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


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