Bust out your kilt and start watching Braveheart on repeat while you can; this Saturday, it’s time for the annual Celtic Fling & Highland Games at the Mount Hope Shire.
For seventeen years, the same minds behind the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (which kicks off on August 1 with their Grand Arrival weekend, by the way) have brought us the Celtic Fling & Highland Games on the Mount Hope estate. It’s a celebration of all things Celtic, both traditional and via the various diasporas that have resulted in so many people being able to trace their lineage back to this Cassidy or that Kennaugh.
This weekend, in addition to enjoying the various vinos and brews that the Mount Hope Winery and associated stands always have to offer, you can enjoy a variety of Celtic-themed entertainment. Things kick off with a Friday night concert, which features Gaelic Storm and Carbon Leaf – and the weekend just gets better from there. The music will run the gamut – folksy music and dance group The Gothard Sisters will be sharing the weekend with return favorites Dublin 5, Burning Bridget Cleary, Albannach and many more.
Newly-formed brewery triumvirate, SBC Brewsmiths (formed of Swashbuckler Brewing Company, Divine Swine Brewing Company, and the Rumspringa Brewing Company) will be giving $5 tours of their new facilities every hour on the hour from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, 12-8 p.m. on Saturday and 12-6 p.m. on Sunday. Food like boxty, Scotch eggs, and haggis will be available in abundance. The Highland Games, of course, will stun you with the participants’ feats of strength, skill, and daring. This is pretty much as Celtic as you can get without picking one of the 6 to 8 extant countries currently classified by scholars as Celtic and rolling in the peat moss or something. (Don’t do that. Why would you ever want to do that?)
Grab your tickets now – you can get a weekend pass, a single-day pass, and a ticket for the Friday night concert, as well as tickets for that fancy new brewery tour. Come on. Who can resist haggis? To get you vibing, sample a song from popular Scottish rock band Albannach, who will also be playing during the weekend.