Tartan Day Scottish Tea set for Saturday

BELPRE – A Tartan Day Scottish Tea scheduled for Saturday will feature traditional Scottish fare, bagpipers, door prizes, genealogy and ancestry exhibits.

The tea, which is a fundraiser for the Scottish & Celtic Heritage Festival, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Unicorn Wine Guild in Belpre.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20. Reservations are needed and can be made by stopping by the shop at 1816 Washington Boulevard in the Washington Square shopping plaza across from Hardee’s Restaurant in Belpre, or calling the shop at 740-423-1300. Reservations are due by noon Thursday.

The tea is being held in conjunction with Tartan Day, which is April 6. This day has been set aside 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.

This will be the second year for the tea, which is being hosted by Unicorn Wine Shop owners Joel and Barbara Whitaker.

“We look forward to hosting the Scottish and Celtic Festival Afternoon Tea fundraiser once more. We are preparing an event to top the success of last year’s event. The Scottish-themed tea will feature not only traditional Scottish tea foods but the opportunity to learn a bit about the country, a chance to connect with others with an interest in Scottish and Celtic heritage, and afternoon tea all while supporting a good cause,” said Barbara Whitaker.

“Selected The News and Sentinel’s People’s Choice Award winner for Best Winery the fourth year in a row, Unicorn Wine Guild continues to strive to provide the Mid-Ohio Valley with fun and educational events. Themed wine and food pairing dinners, wine and beer making classes, and afternoon teas are all a part of the offerings of the winery and tea room,” Whitaker said.

“The staff of the Unicorn Wine Guild and Tea Room look forward to the opportunity to assist the Scottish and Celtic Festival in their efforts to celebrate their heritage,” Whitaker said.

The menu will include tea served with lemon, cream and sugar, scones, traditional oat, Tattie scone, Selkirk Bannock, served with creamed butter, marmalade and jam. There will be egg salad, smoked salmon mousse and meat pastries. Desserts will include Tipsy Laird trifle, and Strathbogie mist; trio of Scottish traditions including shortbread, treacle cookies, tablet (taiblet in Scots), a medium-hard, sugary confection.

Members of the Pipes and Drums of St. Andrew will pipe patrons into the tea and play tunes. A variety of door prizes will be awarded throughout the tea, there will be a brief program on the history of Scottish Teas and of Tartan Day as well as displays and exhibits on genealogy and ancestry linked to local Scots and Irish history and some information on doing research for Scottish/Irish ancestors.

The tea is a fundraiser for the Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival.

The festival is in its fourth year at Parkersburg City Park Pavilion and will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19. There will be day-long entertainment including a traditional Scottish band, Mad Maudlin, the Akron Ceili Band, Scottish Highland Dancers, the Appalachian Celtic Consort Band and members of Parkersburg’s own St. Andrew Pipe and Drum Corps. There will be genealogy and ancestry help and displays, Scottish Clan exhibits, local history, artisans and crafters, and vendors featuring Celtic-related merchandise including jewelry made from chainmaille.

There will be children’s Highland games, activities and crafts including the Pot of Gold hunt and Bonnie Knees competition; American and Scottish/Irish fare including the chance to sample some Scottish haggis.

The Capt. James Neal Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will conduct a flag ceremony for the opening ceremonies with the Pipes and Drum Corps playing.

Tickets will be available at the door, $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger.

Raffle prizes include a kilt and accessories from St. Kilda of Pittsburgh and a Scottish Dagger. Raffle tickets also will be available at the tea.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held at the close of the April 19 festival and winners need not be present.

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.