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SONORA CELTIC FAIRE
CELTIC WHISKEY TASTING EXPERIENCE

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Every year the Sonora Celtic Faire had been highlighting the finest Highland Scot’s whiskies and Irish whiskeys. The tasting event this year will feature three categories of spirit blends: Scottish Single Malts, Scottish blends, and Irish whiskeys. The official event sponsor this year for the event is Teeling Irish whiskey from Dublin Ireland. 

Festival favorite Tullamore Dew (Ireland), will also be sampled alongside Teeling and Scotland’s Glenmorangie. Over the last 5 years, Glenmorangie has won more 'Gold Best in Class' awards than any other single malt Scotch whisky. A total of 8 tasting samples will be offered for $20.00 up grade for $25.00 and get a commemorative Sonora Celtic Faire glass to keep.

After the tasting fee has been paid, the taster will be given a punch card to be used at their leisure along with a commemorative glass as a upgrade.  Tasting stations will be offered for the pour, with each station having whiskeys to be sampled. Before each pour, the server will explain a little bit about each spirit blend. Large tables will be provided for the taster to sit back, listen to Celtic music, and enjoy the taste experience.

If you are a Whiskey Connoisseur? We have hand pick three great selections for this years top shelf.  We have shots of a Scottish anCnoc 22Yr, Highland Park 18Yr. and Irish Redbrest 15Yr. for purchase In the Whiskey Lounge.

clans and societys

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Celtic culture is not just history, it is alive today and the clan tents can help you become a part of it. Find your clan and continue keeping Celtic culture and traditions alive.

American Clan Gregor Society
Clan Bell
Clan Carroll
Clan Cian, Clan O’More, Clan Na-Rory
Clan Fraser
Clan Hamilton
Clan Cunningham
Clan MacAlister
Clan MacPherson
Clan Mackintosh
Clan McFarlane

Clan Montgomery
Irish Culture Society
Irish Red and White Setters
Irish Glen of Imaal Terriers
Irish Wolfhounds
Mother Lode Scots
Mother Lode Highland Games
Scottish-American Military Society Post 1921
Scottish Deerhounds
Sons of Norway
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on and off stage

they will be preformers from all around the world.
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On the Black Oak Stage there will be the award wining dancers, Devon Yip, Tara Mills and Pamela Faljean form the Kyla’s School of Highland Dance. These talented young ladies will be performing highland dances and modern steps throughout the day in small sets and dancing to the bands.

FIRDAY ONLY the students from Kyla's School of Scottish Highland Dance  will be on stage.
Kyla's dancers have won accolades at competitions around the United States and the world. Since 1992, when Kyla last competed for the Best Sacramento Area Dancer, dancers from her dancing school have been awarded this high honor. They have also won awards at the United States National Championships, the Commonwealth Championships (Scotland), the Canadian Championship Series, the North American Championships, the Western United States Championships, the British Overseas Championships (Scotland), the Sacramento Valley Championships, and the Western Regional Championships.

Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood ~ Pyrojuggler

Skill and Danger! This hilarious show will tantalize your senses and tickle your funny bone as Thomas juggles torches, knives, bowling balls, crystal balls, full glasses of water, clubs and your hearts! He is renowned as a contactut of the audience!

Lynx The Animator

Lynx is a jack of all trades when it comes to performing. From working sideshow acts of the unusual to magic that will keep you guessing, Lynx is at the top of his game. Lynx has not only performed all over the United States, but has also traveled the globe for renaissance fairs, busker festivals, magic performances and corporate events. Lynx specializes in a unique blend of street performance, close-up, parlor, sideshow and stage magic that leaves his audiences begging for more.

Thomas Wood
Thomas Wood

Jeremiah Johnston

Holding two medals in the world championships of juggling, Jeremiah's performances feature thrilling stunts, big laughs, and fantastic displays of dexterity and balance that will captivate audiences of all kinds. Utilizing his many talents, Jeremiah creates quality juggling performances to suit corporate events, private parties, and public celebrations. Find the perfect style of entertainment for your event by choosing from his comedy juggling and variety show, polished stage acts, stunning fire performances, mind boggling L.E.D. light shows, customizable Visual Image Poi performances, and engaging strolling entertainment.

