April 3, 2018 > Celebrating Scottish heritage
Celebrating Scottish heritage
Submitted By Debbie Barnes
National Tartan Day (officially April 6 each year) recognizes the contributions of Scottish-Americans throughout the U.S.?s history. Tri-City residents can celebrate at Ardenwood Historic Farm when the East Bay Scottish Association (EBSA), with the support of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), hosts their 21st annual ?Tartan Day Scottish Faire? on Saturday, April 8.
The family-friendly cultural event celebrates Scottish Heritage in America with Scottish and Celtic music, dancing, athletics, living history, family clans, vendors, beer garden and food. Listen to bagpipes, learn about Scottish history and the National Tartan Day holiday.
Re-enactors use their love of the past to make history come alive with Living History. Visit with Scotland?s 16th century queen, Mary, Queen of Scots, and her court. Watch Vikings demonstrate their weapons or learn how wool was dyed then spun into fabric.
Those with Scottish blood can learn about their family roots from the various Scottish clans and societies onsite. Golden Bough, Michael Mullen?s Trio of One, MacIntosh Pipe Band, and a Solo Pipe Competition will sweep music lovers to the Scottish isles and set toes a tapping.
Sports fans will be interested in watching a shinty game (a type of field hockey) and witnessing feats of strength from the heavy athletics participants.
Kids can have fun in the Children?s Glen with free activities such as coloring, crafts, and games, and shoppers will be happy to browse Scottish and Celtic-themed clothes, jewelry, and other goods from local artists and craftsmen.
The day wouldn?t be complete without a taste of traditional food: fish and chips, bangers, and meat pies will be on offer along with sweets and desserts. Those 21 and up can enjoy the Beer Garden, which will have suds from local Fremont brewery Das Brew.
Admission includes access to the rest of Ardenwood Historic Farm. Tour the historic Patterson House and grounds, ride the train, visit the blacksmith and the farm animals and see the newest additions ? lambs!
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), and $5 for children (4-17 years). Kids three years old and under are free. Please, no pets (this is a working farm); service animals only. Wheelchair accessible. Visit http://eastbayscots.org or call the park for more information: (510) 544-2797.
Tartan Day Scottish Faire
Saturday, Apr 7
10 a.m. ? 5 p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.)
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont
Tickets: $12 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children, kids 3 and under are free