Kate Scuffle

Alfred Jarry's all-too-timely absurdist classic "Ubu Roi" has come to Muhlenberg College, and hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle preview the college's take on the subversive play.

Joining George and Kate are Professor Francine Roussel, Director of "Ubu Roi," and Professor Doug Ovens who composed the original score. "Ubu Roi" is produced by Muhlenberg College's Department of Theatre and Dance. The satirical play runs February 21-25, 2018 at Studio Theatre in Trexler Pavilion.

(Original air-date: 02/19/18)

The Many Uses of the Autumn Apple

Oct 25, 2017

When you think of Halloween, you may think of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn…but apples?  Well, apples were a symbol of Halloween long before American pumpkins. Halloween as we know it is rooted in the ancient Celtic traditions surrounding Samhain, a fire festival that marked the end of the harvest and beginning of winter in the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc.

The Making of Haggis

Sep 7, 2017

Ah, Haggis…Great chieftain o' the puddin' race, and much misunderstood! - Robbie Burns

Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish, considered by many to be the national dish of Scotland thanks to Robert Burns' 1787 poem “Ode to a Haggis”.

Highland Games Sports, Dancing, and Music

Sep 7, 2017

Highland Games are a colorful, unique mix of sports, culture and community, a celebration not only of all things Celtic, but especially of Scottish Highlands’ heritage and history.

The Games are a mix of of field and track events, piping, and Highland dance competitions, as well as 'heavy events' like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw, and the caber-toss.  Some say that the Games date back to 2000 BC in Ireland, before they crossed the water to Scotland with the fourth and fifth century migrations of the Scotti into Argyll and beyond.

Celtic Traditional Dances

Sep 7, 2017

Learn about Scottish traditional dance, in all of its many forms.

It’s September, and that means that Bethlehem’s Celtic Classic is only a few weeks away.  We’ll spend September learning a wee bit more about some of what you’ll find at the Festival.

Naturally, there’ll be lots of glorious music…but there’ll be dancing, as well, much of it Scottish traditional dance, in all its many forms.

The Popularity of Scottish and Irish Whiskey

Sep 7, 2017

Whether you are a whiskey novice or a real connoisseur there is no better moment than now to celebrate Scotland’s national drink—as the tourism folks have officially deemed May whiskey month

Scottish Kilt History

Sep 7, 2017

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go

-- Robert Burns

Among the most powerful, romantic and dramatic of all the symbols of Scotland are the Highlanders tartans and kilt.  Today a kilt is often elegantly paired with formal jackets, crisp white shirts, and intricate footwear.

The Life of the Great Poet Robbie Burns

Sep 5, 2017

The great poet Robbie Burns was born on January 25, 1759, in a small farmhouse on the wild and windy coast of Ayrshire, Scotland.  The child of self-educated tenant farmers, he spent his youth working long days on the families’ hardscrabble farms, then reading and dreaming by candlelight far into the long nights.  He would die at only 37 years old, succumbing to rheumatic fever, and leaving behind many a lass’s broken heart. 

Types of Celtic Bagpipes

Aug 31, 2017

The annual Celtic Classic & Highland Games arrive this weekend here in Bethlehem, and the stirring, whirling call of the bagpipes will echo off of the autumn hills to open and close the games. These iconic pipes have a history even older than the Games themselves.

The History of the Highland Games

Aug 31, 2017

The story of the Highland Games is a colorful story of sports, culture and community, a celebration of the heritage and history of Scotland and the Scottish Highlands.