Get your Celtic on at the Surrey Museum

Celtic Fest on March 14 to feature music and culture.

You don’t need to be a Finnegan or a MacDonald to take part in the Surrey Museum’s Celtic Fest on Saturday at the Surrey Museum.

On March 14 from 1-4 p.m. experience all things Celtic: lively music and dance performances, and Celtic-inspired games and take-home crafts such as Loch Ness monster puppets and tartan making.

Visit with the Westcoast Calligraphic Society for a demonstration of Celtic calligraphy and take home a personalized hand-lettered souvenir bookmark.

The Museum’s lobby will transform into a lively Irish céilí, a traditional celebration of music and dance.

Among the performances:

• Allen Barnett will kick off the event with the Scottish accordion at 1 p.m.

• Dancers from Steele School of Dance will captivate visitors with colourful jigs at 1:30 p.m.

• Gerry Bradley and Sasha Pawluik, of the Irish band Small Potatoes, will perform enchanting fiddle and whistle tunes at 2 p.m.

• The White Rock Scottish Dance Club will take to the floor at 2:30 p.m.

• Brigadoon Highland Dancers will be a foot stomping good time in the theatre at 3pm.

• The Cambrian Circle Singers take centre stage at 3:30 p.m.

At 2 p.m., join Surrey Archivist Ryan Gallagher in the Museum’s theatre to find out which early Surrey families had Irish roots.

Community groups with Celtic connections will share their culture, heritage and achievements with visitors.

Participating organizations include Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association, BC Highland Games, Steele School of Irish Dance and Kilts by Helen.

The Surrey Museum is located at 17710-56A Ave. For more information, call 604-592-6956 or visit www.surrey.ca/heritage