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Get Your Celtic On!

  • Sat Apr 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Apr 30, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ring in the spring with us on April 29th – 30th! Gather family and friends to experience fantastic art by our Mill artists, Celtic music, dance performances, great food at the Gourmandissimo Café, craft beer sampling, pet baby lambs and much more!

The Mill has plenty of fascinating activities planned to keep everyone entertained. Looking to create your own unique work of art? All weekend Mill artist CJ Shelton will be offering her very popular and engaging Celtic Knot Know-How mandala workshop, Linda Augustin will be leading a Celtic Coat of Arms painting workshop for children 7 years of age and up, the Hive will offer a festive take on its ever popular 'Give it a Celtic Whirl' encaustic workshop and Ann Randeraad will offer hands on pottery workshops. On Sunday, the Noodle Gallery will be offering Squirrelly Squirrels and Night Owls with artist Judy Anderson and Mark Grice serves up a painting party for adults.

If you are fascinated by sculpture, witness the highly anticipated creation of Stone Wave, a dry stone art installation located on the trail above the Mill with Sean Donnelly and volunteer members of the dry stonewall community. Swing a hammer or use a chisel to shape a stone! Under the guidance of dry stone worker Doug Bell, your efforts to shape a stone will become part of the Stone Wave project. What a cool experience and a great photo opportunity to share with your friends!

For details regarding all classes, demos & workshops please see our full schedule or  mini version of the programme.

The Mill is home to five beautiful galleries. In addition to their ongoing shows, during our Celtic-themed open house, we will have two new and fabulous exhibits on display! Visit the Headwaters Art Gallery to see works of art by landscape artist Bonnie Eskelson at her show, 12 Days On The Road...And More. You can also enjoy the emerging talent of the Mayfield Secondary Grade 9 Art Show in the Falls Gallery.

Get movin’ & groovin’ with our brilliant musical acts! Experience a volcanic explosion of talent and energy, intense emotion, and feral passion - the Mill presents a special performance of Rhythmfoot with the Frank & Chanda Leahy family Sunday from 2:00 to 3:30pm (doors open at 1:30). This performance is not to be missed! There will also be a cash bar. Tickets still available at the door. Also, enjoy Celtic music both days featuring Sohalya Smith, NUA (Jacob McCauley, James Law, Graeme McGillivray) and Bob McLean, and be moved by the talent of the Claymore Scottish Highland Dancers during their free Saturday performances in the Paul Morin Gallery.

Shop local, support local! There are plenty of unique shopping experiences at The Mill. On Saturday, join Gallery Gemma Jewellery in introducing a brand new bridal collection by Noam Carver. Drop into the gallery for the perfect chance to experience world-class design in a beautiful, local setting. Open all weekend, visit our Celtic Marketplace and browse the wares of guest artists and vendors including Circa Candles bees wax candles (Saturday only), Celtic Fair jewellery, Christine Marie Ford textiles, Brian Blakeman Isle of Skye paintings, Crisara Studios eclectic collection of handmade items, Ruach Crafts cross-stitch kits and patterns (Sunday only) and painter Diana Skeates. Watch and learn from skilled woodworkers Brian Oates, Wayne Muma and Barry Young.

Mark your calendars & explore the creative hub of Headwaters! Some activities are subject to a separate fee, others are free; full schedule here or mini version here. Suggested donation $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family.

We'd like to give a special thanks to Alton Mill artist CJ Shelton for her beautiful and meaningful Celtic tree image that she designed, just for this event. Thanks CJ!