PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE BAND AND BLOW IT

PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE BAND AND BLOW IT

Did you know the Queen Mary was built in Scotland? Construction took place on the River Clyde by the John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering shipyard at Clydebank Scotland. Hence, it the logical site for the Scottish Festival . The fest features more varieties of highland dancing than Alaskans have for snow: Pas de Basques, Fling, Hornpipe, Sean Triubhas, Sword, Flora. And then there are several categories o f drumming, with competitions going on all weekend. A highlight is the Highland Athletic Competition with extreme-macho events like the Hammer throw and Putting the Stone. There's also a music component called Plaidapalooza and a performance by Men of Worth. You can enjoy Scottish food, Scottish crafts, men in kilts, Scotch tape -- as that old Mike Myers character used to say, "If it's not Scotch, it's crap!"
Sat., Feb. 13; Sun., Feb. 14, 2010