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June 10, 1999|By Alyssa Bell

Celtic festival

The annual Potomac Celtic Festival is Saturday and Sunday near Leesburg, Va. The festival honors the cultures of the seven Celtic nations -- Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, plus Brittany (France) and Galicia (Spain). Ireland is this year's featured country. Music will be provided by Tommy Makem, the Tannahill Weavers, Nolwenn Monjarret, Clandestine and others, and dancing by Andurina of Club Espana. The festival also features food and drink, storytellers, poets, pipe bands, short plays, genealogical research, a pub tent and whiskey tasting. On Saturday evening join other Celtic enthusiasts for a dance and social gathering.

The festival will take place at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center, one mile north of Leesburg, Va., on Route 15, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dance begins at 8:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn, 1500 E. Market St. Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $12, $6 for children 6-12, free under 6. Group or package rates are available. Dance admission is $10. Call 800-752-6118.

Chamber music

The 14th annual Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival opens tomorrow in Easton. Acclaimed musicians, including J. Lawrie Bloom, Chicago Symphony clarinetist, perform seven concerts of classical and modern repertoire in five locations including the Avalon Theatre, Aspen Institute and Washington College. Tomorrow's concert features the Washington College Quartet for Oboes and Strings performing work by Mozart. Saturday's concert includes work by Loeffler and Brahms for piano, oboe and viola, and a post-show dinner and champagne buffet. Sunday's concert is a repeat of Friday's, followed by a reception. More concerts follow throughout the month.

Friday's concert will take place in the Avalon Theater in Easton, 8 p.m. $12 balcony, $22 orchestra, $25 mezzanine. Saturday's concert will take place in the Aspen Institute in Queenstown, 4:30 p.m. $75 includes dinner and champagne. Sunday's concert will take place at Washington College in Chestertown, $20, $10 students. Call 410-819-0380.

Pub Date: 06/10/99

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