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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 station.)

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 this country since colonial times. (Note: that exact same statement 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), for whom Carnegie Mellon 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.

Younger members of the Dallas Highland Dancers.
Younger members of Fiona Alpaugh's Dallas Highland Dancers, are about ready to perform at the Society's 2013 ceilidh!     (Photo by Lampton)

Dallas are Celtic band, Seamus Stout.
A perennial favorite, Seamus Stout performs at the 2013 Tartan Day Ceilidh.    (Photo by Teakell)

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