As of December 5 2019:

It’s with great sadness that the remaining board members of Big Stone Celtic have agreed that there is no practicable way to continue.

With the move out of the area by our Chair, Darinda Lockhart, our Celtic music adviser Jack Beck and our Treasurer Wendy Welch, the remaining members cannot cover their work in addition to the others’.

In conformance with Virginia law all remaining funds will be transferred to another 501c3 organization of the Board’s choice.

Over thirteen years the festival grew from a Saturday afternoon to Friday evening and all day Saturday. We’re proud of what we achieved and the number of people we drew into downtown.

We thank you for your support over the years.

 

Previous Year Program:

Iona will headline our concert beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday September 13, 2019 at the Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College. This concert is free, thanks to the support of the Pro-Art Association.

  
On Saturday September the 14th all day in downtown Big Stone Gap there will be a mixture of activities including the parade, Bike race, beer garden, music stages, workshops, demonstrations, kids' games, sheepdogs, etc.  The Appalachian Renaissance Faire will be performing downtown all day.
 

Music will be at Miner's Park, The Farmers' Market, Coal Museum, John Fox Jr. House, and Southwest Virginia Museum.  Sheepdogs will be at Bullitt Park.  Kids' activities will be at the Library and Bullitt Park. The Celtic Kitchen will again be at BSG Presbyterian Church.  Vendors and demonstrators will be at the Farmers Market, Miners Park, the new Visitors Center and the adjacent sidewalks. 

Beer Garden will open at noon at Miner's Park. Only 21 and older with an ID will be permitted into the Beer Garden area. ID is required regardless of age. No alcohol can leave the Beer Garden area.  

 
 All venues are free except for nominal charges for the Beer Garden, Celtic Kitchen ($5) and High Tea ($5) at the Fox House.

MEOC Shuttle Buses are available for transportation between venues.

 
 
 
BIG STONE CELTIC FESTIVAL 2019 (Tenative as of 8/6/2019) 
 
8:00 AM
(at Bullitt Park)
Tour De Cracker's Neck Bike Race Registration
(race at 9:00 AM)
11:00 AM
(Starts at the Fire Hall)
PARADE LINEUP -- All Welcome!  
 
BSG VISITORS CENTER
10:00 AM Sandra Parker
12:00 PM Sigean
ALL DAY Mountain Tradition Woodcarvers

MINER'S PARK STAGE

11:30 AM Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums
Noon Beer Garden Opens (ID REQUIRED)
Noon  Appalachian Renaissance Faire Players
1:00 PM Iona
2:00 PM Doug Bischoff
3:00 PM Sigean
4:00 PM Sandra Parker
   
JOHN FOX HOUSE:  ACOUSTIC PARLOR
2-4:00 PM High Tea ($5 per person)
2:00 PM Jeff Forrester
3:00 PM Jack Beck
   
COAL MUSEUM:  MUSIC OF COAL
12:00 PM Jack Beck 
 
SLEMP LIBRARY
2:00 PM  Sandra Parker
 
BULLITT PARK  
9:00 AM Tour de Crackers Neck Bike Race Starts
11:30 AM Children's Activities
1:00, 2:00, 3:00 PM Sheepdog Demonstrations 
   
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
4:00 - 6:00 PM (in the kitchen/hall)

Celtic Kitchen ($5 per tasting plate)

JESSIE LEA RV PARK/CAMPGROUND
6:00 PM

Ceilidh Dance

MOUNTAIN STEWARDS CENTER
All Day

Festival Info Available

1:00 PM Celtic Herbal Magik
   
 
 

 


Big Stone Celtic is grateful to Pro-Art for the sponsorship of our featured headliners.  Big Stone Celtic is a mainly free event so we are also grateful to the many organizations and individuals who have given generously to make this tribute to the connections between the town and their Celtic forebears possible.

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FESTIVAL PARTICIPATION AND YOU!

Want to participate in our Festival?  Have an idea?  Available to volunteer at a venue?  Know anyone who does Celtic sports?  We'd love to hear from you.  This festival is a community-driven effort to increase downtown visibility and showcase the Celtic roots of Southwest Virginia's resilient and lovely people.  If you want to help with any element of this you may contact us through our website.