The first day of this year’s Celtic festival came to us in the Crosby Center with a senior-focused musical performance from The Kelly Girls, complete with sing-along vocals and all kinds of different instruments.

The event was designed to get older members of the community and those with mobility impairments, who might ordinarily have a harder time navigating the festival, together for some festive, Celtic entertainment. This performance was made possible by a NEST grant, which funds performances in New England outside the performers’ state, courtesy of the New England Foundation of the Arts.

On Saturday and Sunday, Celtic festivities continued with more singing, kilted dancing, bagpiping, and accordion playing. Food trucks served various desserts and refreshments throughout the day, while local artisans sold their crafts.

Medieval activities were recreated by the Society for Creative Anachronism, showcasing medieval armaments, combat demonstrations, early European board games, heraldry, and blacksmithing. Other activities like sheepherding, dog shows, boatbuilding, and children’s games filled out the rest of the day with family-friendly Celtic fun.