In true Irish fashion, this week’s damp weather is setting the stage for spring to burst forth in all its glory. Savage Mill has been working behind the scenes as well, and is poised to welcome festivalgoers and their canine friends at this Saturday’s annual Where the Craic? Irish festival!
“Craic” is Irish for “a good time”, and that’s what we’re going to be having! Let’s start with the entertainment.
Blazing into the festival on the Old Weave stage at noon is the Baltimore-based Irish band The Shamrogues, with electric fiddles and banjoes and a not-to-be-missed dancing duo. At the same time, shoppers inside the New Weave building will be serenaded by The Celtic Music Club, a treat of music from Scotland and Ireland. At 1 pm, you’ll have to decide: witness the energy and cutting-edge choreography of the Teelin Irish Dance Company inside the New Weave building or head to the Courtyard Stage for a performance by Drew Vervan and Gary Eurice. Whatever you do, don’t miss Ben-David Warner and Irish Americana from the heart of our neighboring state, Virginia on the Rack Stage at 2 pm. During the final hour, the energy kicks back into high gear on the Bollman Stage with headliner Irish rock band Dublin 5!
A festival needs good food and drinks, and we’ve got that taken care of, too!
Our friends up the road at Guinness Open Gate Brewery will be on hand with samples, while Savage Mill’s Dive Bar & Grille, the newly-opened Roggenart European Bistro & Café and Flash Crabcake Company aim to please with drink and food specials. Wanting something sweet? Don’t miss Mike’s Gelato!
Check out the other vendors on hand. Several specialize in Irish items: The Shepherd’s Knot, Irish Lass Glass, and A Lit’le Irish Too. Fearie Fantastical Parties and Magothy Dyes & Designs add to the festive atmosphere, while The Pure Intentions Company and Calm Waters and Co. lend serenity and beauty. Friendly Daughters of Saint Patrick of Maryland welcome new members to their philanthropic organization. Savage Mill businesses will also be on hand – HorseSpirit Arts Gallery is bringing artists and demonstrations, while Omnihedral presents an exciting selection of games and activities for all ages.
What a great way to welcome spring!