Enjoy a Celtic New Year's Eve in Richmond

RICHMOND - On Thursday, Dec. 31, the Vermont town of Richmond once again invites all to join them for "A Celtic New Year". Over 20 performing groups will tell stories, sing, dance, pipe, fiddle and play in locations throughout the village. Shows and activities begin at 3:30 p.m.

Performing groups include Vermont favorites like Wood's Tea Company, Runaway Dog, the Fiddleheads, the Highland Weavers, Heather Morris School of Dance, and more. This year also features a contra dance called by Mark Sustic at Camel's Hump Middle School. Although the main theme of the event is Celtic music and dance, other genres of music performed by local musicians include rock, folk, contemporary and and classical music: truly something for every age and taste.

A family friendly event, there is easy parking available at many areas around town and a free shuttle bus running all evening between the Middle School and the Village performance venues. Great food will be available at Bridge Street Caf , On the Rise Bakery, the Richmond Victorian Inn, and many of the performance venues.

The goals of the organizers, nonprofit group Friends of A Celtic New Year, are to bring the community together through music, dance and other forms of creative arts and to provide support for the growth and development of young local performers. Money raised through admission button sales is donated back to the community to promote youth performance in music and dance. Over $5,000 was donated last year to local area schools, churches and private organizations for the development of youth performance.

A convenient button ($8 in advance, $10 after December 25, children under 3 free) gets patrons into all venues. Buttons are on sale now and are available at Bridge St. Caf ; Richmond Corner Market; Richmond Beverage; and Beaudry's Store in Huntington.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.acelticnewyears.org.

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