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November 1, 2007 07:19 - Bonnet Cockades

In the 18th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, a cockade was pinned on the side of a man's tricorne, or cocked, hat. Sometimes on his coat lapel. Women also wore cockades on their hats on in their hair.

Distinctive colors were worn to show allegiance to some political faction, their rank, or as a part of a servant's livery.

There are four types of cockades worn by non-military

  • Rosette
  • St. Andrew's Cross
  • Livery Colors
  • Cockade with Two Colors

Traditional cockades of various nations, with the colors listed from the inside out

Great Britain ~
Royal House of Stuart ~ orange
Royal House of Hanover ~ black
Royal Air Force roundels ~ red, white, blue or red, blue
Restoration Jacobite supporters ~ white

France ~
Pre-Revolutionary, Bourbon Dynasty ~ white

United States of America ~
Continental Army ~ various then black, then black and white upon allegiance with France

For more detailed information on cockades, go to Scottish Wedding Dreams Scottish Bonnets.

Tomorrow more information about dicing on Scottish bonnets…

November 2, 2007 05:51 - November Highland Games

Oops, I was so engrossed in Scottish Bonnets that November slipped up on me. Scottish Bonnets will continue on Monday, November 5th.

Any one working on Scottish Wedding Theme planning can use a good dose of Highland Games. If you want to hire a local bagpiper, see some samples of different tartans up close, view different interpretations of the various styles of kilts, learn more about your clan's history, hear some different ideas for music, eat a day-full of Scottish food, and see lots of Scottish traditions first hand ~ then a nice Highland Game is the way to go.

For more detailed information about the events listed, go to U.S. Scots and the Scottish Heritage Society.

  • November 3, Hendersonville, NC ~ Foothills Highland Games
  • November 3 to 4, Tucson, AZ ~ Tucson Celtic Festival & Games
  • November 4, New South Wales, Australia ~ Castle Hill Highland Games
  • November 4 to 5, Austin, TX ~ Austin Celtic Festival
  • November 6, Ocala, FL ~ Ocala Scottish Games & Irish Feis
  • November 10 to 12, Salado, TX ~ Salado Gathering of the Clans
  • November 9 to 11, Victoria, Australia ~ Beechworth Celtic Festival
  • November 11 to 12, Gulfport, MS ~ Mississippi Gulf Coast Scottish Festival
  • November 18, New Zealand ~ Auckland Highland Games
  • November 18 to 19, Eugene, OR ~ Eugene Celtic Heritage Festival
  • November 26 to December 2, Sydney, NSW, Australia ~ Sydney Scottish Week

November 5, 2007 05:49 - Bonnet Hackles

Diffferent regiments wear designated hackle colors. Here;s the hackle as worn by the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

Image Courtesy Wikipedia

The list of colors displayed on hackles is almost endless ~

In the modern British Army
Royal Highland Fusiliers ~ white

In the historical British regiments
Royal Scots Fusiliers ~ white

In Non-Fusilier Regiments
Scots Guards ~ blue over red

The Scottish division formed into the Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006
Royal Scots Borderers ~ black
Royal Highland Fusiliers ~ white
Black Watch ~ red
The Highlanders ~ blue
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders ~ green

In Non-Fusilier amalgamated regiments
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders ~ white on feather bonnets only
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) ~ black
Gordon Highlanders ~ white on feather bonnet only
The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons, and Camerons) ~ royal blue
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders ~ royal blue
Queen's Own Highlanders ~ royal blue
Queen's Royal Irish Hussars ~ white over red on caubeen for pipers only
Seaforth Highlanders ~ white on feather bonnet only

Scottish Wedding Dreams has a more complete listing of regimental hackles on their Scottish Bonnets page.

Tomorrow, dicing on Scottish Bonnets…are you Hanoverian or Jacobite?

November 6, 2007 05:05 - Bonnet Dicing

No, not a game of chance played with Scottish bonnets, but the band at the base of a Scottish bonnet, originally used to show allegiance. A diced band indicated loyalty to the House of Hanover, or England. A solid, dark blue band indicated loyalty to Scotland and/or the Jacobite cause.

