The Richmond Register

February 9, 2014

RAAC annual Celtic Festival is March 14

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The Richmond Area Arts Council will host it annual Celtic Festival on Friday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Patrons will enjoy Irish stew, delectable desserts, drinks, music, dancing and more.

The stews and desserts will be prepared by some of Richmond’s best chefs. Ale-8-One Bottling Company and the Waffle House on North Keeneland Drive will provide drinks.

Based upon the votes of guests who taste the stews, prizes will be awarded to the top three chefs.

For the fourth consecutive year, The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub is the corporate sponsor for the Celtic Festival. Festivities will continue for adults at The Paddy Wagon after 8 p.m.

Guests will enjoy the traditional music of the Labhras Draper Family, a popular musical family providing lively Irish entertainment 6 to 6:55 p.m. and 7:40 to 8 p.m. They will play many of the traditional instruments and perform authentic Celtic music.

The Lexington Celtic Association has this to say about the music performed by the Labhras Draper Family: “The Celtic people have long embraced and cherished music since ancient times. Despite a great diversity of instruments, including fiddle, tin whistle, accordion, pipes, banjo and more, there is always a unified and distinctly Celtic sound. Lovers of music all over the world hold traditional Irish and Scottish music in high regard, as it has a sense of universality and comfort. Kentucky, as well as many other southern states, was blessed by its immigrant founders who brought their native music here. Over time, many of the same songs evolved into the bluegrass and mountain songs we hold dear.”

From 7 to 7:35 p.m. guests will be enthralled as the McTeggart Irish Dancers from Lexington perform. The McTeggart School of Irish Dance was established in Cork, Ireland, in 1939. The first director was Peg McTeggart, the eldest of four sisters, all of them champion Irish dancers.

One sister, Maureen McTeggart Hall, emigrated to the United States in 1958. Mrs. Hall began teaching dance in 1976 in Denver. She now lives in Fresno, Calif.a, where she has a school. She travels to teach dancers at her other schools in Lexington, Oklahoma City, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Salt Lake City and New Orleans.

Mrs. Hall has been a vice president of the Irish Dancing Commission and a frequent adjudicator at the North American, All-Ireland and World Championships.

Don’t miss this outstanding Celtic celebration sponsored by The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St. on Friday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Admission, which includes food and entertainment, is $15 For more details or for tickets, contact RAAC at 624-4242 or debbie@