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BELTANE FESTIVAL

Scottish American Society

13th Annual
CELTIC BELTANE FESTIVAL

Columbia Woods Park

4060 Columbia Woods Drive

Norton, OH 44203

May 13th 2017 – 10 AM TO 6:00 PM

Sponsored by the Scottish American Society

Proceeds benefit:

Pegasus Farm 

Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Ceili Rush

The Celtic Eagle Pipe Band

Urquhart School of Scottish Dance

 MacConmara School of Irish Dance

 McKenney Family Singers

John Whitaker

HIGHAND ATHLETES COMPETITION

(those braw laddies tossed telephone poles around)

Children's Games

Vendors

Clan Tents

Vendors include many different crafts, jewelry, clothing and food items.  Children’s amusements & games will be featured at Pirates Cove.  A beer garden, snacks, non profits, information area, basket auction and a bake sale - all in or near a pavilion with picnic tables for the use of visitors.  

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Photo by Joy Dingman, Hartville News
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Jim & Margaret Frost, Alex Murray, "Poppins" & Carol Lichtenwalter

PEGASUS PRESENTATION
Funds Raised at the 2016 Beltane Festival

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12TH Annual

CELTIC BELTANE FESTIVAL

COLUMBIA WOODS PARK

NORTON, OHIO


MAY 7th 2016

It went well.  Despite the weather gurus, we only had one brief period of rain (like maybe 15 minutes) around 4 and that did send a lot of folks scurrying for shelter.  (We don't hire a big tent - we need to confer more with the city about the feasibility of renting one.)  Fortunately for us, the McKenney family (and others) chose to come to the pavilion where we had set up our Sas'y section (souvenirs, basket raffle, bake sale, membership and Genealogy​, Pegasus and Operation Tail Wag). They sang and kind of led what became a sing-a-long.  Very pleasant.  Then the Moorhens played and they lit up the gathered audience.  Lots of clapping and toe-tapping. 

The athletes only delayed their competitions for a few moments during the rain (not wise to be in a field in a thunderstorm).  We had (I'm guessing) around 60 or 70 competitors, including about six amazing women.  In fact, the Athlete of the Day* was a woman. 

“Hey Mavis” really was a grand finale, but unfortunately too late in the festival.  Many folks who had been looking forward to seeing them had to move on before they came on.  Kenny Luyster said we have to have them immediately following Christie's dancers.  There wasn't a seat available when her group performed.

The whole feeling of the event was very upbeat.  Todd McKenney said that what we need is a sponsor and he's going to see if he can get us one.  He's right and that would be super. 

As usual, there are kinks to work out.  And as always the decision whether or not to have another festival.  But this one went well. 

We made enough to cover our bills, give our donation to Pegasus, and have a little cushion for next year. We're happily exhausted. 

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*Athlete of the Day is now the "Agnes Bagley Memorial Trophy" - I am, of course, unhappy about adding the word "Memorial".

If you’d like to get a peek into what it looked like, it’s on You-tube.  Here’s the link: http://www.barbertonherald.com/107832/1803/brbeltanefestival050916

(copy & paste)

 

 


The festival is a 501(c)(3) charity and benefits Pegasus, also a 501(c) (3) charity.

FOR VENDORS APPLICATION, please click here:

For information on participating in the Highland Athletics, please contact Richard McClain at:  Richard.mcclain@glsaa.com 

To go directly to the Great Lakes Scottish Athletic Association web site, click here.

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SEE US ON FACEBOOK -
 
Julie McElhiney has created a facebook page for the Celtic Beltane Festival.  There are lots of excellent photos of past events. 
 
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To see other photos taken at previous festivals, please click here.

To view the Highland Athletes in competition, click here.

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Margaret Opphile, Liz Belvin, Agnes Bagley
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Marlene & Russ Luyster

Marlene represented Clan Cumming and Russ was our emcee - and a great job he did!

Katy passed out Walkers shortbread samples and helped Jon park cars.

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Children's games
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Tim & Christy Walsh supervise
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Joey Walsh

Sometimes the dance shoes just gotta go.

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Columbus Welsh Country Dancers
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Welsh Fusiliers tents
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Miss Meghan McElhiney
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Clan Claus

Some clans came a very long way to be present at our event!

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The Morehead Brothers - Bob and Jim

It's good to have true professionals handling the microphones.  Sound system provided by J and C Entertainment, Manager James Morehead, Tel.: 330-608-5826

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Guests from Hyde Park Farms
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Kent Scottish Country Dancers
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Waulking the wool

Frances Acar and friends demonstrating how to "waulk" the newly woven wool.

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Irish dancer
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O'Hare Irish Dancers in the wings
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Welsh Fusiliers

For photos of Beltane 2009, click here.