The Library will be OPEN Sunday, Oct. 15 for a SAMHAIN CONCERT – Music, Stories & Poetry from the Celtic Wheel of Time by Four Shillings Short. However we will not be staffed for regular business.
ABOUT SAMHAIN (pronounced ‘sow-in’) This special concert includes, poetry, songs, stories and folklore in Celebration of the Ancient Celtic New Year know as Samhain. Many of our modern day Harvest celebrations and customs are based on this festival including ghost stories, Halloween costumes, bobbing for apples, and the jack-o-lantern.
The Celtic Feast of Samhain also known as Féile na Marbh (the Feast of the Dead) marks the end of harvest, the beginning of Winter and the Celtic New Year and is traditionally celebrated at the end of October and beginning of November. Samhain is Irish-Gaelic for ‘the Summer’s end’, and is pronounced ‘sow-in‘. Samhain is considered a celebration of life over death, and a time to remember those who have left the world of the living. Candles would be lit at the graves of loved ones and bonfires were lit throughout the countryside. It is believed that the borders between the world of the living and the dead is thinner on this night – also known as ‘Ancestor night’. Halloween is based on the ‘Feast of Samhain’.
The Celtic/Folk/World music duo Four Shillings perform a mix of Traditional & Original music from the Celtic Lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic array of instruments including Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Andean Charango, Medieval Psaltery, Banjo, Native American Flutes, Bodhran, Guitar, Ukelele, Percussion, and even a Krumhorn.