The Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with added music, entertainment and tea, August 16 – 18 at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton.
Friday night is a special addition of music outreach and education with the Harp Twins and TopHouse, 6:30 p.m., no charge for all ages, at the dance tent.
“Since this is the tenth year they wanted to do something special,” said Darcy Cody, member. “There will also be a Special 10th Anniversary Concert by SWAGGER! at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the music tent.”
The Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering is just one of many organized by the Bitterroot Celtic Society a non-profit with volunteers dedicated to “educating, celebrating, and promoting the customs, civilization, and achievements of Celtic heritage and how those have affected the culture and history of the Bitterroot Valley.”
The Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering is a fun family-style gathering with a full schedule of entertainment and learning.
A few highlights are: bagpipes and drum band competitions, lessons on language, cooking, playing bagpipes, Celtic language and dancing. Whisky, Mead and Scotch tasting is always popular as is Highland dance competitions and Celtic merchandise booths.
Parades on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. with the grand entry of clans, bands and athletes.
There are daily herding demonstrations to show off the well trained dogs.
The weekend has a Lament - Flowers of the Forest, pipe & drum and dance competitions, great music and comedian Seamus Kennedy will perform his hilarity in the music tent at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
On Sunday, at 9 a.m. is a Kirkan o' the Tartan church service, at 10 a.m. the junior athletics for age 12 – 15 begin and at 11 a.m. kids age 5-11 learn and compete.
At noon is the Brazilian Celtic music group called “Taverna.”
Also on Sunday is an Afternoon Tea in the Daly Mansion Trophy Room for $12 with food, tea and plenty of ambiance.
The 10th anniversary is again offering free admission for children, adults cost $10 on Saturday, $8 on Sunday or $15 for the weekend.
There is some parking at the mansion for $10 for the weekend or free shuttle service from Hamilton High School that begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and ends at 10:45 p.m. on Saturday and 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.
“It is a fun event,” Cody said. “It feels like a family reunion. You don’t have to be a Celt to come, everyone is welcome. The weekend id filled with cultural experiences and it is a great learning opportunity.”
For the full schedule of the Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering 10th anniversary event visit www.bcgg.org,