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Old 12-31-2005, 03:54 PM   #1
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Celtic Weekend in Eureka Springs

A weekend celebrating Scottish heritage, music, poetry, food and drink will overtake the tiny hamlet of Eureka Springs and castle Crescent Hotel Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21. Timed for the birthday remembrance of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, the "Winter Enclave: Eureka" Celtic Weekend in the highlands of the Ozarks calls clans here and yon to unite under their colors and cults.

For those who travel the globe in search of the band Tartanic, whose followers are ever-hungry for more of this unique (and rather wild) music theatre, the curtain draws open at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium. Put a group of men in kilts, give them bagpipes and a bevy of drums and you have the ingredients for Tartanic. They take tunes right out of the traditional and into the sensational with unbelievable humor and theatrics. This is not just music; this is a ‘Tartanic Experience.’ Take the loudest instruments one can imagine (bagpipes and drums) mix in tunes from the hills of Scotland to the hills Brazil and then try to keep up. The popularity of Tartanic is undeniable. “I think it’s because the performance is fun, it’s really energetic, we’re funny, and they’re bagpipes! We give audiences the unexpected.” says Adrian Walter, the bands leader. There are so many jokes about bagpipes that some folks might turn and run from the thought of sitting as a captive audience, but Walter encourages them to take a chance. “Imagine one dancer, six drums, six drones, 18 notes, fast fingers, high comedy, flying bagpipes, taste-defying stunts, scorching hot music played at over 120 beats per minute with driving speed and high volume, all brought to you by five men without pants.”

In its eighth year in Eureka Springs, the Robert Burn’s Night Birthday Bash will be held Friday, January 20, at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel Crystal Dining Room, where the pomp and circumstance of all seven Celtic nations will be honored and no doubt well represented. This annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, commences throughout the globe on or around the Bard’s birthday, January 25. The evening promises a stentorious display of pipes, poetry and pride, as Scots-folk and Celto-philes from near and far join together for a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whiskey and the recitation of works by Robert Burns, along with general merry-making and song-singing.

“Robert Burns was truly the voice of the Scots. Any ethnic group will collect around a cultural voice and for the Scots who endured British oppression for centuries, Burns covered the whole spectrum of life in those ages,” said Bruce Crabtree of Eureka Springs, who will be reading “Robert Bruce’s March to Bannockburn” in the ceremony in full lilt and brogue. Crabtree is a descendent of the Wallace clan and as “Grandma” would have it, a direct descendent of Sir “Braveheart” William himself. Crabtree’s branch of the family tree hasn’t fallen too far aroot, naming many of the men in the family Robert Bruce. Crabtree is a former New York opera singer and a bard of music and storytelling in his own right.

The award-winning Bagpipe and Drum husband and wife team, Mark and Kelli Stanfield of Kansas City, returns for a third year to ceremoniously usher in the traditional haggis and chef and provide a traditional flavor to the festivities.

Steep in the culture of Scotland on Saturday at any number of activities planned for this Celtic Weekend. At the Crescent Hotel, three workshops bring you up close and personal with bagpipes, the kilt, and a wee bit of Scottish history. Did you know the kilt has 13 yards of material? Did you know the bagpipe did not originate in Scotland? Do you know how Scotland got its name? Find out at these workshops to be held 1 to 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Crescent Hotel. A $5 "bard's tribute" for each workshop is suggested.

The Pied Piper restaurant in historic downtown Eureka Springs will present a lunch “sampling” of Scottish foods for those who want to add culinary adventure to their Celtic Weekend experience. The items will be added to a special menu for dinner. The pipes will call clansmen out to play in Basin Park on Saturday around 4, with rumors they will lead us to a Scotch tasting at various pubs around the village. And finally the pipes call us to our destination at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium and Tartanic in concert at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Robert Burns Night are $25, reserved in advance, and are available at 479-363-0363. Social Hour with cash bar is at 6 p.m. and the pomp and ceremony start at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress in their clan colors.

Tickets for the Tartanic concert, Saturday, January 21, are $25 advance, $30 day of show ($12 student) and are available online at www.PaperMoonAttractions.com.

Curtain is 7:30 p.m. at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium.

The calendar is full of PaperMoon Attractions entertainment, with all details, music and video clips online at www.PaperMoonAttractions.com. Upcoming are Lisa McCormick and Gretchen Peters in the Women’s Voices Series, February 10 and March 31, respectively. Willy Porter in concert in the Gypsy Camp, February 17. Gráda for St. Patrick’s Day. The Golden Dragon Acrobats on April 15 . And Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women in Gypsy Camp on May 13.

For details and ticket information on all events in Eureka Springs by PaperMoon Attractions, visit www.PaperMoonAttractions.com.
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Old 01-10-2006, 06:27 AM   #2
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Anyone that is wanting to come to the Burns Dinner on Friday night need to get reservations in because we are filling up. We are going to limit the number to keep the feeling intimate and we are quickly approaching that number. You can make reservations by calling PaperMoon Attractions at 479-363-0363. Dinner is prepared for only the people with reservations so please do not think you can just show up. We had that happen last year and it is sad to turn people away after they have gotten to town thinking they are in for a treat.
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:44 AM   #3
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Rowan now at the Celtic Weekend

Just wanted to let people know that the Lawrence, KS-based Celtic trio has been booked to play at the Eureka Springs Celtic Weekend festival. We're looking forward to a great time this weekend! Come see us both nights at the Pied Piper Pub and join us for Sunday brunch at the Crescent Hotel at 11:00. Last but definitely not least, we're opening for Tartanic on Saturday night at the Municipal Auditorium. We're looking forward to meeting friends, old and new! See you at the shows!
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