Tartan Day Ceilidh
When: A Sunday in April 2015, at 2pm (Exact date: TBD.)
In 2014, our Tartan Day Ceilidh was held as part of our regularly
scheduled meeting for April, at our standard
meeting location: the Garland
Womens' Activity Building, 713 Austin St., Garland, TX. (N.E. corner of
Austin and N. Glenbrook, about a block from the "Downtown Garland" DART
Members were encouraged to join us and bring friends or family members
as we celebrated
National Tartan Day,
with a festive gathering known in Scotland and Ireland as a ceilidh (like: kay-lay
or kay-lee). Member Ebby Darden set up her Tartan Day educational display
providing attendees with some insight into why we celebrate our nation's many
connections to Scotland. The afternoon included a Scottish songs sing-along, courtesy
of three very talented and dedicated members; demonstrations of Highland dancing, courtesy
of the Dallas Highland Dancers; traditional Scottish country dancing; and of course:
food! The society provided the main food items and drinks; members brought dessert items.
A good time was had by all in attendence.
As a nation we have a good deal to celebrate, for native Scots and their
descendants have figured in the life of this country since colonial times. (Note:
that exact same statement can be applied the great state of Texas as well, as Austin,
Houston, Crockett and Collin McKinney all possessed Scottish roots!)
Based on the presence of their surname, or that of an
ancestor, in the book Tartan for Me, upwards of 75% of U.S.
Presidents have potential ties to Scotland! Clans Munro,
Buchanan, and Grant are all "still alive and well" in the 21st century! (James
Monroe [5th president], James Buchanan [15th] and Ulysses S. Grant [18th].)
Even Mr. Lincoln's last name has a tartan associated with it: Inverness District!
Did you know that Dallas is a
Scottish name? There's a wee village in northern Scotland today, called
Dallas! (Just how our Dallas got its name is
unclear and there is little evidence to support the idea that it was somehow based
on its smaller, Scottish "cousin.")
Andrew Carnegie and
Andrew Mellon (49th, U.S. Treasury Secretary),
University is named, were both of Scottish descent.
The first man to walk on the moon,
Neil Armstrong, is descended from the southern border
clan of the same name. At least two letters from him, on NASA letterhead, can be
seen at the Clan Armstrong Centre and Museum, in
Gilnockie Tower, near the village of Canonbie, in the border
country of southern Scotland.