Havre de Grace Winter Celtic Festival
Havre de Grace Winter Celtic Festival
Since 2019, the City of Havre de Grace has twinned with the community of Mumbles, Wales, in order to foster understanding and friendships between two seemingly different communities. Through Twinning, both communities have learned that we have much in common - beginning with light houses. Visitors from Havre de Grace traveled to Mumbles in 2019 and this year Havre de Grace was able to welcome folks from Mumbles for a visit. HdG Twinners will be returning to Mumbles in September, further fostering friendships.
Samples to choose from and a bit of background about Welsh Love Spoons with Pat Price from the Love Spoon Gallery in Mumbles, Wales
Samples and swatches to choose from, along with a video loop about Welsh Tartans. Orders can be placed.
Cor Cymreag Rehoboth from Delta, PA will be selling Welsh Cakes. Scones and Bara Brith also available.
Jonah Jones worked in many media. He cut letters in slate, carved in stone and produced bronze busts. He taught himself both the traditional techniques of stained and leaded glass and the newer ones of concrete glass. He painted in watercolour, a medium in which he produced a distinctive body of work based on vernacular calligraphy, a technique in which the artist and poet David Jones was a major influence. He also produced two published novels, a book of largely autobiographical essays, an illustrated book about the lakes of North Wales, and a biography of Clough Williams-Ellis, the architect of Portmeirion
‘From Wales to the world…’
Penderyn Distillery is the home of Welsh Whisky and produces award-winning single malt whiskies and spirits in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. A second distillery in Llandudno opened in 2021, and a third one in Swansea is planned to open in Spring 2023.
From Wales to the world...
Côr Cymraeg Rehoboth (Rehoboth Welsh Choir) is a performance choir in the great tradition of choirs from the valleys of Wales. Since 1984, Cor Cymraeg Rehoboth (Rehoboth Welsh Choir) has represented Welsh-American culture and the Welsh choral tradition in the Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware region. Based in Delta, PA and associated with the Rehoboth Welsh Chapel there, Cor Rehoboth has performed for local hymn sings (Cymanfaoedd Canu), festivals and concerts in the region, as well as tours of Wales, the Maritime provinces, and New England. Notably, the choir sang at the wedding of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas. The choir sings in Welsh and English and welcomes anyone interested in choral singing.
Fàilte don Bhaile Chànain! - Welcome to the Language Village!
Gàidhlig is the oldest surviving language of Scotland. It offers a unique perspective on the history, culture and future of Scotland and communities of Gaels, wherever they are.
The Language Village is an interactive, engaging space where Gàidhlig is being spoken, visitors are introduced to the language, and everyone can take part in singing, learning, and other activities. We will run a variety of language activities throughout the festival designed to educate festival goers about the broader Gaelic culture using a “hands on” learning approach including: static and video displays, waulking songs and demos, poetry, music, and introductory Gàidhlig classes. Harp playing is throughout the day.
The Language Village is operated by Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore), and is made possible by a partnership with the Winter Celtic Festival.
Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir teaches the Scottish Gaelic language in its contemporary and historical context, and builds Gaelic community in the Chesapeake region. We are dedicated to cultivating new Gaelic speakers, using methods that honor and perpetuate Gaelic culture and language.
Do you want to learn Gaelic? Are you interested in exploring the culture and history of the language? Are you interested in Gaelic singing or Gaelic stories or Gaelic poetry?
Thig don Bhaile Chànain. - Come to the Language Village.
Most people who find their way to Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir or other Gaelic language communities in North America have been drawn down those paths by love. The first glimpse of that path might come from curiosity or the feeling of something missing in their own roots, but the trip down that path is possible only by love. Perhaps it is a love of the language, or the music, or the poetry, or the land, or the people, or family history. Wherever their own path starts that love draws them to an authentic experience of Scottish Highland heritage, to wells long covered which they might open, and from which they might drink. It’s a meaningful and even heroic journey.
Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir is a non-profit educational society that teaches and promotes the Scottish Gaelic language and culture in in its contemporary and historical context, and builds Gaelic community in the Chesapeake region. We are dedicated to cultivating new Gaelic speakers, using methods that honor and perpetuate Gaelic culture and language.
We started as a small group of learners, holding our classes in Liam Flynn’s Ale House on North Avenue in Baltimore City.
While language learning is at the root of who we are, we are also interested in supporting all aspects of Gaelic culture. We include history and a range of traditional art forms in our activities. For instance, in an immersion weekend or our Language Village we will have language classes, but also Gaelic song and poetry, and videos and print material on Gaelic history. We believe that a language has to be understood as a product of its history and its present day experience. Without that it’s detached from the experience of its speakers. We also believe that the practice of language, history, cultural arts, and other disciplines inform one another, and cannot be fully comprehended in isolation. We strive to integrate these practices as much as possible.
We also strive for ways of being knowledgeable about and supporting developments in Scotland and the other Celtic countries, keeping us connected to the homelands of the language.
However, we are part of the heritage of the immigrant Gaelic community of North America. Our driving vision is to stimulate greater common use of Gaelic and foster a Gaelic speaking community here in the Chesapeake region that links up with Gaelic speaking communities and organizations in other areas. Far more than simply studying in classes together, we hope for a Gaelic community built on friendship and mutual support in which the language can thrive; a community where the participants see each other for life cycle events, get together casually, and support each other as in any community, but in this one we are building common use of Gaelic and fostering the culture today in our home area.
While we are rooted in Scottish Gaelic, we regard the Gaelic world, be it Scotland, Ireland, or the Isle of Man, as one cultural whole with linguistic and cultural variations. Many of us who currently participate have both Scottish and native Irish family lines.
We welcome all people interested in Gaelic language and culture who may find their place here in a variety of ways from attending classes or events to more intensive involvement. We hope you come as classmates and continue as friends and family.
If you are interested in joining us please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm: Gaelic singing session. This will be in the form of a traditional cèilidh and not a performance. Anyone can offer a song (or a story or poem).
10:30 - 11:00 am: Gaelic Song Session with Sean Heely
11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Gaelic for Beginners
1:30 - 2:00 pm: Gaelic Poetry
3:30 - 4:15 pm Waulking Songs and Activity
10:30 - 11:00 am: Gaelic Poetry
11:30 am - Noon: Gaelic for Beginners
1:30 - 2:00 pm: Gaelic Song Session with Sean Heely
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Gaelic Songs and Games for Children
4:30 - 5 pm Waulking Songs and Activity
Music, Conversation, and Games throughout the festival.
The festival will be located at the newly renovated STAR Centre
700 Congress Avenue, Havre de Grace, Maryland
The building will be accessible for move in and set up on:
Friday, January 13th from 10:00 am til 4:00 pm
The bulk of the vendors will be in the large "Old High School Gym" space. Those that the committee feel would be better served in the Cultural Village will be set up in the "Back Gym" along with Clans, Dogs of the Celtic Nations and kid's activities.
Exhibitors may park in the lot adjacent to the building and on Bourbon Street directly behind the building. There is room for some trailers.
Please have your space vacated no later than 9:00 pm on Sunday, January 15th
Please refer to the exhibitor rules and regulations at the bottom of this page. Any further inquiries should be directed to: email@example.com