The Annual Celebration of Celtic Pride in Arlington Heights is being held for the 13th time on Friday July 27, 2012 and Saturday July 28, 2012. Enjoy Irish entertainment, Irish food, a market and cultural activities.
Friday, July 27
5:30 pm Gates open (Marketplace open 6-10 pm with Galway Bakers, The Irish Boutique, Heartland Gallery, Murray’s Irish Outfitters, ishopirish, Mother Earth Jewelry)
6:00-7:15 pm Small Potatoes @ Main Stage
Face Painting & Balloon Twisting by Merrymakers
Learn to Jig with Trinity Irish Dancers @ Wee Folk Tent
7:30 pm Trinity Dancers @ Main Stage
8:00 pm The Glengael Bagpipe Band @ Museum Grounds
8:15 pm Lucky Lass Drawing @ Main Stage
8:30-10:30 pm The Kreellers @ Main Stage
11:00 pm Fest Closes Drive Safely!
The Glengael – Bagpiping in the grand Celtic tradition
The Kreellers – Five piece powerhouse of a band is unstoppable with high energy music steeped in traditional Irish sound, with a mix of rock, funk and even punk elements.
Trinity Irish Dancers – The school has won an unprecedented 32 World Championship titles for the United States, and is the largest Irish dance program in the world.
Small Potatoes – The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as “Celtic to Cowboy.” Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.”
Saturday, July 28
3:30 pm Gates open (Marketplace open 4-10 pm with Galway Bakers, The Irish Boutique, Heartland Gallery, Murray’s Irish Outfitters, ishopirish, Mother Earth Jewelry)
4:00 pm McNulty Dancers @ Main Stage
Arlington Heights: Through the Decades @ Heritage Gallery
4:00-8:00 pm @Wee Folk Tent open
Face Painting & Balloon Twisting by Merrymakers @ Museum Ground
Irish American Heritage Center @ Dunton Room
Northern IL Chapter of Crochet Guild @ Dunton Room
Mini-Golf, Carnival Games, Irish Baggo @ Arlington Room
4:30-5:45 pm Dooley Brothers @ Arlington Room
5:00 pm Ceili Workshop @ Arlington Room
5:45-6:15 pm Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society @ Museum Grounds
6:15-7:30 pm The Gleasons @ Main Stage
7:45 pm Best Legs in Kilt contest @ Main Stage
8:15 pm Irish Raffle @ Main Stage
8:30-10:30 pm Bella Cain @ Main Stage
11:00 pm Fest Closes Drive Safely!
Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society – members of the band consist entirely of active and retired Law Enforcement Officers from the rank & file of Federal Agencies, State, Counties, City of Chicago, and numerous Suburban Police Departments.
Bella Cain LIVE 2.26.11 Austin’s—Sweet Home Alabama.
Bella Cain – Bella Cain is a newly formed, young, high-energy 6-Piece Top 40 Country Group that along with the Bella Girls deliver a non-stop and explosive performance to every show! With a “Big” guitar sound, they also bring 5 part harmonies, fiddle, steel guitar, piano, banjo, a solid rhythm section and both male/female vocals to the stage delivering a full and dramatic sound unmatched regionally. While based out of Wisconsin and performing the hottest new Country Music on radio today, some age old favorites as well as a few other tricks up their sleeve, Bella Cain is winning the hearts of fans all over the Midwest.
McNulty School of Irish Dance – The McNulty School of Irish Dance was founded by Barbara McNulty T.C.R.G. in 1971 in Naperville, Illinois. Since then, enrollment has grown to over 350 students throughout the Midwest. The School currently offers classes in over 15 locations in Northern and Central Illinois as well as Iowa and Wisconsin.
The Dooley Brothers – Chicago’s finest blend of Folk, Jazz, Irish, Swing, Calypso and good old Rock & Roll, plus tons of originals, and popular favorites from the 40s, 50s 60s and 70s. The Dooleys have been entertaining Chicagoland for over 30 years with their delightful banter and wide musical repertoire.
The Gleasons – The Gleasons have been bringing their original music and stylized traditional material to audiences for nearly a decade. With two released CDs and a third in the works, The Gleasons call Milwaukee home and are a staple of the regional pubs and Irish Fest (in Milwaukee)- the world’s largest Irish music festival.
Irish Fest Location:
Arlington Heights Historical Museum
Museum grounds, corner of Euclid and Vail, Arlington Heights, IL
Admissions (no pets allowed):
Friday: $5 adults; Children under 15 yrs. free
Saturday: $7 adults; $6 seniors & Historical Society members; $2 children (3-14 yrs.)
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