Guests will dance jigs and reels to fiddlers’ tunes as they enjoy “A Celtic Holiday” at the annual Gala hosted by the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. The Gala, celebrating the culture and cuisine of Scotland and Ireland, will be held from 6-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the museum, 461 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge.
The Good Thymes Ceilidh Band, playing traditional Scottish tunes, aires and waltzes, will entertain after dinner. Guests will learn jigs and reels as the band plays, with fiddles, guitar, penny whistle, bodhran, mandolin and hammered dulcimer.
The Knoxville Pipe and Drums, wearing the ancient Mackenzie Tartan, will also entertain during the lively Celtic evening. Champion highland dancer Katelyn Fraker will dance to the pipes and drums of the group, which has been together since the early 1990s.
Becky Hook will perform Celtic music on the harp during dinner, a traditional Scottish feast prepared by Chef Mark Ferguson of The Scottish Cottage in Asheville, N.C. The Oak Ridge High School Chorus and an ORHS String Quartet will also entertain during the Gala.
Auctioneer Bear Stephenson will conduct a lively auction featuring many Celtic themed items, including Irish crystal. More items will be offered during the silent auction, and a Celtic Spirits Wall will be a feature of the auctions.
More than 40 individuals and businesses are sponsoring the Gala, benefitting the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. For more information about tickets, corporate tables or sponsorships, call Carroll Welch at (865) 482-1074, extension 105. See the Children’s Museum web site at www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org.