eager to own Dandie Dinmont’s Terriers. Scott described them: “He evolved from the Scottish hillside, the grey mists forming his body, a bunch of lichen his topknot, crooked juniper stems his forelegs and a wet bramble his nose”

Skye Terrier Size: 25 to 40 pounds
This elegant, low and long terrier originated on the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides. They were the aristocrats of the farm dogs, often kept in the owner’s homes. With their agility, short and sturdy legs for digging and their acute scenting ability they were masters at locating vermin underground and digging until they found them. They gained popularity in England in the 1840’s when Queen Victoria began breeding them. They are twice as long as they are high, serious, good natured, polite, loyal, and protective.

Border Terrier Size 11-15 pounds
This terrier was also bred in the border country between England and Scotland. They have longer legs than any of Scotland’s terriers. They were fox and vermin hunters: active, strong and tireless with a weather resisting coat to help withstand prolonged exposure to drenching rains and mists in the hill country. It is said there was no wall he can’t get over or wire entanglement he could not scramble through. They are playful, friendly and highly energetic. They do have dominant personalities and due to the strong hunting desire, may attack animals smaller that he (cats, rabbits, small dogs).

Monday, September 14

Seamus in Three?


Catching up with Seamus Kennedy is like trying to catch the wind. However recently we managed to get him to remain in one spot long enough to ask a few questions. Most of us in this area know who he is and have enjoyed his ready wit and vast store of songs during his performances but do we really know him?
We asked him to offer some input into his musical and entertainment development or otherwise (Seamus in Three!). His response is as follows:
Seamus was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for almost four decades. He continues to travel the country performing for thousands of people each year.
Arriving in New York fresh out of college where he majored in languages. He began his career by performing in a Bronx pub playing his guitar at a sing-along. He became so popular that the bar offered to pay him to do it on a regular basis. So he turned pro!
For ten years he was the “house band” at Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own Pub and Restaurant in Alexandria, VA. And he calls these years “the best training any young performer could have had. Over the years he has been selected to perform before Pope John Paul II at Trinity College in Washington D.C. and on one memorable St. Patrick’s Day, president Ronald Reagan showed up to catch his act in Ireland’s Own and joined the act when he came up on the stage and did ten minutes of Irish stories for a very surprised full house. (Talk about hard acts to follow!)
Seamus’s continual interactions with his audiences are his trademark. He talks directly to his audience and does not get flustered when they talk back. He loves to see people enjoying themselves and having a good time. His vast repertoire and endless supply of rib-tickling jokes, stories and one-liners which make people laugh, sing, relax and forget all their cares for a little while!
Seamus sings the music of his native Ireland with emotion born of knowing its history and conflicts first hand. While he loves to perform the traditional and contemporary tunes of Ireland and Scotland he is equally proficient with American music, whether it be folk, county, pop or blue grass. This diversity is well reflected in his twelve recordings which include specialty albums of children’s material and Christmas songs.
When asked what he likes best about performing at Celtic Classic? His first response was “the paycheck!” then he went on to say “I’ve have been performing at the Celtic Classic since 1992. I enjoy the audiences and the volunteers. Over the years I have built up a relationship with many if the volunteers who are among the warmest, friendliest and most helpful people I’ve encountered.
Seamus shared with us two Celtic Classic memories from his performances. “On two separate occasions, young men came up to me before the Friday night show in the Tavern In The Glen and asked if they could come up onto the stage and propose to their girlfriends who knew nothing of these plans. Of course I said “yes” but in order for the girls not to suspect anything, I made it look like I was calling the guys up to participate in a song or a bit of silliness. So the first time, I said “Do you have a girlfriend?’ the kid said “Yes” I said “Let’s get her up here to do the song with you’ Up she came. He drops down on his one knee, produced a box with an engagement ring and proposed to her. The crowd was yelling “Say Yes!” so she did. On the other occasion, he just proposed to her from the stage, she agreed and the crowd hollered its approval. And both of the couples have shown up – married – at just about every Celtic Classic since.
We were curious at this point and wanted to know what the funniest thing that has happened to him during a performance? In true Seamus style he says” In my book “Clean Cabbage In The Bucket” there’s a story called “Glass Eye and Golf Tees” which is too long to relate (you will just have to buy the book – available on my website!) but it was one of the funniest things ever to happen to me on stage.
When we asked if he had any advice to his younger fans who are interested in music and entertainment he offered this. “Yes. If you love playing the music, and your heart tells you that this is what you want to do, then follow your heart. But practice constantly and never forget that without the audience you're nothing. So always work at entertaining your audience, regardless of how great a musical virtuoso you may be”.
We have to wonder what’s the hardest part of being the entertainer, Seamus Kennedy. Seamus feels as he gets older, memorizing new songs, jokes and bits of business. “It ain't easy getting old, and I've been doing this for 38 years. I still love it, by the way.”
After his long run entertaining us we asked if he has any songs he particularly enjoys performing? All of them. If I don't enjoy them I don't do them. Sometimes I make a fuss about not wanting to do a song like The Rattling Bog, but that's just to get a laugh.
I really like singing it!
In closing we asked for a Bit O Wisdom from the great entertainer here’s what he had to say. “See my advice to younger fans above.” As for Promotional materials….
“Hey, check out my website. It's all there!”

