Dublin Irish Festival
Apparel available for ladies, gentlemen and canines
Canines can go Celtic, thanks to one vendor at the Dublin Irish Festival.
Castle Canine Creations will have a spot at the Dublin Irish Festival this year for the first time, offering Celtic and whimsical wear for pooches.
Charlene Beasley has been making dog clothing for six years, a job that supports her traveling retirement.
"The kids have moved out," she said.
"They're going to college, so we sold the house and bought a travel trailer," Beasley said.
Beasley peddles her canine creations at Renaissance and Celtic festivals.
Her creations aren't the dog sweaters and shirts commonly seen: She makes belly dancer, Viking, cavalier and kilt outfits, working to make them fit different sizes of dogs.
"At Renaissance festivals and Celtic festivals, the owners come out in these beautiful costumes and you cannot find fantastic costumes for pets," she said, adding that Halloween costumes for canines are often not well made.
"I make costumes that are very well as good quality as the one the people wear ... ," Beasley said.
"They're high-quality renaissance costumes. Even the kilts I make for dogs use tartan just like people use for their kilts."
Beasley heard about the Dublin Irish Festival from a fellow vendor, who called it a favorite. Beasley couldn't resist and will have her fashions along with a few models with her.
"I've got a little West Highland terrier that has been doing shows with me since she was 3 months. She's 5 now," she said. "We put her in kilts and she dances and waves 'Hi' to everybody. We also have a Pomeranian."
Beasley wants to see so many canines in Celtic wear that she'll measure them free of charge and make an outfit for them, if nothing she has on hand fits. She'll also take special tartans from owners to make kilts.
The Dublin Irish Festival's marketplace hasn't gone completely to the dogs, though. It includes everything from clothing to jewelry and accessories, to wood-working and carvings to photography and tapestries and home decor.
Dublin's own Ha'Penny Bridge Imports of Ireland will return for its 26th year at the festival, offering items aimed at people.
"One-fourth of our booth is dedicated to gents and Guinness," said owner Anne Gleine.
"We have ladies and jewelry and we have gifts and home and youth and Dublin in our four areas."
The Historic Dublin business that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year put more focus on the gents' side of things last year and received a strong response.
"Basically, we're going around the idea of pubs and kilts," Gleine said. "We have street kilts with pockets on them. This year, we're focusing on the black ones.
"We'll keep the wool ones at the store... We do a lot of pub T-shirts and Guinness."
Ha'Penny Bridge Imports of Ireland will also work to give out-of-towners something to remind them of Dublin.
"People do come from Canada, Ireland and other countries," Gleine said. "We do have visitors that do want something from Dublin, Ohio."
The Dublin Irish Festival has three vendor areas: the Grafton Street Marketplace in the northern area of Coffman Park, Emerald Arts Isle in the central area off Coffman Park Drive and the Temple Bar District on the southern end of the festival.
The Dublin Irish Festival runs Aug. 2-4 in Coffman Park. For more information about the festival or merchants, look online at dublinirishfestival.org.