|Bagpipers on their way--Make a hole!|
I have some extra time on my hands since DH went to play poker tonite. So a bonus post on the Dublin Irish festival.
For anyone not familiar, Dublin is near Columbus, OH and has one of the biggest Irish fests in the country! How come me, who is very Irish, never heard of it until 2 years ago? No idea but since I'm Irish and DH loves the culture (and obviously the people since he married in), we decided to go.
This year we decided to stay until Monday instead of Sunday because we just didn't see everything. Not so sure this was a good idea as it was one of the hottest, most humid weekends of the year. However, we soldiered on.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Dublin, which is 2 miles from the festival. Gottta love a new hotel AND they had a shuttle that dropped us off and picked us up! That means Melissa could drink instead of being the driver! :) I had planned ahead for DH and inquired about a wheelchair for him in case his leg got sore or his arms (from crutches). They were very accommodating and DH was stubborn and only agreed to a wheelchair the last day.
I'll spare you the complete gory details of each day but we had a blast despite the heat trying to wear us out every day. We really enjoy the musical acts they bring each year, especially the Tartan Terrors, which are one of our fave bands ever! They never disappoint! If you want to see a band of fine musicians, dancers, and comedians--check them out. Not to mention a world-class bagpiper who is very easy on the eyes!
|Tartan Terrors in Action!|
|Different Drums of Ireland--BIG drum!|
The only snag in our weekend came on Sunday afternoon when it finally decided to pour down rain. Luckily it stopped after 45 minutes. They did shorten the festival but since DH had a wheelchair that day and we wanted to return it, one of the organizers offered to drive us over to the concert stage for closing ceremonies. Traveling in style---yes we do. The best part was when one of the security guards questions our driver and he said "I've got a cripple here" and pointed to DH with his leg brace! LOL
We met some great people who we hope to see next year (waves to Rob and Jessica and Marleigh). Even if they are Ohio State fans (WE ARE PENN STATE). Just sayin' :)
One of my fave quotes from DH: "You know what. Next year I am having a shirt made that says 'I see Pale People'. I have never seen so many in one place!" He was actually in the minority with that one.
If you've read this far, thank you! Get yourself over to the festival next year if you're close by or come to the Pittsburgh Irish Festival which will be at the beginning of September!