2010 Celtic Highland Games Schedule by Area
Saturday, Sept 18th at Centennial Park, Davenport
Heavy Games - Scottish Athletics: The Caber Toss, Hammer Throw and More!
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Athletics Field - competitions in several stone throws: weight over bar and weight for distance, hammer throw, sheaf toss and the caber toss.
The day ends with the just-for-fun Irish Keg Toss.
Three bagpipe bands playing at various times all day around the grounds. Featuring: Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums, of Peoria; Blackhawk Pipe Band, of the Quad Cities, and Turlach Ur, an award-winning pipe and drum band out of Grinnell, Iowa.
4:30 ish - Gathering of the Pipe Bands, playing in rounds and then as one. Who's your favorite? Vote with applause as the bands try to out-do one another.
Highland Dance in the Entertainment Tent
Trophies sponsored by the Scottish American Society of the Quad Cities!
Bonnie Knees . . Right after the Parade of Tartans
Bonnie Knees Which man has the best legs? 12:30 p.m.
Stay for the haggis howl and wellie toss, too!
Entertainment Tent - East end of festival grounds
Following the Highland Dance Competition: Mullane Healy O'Brien Irish Dance Academy performances
5:30 p.m. on - Evening Music, $5. See list below!
Evening Music in the Entertainment Tent - Just $5 for over 6 hours of entertainment!
5:30 - Barley House Band - Irish roots and American branches, a Quad City favorite!
7:00 - Laura and the Lads- Music of Ireland, Scotland, England, France and Northern Spain.
MacKenzie plays a variety of wind instruments and voice, with the lads on percussion, bass,
fiddle, guitar and clarinet.
9:30 - Highland Reign - High-energy progressive Scots-American Celtic music with plenty of
rockin' Scottish tunes.
Workshops and Demonstrations - southeast corner of the festival grounds
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.- Celtic Knot Class: Come and learn the history and motifs of Celtic knot work, see examples by master knot work artists, and try making some knots of your own! These infinite knots where thought to represent eternity to Celtic monks, come discover what they might mean to you.
Primary/Beginner/Novice Competition Begins
Intermediate/Premier Competition Begins
10:30 to 11:30 - Cloggers - Learn traditional dances, made famous by Scots-Irish immigrants to the mountains of America
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Hammered Dulcimer workshop with Reg & Linda Shoesmith.
2:15 p.m.- Joe Nobiling, Celtic fiddler with an American accent, Joe Nobiling will provide a presentation on the role of Celtic fiddle tunes and songs during the American Civil War. Beware: should attendees have instruments in hand (or cases) a mini-session is liable to result! John Kinser will be accompanying Joe on bodhran and Heather Nobiling on spoons and vocals.
Weaving & Spinning demos by Valley Spinners & Weavers- The guild is dedicated to providing guidance, inspiration, continuing education and fellowship to weavers and spinners. Membership is open to all skill levels and provides on-going mentoring and study-group opportunities. They meet on the first Tuesday of most months, at Hauberg Civic Center in Rock Island.
Historic dances and reels, taught by Step Back in Tyme. Enjoy period music as you learn and perform historic dances from the 1700-1800's ranging from English country dances, Scottish Reels, and early American line dances.
What Else is Going On?
Noon: Parade of Tartans around the field. Check in at Clan Row by 11 a.m. to participate as a family group.
Clan Heritage Tents - Meet representatives of Irish and Scottish families, along with organizations of Welsh/Cornish, Irish and Scottish heritage groups.
Vote for the best clan tent! Get your ballot at the clan headquarters tent.
Vendor Row: Stop by for something good to eat or bring home a souvenir of your day!
Beer, pop and water will be available from the Celtic Festival Beverage tents. Yes, that includes Guinness & Smithwick!
Family Fun - Children's Games, Crafts and Living History Camps
Family Activities Tent - Activities sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by anytime for fun family activities and make-and-take crafts for kids. Lots of smiles to go around. All activities are free!
Kingdom of Andorra Living History Camp- north side of the festival grounds
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with scheduled talks throughout the day
Sharing an area are two activities that will be sure to attract attention all day long:
Belegarth Medieval Combat Society
Come join the fun with a safe, and inexpensive sport where participants wear medieval or fantasy-themed clothing and fight with foam-padded weapons. The fighting is hard and fast and has, since 1979, refined into its own brand of martial art. The rules are easy to learn, and after a few practices, you'll be hooked!
Quad City Irish Rugby - Teams will play at 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.