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Tartan Day at Skye
SO. CARTHAGE -- New England Celtic Arts will present Maine Ulster-Scotts founder John Mann at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 17.
Curtain is at 7 pm. There is a pre-show jam session 45 minutes prior to curtain. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with The Maine Highland Fiddlers for a few minutes.
April 6, “Tartan Day” is the 693rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, in which Scotland declared its independence from England, and is one of the precursors of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Tartan Day is a celebration of the role people of Scottish heritage played in establishing the United States. The State of Maine has the highest percentage of people claiming Scottish Ancestry of any State in the U.S.A. April has been declared National Scots, Scots-Irish month and all citizens of Maine are encouraged “to recognize this observance.”
The St. Andrews Society of Maine will mark this anniversary by celebrating Tartan Day at Skye Theatre Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
The program will include the Maine Highland Fiddlers performing traditional Scottish tunes that are a part of the Celtic music revival featured at Skye Theatre. John Mann, Historian for the St. Andrews Society of Maine, will present stories of Maine’s earliest Scottish emigrants and Maine’s connection to Tartan Day. George Pulkkinen, Pipe Major for the Dunlap Highland Band, will play the Great Highland Pipes. Teri Wadding, kilt maker and tartan expert, will be in the lobby to answer questions and display her creations.
Skye Theater is located three miles west of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Dr. off Winter Hill Road and Rt. 2 in South Carthage.
Ticket price is $15 at the door. For reservations at the theater you wish to attend, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445.