Conference Activities

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Bus Tour   SOLD OUT
Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10am-4pm

Join us for a unique tour of historic sites. The bus will pick us up at the Marriott at 10am.

We’ll start by visiting the Lowell National Historic Park (website). “The Irish were not the only Celts to help build the city of Lowell. Before Lowell was Lowell, there were farmers and tradesmen from Ulster (Scots-Irish) in Chelmsford and Dracut.” See the Lowell Irish blog, February 5, 2017 entry for more information on The Scots in the Mill City.

From the Visitor Center, we’ll take the trolley to the Boott Cotton Mill (admission included) and the Immigrant Girl Experience. We’ll meet back up at the Center for lunch (box lunch included) and a lecture. From there we’ll take the bus for a drive through some scenic New England towns, stopping for ice cream (cost not included) along the way. Possible stops include Concord North Bridge and Walden Pond. Return to the hotel by 4pm.

Cost for all of this is only $45. Limited space available.

Choice of box lunch: Roast Beef and Cheese deli sandwich on Italian sub roll, Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad deli sandwich on Italian sub roll, or Caesar Salad on a plain wrap. Each lunch contains a bottle of water, a pack of chips, and a cookie.

Conference Banquet
Friday, August 10, 5:30p - 9:00p

Join us for our conference banquet!

The Celtic Connections Conference’s 2018 Banquet will take place at the conference venue, the Marriott Hotel Boston/Newton, Friday August 10, 2018 from 5:30 - 9:30. Family and friends are most welcome to attend!

Banquet Details:

Social hour begins at 5:30 pm. Cash bar and beverages will be available.

Dinner begins at 6:00 pm.

Dinner will include salad, dessert, coffee, tea and choice of entrée:

• Apricot Stuffed Chicken

• Glazed Pan-Seared Atlantic Salmon

• Vegetarian entree also available

Please make your selection on our Registration page.

Entertainment! Please join us for a wonderful evening of music and songs featuring Katie & Friends with "Songs From Both Sides of the Atlantic".

Conference Luncheons
Friday, Saturday - 11:30a - 12:45p

(Cost included in registration.)

Friday Choices:

• Oven Roasted Turkey, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Avocado, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Arugula and Chipotle Mayonnaise in Garlic Herb Wrap

• Maple Smoked Ham, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Bib Lettuce, Cabot Cheddar, Herbed Male Mustard on a Multi Grain Bulkie Roll

• Roasted Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms, Zucchini, Squash, Eggplant, Caramelized Onion, Salad Greens, Roasted Tomato Spread on Herb Focaccia

Please make your selection on our Registration page.

Entertainment provided by Kate Chadbourne. Click here for more information.

Saturday Choices:

• Slow Roasted Beef, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Bib Lettuce, Caramelized Onions, Aged Gouda, Chipotle Mayonnaise on Crusty French Bread

• Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Dressing in a Roasted Tomato Wrap

• Fresh Avocado, Vine Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Dressing in a Roasted Tomato Wrap

Please make your selection on our Registration page.

Entertainment provided by Sharon Kennedy. Click here for more information.

Conference Raffles
Drawings held 11 August 2018

All proceeds benefit the 2018 Celtic Connections Conference.

Raffling off a beautiful "Green & Gold" quilt, 78" x 86", and an oil painting "The Old Mill" by artist Vander Saand. Quilt fits a twin or double bed. Cuddle under it while watching TV, spread it over the back of a couch, or create a real statement by hanging it on the wall. Hanging sleeve is attached. All cotton, machine wash and dry.

Tickets for the raffles are $2.00 each, or 3 for $5.00. Click here for the full-size posters.

Quilt pieced and quilted by TIARA member Carolyn Jack.

Pub Quiz
Saturday, 11 August 2018, 6:30p - 9:00p

Come one, come all!

Join us for a fun night of Celtic Trivia. Bring your knowledge of the Celtic nations and compete for some great prizes. Teams of 4 to 6 people will gather at the hotel at 6:30pm. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar. Cost for this fun night is $25.00. Hope to see you there!

Local Attractions

Genealogy/Research in the Greater Boston Area

National Archives at Boston
380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts
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Census records, naturalization records, passenger arrival lists, Canadian border entry records, Customs records, post-Civil War tax records, draft and military service pension records, and bounty land application files.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts
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Databases, library: published genealogies, local histories and records, genealogical periodicals and journals, and other reference works.

Massachusetts State Archives and Commonwealth Museum
220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts
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Passenger lists, vital records, census schedules, military records, naturalizations, and probate records.

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts
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Current and historical newspapers, biographical resources, local histories, town and city directories, and other databases.

Greater Boston Historical Attractions

Irish Heritage Trail
Landmarks of Irish-American Artists and Heroes

Covers over forty sites in Boston, including the Rose Kennedy Garden, the Boston Irish Famine Memorial, and many more memorials, buildings, and neighborhoods.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using their collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of President Kennedy.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts
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The centerpiece of the EMK Institute is a full-scale representation of the Senate Chamber. Visitors and students participate in experiences and programs giving them insight into and appreciation for the role of the Senate in our participatory democracy.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
83 Beals Street, Brookline, Massachusetts
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As a boy, John Kennedy's parents never expected he would grow up to be president. Yet, in his birthplace home, he learned values that inspired a life in public service. His mother, Rose Kennedy, recreated her family’s first home to share her memories of those early years with visitors.

Freedom Trail Boston
Sixteen American Revolution Sites

Welcome to the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure. Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Learn about the brave people who shaped our nation. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story [website description].

Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation
154 Moody Street, Waltham, Massachusetts
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A museum of the American Industrial Revolution.

Minuteman National Historical Park
North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty Street, Concord, Massachusetts     Map
Minute Man Visitor Center, 3113 Marrett Road, Lexington, Massachusetts     Map

The site of “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World."

Adams National Historical Park
135 Adams Street, Quincy, Massachusetts
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From the sweet little farm at the foot of Penn’s Hill to the gentleman’s country estate at Peace field, Adams National Historical Park is the story of “heroes, statesman, philosophers … and learned women,” whose ideas and actions helped to transform thirteen disparate colonies into one united nation.

Saugus Iron Works
244 Central Street, Saugus, Massachusetts
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In the 1600's, on the banks of the Saugus River, something extraordinary happened. Explore the place where European iron makers brought their special skills to a young Massachusetts colony. Some of this labor force consisted of indentured servants, including Scottish prisoners of war, and there are many local residents who descend from individuals who worked here. This nine-acre National Park includes working waterwheels, forges, mills, an historic 17th century home, and a lush river basin.