Cead Mile Failte! (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes)
No, it's not "sseltic"
What is Celtic anyway? Pronounced "keltic" with a 'k', families from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Mann, Cornwall and Brittany make up the Celtic peoples. Although in ancient times they spent much of their time fighting, often amongst themselves, the Celts were a civilized people. They included many fine craftsmen, artists and musicians.
The High Desert Celtic Society, Inc., is a family oriented organization, forged in 1989 with the goal of drawing together people of Celtic ancestry or interests to educate, plan and organize activities in celebration of Celtic heritage and to acquaint others with the Celtic Spirit. Our Pride and interest in the traditions, music, dances, athletics and pageantry has brought us together to help build our own lasting tradition based on this heritage. A legacy for our children and our children's children for years to come.
Each year, on the 2nd Saturday in August, the Society presents the High Desert Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Our hope is to continue to make this annual event a diverse gathering, featuring demonstrations and activities from all Celtic groups as well as the traditional events of the Highland Games and similar Celtic gatherings.
The Society has its own High Desert Celtic Country Dancers. The Dancers meet every Monday night at the Sons of Norway Hall in Bend for instruction in traditional Scottish Country Dance, Highland Dance and English Country Dance. Everyone is invited, no partner is necessary.
During the course of the year, our society sponsors and organizes music and dance presentations for schools and civic organizations, presents genealogy workshops and seminars on Celtic history. Our more social activities include group picnics, camping, parade representation, potluck dinners, as well as the celebration of traditional Celtic holidays and other traditional events. See our Calendar for dates and locations.
If you and your family would like to be a part of this special group of celtic folks, please fill out and return our Membership Application with appropriate funds to the address indicated on the form.