Celtic Festival brings music, fun, food to Webster
Region – If you're Irish, or wish you were – even one or two days a year – the Blackstone
Valley Celtic Festival Saturday July 29 is a can'tmiss
The festival, now in its fifth year, will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Indian Ranch Performance Center on Webster Lake in Webster.
There will be activities and entertainment that are sure to satisfy even the most finicky tastes, including music, dance, children's entertainment, and the Celtic Nation's pub serving food and other fare, as well as a merchants' village selling all things Celtic.
Previously the festival has been held at the King Farm in Sutton, and last year organizers decided on a two-day festival, only to have rain dampen the event, as well as the turnout.
This year's festival is being hosted by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Ranch Performance Center, and the presenting sponsor is Charter Communications.
The move to Indian Ranch provides the festival a venue that includes a performance stage, a fully-covered outdoor amphitheater, the indoor pub and an outdoor – covered – eating pavilion, all right on the sandy beaches of Webster Lake. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring their swimsuits and take full advantage of the beach and lake facilities. In addition, paddle boats will be available for renting.
"With this being the festival's fifth year, we really wanted to do something special," Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Interim Director Joe Deliso said. "Being able to use the stage, banquet room and outdoor pavilion makes so much sense because it allows us to focus on just the entertainment and the many talented musicians and performers that we'll have at the festival. I'm confident there will truly be something for everyone at this year's event."
Highlighting a day filled with Irish music and dance will be featured performers and Irish legends Paddy Keenan and Seamus Connolly, who, along with their respective bands will play together, creating a not-tobe missed performance of "Reel to Reel."
Also back this year will be the Men in Kilts Contest, always a crowd favorite. Men and boys of all ages are encouraged to wear colorful kilts into the festival and receive half off the admission price.
Other performers scheduled to appear include the Mary McInerney Irish Step Dancers – a Central Massachusetts favorite – as well as the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band, Robbie O'Connell, Charlie Zahm, Nan Tom Teaimin, John Walsh, Jimmy Noonan, Joe Derrane, John McGann, Celtic Spring, Sean Kane, the Briar Boys, Catherine Joyce and the O'Shea- Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance.
Tickets for the festival are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for senior citizens (65 and older) and youth (16 and under) are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Children 8 and under will be admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.blackstonevalleycelticfestival. com, or call 508-943-3871.
Indian Ranch is located on Route 16, just off Interstate 395, in Webster.
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