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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 four categories of spirit blends: Scottish Single Malts, Scottish blends, Irish whiskey and Bourbon. The official selected whiskey from Patrick, Gary & Lissa this Year is a Glenkinchie 24yr single malt from Pencaitland, Scotland, UK .

Festival favorite Powers (Ireland), will also be sampled alongside Dewar's 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 6 tasting samples will be offered for $20.00 up grade for $25.00 and get a commemorative Sonora Celtic Faire shot glass to keep.

After the tasting fee has been paid, the taster will be given a ticket for a place mat along with a commemorative glass as a upgrade.  Tasting stations will be offered for the pour, with each station having whiskeys to be sampled. The server will explain a little bit about each spirit blend at the large tables where the taster can sit back, listen to Celtic music, and enjoy the taste experience.

If you are a Whiskey Connoisseur, we have hand picked three great selections for this years top shelf.  We have Tastings of a Scottish Aberfeldy 21 year single highland malt, Glenfiddich 21 year single highland malt and Glenmorangie 18 year old single malt. for purchase In our Premium Whiskey Lounge.  

You can also purchase 45ml shot of our official selection Glenkinchie 24yr single malt with a complimentary SCF shot glass.


clans and societys

Thomas Wood

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.


Clan Carroll
Clan Cian, Clan O’More
Clan Crawford
Clan MacAlister
Clan MacLennan & District Scots
Clan MacPherson
Clan Mackintosh
Clan Ross
Clan Shaw Society

Dixon Scottish Cultural Association
Escalon Scottish Cultural Association
Gold Country Irish Red and White Setters Society
Irish Glen of Imaal Terriers
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.

Kevin Axtell

Kevin Axtell

More than an expert juggler. Kevin is known worldwide as a dynamic entertainer. With his sharp juggling knives, and sharper wit, he blends comedy, juggling, circus, magic, fire (when appropriate), and stunts with upbeat energy and a positve message. The result is unique, inspiring, and memorable.
Winner of several international juggling awards and medals.
Kevin has a long list of performance credits spanning 15 years.

As director of The Firewalking Center he is an accomplished motivational speaker and firewalking instructor. In 2011 he became a partner in the Flow Arts Institute, the nations leading Flow Arts festival producers. They have now grown to 7 annual events all over the country every year.

Kevin was recently promoted to General Manager of the countries longest running fire and Flow Arts festival FireDrums XIV.

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.

Lynx The Animator
Miles Smiles

Miles Smiles

Miles began his career in circus arts with the Humboldt Circus, a student led circus and theatre arts club at Humboldt State University. There he rose to the ranks of Co-head Clown and led the circus into their Fall 2010 presentation of “A-Box-a-Lips Now!”, a pre and post-apocalyptic exploration of circus after civilization.
Upon leaving the Humboldt Circus, Miles Smiles, hungry for inspiration, joined the Freelove Circus as a clown for their Summer 2011 tour “On the Trail of Bigfoot”. The tour took him on a quest throughout the Pacific Northwest and Europe to find and capture the historic and legendary Bigfoot. The Europe tour had an astonishing impact on Miles and pushed him to go fully international.
At the start of 2012 he left his home destined for the far east to help spearhead the K-Town Circus, an international circus troupe specializing in fire shows, located in Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Miles spent the better part of two years in Eastern Asia honing his skills and performing as much as possible.
Upon returning home he quickly became involved in the Rainbow Family Circus and toured British Colombia, Canada.
He then traveled back to his circus roots in Humboldt to join the Circus Emporium Road Show, a circus sideshow and odditorium based in Arcata, CA. Miles Smiles was a clown and juggler for The Emporium's Winter 2013 tour to Texas and the southwest and stayed performing with them through 2014.
At the start of 2015 Miles Smiles moved to the SF bay area and has been performing and teaching circus arts there ever since. WEBSITE

HammerHands Music is a hammered dulcimer presentation by Scott Williams of Orange County, California. Scott uses his studio creations of mandolin, guitar, bass, drums, and strings to embellish the melody of his live hammered dulcimer. With 4 completed albums and a 5th available on a USB drive also showcasing many additional new tracks, Scott returns to the Sonora Celtic Faire. “

Hammerhands
Hearts of Khyber

Hearts of Khyber is a collective of musicians and dancers who represent the nomads that traveled the ancient Silk Road. While crossing the continents, they absorbed the traditions, music, and dance from the multiple cultures they encountered.

The first groups of these travelers migrated into Great Britain by the end of the 15th century. They were initially welcomed by the local gentry and royalty to camp on the outskirts of towns or just outside city walls, and were often paid for playing music or telling fortunes.

Hearts of Khyber derives its name from the Khyber Pass, an integral, yet often treacherous, part of the ancient Silk Road. Having a heart of Khyber means you have the strength and fortitude to be the hardiest of travelers!

Come and visit the Hearts of Khyber encampment and watch these mysterious travelers perform live, historical music and dance!"

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.

Stirling Mercenaries are a traveling 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.

Stirling Mercenaries

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

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.

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

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 Mythical Misfits are 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.

Mead and Meadow Crafters Guild
Celtic History- Making of Mead, cooking & preserving foods, ancient herbalism & odd herbal remedies. Leather working and more.