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Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel, Edgewood get a taste of Scotland

| Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Bagpipe music will fill the air at the sixth annual Pittsburgh Tartan Day Celebration.

Festivities to celebrate Tartan Day, which recognizes the achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans, will begin Thursday in Green Tree with a Tartan Day dinner. Festivities also are planned in Fox Chapel and Edgewood this weekend.

"This event introduces people to some of the Scottish traditions and the dances, music and crafts that they do," says Elizabeth Mills of Adams, Butler County. Mills is a volunteer for the Tartan Day Ceilidh and member of the St. Andrew's Society of Pittsburgh.

"It allows people to try something different and see people perform."

Parents can bring their clan to watch Scottish County and Highland dancers, pipe bands, a storyteller, re-enactors, Celtic musicians and clans at the Tartan Day celebration. The free event will also include workshops on Scots Gaelic, Highland and Country dancing and genealogy. Traditional Scottish food will be available for tasting.

A Tartan Day Ceilidh will commence the day's activities. Informal Highland wear is suggested for the traditional Scottish dinner and party.

The Kirkin' O' Tartan will close the celebration with a church service and "wee ceilidh" to follow at the First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood on Sunday.

The events are sponsored by the St. Andrew's Society of Pittsburgh and the Ligonier Highland Games.

Pittsburgh's Tartan Day Celebration 2005

Festivities are scheduled for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Tartan Day.

Tartan Day Dinner

Where: Greentree Holiday Inn

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Admission: $30 per person, paid reservations only

Details: (412) 441-4408

Pittsburgh Tartan Day Celebration

Where: Fellowship Hall, adjacent to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Fox Chapel and Field Club roads

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Admission: Free; donations will be accepted to benefit the St. Andrew's Society of Pittsburgh Scholarship Fund

Tartan Day Ceilidh

Where: Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, Fox Chapel

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Admission: Scottish dinner, $20. Prepaid reservations only, and informal highland wear suggested

Details: Contact Elizabeth Mills at (724) 538-5608 or ebmills@alumni.cmu

Kirkin' O' the Tartan

What: A service, and a "wee ceilidh" will follow

Where: First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood, 120 East Swissvale Ave.

When: 11 a.m. Sunday Additional Information:

Local Scottish groups

Pittsburgh Scottish Country Dance Society: Web site

Ligonier Highland Games: (412) 851-9900, Web site

St. Andrew's Society of Pittsburgh: Web site

Pittsburgh Tartan Day: Web site

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