Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tartan Days

Our rural community sported a a "Tartan Days". Despite the cold (and spitting snow), there was a good turn out of spectators. We decided to treat it as a homeschool field trip. It generated a lot of conversation.
On the way there, Josiah asked me about kilts. I told him they were sort of a test of manhood for Scottish men. When we got out of the car, he started rolling up his pant legs (he was wearing cowboy boots). I asked him why he was doing that and he said he wanted to be a man, too. Sorry buddy! Well now he wants to get a kilt in the worst way. This sent me on a family history search to see what tartan(s) we were authorized to wear. So far, I've found two. We were blessed to have Weston-McEwen High School's "Highland Band" come over to give us a mini-concert. We enjoyed listening to "Scotland the Brave", "Amazing Grace" and other famous Highland tunes.  

I shot this using the "vivid color" mode on my camera since it was such a gray day. I wanted the colors of the kilts to really pop. Here is a picture of the bandmaster.Pipes and drums.

The man in the middle was the band leader.

Now Josiah wants to play the bagpipes, too. Oh boy!

I like the way the pipers all had little flags flying from their pipes.

They even had a Highland dancing demonstration. It was very pretty. I was thrilled that I was able to shoot this just as they were leaving the ground on their tippy toes. Talk about luck with the timing!

Tartan Days was a prelude to a much larger event that will be happening in this area. The Celtic Society is putting together a full-on Celtic Festival at the end of August. It will include Highland games, vendors, food, music and such. Really looking forward to attending. Maybe by then Josiah will have a kilt to wear ;)



Paula said...

Ella looks so cute at her highland class. I can't wait to see the recital in May.


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

So cool! The pictures are great. I'm looking forward to playing with my camera so more. Maybe when I'm feeling better.

Makes me want to go watch "Monarch of the Glen". I looked up our tartan. Very cool!

Who was Scottish on our side though? Grandpa S?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Yep, Grandpa S. His family belonged to the Fraser clan.

Camille said...

How very fun! What a great experience! LOL...your boy wants a kilt and to play the bagpipes?? Too cute! :)


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