Donna Marie Merritt will read Hush That Hullabaloo!, a rollicking, rhyming, read-aloud set in Scotland, full of Scottish words that will delight wee ones as they repeat the fun phrases. Grandpa Goose is grouchy as the lads and lassies make a mess in his “hoose” and lots of noise—a hullabaloo! Children will be encouraged to join Grandma with her soothing refrain, “Wheesht, wheesht, / It’s only the wee ones. / Wheesht, wheesht, / Only the wee ones.” Can they figure out what the hullabaloo is all about before Grandpa Goose does? Best for ages 3 to 10. Signed books will be available at the discounted price of $15 for attendees of the Capital District Scottish Games.
Donna Marie Merritt is a poet and children’s author. Her sixth book of poetry, No Winter Maintenance, was released in spring 2017. Her stories and poems have appeared in school reading programs, language arts books, Highlights High Five, Highlights Hello, and American Library Association’s Book Links. Merritt’s poems have also been selected for a number of anthologies for both children and adults, including National Geographic’s Book of Nature Poetry, and Little, Brown’s One Minute Till Bedtime.
Hush That Hullabaloo! is Merritt’s sixteenth children’s book. Book readings through out the day. Book signings 12pm-5pm. Check our schedule of events in our official games program available for purchase inside the entry gates on the day of the games.
As seen on Nat. Geo. Wild Rescue TV, Wes Laraway is a regular educational presenter at every Capital District Scottish Festival and Games. Wes is well known (for many years) to our festival participants for his “Celtic Critters” animal programs. The Laraway Family loved to share their Scottish Clydesdales, Scottish Blackface Sheep and Border Collies with festival patrons of the past. The last few years, Falconry and Animal Rescue Activities have made the Laraway Family well known in the Northeast and the USA. Wes Laraway is also well known for his “Wildlife Alive” Educational Show. “Wildlife Alive” is a unique show with real wild animals that will be presented daily for your entertainment and education. Although touching the wild animals is prohibited, you will be able to get an up close look at animals that you normally only see at a distance, or perhaps never at all. Welcome to this year’s Capital District Scottish Games, please try to find time to visit the Hawks, Owls and Falcons of New York Wildlife Rescue Center and watch one of the shows that Wes will share these wonderful animals with you daily.