The first Jacobite rebellion was in 1715, the last was the Battle of Culloden, in 1747. At Culloden, the Highlanders were decimated. The British passed The Proscription Act, making tartans, kilts, weapons, bagpipes, and speaking Gaelic illegal.

England was well aware of the fighting power of the Highlanders and decided to put it to good use. Any Highlander who joined the Scottish Regiments within the British Army could do everything forbidden in The Proscription Act. The only other requirement was to wear the diced hatband, indicating loyalty to the crown.

Guess what? For many it was join up or watch their families starve. So they entered the regiments to become the ferocious fighters of the British army.

Today either diced or not is ok, as seen in this photograph taken on Formation Day of the Royal Regiment of Scotland

Image Courtesy Wikipedia

OK, enough about Scottish bonnets. So, coming tomorrow, recycled mink…

November 7, 2007 04:40 - Recycled Mink

I inherited my mother's mink stole. No one wanted it and it had given my father such pleasure to give her the stole. I also thought someone in the family might want to wear it to a wedding…like in Denver in December or even Juneau in January.

But most of my nieces have married, and the few remaining will marry in Texas. So no mother-of-the-bride will need a mink stole for frigid winter winds.

I thought I'd make it into a winter hat, but where do I go to wear a mink hat? Next I visualized having a dress sporran sewn for my son, who's a piper. Eventually I had to face reality ~ my son would never wear mink.

Then I found out about flea furs, see blog on July 10th, Sapphire Sage Renaissance Jewelry - Part III.

Image courtesy Sapphire and Sage

Sapphire and Sage is a source for ready-made flea furs. Ta-da ~ I'd found a way to use the minks. My mother was a character who would have a good laugh about the demise of her mink stole into a flea fur.

Tomorrow, A red Victorian dress using recycled mink…

November 8, 2007 05:53 - A Mink Trimmed Victorian Dress

First, let me explain a little about Godey's Lady's Book. It was the 1800's answer to Vogue magazine. Each issue had a fashion plate with the pattern and sewing instructions. The designs were high fashion with little practical use ~ unless you were a real fashion zealot or had too much time and money. Most women pared the designs down to their lifestyle.

That said, take a look at this dress.

Image courtesy Godey's Lady's Book

I can't imagine the minks with any other color but red, unless it would be a tartan. Notice how the minks are laid out head-to- head, with only one head per pair, and tail-to-tail. The zig-zag pattern with the tails hanging down also help to break up what could be a monotonous line of furs.

Their layout on the neckline also lightens what could be a dowdy, matronly look. Instead again they're laid out with one head for two furs. Then the tails are draped down over the right bodice. The right shoulder strap of pearls also lightens the effect.

The lines of the gown are similar to the mermaid wedding dresses so popular today. For a winter wedding this could become a spectacular gown.

Adding a mink circlet, as seen on the La Couturiere website in this Renaissance portrait of Markgraf Casimir von Branderburg is another idea. Also note the possibility for hair-taping or braiding as seen at the hairline and the pearl pendant which could be substituted with a clan badge or the traditional sprig of white heather.

Coming tomorrow, other wedding dress ideas using recycled mink stoles…

November 9, 2007 06:31 - Medieval Wedding Dress with Recycled Mink

Lady Alyne de Creke's gown, circa 1325, suggests another idea.

The mantle she is wearing is lined with fur, which few of us can afford. The cord holding her mantle could be a mink, again with the feet and tails hanging down for an added touch. I've found used mink stoles and collars at antique shops for as little as $35.

If you used only the tail for the cord, the body could be fashioned into a circlet to place over the veil. Seeing she's barefoot, possibly a pair of slippers with mink on the vamp? Can't you just see four little mink eyes and two button noses peeking out from under your gown…ugh!

