PIPING ON THE GREEN Celtic Music and Arts Festival

PIPING ON THE GREEN Celtic Music and Arts Festival

Press Release

The Seventh Annual “Piping on The Green” gets underway on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. It is time once again to break out kilts, decide on which tartan to wear and be prepared to head to the Celtic-themed festival, held on “The Green” of The Celtic Cup Coffee House in Tullahoma. There is something for everyone of all ages including Celtic-inspired music, vendors with arts and crafts, dancing, and comedy. There will be workshops, demonstrations authentic food and beverages. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and dedicated individuals this annual event is free to the public. The purpose is to entertain and educate interested folks in the rich Scottish traditions and Scot-American heritage.

The festival kicks off with a welcome from the HRSS’s president, our famous “Kilted” Honor Guard, the singing of our National Anthem by the Tullahoma High School A Capella Singers, the Piping of “Scotland the Brave” by piper – Andrew McRady, and the announcement of the Juried Art Show winners. This year’s theme is Scottish Shorelines and art entries are open to the public.

Musical performances will include by popular demand Scotland Rising, our headliners from Texas! They will also cap off their performance and our festival with the crowd joining in for “Auld Lang Syne, written by the Scottish, 18th century poet and bard, Robbie Burns”. The Secret Commonwealth will be returning for their 7th year, followed by Black Market Haggis, dancers from the Glengarry School of Highland Dance, Pay the Reckoning Trio, and Triquetra Troupe performing comedy and Irish step-dancing.

Three workshops which will be offered during the day including: Genealogy 101 with Fran Parrish, Celtic Knots with Laura Kuntz and Bodhran, the Celtic drum, with Andy Kruspe. One needs to sign up upon arrival at the venue as these hour-long classes often are filled.
In addition to music there will be plenty of Celtic food and beverages, The Celtic Cup’s outdoor “Medieval Mug” will offer Celtic favorites such as Scotch Eggs, Bangers ‘n’ Mash, Bridies, Fish and Chips, and the best “American” Haggis pasties, a classic form of meat pie. You will also be able to raise a pint or two of some Gaelic favorites.

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Festival goers, vendors, and take-down crews are welcome to participate in a somewhat non-Celtic lasagna dinner a at St. Barnabas Church, when the day is over. There, you might hear Scotland Rising “ members pipe for their supper” This becomes a friendly gathering place to continue conversations, meet new and rejoin with friends from around Tennessee and neighboring states and even the world.. The purpose of this yearly event offered by the Highland Rim Scottish Society is to educate and entertain the general public of this area’s wonderfully rich Scot-American heritage! The Society meets the third Tuesday of the odd-numbered months at 7 p.m. at The Celtic Cup Coffee House and all are welcome to participate.

National Tartan day was first proposed by the Federation of Scottish Clans in Nova Scotia in April 1987. Meeting in 1997 in Sarasota Florida, the Scottish Coalition USA looked to see Tartan Day to be recognized in the US as it was being observed in Canada since 19911. In 1998, the efforts of the Scottish Coalition saw the United States Senate resolution passed. This led in turn to the Congressional and then Presidential passing of the yearly recognition of National Tartan Day Observance on April 6. Participants will also find complementary parking and transportation to the venue from nearby parking area. All should dress warmly and be prepared for the possibility of rain.

The festival will be held rain or shine or snow. For more information about the event, crafts and performers may visit the website at www.piping.hrsstn.org or www.facebook.com/PipingonTheGreen or www.hrsstn.org For further information please contact:
H. Tom Bentley III
208 Jamestown Rd
Tullahoma TN 37388 htbentley@lighttube.net
931 273-6344 cell
931 455-5849 home