June 2011 Edition


Summer is barely upon us and there are already so many events in the WNY area to choose from! Our schedules are sure to be filled all summer long with great festivals, concerts, parties and so much more. Attending a wedding or party this summer? A Celtic toast will ensure you'll be a hit at any gathering (find some at!   


If you find yourself in need of a little down time, consider relaxing in the sun with a good book. Within our Celtic heritage there are thousands of stories available, from the legendary folklore of our ancestors to modern-day greats such as Cormac McCarthy and Diana Gabaldon.   

Enjoy celebrating and relaxing all summer long, and until next month I leave you with these words of wisdom: Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last.


Vicki Banks
Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival 

In This Issue
Crossborder's Father's Day Event!
Ithaca Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Niagara Celtic's Great Storytellers
A Little Celtic Humor...
Local Events
Crossborder's Blues, Brews & Que
June 18th & 19th at Woodcock Brothers Brewery, 638 Lake St. Wilson, NY 14172

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Spend Father's Day weekend with the best in music, food & drinks! Visit their website for all the exciting activities you'll find during this two day extravaganza! In participation with the Niagara Celtic Ale Trail.
Hibernians On The Canal
June 24th at 7pm
canal tours LAOHJoin the LAOH ladies on a cruise down the canal. $17.00 per person
includes live Irish music, snacks and cash bar. 210 Market St. Lockport, NY.
Reservations needed by June 17th. Please call Teresa Kearns at 716-434-4382 or email at:
Ithaca Scottish Games & Celtic Festival 
June 25-26, 2011
Stewart Park on Cayuga Lake

Help kick-off the Celtic Festival Season with one of the newest festivals around! Admission: $5, Kids 13 & Under FREE
 Independence Day Fireworks
Sunday, July 3rd at 10pm, Olcott Beach, NY
Join the Olcott Beach Community for their annual fireworks display, held right over Lake Ontario!
Olcott Pirate's Festival
July 8th-10th
Krull Park, Olcott Beach

Come all ye landlubbers, pirates, damsels, and scallywags to the Annual Pirate's Gathering! Much fun to be had, with games, food and drink all around!
Olcott Pirate's Festival
Festival Spotlight
Niagara Celtic's Great Storytellers
One weekend, One-Thousand Stories


A great legacy of the Celts is their ability to bring to life the past, present and other magical realms! Niagara Celtic ensures numerous chances to hear stories of all kinds. Sit for a spell with The Bard of Basswood or Viking Hersir Torvaldr Torgason and you'll discover tales as you've never heard before. Step up to the Celtic Arts Stage for stories from our visiting Shanacies (spelling varies). You can even follow the Bards of Bruery...traveling minstrels who sing you tales of their own~ just be sure to thank them (beer is accepted).
Interested in joining our volunteer family?

Planning Meetings: 7pm at Mariner's Landing Restaurant in Olcott, NY (June 27th, July 25th, August 22nd, September 12th)

As the festival grows, so does our need for volunteers! We are looking for those interested in planning our festival, AND volunteers that can help the weekend of. Please email:
Contest Winners!
 Mailing List Contest
Congratulations David Evans AND Tim Goodrich!
David and Tim have each won a Family Pass for 4 to the 11th Annual Niagara Celtic Festival! All new names signed up on our mailing list between March and August will be automatically entered into the drawing. Multiple chances to win, so forward this to your friends and family today!

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History & Heritage
Word of Skill
The Art of the Shanacie
Celtic Tales
From tales of living heroes, to magical forests and the dark underworld, Celtic culture is rich with history and fantasy.  The history of Celts has been passed down for generations largely due to the famous storytellers of the Isles, known as Shanacies (spelling varies). Click here to learn a little about their origins and current standings.
Celtic Wisdom
Blessings, Curses, Sayings, Jokes, Poems, Proverbs, Quotes and Tales... has one of the most extCeltic Wisdomensive online collections of these wonderful quips created over the years. Show off to your friends and family with the best in humor, prayers, toasts and more!
Sample Joke
From's wisdom page

While visiting Old Tam, who sat in the hospital, the minister  noticed he had a bowl of almonds.

"My brother gave me those, but I don't like them, you can have them," said Old Tam.

The minister thanked him and began eating them. Then he said, "Why would your brother give you something you don't like?"

To which Old Tam replied "Well they originally had chocolate on them..."



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