Saline Celtic Festival’s Wee Folks Island offers fun for miniature Celts

 06/29/2017 - 18:57
Shield painting is popular at the Saline Celtic Festival.
Sword and shield painting are popular activities at the Saline Celtic Festival's Wee Folks Island.

Wee Folks Island in Mill Pond Park will transform into the British Isles at the July 15 Saline Celtic Festival, complete with “passports.” And best of all, the festival is free for ages 12 and under, and ages 13-17 are only $5.

 “Our wee visitors can explore a number of Celtic cities and countries and activities or events that happen there,” says organizer Katherine Downie. “Kids who get a stamp in every city on their Celtic passport will get a prize. Each area will have an informational sign telling about the history of the city—school may be out, but we can still have fun learning new things together!”

Youngsters can tee off at the “St. Andrews Wee Golf Course” in Scotland, make fairy crowns in the green hills of Ireland, play games at a carnival in England, or Defeat the Dragon that is terrorizing Brecon, Wales, (Saline’s Sister City). Ducky races, with prizes, will be held on the Saline River, masquerading as London’s “River Thames.”

To add to the fun, the Steel City Rovers from Canada will hold a music workshop for youngsters.

Activities also include swords and shield painting, with new Viking-style swords and targe (round) shields; and  “Brave” Princess Merida will be back in DunBroch, Scotland, telling stories and helping kids find the sneaky will-o-the-wisps. 

The Princess will also be hand with a bagpiper, to lead the 4:30 p.m. Wee Folks Parade through the festival. “We’ll have banners to wave and a surprise at the end,” ‘Downie says.

Here’s a quick run-down of events:

Noon                           Island opens

12:00 to 5:00 p.m.       Celtic games and crafts

12:15 p.m.                   Princess Merida Story time

1:00 p.m.                     Ducky Race

1:15 p.m.                     Princess Merida Story time

2:00 p.m.                     Ducky Race

2:15 p.m.                     Princess Merida Story time

3:00 p.m.                     Ducky Race

3:15 p.m.                     Music workshop with Steel City Rovers

4:00 p.m.                     Ducky Race

4:15 p.m.                     Princess Merida Story time

4:30 p.m.                     Wee Folks Parade led by a bagpiper and Princess Merida

5:00 p.m.                     Island closes  

            Tickets at the gate on July 15 are $5 for ages 13 through 17; $15 adults; $10 ages 65+; and free for active military, and ages 12 and younger. Adult tickets are $10 online at www.salinecelticfestival.org or at Saline City Hall on festival week. Visit the website for complete festival information.

 

Sheila Pursglove
Sheila Pursglove is a long-time Saline-area resident, and a freelance writer for several publications in Michigan, around the U.S. and abroad.