Karshner Center Presents The Celtic Highlands Festival
Karshner Center Presents The Celtic Highlands Festival
Posted on 03/28/2017

Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts' final festival for the 2016-17 school year will be the Celtic Highland Festival. This festival will feature bagpipes, Scottish and Irish bands, heavy athletic sports, Celtic dance performances, and crafts for children.

The following performers are scheduled:

  -  Celtic Treble, a dynamic Celtic music trio consisting ofCeltic Treble Annie Henry on fiddle, guitar and vocals, Denise Keck-OFalin on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Jon Crain on bagpipes and drums. Audiences are energized by traditional Irish and Scottish music in a modern edgy way. You will enjoy the array of tunes CELTIC TREBLE has to offer. They play traditional sing along songs everyone knows and loves to foot stomping anthem tunes that stir the soul and bring you a TRUE CELTIC EXPERIENCE!

Celt Check  -  Celt Check! is a dynamic family quartet with father Gareth Davis, daughters Darcy Davis, Ari Stolar, and Finn McFaire. The quartet plays a variety of instruments including guitars, recorder, bodhran, doumbek, tin whistle, and more. They love to share these instruments and their extensive list of Celtic songs from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The Celt Check! performance begins at 3 p.m.




Celtic dancers  -  Scoil Rince Slieveloughane (pronounced skole rinka shleeve lockane and is Irish for Hillside Lake Dancing School) will not only perform at the Celtic Highland Festival this Saturday, April 1 at Karshner Center, they will show us how dance a little jig.

Did you know t
he Irish Jig is meant to be a parody of an Irish washerwoman in an agitated state of mind? The story of the dance is a follows: Females dancing the Jig are acting out an angry fit of an Irishwoman whose husband has not made it home from town until wee hours of the night. Males dancing the Jig act out the happy-go-lucky Irishman facing his wife’s tirade.

The dance combines tap movements with expressive arm gestures which are uncommon in traditional highland dance but added by the Scots as a humorous salute to their Celtic Brethren across the Irish Sea.


The Tacoma Highlanders, competitors in traditional Scottish heavy game events, will 
practice and demonstrate the Scottish Heavy Athletics games.Pictured here is John Tracy, Tacoma Highlander team member, participating in the caber toss.

Celtic Games

What is a caber toss? This event is not a competition of distance or height, but is scored on accuracy. The height and weight varies at each game. Most cabers are between 15 and 20 feet long and 60 to 100 pounds. For a successful throw, the competitor first needs to flip the caber. Once the caber is flipped, they are scored on how straight they flip it.

Don’t miss the free family festival at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from noon to 5 p.m