“All my best wishes, and I'll see you at the Classic.”

Seamus
Reported by Cindy Stetvak

Friday, September 11

Bethlehem Harvest Festival

It's back! Passports will be available and beer tastings will once again take place on Main Street from 1 – 4 p.m the weekend after Celtic Classic, with the beer garden in the Sun Inn Courtyard beginning at 3 p.m. Visit their website: http://www.bethlehemharvestfestival.com for more information!

A full day of fall fun is planned. Join us for:
Beer sampling
An open air produce market
Great food
Fine arts and crafts vendors
19th Century brewing demonstrations
live music on Main Street
Children’s activities at the Smithy
The beer garden and live music in the Sun Inn Courtyard
Harvest Soup contest and sampling
Apple dessert features from the Sun Inn

Celtic Dog Breed Profile: Irish Wolfhound



The 2009 Celtic Classic will have a return of the Celtic dog breeds. Come and meet these incredible animals with a long and storied history.



Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of the Irish dogs. In early Irish literature they were called “Irish dogs”, “Big Dogs of Ireland”, “Greyhounds (or Grehounds) of Ireland", “Wolfdogs of Ireland” and “Great Hounds of Ireland”. Ownership in Ireland was originally restricted to Irish nobility. The dogs' chains were made of precious metals and they wore collars studded with gemstones. They were given away in large numbers as gifts to foreign emperors and kings. They were mentioned by the Roman Consul Quintus Aurelius in 391 A.D. after he received seven of them as a gift. They have keen eyesight, an imposing stature and a swift pace. Their hunting skills were used to hunt wolves and the six foot tall Irish elk. They were used to guard homes and protect livestock. They were used in battle to knock an armored knight off their mount. According to the AKC Standard, the Irish Wolfhound is a dog "Of great size and commanding appearance, the Irish Wolfhound is remarkable in combining power and swiftness with keen sight."


These slightly shaggy dogs are intelligent, good-natured gentle giants with sweet dispositions. Despite their size, they are quiet indoor dogs who thrive on human companionship. They are sensitive, affectionate pets who love everyone in their family. They're especially sweet and responsive to children. They bond easily and become devoted guardians of the children they love. They do, of course, need lots of space to accommodate their size. The Irish Wolfhound is a fairly expensive dog to maintain: they need super size crates, extra large pet beds, and more food than typical large breeds. The average adult weighs between 105 to 150 pounds and stands 32 to 34 inches at the shoulder. They have a rough wiry outer coat and a softer undercoat.