SCOTLAND: Scottish/Celtic Festivals in the US/Canada

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October 14th, 2016, 5:29 pm #61

on 4-5-6 November in Tucson Arizona at the rililto racetrack they have the Tucson celtic fest. we are going dressed in our tartans. it is going to be fun. am counting the days. maybe we will see some of you. ladywolf
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Joined: March 18th, 2012, 6:04 am

November 14th, 2016, 7:33 pm #62

Tucson az. we did get to the celtic fest and had a blast. met and saw all kinds of people. there was one lady who had to be escorted of the grounds. we think she drank a pint to many. other then that we had a blast. can't wait until next year.
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audiobooklover
Clan Fraser
Joined: July 19th, 2010, 10:09 pm

November 14th, 2016, 7:34 pm #63

So glad you had a great time, ladywolf! :)
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Pauline
Clan Fraser
Joined: October 1st, 2009, 11:19 pm

November 15th, 2016, 12:47 am #64

ladywolf wrote:Tucson az. we did get to the celtic fest and had a blast. met and saw all kinds of people. there was one lady who had to be escorted of the grounds. we think she drank a pint to many. other then that we had a blast. can't wait until next year.

No surprise visits by Herself?? I guess she's holed up writing our next installment. Glad to hear that you had a great time. :bagpipe:
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July 10th, 2017, 5:15 pm #65

Scottish fest at rialito raceway in Tucson arizona the first week of November( 3-4-5 2017.) I am planning to be there.
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November 5th, 2017, 5:07 am #66

Ohh!  Ladywolf, are you in the Tucson area?  I went to the Tucson Celtic Festival today!  I'm so sorry I didn't see this thread beforehand -- I would've contacted you ahead of time to try and meet up.  It was my first time there and I had lots of fun!  Here are some photos:
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November 5th, 2017, 10:18 pm #67

Those are great pics, Leslie!  Thanks for sharing.  It's so much fun to go to the Highland Games and immerse yourself in all things Scottish!  It can help get your blood pumping for your trip!  We used to go to the Highland Games in Bellingham, WA just across the border from us (where Bear McCreary grew up, apparently) and spend the whole day!  Lots to see and experience there.  We haven't been in a couple of years, but maybe this spring we'll go again.  
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November 5th, 2017, 11:42 pm #68

Thanks, Zahia!  There was a big section for clans but neither Clan Fraser nor Clan Mackenzie was there.  :-(  Other than that, it was great!
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audiobooklover
Clan Fraser
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November 6th, 2017, 2:18 am #69

Thanks for the pics.  Looks like fun!

This isn't quite a Scottish Festival, but a nearby Presbyterian Church had the Kirkin' o' the Tartans today and I went with three of my Outlander-loving friends.  It was a lovely church (I hadn't been there before) and a fun service.  There were bagpipes and drums as well as highland dancers and both a quartet and a larger band that played Scottish/Celtic music before and during the service.  Before the blessing of the tartans, everyone who had brought a tartan walked up the center aisle and told the caller the clan name and he called it out and they left the tartans on trays and they were blessed (and could be picked up afterward).  There were actually two services and we went for the second but got there early for the sake of finding parking, so we had shortbread before the service (though it was also available afterward).

None of my pics are great, but here's one to give you an idea:
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November 8th, 2017, 12:17 am #70

Sounds like a lot of fun!  Thanks for the photo, ABL.  

We're going again to Robbie Burns Night on January 20th and it's a whole lot of fun!  Put on by the Delta Police Pipe Band (they've played Mull of Kintyre with Sir Paul McCartney...twice!) it's a traditional Scottish evening with a delicious dinner (complete with Neeps and Tatties and Haggis) followed by a rousing performance the Pipe Band as well as Highland Dancers and other entertainment topped off with a great band so the rest of us can dance.  At one point, some of the pipers play while the rest of us attempt do do the Gay Gordons, a traditional dance while the Pipers play Scotland the Brave.  I say 'attempt' because it's usually after the Scotch tasting bar has been well patronized...😜  The Gay Gordons is the dance that Sam did with Chanum Tating's wife (I can't remember her name) during the panel of Comicon.  I'm looking forward to going again.  Last year the Pipe Band played the Skye Boat Song, which got all the Outlander fans on their feet for sure!!
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audiobooklover
Clan Fraser
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November 8th, 2017, 2:31 am #71

Sounds like fun Zahia.

One thing I forgot to mention, is that there were shields all around the church with various clan tartans.  If you click on the pic and zoom in, you can see the Fraser tartan right between the band director's head and left hand.  It's red and black.
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November 8th, 2017, 2:57 am #72

ABL: That's a great photo!  I had never heard of Kirkin' o' the Tartan before the the festival I went to was doing it on Sunday also.  I didn't go that day so it was really nice to see your picture.  And thanks for pointing out the Fraser tartan!

Zahia, that sounds like a fun evening!
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