Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
A piper from the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band. The band won first place in the grade 4 pipe competition. A piper from the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band. The band won first place in the grade 4 pipe competition.
PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK KIRLINOne of the members of the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band plays a bagpipe during the competition. The band was founded in 1973 in Rome, N.Y. More coverage on A2, A6 and A14. PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK KIRLINOne of the members of the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band plays a bagpipe during the competition. The band was founded in 1973 in Rome, N.Y. More coverage on A2, A6 and A14.
The Ceol Neamh Pipe Band’s drum corps and midsection marches by. Each pipe band is made up of two parts that include bagpipes, with the other part called the drum corps and midsection. The Ceol Neamh Pipe Band’s drum corps and midsection marches by. Each pipe band is made up of two parts that include bagpipes, with the other part called the drum corps and midsection.
City of Dunedin – The City of Dunedin Pipe Band during Sunday’s competition. The Dunedin, Fla., band finished third in the grade 4 competition. City of Dunedin – The City of Dunedin Pipe Band during Sunday’s competition. The Dunedin, Fla., band finished third in the grade 4 competition.
Enthusiastic crowds watch the Firefighter McPadden Pipes and Drums Band compete during the grade 4 competition. The band was named in honor of Firefighter Robert McPadden, who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001. Enthusiastic crowds watch the Firefighter McPadden Pipes and Drums Band compete during the grade 4 competition. The band was named in honor of Firefighter Robert McPadden, who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001.
Members of the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance perform. Members of the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance perform.
Glass Art – Glass art for sale created by David Faivus from Glendale, N.Y. A variety of vendors sold Celtic themed merchandise including clothing, jewelry and art. Glass Art – Glass art for sale created by David Faivus from Glendale, N.Y. A variety of vendors sold Celtic themed merchandise including clothing, jewelry and art.
One attendee, Luke, shows his Celtic spirit with an Ireland T-shirt and a green hat. One attendee, Luke, shows his Celtic spirit with an Ireland T-shirt and a green hat.
The festival brought out good crowds who enjoyed a variety of food choices, with vendors who were lined up under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge along the Monocacy Creek. The festival brought out good crowds who enjoyed a variety of food choices, with vendors who were lined up under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge along the Monocacy Creek.
Christy Halligan Brown of the band Emish speaks to a large crowd. She plays fiddle and provides backing vocals for the three-piece band. Christy Halligan Brown of the band Emish speaks to a large crowd. She plays fiddle and provides backing vocals for the three-piece band.
Bobby Curreri of the band Emish, an Americana folk roots-inspired trio with Celtic influences. Bobby Curreri of the band Emish, an Americana folk roots-inspired trio with Celtic influences.
Jennifer Curreri of the band Emish performs to an excited audience. Jennifer Curreri of the band Emish performs to an excited audience.

32nd CELTIC CLASSIC

Monday, October 7, 2019 by Mark Kirlin Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Sunny weather blesses fest

Bethlehem hosted its 32nd annual Celtic Classic Sept. 27-29. The festival is a three-day celebration of Celtic traditions, including music, piping, dance, athletics, beer, food and merchandise. The yearly festival averages nearly 300,000 attendees, nd this year’s excellent weather guaranteeing a high turnout.

According to Celticfest.org, 40 percent of the patrons are from the Lehigh Valley, with 60 percent coming from throughout the United States and abroad.

One of the more popular events is the pipe band competition. This year’s event had a total of 15 bands competing on Saturday and Sunday. The grade 4 pipe band results from Sunday are as follows: first place, Mohawk Valley Frasers; second place, Ceol Neamh; and third place, City of Dunedin.