Scottish-themed tea event set for April 6

BELPRE – A Scottish Afternoon Tea scheduled for April 6 at the Unicorn Wine Guild in Belpre will feature traditional Scottish fare, entertainment, genealogy and ancestry exhibits.

The tea is a fundraiser for the Scottish & Celtic Heritage Festival, which will be held April 20 at Parkersburg City Park Pavilion. The tea will begin at 3 p.m. Reservations are required and due by April 4. Tickets are $15 for the tea and reservations can be made at the shop, 1816 Washington Blvd., or calling the shop at (740) 424-1300.

The tea is being held on Tartan Day, a nationally recognized day set by Congress to honor those of Scottish descent. More than 11 million Americans claim Scottish and Scots-Irish roots, making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the U.S.

“The menu for the tea will include the traditional Scottish tea, a cucumber mint tea sandwich with salmon, egg salad. We will serve dried currant scones, and oatmeal raisin scones, bread and butter, shortbread and a cake,” said Barbara Whitaker, co-owner of the Wine Guild.

“An Afternoon Scottish Tea differs from an English Tea in that it is more substantial meal and has more bread products. They traditionally serve bread and butter, some sort of tuna, salmon or other fish. They would have scones, shortbread, of course, usually a Scottish blend heavier tea, often served with milk. The egg mayonnaise on cress sandwiches, brown bread and butter, often cake is included. It is served between 3 and 5 p.m.,” Whitaker said.

Whitaker said the Wine Guild is happy to host the fundraising event for the local festival.

“My husband Joel and I have always been involved with our community and community organizations. My husband served for many years in the Lions Club, I’m a member of the General Federation of Womens Clubs, Belpre Woman’s Club, so we’ve always felt you should give back to the community,” Whitaker said. “That was one of the reasons we designed the winery the way it is so that we could have space for community events.”

Members of the St. Andrews Pipes and Drums will entertain the April 6 tea, there will be Celtic music, door prizes given out throughout the tea and genealogy/local Scots/Irish history exhibits including information on Scottish clans, local early settlements, maps showing clan territories and castles. Attendees may stay after the tea to sample some of the local wines for an additional charge.

The Scottish & Celtic Festival is in its third year at Parkersburg City Park Pavilion. Hours this year will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20.

The Capt. James Neal Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will conduct a flag ceremony for the opening. Members of the St. Andrew Pipes and Drums will play. There will be artisans and vendors featuring Celtic-related merchandise and a full schedule of entertainment including the Appalachian Celtic Consort Band, Akron Ceili Band, Scottish Highland Dancers, professional Celtic musicians/storytellers, children’s games, activities and crafts; Scottish Clan exhibits, genealogy/history/ancestry exhibits and help. Food will include Scottish, American fare and the Welsh Cookie Co. and Welsh artisans will be on hand. There will be a Bonnie Knees competition, Pot of Gold search, Design Your Own Tartan competition and one of the raffle prizes to be offered is a replica of Scottish patriot William Wallace’s sword.

Tickets for the festival are $5 at the door for adults, kids 12 and under are free.

For more information on the festival, google Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival for the website, the festival has a Facebook page, email scotandceltfest@att.net or spooky2009@aol.com or leave a message at 740-777-5793.