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Celtic United

What: Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games

Why: Celebrate Irish, Scottish and Welsh cultures, each with a slightly different twist on Celtic heritage. See dogs show off their flyball skills, then watch brawny men, women and youngsters toss cabers (think telephone poles), sheaves and stones.

What else: Falconry and chainmail demonstration, music, storytelling, food and drink, all on the shore of Lake Ontario.

Info: Festival is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Olcott Beach, State Route 18 and 78, Olcott. Admission is $9, free for children 12 and under. Parking is free.


Get steamed

What: Harris Steam Farm Harvest Festival

Why: Revisit the days of steam-powered machinery, from a threshing machine and sawmill to a shingle mill. All moved by the power of steam!

What else: In this small show, the steam-powered antique machinery can be demonstrated in nearly its original use, and can be photographed without modern equipment in the frame.

Info: Admission is free. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harris Steam Farm, 3945 Upper Mountain Road, Cambria,


Arts, not oats

What: Quaker Arts Festival

Why: Live entertainment including music and dance performances, food, and good browsing of arts and crafts

What else: More than 300 artists and crafts people in every medium compete in this juried show for $10,000 in prizes.

Info: Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orchard Park Middle School campus at Route 20A and Lincoln Avenue; shuttle service from parking areas at the casino in Chestnut Ridge Park.


Back in time

What: Civil War Living History Days

Why: Tour the historic Hull Family House and Farmstead, at 5976 Genesee St., at Pavement Road, Lancaster, watch demonstrations and exhibits.

What else: Talk with Civil-War-era re-enactors, both soldiers and civilians, who are sure to ask questions about your Bluetooth headset and your kids' iPods

Info: Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for those 12 to 18, free for anyone under 12.



Spirits and more

What: Haunted Pub Crawl of East Aurora

Why: Learn local ghostly lore with paranormal expert Mason Winfield

What else: Liberal breaks for socializing and sampling of spirits at each pub

Info: Preregistration required for this rain-or-shine walking tour, which starts with a gathering at 6 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center, 21 S. Grove St. Pub crawl begins at 7 p.m. Call 655-6663. $20 per person

-- Anne Neville

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