Go raibh maith agaibh!
Tapadh leibh! Thank you!

Thanks to all attendees, performers, volunteers

Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band Opening Ceremony
Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band opening ceremony
(Photo: Ernest Black - Enlarge)

and vendors of the 7th Annual Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Celtic Festival at Indian Ranch, Saturday July 25th. We could not have asked for better weather, entertainment or company. What a perfect day! Not a drop of rain fell, and while the sky was blue and the sun shone brightly, neither was it too hot. Festival goers were treated to a wide range of Celtic music from Scotland and Ireland, with a distinctive American flavor, as well as to exhibits, shopping and food in the Celtic Village and lots of fun for the kids with games and entertainment abounding.

Coyote Run
Coyote Run
(Photo: Ernest Black - Enlarge)

Without the participation of our hard working Celtic Festival Committee Members, the cooperation and assistance from Indian Ranch, the support of our sponsors and the dedication of our volunteers there would have been no festival. And perhaps we should give thanks to Belenos, the Celtic sun god, for gracing the day with the most perfect weather imaginable!

This year's festival featured outstanding acts all of which should be far better known than they are.


Charlie Zahm Trio
(Photo: Ernest Black - Enlarge)

Long a staple of the BV Celtic Festival, Charlie Zahm returned this year to perform both a solo set and with the Charlie Zahm Trio, featuring Tad Marks on fiddle and Mark Sullivan on percussion. Burning Bridget Cleary, featuring Rose Baldino and her father Lou and Genevieve Gillespie entertained the crowd, even moving into the stands to play duo fiddles in the crowd. Cady Finlayson played the National Anthemn for the opening and returned with her full band for a great set. The Gray School of Irish Dance delighted with sparkling Irish step dancing, and the


Gray School of Irish Dance
(Photo: Ernest Black - Enlarge)

Men in Kilts contest was a show stopper as always. And though they had been stuck in NJ/NY traffic and arrived barely in time for their closing set, Coyote Run stole the show with perhaps the most dynamic Celtic folk rock fusion ever played on the shores of Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubuna-gungamaugg (Lake Webster). Throughout the day comedian George Casey kept things lively, and when folks were tired of the sun or simply hungry for some Celtic grub, they settled into the Celtic Pub where they were treated to marvelous

Cady Finlayson Band
Cady Finlayson Band
(Photo: Ernest Black - Enlarge)

music by Jug o'Punch.

We hope you were sustained by a wee bit of grub and grog, cherished the music, tapped your feet to the dance, let the kids romp in the games, and enjoyed all things Celtic!

See you next year at the 8th Annual Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival! We invite you to return to our Valley throughout the year to partake of our cultural and heritage museums, family friendly attractions, terrific state parks and outdoor recreational opportunities, or just come and enjoy time well spent in an area close to home that is so rich in our country's history and natural beauty. For more information or to plan your next trip to our scenic Valley, assistance from the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is just a click away at www.blackstonevalley.org or phone us at 508-234-9090.

Slàinte (Cheers),

Jeannie

Jeannie Hebert, President
and the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Staff



 Burning Bridget ClearyMen in Kilts Contest

Photos, left to right: Burning Bridget Cleary, Men in Kilts Contest, Coyote Run, and Coyote Run (photo credit: Ernest Black)