GLIWA Calendar 2018

Come join us and enjoy the day with your wolfhounds!


Saturday May 26

Missouri River Irish Fest in St. Charles, Mo

Courtney Smith is  extending invitations to join her. She will be there around 10. You can come anytime you want and stay as long as you want. Just please let me know ahead of time so I can plan accordingly. I will also need vaccine records for any dog participating. Rabies is a must. I will need these records before April so we can present them to the council. They are very strict.

We set up by the stage under trees along the river. Weather usually cooperated and determines how long we stay. Unfortunately we are not allowed to take our dogs into the festival ourselves. We all take turns watching each other’s dogs so we can shop and eat. Please bring a chair or blanket, bowls, water jug (there is a spigot on the grounds we can use) and anything else to help make you and your dogs comfortable. We do get very large crowds sometimes 20-30 people at once. People look for us. So please make sure your dog is comfortable with crowds and kids loving on them. No flexi leads allowed! Even with the restrictions we have a great day sitting along the river relaxing and talking dogs! Please contact Courtney at;



Monday, May 28

Come and join the adults and children (and pets) of the Chicago Scots (Illinois Saint Andrew Society) and the Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers as we march in the Itasca Annual Memorial Day Parade.  

Have some fun and help promote the Illinois St. Andrew Society and the upcoming Highland Games in Itasca. Meet at Usher Park at the end of the parade for the Memorial Service. Refreshments will be on sale in the park. 

When:   Parade starts at 9:30 am. We need to get there earlier before the streets are closed and parking is gone. Line up is between 8:00 and 9:00am. 

Where: The parade starts at St Matthew's Church (West Bryn Mawr Ave. & Catalpa Ave) and proceeds east on Bryn Mawr and south on Walnut to Usher Park (see map). Our line-up position will be posted later we will be behind the Tunes of Glory Bagpipe. Call me, Bill G. MacLeod at (708) 387- 2510 if you need help or have questions. 

Parking: Parking is limited at the starting point to street parking, so please carpool or have someone drop you off. Parking at the end of the parade at Usher Park is limited to street parking. 

Information:   For more information on the parade see Itasca Park district web site and go to special events.  For information on being a part of our group contact Bill G. MacLeod at or (708) 387- 2510.

Parade ends at 12:30 pm. The parade is approximately one mile


Saturday, June 16

Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Hamilton Lakes, Itasca. Times are anytime between 8-4pm. 

The Midwest’s premier showcase for Scottish arts and Culture. Come out and spend the day with your wolfhound. The Irish wolfhound fans will be asking you every question there is to know about our wonderful breed.  

If possible please bring some kind of shade for your dog(s). One free entry with each dog.

Contact Lori Shatava as soon as possible for your free entry pass tickets and parking pass. Or contact Claire Morrison


June 23

Northstar Irish Wolfhound Club Specialty

Isanti MN

Conformation Judge Steve Le Van

Sweeps Judge Christiana Hartenstein 



Wednesday, July 4th

Fourth of July Parade

Oak Lawn, IL.

Step off time is 10 AM

The parade route will start at 95th St and 51st. Ave. and will proceed west to 55th Ave. As usual our line up number will not be available until closer to the date. Check our web site for updates.

 We realize that the weather in July can be very hot!! If that’s the case, the parade committee is aware that the wolfhounds would have to cancel.


July 7

Irish American Heritage Festival

Hours 1:30-6pm

This Irish Fest showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities. The festival is held on the grounds of the Irish American Heritage Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening Irish culture in Chicago. The  center is near Wilson Avenue exit and the Edens Expressway, at 4626 North Knox, Chicago, IL.

At around 2, we will bring our dogs to the staging area where we will give the audience a short biography on the Irish Wolfhound with Q & A afterwards.

Water will also be available, all you need to bring is a chair for yourself.


October 6, 2018

Hoffman Estate Celtic Fest

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry

Entertainment, food, vendors, activities and much more!!!

Our role at these festivals is to introduce your wolfhounds to the public and answer the many questions everyone likes to ask about our wonderful breed.

 It is held  at the Sears Centre Arena, located at the Poplar Creek at 59/90 Entertainment District near the intersection of Route 59 and Interstate 90.

This is an indoor event and only gliwa members can bring their wolfhounds. Any questions about the event, contact

Mike Cherry@  or 

Claire Morrison@  


Saturday, October 20, 2018

GLIWA  Fun Match

Judge: Mariellen Dentino

Location: Cudahy Kennel Club

3820 S Pennsylvania Ave, St Francis, WI 53235


Sunday, October 21

Education and Health Testing

More details will follow on both days.





Letter to organizations that request our Irish Wolfhounds participate in their events 

Due to the many requests we receive, there are requirements we need to make the event a successful experience for all.

*Once we receive a request for an event, we will need the date, times, and any other information that is relevant.

* Irish Wolfhounds don't do very well in the extreme heat. Adequate shade and water.

*Wolfhounds are considered one of the largest breeds. We require a larger area to set up.

*Since we are a not-for-profit club, we would appreciate it if your organization offered a donation for attending. We like to reimburse our members for any expenses, plus it helps to keep our club successful.

*We carry a substantial insurance policy that is required by most events.