Tartan Day Ceilidh
When: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 2pm to 4pm
This year our Tartan Day Ceilidh will be 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 are encouraged to join us and bring friends or family members
as we celebrate
National Tartan Day,
with a festive gathering known in Scotland and Ireland as a ceilidh (like: kay-lay
or kay-lee). We are planning to have a Scottish songs sing-along;
demonstrations of Highland dancing, courtesy of the Dallas Highland Dancers;
traditional Scottish country dancing; and of course: food! The society will
provide the main items and drinks; members are asked to bring dessert items.
As a nation we have a good deal to celebrate, for native Scots and their
descendents have figured in the life this country since colonial times. (Note
that exact same statment can be applied the great state of Texas, as well!)
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 Austin, Dallas and Houston are
all Scottish names? There's even wee village in northern Scotland today, called
Dallas! (Just how Dallas, Texas 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.
Educational displays at the ceilidh will address: "Why we
celebrate National Tartan Day."
The information presented describes the contributions that
Scots have made to Texas, the U.S. and the world at large. From
inventors, scientists and medical pioneers; to engineers, industrialists,
poets and authors; to political theorists and theologians, people from
this tiny (and often very poor) island nation have made significant
contributions in almost every field of human endeavor since the early 18th
century! (For more see:
"Why Tartan Day?")