Sunday, March 17, 2002

Celtic groups take stage at museum center

By Lew Moores,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Don Drewry plays hammer dulcimer for Sunil Talreja of Mason, with Karan Deo, 8 (left) and son Sohum Talreja, 7.
(Tony Jones photos)
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        Barbara Romick intended to take in the Omnimax film on the Shackleton Antarctic expedition during her visit Saturday to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

        That was before she walked into a rotunda filled with music.

        The music was part of the fourth annual Celtic Lands Culture Fest, a two-day event that concludes today and expects to draw 4,000 visitors to the Museum Center.

        Ms. Romick of Evansville, Ind., brought her grandchildren, Emily Romick, 5, and Adam Romick, 4, of Anderson Township. They were especially taken with the Mad Anthony Pipe Band, which paraded around the rotunda.

        “They loved the pipers,” she said. “We'll stay and see some of the dancers.”

[photo] The Riley School of Irish Music performs. The event continues today until 5 p.m., a logical stop after the St. Patrick's Day parade.
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        The celebration of music, dance and art of Ireland, Scotland and Wales is planned around St. Patrick's Day today.

        Steve and Francine Haydon of Green Township are members of Cincinnati Folk Life, which seeks to promote Celtic culture.

        “(The fest) really promotes the culture,” said Mary Quinn of Oakley, volunteer coordinator for Folk Life. “It's not just shamrocks and leprechauns.”

       Celtic Lands Culture Fest continues noon-5 p.m. today at Cincinnati Museum Center. Booths feature Celtic crafts, goods and food, while music and dance take place throughout the day. Performances in the rotunda are free.


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