Hearts of Khyber

Live historical Music and Dance from the ancient Silk Road

Hearts of Khyber

Living History

Mary, Queen of Scots & Her Court
St. Andrew’s Noble Order of Royal Scots portrays the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots, as her Majesty has returned to Scotland from a childhood in France. Recently widowed, our young Majesty is ready to rule Scotland despite the misgivings of her half brother and many of the Lords of the Congregation. Her Majesty travels to the Pleasanton Scottish Highland Gathering and Games to meet clansmen, athletes, and artisans as well as Her loyal subjects.
Her Majesty invites ye one and all to meet Her nobles, highlanders, and royal guard as they wander about the shire and fill her court.(We hope to entertain ye and share some history with ye in the bargain).
~ Renaissance dances!
~ Sword Duels & Demonstrations!
~ Come Dance ‘Round the May Pole
~ Have your favorite friend or family member placed in the Pillory!
And of course
~ Come have a personal introduction and audience with Her Majesty
and receive a wee gift!

St. Andrews
Scottish Halberdiers
Dark Boar

Dark Boar is a non-profit educational group. We are a collaboration of like-minded enthusiast’s from all over California who enjoy educating and entertaining on the Viking era of 8th-11th centuries. They recreate a portrait of Viking life by demonstrating a wide variety of skills, vocations, and resourcefulness through their activities. Dark Boar,s display includes various structures that provide an example of traditional A-frames and meeting halls that would have been used during the Viking time period. They provide demonstrations of combat, explanations of Viking history and geography, and examples of Viking crafts. They are an open group who enjoy engaging with the public, answering questions, and meeting with those who share their appreciation for history.

Julius Caesar had made two sea invasions into the southern region of Britain in probing this distant island. The Emperor Claudius in 43 AD decided to return to Britain with the intention of conquering the island natives. Within 25 years this objective was basically accomplished. The expansion of the Empire brought the Roman Army into contact with the Caledonian tribes of Scotland. As a result of this confrontation, at the Battle of Mons Graupius, thousands of Caledonians were slaughtered with only a minor number of Roman casualties. The campaign marked the peak of the Roman incursion north of the River Tay. Roman forts and outposts were constructed all over Scotland.
Over time, the Romans did conduct a gradual withdrawal from Scotland as it proved to be of very little value to the Empire, plus it was becoming too costly to maintain Roman rule over the hostile natives there. In 122 AD, Emperor Hadrian decided to establish a border line between the Roman occupied region of Britain and the northern region of Scotland. A Wall was constructed dividing the two regions. It was designed to control commerce and trade, plus ensure a protective barrier between the two cultures. Periodic incursions north were conducted by the Roman Army for many years. Finally the Roman Legions were recalled back to the European Continent and Britannia was left to its own defense around 410 AD. Thus as anyone can see, a significant portion of Scotland was occupied and influenced by the presence of the Imperial Roman Army and their culture for some three hundred fifty years, more or less. It has proven to be a far longer time period than our own nation’s history since 1776.


Legio X Fretensis is a part of that Roman Military Heritage.
AVE ROMA IMMORTALIS!

Legio X
Romen Tower
Stirling Mercenaries

Stirling Mercenaries are a travelling Medieval guild dedicated to the demonstration of historical European combative art forms. The guild presents the life and routines found in professional mercenary companies of the middle ages
The Stirling Mercenaries are a travelling Medieval guild dedicated to the demonstration of historical European combative art forms. The guild presents the life and routines found in professional mercenary companies of the middle ages. Patrons are encouraged to come by and get a hands on experience with historical armor and weapons commonly found on the battlefield as well as enjoy viewing weapon demonstrations and combat expositions performed by trained men at arms.

Pictland is a Living History Guild set in Caledonia. (Modern day Scotland and England) Their camp, complete with tents, standing stones and other artifacts, is set generally in the 1st through the 4th century during the Roman occupation. During that time the people in these lands were called Pictavious, or Picts by the Roman historians. Their guild seeks to inform and educate people about the indigenous tribal people that lived in the lands that developed into the countries we now know. Their goal is to educate people on the Pictish way of life, the battles they fought and the legacy they created. Their lessons go beyond the 1st century to discuss the military and political winds that gave rise to the nations of Scotland and England.

