Saline Celtic Festival kicks off with Friday’s Pub Night

 07/13/2017 - 18:51
Saline Celtic Festival
The Saline Celtic Festival kicks off with Friday's Pub Night, followed by the all-day festival on Saturday, both at Mill Pond Park.

The wait is over! The 22nd Saline Celtic Festival kicks off  Friday with Pub Night at Mill Pond Park. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and activities run till 11:30 p.m. The cost is $5.

Friday, July 14

Red Dragon Stage

6:30pm – Brother Crowe

7:45pm – Limerick Competition

8:15pm – Brother Crowe

9:30pm – Mr. Pretty Legs in a Kilt

10 to 10:30 pm Fire Performance by Ring of Steel

10:30pm – Brother Crowe

Brecon & Edinburgh Stages: Music and dance sessions with the Detroit Irish Music Association.  Bring your instruments and jam, or take a workshop on beginning bodrán, tin whistle, Irish fiddle, Contra/English line dancing or step dancing. 

Saturday, July 15

Gates open Saturday at 10 a.m., with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m., and the fun runs through 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 ages 65 and up; $5 ages 13-17; free for ages 12 and under, and active military. Advance ticket sales at salineceltic.org close at noon Friday: $10/adults; group of 10/$80. Tickets purchased online will be held at the festival gate at “Will Call.”

7:00 am  Shuttle Service Begins

10:00 am  Highland Dance Registration, Edinburgh

10:30 am–5:00 pm  Highland Dance Competition, Edinburgh

11:00 am

Opening Ceremony with Massed Bands

Peat in the Creel, Brecon

11:30 am  Indigo Dyeing Demonstration, Textile Tent

12:00 pm

Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, Red Dragon

Motor City Irish, Brecon

Purcell Irish Pipers of Detroit-Uilleann piping demonstration, Glasgow Tent

Ancient Athletic Games Begin

Wee Folks Island Opens

12:15 pm  Princess Merida Story Time, Wee Folks Island

12:30 pm

Jousting

Golf Chipping, Field

Ring of Steel

1:00 pm

Sheep Herding

Tartan & Thistle Dance, Brecon

Ducky Race, Wee Folks Island

1:10 pm  Princess Merida Story Time, Wee Folks Island

1:15 pm Try-An-Instrument hosted by the Detroit Irish Music Association, Glasgow

1:30 pm Haggis Hurl, Field Event

1:35 pm  Peat in the Creel, Red Dragon

2:00 pm

Indigo Dyeing Demonstration, Textile Tent

Irish Dance Company of Lansing, Brecon

Ring of Steel

Ducky Race, Wee Folks Island

Pipe Band, Glasgow

2:10 pm

Princess Merida Story Time, Wee Folks Island

Motor City Irish Dancers, Red Dragon Stage

2:30 pm  Golf Chipping, Field

2:35 pm Nutshell Ann Arbor, Red Dragon

3:00 pm

Jousting

Sheep Herding

Ducky Race, Wee Folks Island

Damsha Uisce Ban Mor, Brecon – Participatory ceili dancing

Pipe Band, Glasgow

3:15 pm  Music Workshop with Steel City Rovers, Wee Folks Island

3:25 pm  A2 Celtic Harpers, Red Dragon

3:30 pm

Haggis Hurl, Field Event

Ring of Steel

4:00 pm

Indigo Dyeing Demonstration, Textile Tent

Commonwealth Dance Collective, Brecon

Ducky Race, Wee Folks Island

Pipe Band, Glasgow

4:10 pm  Princess Merida Story Time, Wee Folks Island

4:15 pm  Roane, Red Dragon

4:30 pm

Golf Chipping, Field

Wee Folks Parade, Festival Field

4:50 pm   A2 Morris dancers, Red Dragon

5:00 pm

Sheep Herding

Ring of Steel

Dancin’ Feet School of Gaelic Culture and Dance, Brecon

Steel City Rovers, Edinburgh

Massed Pipe Bands, Piper’s Hill

5:15 pm  Brother Crowe, Red Dragon

5:30 pm

Jousting

Haggis Hurl, Field Event

6:00 pm

Ann Arbor Morris, Brecon

Ring of Steel

6:15 pm  Celtic Jam, Edinburgh

6:35 pm  Irish Dance Company of Lansing, Red Dragon

7:00 pm

Steel City Rovers, Red Dragon

O’Kennedy Irish Dance Academy, Brecon

7:30 pm Participatory Music Session led by Celtic Jam, Edinburgh

8:45 pm  CrossBow, Red Dragon

10:00 pm Fire Performance by Ring of Steel outside of Red Dragon tent

10:30 pm Stone Clover, Red Dragon

Midnight  Shuttle Service Ends

Parking is at Heritage and Woodland Meadows schools on Woodland Drive, with free shuttle buses running between the parking area and the festival site  Friday evening and all day Saturday. No pets are allowed in the park.

For complete information visit www.salineceltic.org. 

 

Sheila Pursglove
Sheila Pursglove is a long-time Saline-area resident, and a freelance writer for several publications in Michigan, around the U.S. and abroad.