Saturday, May 7, 2011

Celtic Inspiration

For those of us who write Celtic-inspired romance novels and can't spare the time or expense of traveling to the Scottish Highlands, the Emerald Island, Wales or Brittany, we must find our muse closer to home. Fortunately, it's festival time. Grab a hat and your sunglasses and find a Celtic festival, Scottish gathering or Highland games near you.

Last Saturday was the 33rd Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland at the beautiful riverside grounds of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in St. Leonard, Maryland, sponsored by The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland.

So much to see. So much to do. So little time.

Listen to a storyteller: As romance writers, we follow in the tradition of oral storytellers who mesmerize their audience with tales of passionate heroes and their fair ladies. Of course, ever-after might not always be happy. But it's unlikely to disappoint. Storyteller at right is Margaret Chatham.

Watch athletes compete:
In the 56-pound Weight Toss the athlete stands with his back to (and almost directly under) a crossbar. He grasps the weight with one hand, lifts it in front of him, swings it back between his legs then forward and up in a smooth motion to arc over the crossbar. When the weight lands, it is usually at the heels of the athlete. Gotta love those brave men in kilts!

Enjoy music and dance: Cheer for your favorites in the dance, harp and fiddle competitions then find inspiration listening to the many Celtic musical groups such as Iona, The Martin Family Band and The Rovers.

Discover history: Living history groups conduct demonstrations as Vikings, Swordsmen from the Welsh Court, Border Reivers and Highland Regiments.

Check out The Association of Scottish Games and Festivals to find an event near you.

Dawn Marie Hamilton writes Scottish inspired romance stories. You can also visit Dawn Marie at Castles and Guns every other Tuesday starting May 10.


Pat McDermott said...

Dawn, looks like you had a fabulous day of inspiring activities, and good weather to boot. Thanks for sharing the pictures and links!

Dawn Marie Hamilron said...

The weather was FAB. There was so much to see and do; I wished the day was longer. Thanks for visiting Voices, Pat.

Maeve Greyson said...

WONDERFUL post! And I so enjoyed the pictures. When I saw the word "Celtic" I knew I had to hurry over to this blog. Thanks so much. :-)

Dawn Marie Hamilron said...

I'm so glad you dropped by, Maeve. Thank you.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

What in kilts are just too handsome to ignore. Sounds like you had a great time. They sure do have a lot of activity going on. My parents used to go to the games every year, but I never did. Wish we had some close by. Thanks for sharing.

A.W. McQueen said...

I love all the lovely lads in Kilts! You look like you had a wonderful time. Our Celtic Fest (we have a few) is in September.

My favorite part of any Celtic festival is the piping. I could listen for hours. Thank you for sharing!

Dawn Marie Hamilron said...

Paisley, I agree; men in kilts rock.

Lizzie, I love the piping too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mona Risk said...

Hi Dawn, I didn't know about Celtic festivals here. It's always nice to look at men in kilts. LOL

Josie said...

This is great advice--to find a Celtic festival closer to home. I've been fortunate to have traveled to Scotland on a home exchange several years ago. I'd go there again in a minute--the country is beautiful, but more importantly, the people are wonderful.

Dawn Marie Hamilron said...

Hey Joanne, I visited Scotland while in college. I'd love to go back. I'm waiting for hubby to retire so we can spend some time in Ireland, Scotland and France.

Dawn Marie Hamilron said...

The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival draws a lot of men who dress for the occasion. Lots of bare knees. :)

morgan said...

Dawn Marie,
It sounds like a wonderful time. I wish it was a bit closer to me.

Dawn Marie Hamilron said...

Hi Morgan, Thanks for stopping by. Check out The Association of Scottish Games and Festivals to see if there is an event nearer to you.