Picland
Sadlers

Sadler's, started six years ago, is a blend of living history and entertainment. The family Sadler portrays an English nobleman named Ralph Sadler and his family who lived in sixteenth century England. Although he held several offices in the English court such as Privy Councillor, Secretary of State and Chancellor, Ralph was best known as an ambassador to Scotland, first appointed by Henry the VIII, and again by Elizabeth the I. Henry desired peace with his neighbors in Scotland, but also had to be careful that they would not try to usurp the throne from him. Therefore, Ralph Sadler's position had him trying to woo Scottish lords and lairds and increase trade to the benefit of England, but also to keep an ear out for intrigue and plots to overthrow English rule. Sir Ralph had the unfortunate task of signing Mary, Queen of Scots death warrant when she was found guilty of treason against Elizabeth. When you come by and see them, be sure to ask of any current gossip.

Having a noble household is much different from the vast majority of peasantry. There is time to play and take our leisure. When coming by their encampment, we would enjoy to play boccie ball, a dice game, or the toppling tower game with you while they regale you with their exploits in England and Scotland.

When not in sixteenth century England, we can be found reenacting 17th or 18th century Scots, usually backing the Jacobite because of Bonny Prince Charlie the Usurper to the English throne. Instead of wearing their noble garments, they will be wearing the traditional kilt and tam, armed with dirk, targe and claymore.

Thistle House Actors Guild portrays the people of the Isle of Mann and all those that land upon its shores during the year of 1560. Thistle House is an historical re-enactment guild which trains new folk in the ways of a Renaissance actor and promotes the teaching of history to the young at heart. Welcoming all those willing to learn how to portray people of that time period and experience history as an actor in an actual reconstructed encampment at a living history camp. They train those who wish to be peasants, crafters, merchants, warriors, sailors, people of the Isle / Irish/ highlanders, nobles, knights, dames, and royalty. Their specific purpose is to teach history by means of re-enactment and visual demonstration. The guild is led by credentialed teachers of arts, theatre, science, and history. They are many reasons why one should consider becoming part of their organization, especially if he or she loves history, its speech, clothing, foods, crafts and weaponry. They teach Their members these topics so they can enlighten others.


Thistlehouse
Gaesatae

Gaesatae is an experimental archaeology group created to educate the public in life and customs of late Iron Age Celtic or La Tene D/III Gallic culture. They are dedicated to education and scientific inquiry, exploring the many faces of history through language, crafts, and displays based on archeological evidence and primary sources.

The Guildes of St. Barbara’s & St. Genesius is a Multi-cultural Renaissance Group portraying 1540-1580, specializing in siege engine and renaissance dance, highlighting period crafts and games.

St. Barbara’s & St. Genesius
The Free Artillery Company of the Marquise De Montrose

The Free Artillerie Company is a 17th Century re-enactment group established in 1997 to represent a Scottish Artillerie Company that learned the paths of War in the service of Gustavus Adolphus, during the protracted Thirty Years War. Later these veterans returned to Scotland with their Swedish Ordnance to fight for the Marquis of Montrose and later to attempt to restore Charles the Second, King of England and Scotland, to the Throne at the battle of Worcester.
They demonstrate the loading and firing of the Swedish leather cannon, matchlock muskets, and tactics of the English Civil Wars. We also discuss the life of the times in our camp and include domestic and military livelihoods. 

The Constables of the Shire is a street improv group that recreates the citizen-police of Shakespeare. We base ourselves loosely (very) on the constables depicted in “Much Ado About Nothing’.

Constable humor is found in our frequent use of malapropism, a technique Shakespeare would use again in Elbow from Measure for Measure, and poking fun at the amateur police forces of his day, in which respectable citizens spent a fixed number of nights per year fulfilling an obligation to protect the public peace, a job for which they were, by and large, unqualified. We strive to uphold this tradition.
Our street improv uses portable stocks which we use as an interactive device with the customers. We will contrive an outrageous charge against the husband/wife/child, place them in the stocks and then provide a photo opportunity for the customer (kids are by far the most fun) providing a memorable fair moment. Our interactive approach allows to the customer to be a part of the fair and sets the stage for their further interactions with other performers.

