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THV in Your Town: Arkansas Scottish Festival April 13-15

THV in Your Town: Arkansas Scottish Festival April 13-15

BATESVILLE — Today's THV in Your Town is back! Our first stop highlighting our local community websites is Batesville. THV's Craig O'Neill is live tonight at 5:00 and 6:00 with more on this festival and the best of Batesville.

All things Scottish will be found at the 33rd Arkansas Scottish Festival April 13-15 on the Lyon College campus in Batesville. Admission to the three-day festival is free.

The Arkansas Scottish Festival began as a way to honor the college’s Scottish roots. Lyon College was founded in 1872 by the Presbyterian Church, which has its roots in Scotland.

Lyon Pipe Band performs at NLR St. Patrick's Day Parade

Lyon Pipe Band performs at NLR St. Patrick's Day Parade

LITTLE ROCK, AR (March 12, 2012) The 2012 Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade will occur at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012. The Parade, which occurs on St. Patrick’s Day this year, will begin at Fourth and Rock in downtown Little Rock, travel over Third Street and Sherman to River Market, crossing the Arkansas River via the Main Street Bridge into the Argenta Arts District ending at Sixth and Main in North Little Rock. (See a Map of the Parade Route below.)

The Parade is organized by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas and is in its thirteenth year. The North Little Rock Visitors Bureau is the presenting sponsor of this year’s parade.

Lyon preps for Scottish Festival

Lyon preps for Scottish Festival

BATESVILLE — Lyon College is preparing for its 33rd Arkansas Scottish Festival, which is set for April 13-15 on the Lyon College campus in Batesville. Organizers said admission to the three-day festival will be free.

 

The celebration began as a way to honor the college’s Scottish roots. Lyon College was founded in 1872 by the Presbyterian Church, which has its roots in Scotland. The college recognizes Scotland through its Scottish Heritage Program and through the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival, which brings in thousands of visitors during the weekend.

 

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Scottish festival without bagpipe, drumming and Highland dancing competitions. The qualifiers featurepipers, drummers and dancers from all over the world including Ireland and Scotland.

 

This year’s festival will feature more events, more competitors, more pipe bands and more entertainment.

 

Bagpipers win Florida contests

Bagpipers win Florida contests

The Lyon College bagpipers are already off to a strong season. The pipers have been to two contests in Florida. 

At the first contest in Orlando, Jimmy Bell took the Professional Piper of the Day award, followed by Elliot Smith at his first Professional-level contest. Avens Ridgeway also placed strong in her Grade 1 events and piper Jared Malone took the top prizes in his first Grade 3 contest with Lyon College. Because of her performance, Ridgeway was also extended an invitation to the Sandy Jones Invitational in March.

Read more at lyon.edu

Vote for video; help Lyon College win $10,000

Vote for video; help Lyon College win $10,000

 

Student recital Dec. 6

Student recital Dec. 6

The student recital begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Brown Chapel and then moves to Bevens Music Room.

The performers include organists Sean Gibson and Aaron Walton, and vocalists Brett Alexander, Alex Geiger, Patrick Houston, Haley Spicer, Emy Teis and Diana Turnbo. The event is free and open to the public.

‘AETN Presents’ features Celtic Thunder’s Keith Harkin solo performance

‘AETN Presents’ features Celtic Thunder’s Keith Harkin solo performance

 

“AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Keith Harkin” will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Friday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

“AETN Presents: On the Front Row” is part of AETN Arts Fridays, featuring world class arts and culture programming and locally produced series.

Keith Harkin, a vocalist with Celtic Thunder, comes from County Derry in Northern Ireland, where he started performing for the public at age four, wowing audiences with his beautiful voice and musical talent. Now at 24, Harkin has played to audiences across Europe and North America. He is also an accomplished songwriter and guitarist and has opened concerts for acts such as John Martyn, The Undertones and David Kitt and has recently started his own record label, Busty Music.

“Keith is the blond, scruffy member of the band,” AETN Director of Production Carole Adornetto said.