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Welcome to the new Minnesota Tartan Day Website! 2014 was a great success for our 17 year anniversary in America, and we look forward to seeing you all again for our 18th year in America and 17th year in Minnesota on Monday April 6, 2015 at the State Capitol!

April 6, 2015

Tartan Day Capitol Event

Minnesota State Capitol

The Tartan Day Planning Committee has got lots of great, new, and innovative events lined up so mark your calendars. 

Event number one: April 6 - the official Tartan Day will be celebrated, as we have for 15 years on the steps of the state capitol in St. Paul - with a few changes. Given the uncertainty of the weather, cold, windy, snowy, rainy - you name it, we've had it all - this year's official Tartan Day kickoff will be held on the lower steps starting at 6:00 p.m. The planners are hoping those whose work day extends to 5:00 p.m. or so to toddle on over to the capitol for the later start. This event will be brief. No pipe bands, no dancing, no singing (well maybe one piece on a solo pipe), the reading of the 1998 Senate Resolution proclaiming Tartan Day, the presentation of the 2015 Tartan Day Lifetime Achievement Award recipient(s).

We will still process with Tartan Banners and flags flapping in the Spring breeze but our route will be somewhat changed. We have been told we cannot cross Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., so we will gather at the corner of Dr. MLK Blvd and John Ireland Blvd starting at 5:30 - 5:45 and process to the mall and up the mall gathering on the lower steps at 6:00 p.m. I am sure you all have noticed our capitol is wrapped in a plastic box for renovations. Our event will take place just this side of where Aurora crosses between the mall and the main capitol steps. Please let us know if this is unclear to you. Check out a map here: mn.gov/caapb/images/CapitolComplex.jpg
(Please be aware: there are no restroom facilities available at the state capitol while the renovations are underway.)

Event number two: And it's off to Merlin's to continue the day's celebration and partake of a wee dram and/or pint and some of Merlin's great food. No set menu, no admission price, off the menu ordering. But know that all are welcomed to this great place that has always welcomed members of our Scottish Community.

Event Number Three: And the last and biggest event of our triple-header, THE TARTAN DAY 2015 CEILIDH! 
This is what we have so far. Still somewhat of a work in progress. It will just keep getting better and better. Details as we get them nailed down.

Join us on April 18th, starting at 5:00 p.m. Admission $5.00 for persons over 15 years of age. Location: Celtic Junction, north of University Avenue on Prior Avenue in St. Paul. www.thecelticjunction.com 
We aren't on their calendar yet, but we will be.

First: Moran Taing to Andy McCracken who has put together this amazing Tartan Day 2015 CEILIDH!
Here is the plan for the evening so far:
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Social Hour
6:00   Macalester Pipe Band leads in the Clans of Scotland
         Calling of the Clans by Minnesota Coalition of Scottish Clans
         Toast to the Tartans by Jack Barker
          Flower of Scotland - sing along with the pipes
          Kilt Christening - work in progress, stay tuned for details
         Tartan Day 2015  Lifetime Achievement Award(s)
          MSCDA Dance performance
          RSCDS/Twin Cities Chapter - Dance performance (Will Andy break the "Gay Gordon" record set last year?
          Macalester Pipe Band musical presentation

And last but not least, the CEILIDH DANCE. Andy and Chandi McCracken will lead us in the reels, waltzes and others of your favorite Ceilidh dances. 

Sherry Ladig's Scottish ceilidh band Dalwhinnie is excited to be playing for the dancing portion of the Tartan Day Ceilidh April 18th, commencing with a 5 p.m. Social Hour at the Celtic Junction (836 Prior Avenue North in Saint Paul). Dalwhinnie is Rosa Wells, fiddle; Sherry Ladig, piano; and Don Ladig, flute. Dancing portion of the evening probably starts around 7:30 or 8, but come for the whole evening (more details in TDC announcement in this issue).

The Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games together with McCracken's Pub will provide the Meat Pies, Scotch Eggs, Bridies. We are grateful to the Lone Oak Grill for their sponsorship of the beverage service for the evening. That means beer, wine and scotch will be available. All proceeds from the modestly priced vitals and bevies will go to the Fair. 

Oh, and what's that you say? You didn't get your Tartan Day 2015 button at the Scottish Ramble?? We have a couple of dozen left and they will be at the ticket table, $3 each, Get one while you can there will be no more.

Questions: email Liz at liz@uncommongatherings.com or Babs at babsfayth@aol.com

April 5, 2014
Tartan Day Capitol Event
Minnesota State Capitol

The Tartan Day State Capitol event featured a procession of Scottish Clans with their banners up to the steps of the Capitol, drummers, Highland dancers, historical Scottish regiment re-enactors and of course, bagpipes. The 2014 Guest of Honor, The Honorable Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, MN, gave a rousing speech and the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to the McCracken Family was a highlight of the day. The celebration was followed by a wonderful Scottish meal at Merlin's Rest.

For those interested in being involved and looking at the future of Tartan Day and whether we will continue with the traditional program in April or change to a different type of event and who will coordinate for the future, we are hosting a meeting, Tartan Day 2015 and Beyond on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 9:00am to 11:00am at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent Street, St. Paul, MN 55102. RSVP required to president@mncsc.org or 651-224-4602 for accommodation and space purposes.

Click here for a map of the Capitol Complex including parking.