Celtic festival a community highlight
I am getting excited about the Saline Celtic Festival. I attended my first Celtic festival last year and was reminded how much fun it was while working on a special supplement we published in the July 3 Saline Reporter. I also reviewed video from last year that I took and created a video teaser for our Web site. Check it out by clicking on the link.
While Jerry Hinnen, our sports reporter, will be previewing the athletic events in our July 10 edition, my interest is in the entertainment and cultural aspects. I plan to be at Mill Pond Park again Saturday to capture some of the biggest moments, including the opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. and the parade at 10 a.m., on video and photos. You'll be able to view both online and photos may be purchased, as well.
Some of Thursday's activities include the Washtenaw Rugby Football Club at 5:30 p.m., with additional rugby matches at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., all at Henne Field. Admission is free.
Friday's highlights include a dinner at 5 p.m. with the Celtic festival athletes at Saline American Legion, followed by Gaelic football 7 p.m. at Henne Field. Pub Night in the Park starts 7:30 p.m. in the Red Dragon Tent and will include a limerick contest and "Mr. Pretty Legs" competition.
Saturday is when the major fun breaks out, with the Masters World Championship and Competitive Highland Dance at 9 a.m., parade at 10 a.m. from Liberty School to Bennett St. and Mill Road. The welcoming ceremony is set for 11:30 a.m.,with musical entertainment starting at noon on the Red Dragon State, Brecon Stage and Dance Stage.
Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul is the headlining act. Local performers include Fiddlers ReStrung. Visit the Saline Celtic Web site for a detailed schedule or view a pdf of our special supplement online.
The Saline Celtic Festival attracts thousands of visitors to Saline, boosting the local economy and community profile. In fact, FOX 2 Detroit will be broadcasting live from the festival 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Saline Celtic Festival is something to be proud of and there are many volunteers to thank. Pat Little has been an instrumental player. If you see him at Mill Pond Park or any of the other venues, pat him on the back and have him point out some of his helpers to salute, as well.