FLORENCE – On July 18 Look Park comes alive with Highland dancers, Highland pipers and drummers, a clan parade, sheep herding, Scottish dogs and other animals, wool spinners and weavers and lively Celtic music.
Celebrate your Scottish heritage – real or coveted – with kilt-wearing, tree-tossing Scotsmen at the Highland athletic games and delight in plates piled high with scones, shortbread, bridies or meat pies.
Come celebrate the second largest Scottish Festival in New England in its 22nd year.
This family fun event includes children’s athletic games and a water spray park. Many clans and a genealogist will be present to assist in tracing your Scottish ancestry. Vendors will be offering a variety of Scottish foods and imports. Listen to the beautiful Celtic harp music of the Pioneer Valley Harpers’ Guild. Learn about spinning and weaving from the Weavers’ Guild of Springfield. Relive history with the Historic Highlanders. Attend a Scots Gaelic song workshop.
For 2015, Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival presents world class Celtic music in the Ceilidh tent from 9:45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Featured artists Albannach, Soulsha, Prydein, The Cabeys, Charlie Zahm and Jennifer Licko, will present music ranging from sweet, pure song and boisterous ballads all the way to fiery fiddling and full-blown Celtic rock & tribal drums and yes, even Afro-Celtic.
Whether sitting in the Ceilidh Tent watching the show, quenching your thirst in the Celtic Pub with local microbrews provided by Paper City Brewery of Holyoke, or just having a picnic on the grass nearby, plan on enjoying great live Celtic music all day long.
The Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to support other nonprofit organizations and to provide scholarships for qualifying Scottish dance, pipe and/or drum students. Event co-sponsored by Westfield Bank, New England Public Radio and the NEPR News Network, Burger King of Northampton, Bertera Subaru, the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Valley Advocate/Preview.
All festival proceeds benefit River Valley Counseling Center, a multi-service agency in Hampden County, offering a range of traditional and non-traditional outpatient services to adults and children. Also, Forum House, Westfield, a program of Human Resources Unlimited, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization serving disabled and disadvantaged adults in Hampden, Hampshire and southern Worcester Counties.
For more information and schedules, visit www.glasgowlands.org or call 862-8095 or 862-4539.