The Constables of the Shire

Fortune’s Folly is a gaming guild, teaching and playing games from the 1500s and earlier with origins in Europe, Asia, and Africa. They enjoy playing games with faire patrons and other guilds. We hope to enhance the faire patron's experience by interacting directly with you in both a fun and educational way. They hope your time spent playing with them will encourage you to stay and enjoy your time at the faire. Their games appeal to all ages, having over 20 period games for all to play. They have several games kids as young as four can understand and play. All of their games only take five minutes or less of instruction, You are welcome to stay and play as long as you like.
Come sit down in their welcoming and comfortable pavilion, learn and play fun games protected no matter the weather. All are welcome to come and play!

Our Games Include:

Card games:
Noddy
One and Thirty
Tarot (the game, not fortune telling)
Trumps

Board games :
Alquerque
Aseb “Twenty Squares”
Chess
Draughts
Fox and Geese
Gluckhaus
Hnefatalf “Talf”
Mancala
Nine Mens Morris
Rota
Royal Game of the Goose
Royal Game of Ur
Sailor’s Solitaire
Senet
Taabel
Tabula
Tigers and Goats
Valhalla


Fortunes Folly

Dice games:
Hazzard
Liar’s Dice
Novem-Cinque
Passe-Dix or Passage
Raffle or Inn and Inn
Other games:
Bocce Ball
Croquet
Dominos
Quoits
Shoffe a Groat
Shuffle Board
Shut the Box
Towers

Clan Fraser

Clan Fraser is a 16th century Scottish highland traveling encampment of Lord Hugh Fraser in progress with the queen. We have period games and crafts, along with weapon and armor demonstrations.

Kaotic Mythicals is a troupe of volunteer actors & entertainers, who bring the magic of the Fae to life with colorful characters. They have been doing this for many years to bring smiles to all they meet & help educate in 4 main areas. The merry band spreads the joy, fun & happiness with all they encounter. Kaotic Mythicals Fairy Garden brings magical fun with some educational activities including Roll The Stones, Giant Bubbles, Petting Zoo, Live Bugs, Rub A Bug, Fairy Whisper, Catch A Cheer, Frog Pond & Story Time. Kaotic Mythicals Fairy Garden also features a labyrinth that is easy to walk & wheelchair friendly.
Be sure to visit the Fairy Garden & perhaps a visit with The Great Mother.

Kaotic Mythicals
Menagerie of Myhic Misfits

The tradition of the Danse Macabre dates back to the Middle Ages, perhaps earlier, and many different theories exist as to what was its original purpose. It is a cross-cultural phenomenon, occurring in English, French and Spanish folklore and art, among others.
Some thought the images of skeletons dancing in the streets would intimidate Death so that no one would be taken away. Others thought it was to trick Death into thinking all the villagers in this particular area were already dead... and enjoying it! So there was nothing for the spectre of Death to do and He would fly on. Still others thought it a way to point out no matter if you are Queen or serving wench, Bishop or bastard, minstrel or milliner... eventually we all will danse the Danse Macabre.

Menagerie of Myhic Misfits our going to bubble you away!

Menagerie of Myhic Misfits
Modesto Muzzleloaders

The Modesto Muzzleloaders are a Black Powder Gun club. We shoot all types of black powder guns from the 1840s and prior including rifles, tradeguns, pistols, and shotguns. They will have a1838 Mountan Man that will give instruction to patronson throwing Tomahawk, and fire start with flint and steel. aslo they will be a cannon display, and firing black powder wepons throgh out the days.

Quality Pyrate Games Hand crafted wooden game of yorr for the whole family!

Menagerie of Myhic Misfits
Portcullis

Portcullis Players are honored to present a reenactment of the Scots-Irish in the time of the American War of Independence (1775 – 1783), focusing on the later period of the war in the Southern Theater. Covering the Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia colonies, this is the time of such battles as King’s Mountain, Blackstock’s Farm, Cowpens, and Guilford Courthouse, showcasing the contribution of Patriot, back-country militias comprised by many of Scots-Irish descent. In addition to discussions of the battles and equipment, The Portcullis Players will be demonstrating and talking about domestic activities such as fiber arts and spinning, as well as the all-important distillation of whiskey. Please join them, as well as the rein-actors of Roger’s Rangers, to learn about the time period of the American Revolution.