Charlottes Web offers a double treat this weekend to get you in the holiday spirit. Saturday, Dec. 13, award-winning childrens music composer, performer and teacher Susan Salidor will put a sparkle in your day. Bring the children and join her at a free concert at 11 a.m. at the Rockford Public Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St.
Salidors work includes family concerts and teacher music workshops at schools, libraries, colleges, theaters, childrens museums, music festivals and bookstores throughout the country. Her fun and interactive music workshops are also popular at professional conferences nationwide. She served as an Artist in Residence for the Rockford Public Schools Early Childhood Program from 2000-02 creating music workshops and working as a teacher/mentor.
On Sunday, Dec. 14, come to Memorial Hall for a different type of celebration. Celtic Holiday Party II will begin at 7 p.m. Enjoy tunes from Irish seisiuns (sessions) and Scotlands Ceilidhs (kay-lees) and energetic Cape Breton fiddle and step-dancing. Hear Scottish pipes, the melodic tones of the concertina and button box, the tin whistle and bodhran, and the Celtic harp. Enjoy the driving jigs and reels, hornpipes and strathspeys, and contemplative ballads that make up the joyful tapestry.
Featured performers are the band Cuan Eirinn with members Jonathan, Tim and Sebastian Fowlks, Emily Egeland, and Jim Nolting. They are joined by guests Aaron Kerr, Mike Cowe, Cassie Krueger, Lily and Grace Henley, Jenna Hawk, and junior Gaelic students on vocals.
Tickets are $8, $5 student/senior, $20 family of four or more. The program is co-sponsored by The Tin Whistle, Carlyle Brewery and Service First Company. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.