2006-03-31 / Society

Tradition keeps the wee ones' blood plaid

By Rachel Haynie

Keeping Scottish traditions alive means bringing up the wee ones in the ways of their ancestors. On April 1, 2006, Tartanfest is an opportunity to show the younger generation, and all others interested in the contributions Scottish Americans have made to the nation's history and culture, especially in SC.

Traditional Scottish games for children are planned for mid-afternoon at the State Museum where all activities will take place. According to Bill McCullough who organizes these games, participation in these traditions is just one way parents and grandparents can keep plaid blood running through the wee one's veins.

The eighth annual event opens at 11 am with dedication ceremonies on the front lawn at the State Museum. The Parade of Tartans will be led by the color guard of the Scottish-American Military Society. Peter Williams of Great Scots International will be the honored guest.

Flowers of the Forest, a brief ceremony remembering those who have died since last year's event, will also recognize fallen patriots in the armed services.

Throughout the day there will be piping and drumming by the Palmetto Pipes and Drums. Tartan banners and flags will be on display, and clan tables will be set up around the perimeter of the museum's mezzanine.

A highlight this year will be a Crescent Moon Imports fashion show promoting the wearing of tartans as everyday wear rather than only for Scottish events. Katie and Richard Hyman of Charleston note this trend is gaining support worldwide.

Special performances will include the Isla Duo at 11:15 am and 3 pm on the Best Friend Stage on the second floor of the museum. Other entertainment will intersperse the day of celebrating Scottish heritage and culture. Closing ceremonies are scheduled for 4:30 pm.

The evening's entertainment, beginning at 7 pm, will be centered around a traditional Scottish meal by Cameron's of Kearny. Later, grownups may choose to participate in Rick Nored's presentation Defenders of the Malt, and a whiskey tasting and seminar by Carl McIntosh on Scotland's national beverage. Isla Duo will play throughout the evening.

The day's events are free with museum admission. Tickets for the evening may be purchased in advance from the S.C. State Museum; Celtic Concepts, 1572 Sunnyside Drive; and It's All in the Name, 605 Harden Street.


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