Rose and Shamrock Festival


I am very excited about the Rose and Shamrock Festival.  I went to a previous Festival of the same name in 2016.  It was a great festival, but it was very expensive.  My wife was a vendor at that festival and as such we didn’t pay the $35.00 entrance fee.  There was free beer, but since I was suffering from vertigo at the time, I didn’t drink much that day. As I said, it was an incredible festival.  The best thing was that it was in the heart of Downtown Lancaster, Pa, which is a really cool little city.  There is a lot going on downtown in Lancaster.  This Festival is one of the cool things.  This year, it is FREE!  It is going to be a great day.  There will be great bands.  I will be giving an example of  a traditional Robert Burns Supper Address to the Haggis, and then having a Robert Burns/Scottish song sing along.  There will be demonstrations of Scottish Country Dancing, which is one of the ancestors of square dancing.  There will be all sorts of tutorials, from Bodhran playing to Beginning Irish Dancing.

This Festival has been put together by Esther Pujol of the Paloma School of Irish Dance and Paloma Irish Arts Foundation.  

Here are the Bands and musicians that will be there.  I am listing them in order of appearance.

I hope that you make the time to attend this festival.  Most people think of Lancaster County as the Land of the Pennsylvania Dutch.  What most don’t know is that there is a strong Scottish, Irish, and Welsh population here from before the Pennsylvania Dutch arrived, and it still is present in the culture and traditions in the county.  bb8ff1_db85d8bb1ce64c8eb2b56a924126afb2_mv2




The Octorara Covenanter Church

The Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation is dedicated to preserving and restoring the first church built by Presbyterian Covenanter refugees from Scotland and Ulster.

Here are some articles about the Covenanters.

The local high school (Bart Township) met in the building for a number of years.

The Foundation owns great deal of historical material and a lot of artifacts about the history of Southern Lancaster County and the Presbyterian church in the early Colonies.  We would like to make a museum out of the old Church to display these things.

The old Church has some serious structural challenges that we are working to overcome.  The main one right now is the condition of the foundation.  In colonial times, no one gave a lot of thought to planning for storm water runoff.  Water has run under the foundation and undermined the foundation.  The structure has been stabilized with pylons and we are raising money with fundraisers to complete an new foundation and grading with landscaping to direct water around the foundation.  Here are some pictures of the old church.

The recent repairs to the cemetery wall!  An anonymous donor helped us with this

View from route 372 (Valley Rd.)

View from up the hill.  This is the wall that the water has undermined.

Sign in the front

Historic Marker

The Washington Memorial Pipe Band Playing during one of our Scottish Festivals

View from the side during a festival with pipers from WMPB.  Note the wall before the reconstruction

Another view of the WMPB performance.

The Bart Township High School room.


Here are two articles that I have found online about our history.