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
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
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
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.
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.
April 5, 2014 Tartan Day Capitol Event Minnesota State Capitol
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-224-4602
for accommodation and space purposes.