In collaboration with Saint Andrews Society of Maine
5.5 % of Maine residents are of Scottish descent, the highest percentage of any state in the union. Scots began coming to Maine with the first waves of European immigration, many of them settling in the mid-coast area.
Boothbay Railway Village and Saint Andrews Society of Maine invite the public to join them in celebrating Tartan Day on Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Musicians will play and sing Scottish songs, dancers will demonstrate Scottish dance and invite the public to join in, harp and bagpipes will be played, and Scottish textile arts of kilt-building, weaving, and spinning will be demonstrated. Vendors will have Scottish crafts for sale. The event is free with a suggested $5 donation.
This Tartan Day event celebrates the launch of Boothbay Railway Village’s summer program of weaving and spinning demonstrations, prompted by a colonial-style loom and spinning wheels recently gifted to BRV by Willowbrook Village formerly of Newfield, Maine. The Scots are famous weavers. Tartans were traditionally hand-woven, and handloom weavers were the largest single group of skilled craft workers in Scotland in the first half of the 19th century. There are many traditional Scottish songs and dances associated with weaving. This Tartan Day celebration will concentrate on the music and dance of hand-weaving.
National Tartan Day commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, on which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled, and recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent. April 6th was designated National Tartan Day by the US Senate in 1998.
For more information on Saint Andrews Society of Maine visit http://mainehighlandgames.org.