Image courtesy Book of Costume

The Medieval Gowns page of Scottish Wedding Dreams describes this ensemble in greater detail, along with suggestions to adapt it to a Scottish theme wedding.

Tomorrow's blog will cover some Renaissance designs with mink embellishments…

November 12, 2007 16:18 - Recycled Mink on Renaissance Wedding Gowns

Other wedding dress ideas come to mind, in reference to recycling mink stoles. The July 25th blog, Dame Fitzalan in a Striking Tartan Wedding Dress, is another possibility.

Image courtesy Wikipedia

As suggested in the blog, using tartan for the underskirt and making the bodice strapless would make this gown more contemporary. But think about adding mink along the top of the strapless bodice.

An idea for a Renaissance gown with a skirt and overskirt would be to attach a single mink, like a rosette, where an overskirt is gathered up to reveal the underskirt.

Image courtesy Very Merry Seamstress

Even with cotton skirts, this touch of mink could turn a simple design into a one-of-a-kind wedding dress. Very Merry Seamstress has a wide selection of historical gowns you should look at, with or without a mink attached.

Tomorrow, look at an Edwardian gown that came with mink already attached…

November 13, 2007 04:58 - Recycled Mink on an Edwardian Gown

Here's a gown from the Edwardian Era that already has mink attached.

Image vintage fashion plates

Maintaining the mink trim on the left neckline and the right bodice hem, the bodice, lower skirt and train could be of silk or a light-weight tartan. Another idea would be to maintain the mink and lace bodice, including the shoulder straps, then designing both skirts and the train in tartan.

The lace on the bodice also suggests a possible bow. If it is, a modified tartan sash could be incorporated into the design, coming over the right shoulder, replacing the shoulder strap and lace bow. The rest of the bodice could be left in lace, or adapted with tartan as well.

Now that we've recycled minks, it's time to move on to a new topic...tomorrow's topic will be the tartan Bonnie Prince Charlie wore at the Battle of Culloden.

November 14, 2007 06:07 - Bonnie Prince Charlie Cullodon Tartan

Here's a wonderful combination of colors, with the white and yellow stripes woven of silk. Named Culloden #WR1956, or the Prince Charlie Culloden Tartan.

The design is duplicated from an artifact of the tartan supposedly worn by Bonnie Prince Charlie on the battlefield at Culloden.

The reds, blues, greens, or yellows could be picked up to co-ordinate with other tartans or solid colors for a Scottish theme wedding.

The wedding dress could be from any fashion period…a complete dress, an underskirt peeking out from under a solid color, just a waistband or band at the hemline, or a bold sash drifting back into a bustle and train as in this Long Ago Butterfly Train pattern.

Image courtesy Long Ago Patterns

White heather and roses, a white heirloom veil, and matching tartan shoes would complete the ensemble.

The Irish Lace Museum has some really stunning veils for sale in their shop. These will be featured tomorrow, along with stoles, shawls, and other Irish lace pieces to enhance your Scottish theme wedding attire.

November 15, 2007 05:41 - Irish Lace Museum

Located in Northern Ireland, the Sheelin Antique Lace Museum sells vintage lace items dating from 1890 to 1920 which could be stunning additions to any bride's wedding.

Image courtesy Sheelin Antique Lace Museum

Image courtesy Sheelin Antique Lace Museum

The museum exhibits the five most important Irish laces ~ Irish crochet lace, Youghal needlelace, Irishmacsaint needleblace, Carricmacross lace, and Limerick lace ~ plus Mountmellick embroidery and Irish flowering and filet lace.

Now, before you go saying, "what's Irish lace got to do with Scottish weddings?", let's back up a pace.

Going to the History 101 pages of Scottish Wedding Dreams, way back in the BC's, Celts from Ireland migrated to Scotland, making them distant cousins. Then around 500 AD, they were invited again to live in the Highlands. During the Ulster Plantations in the 17th century, many a Scotsman moved to Ireland.

Linens and laces have gone back and forth, so why wouldn't a Scottish bride wear beautiful Irish lace if she could afford it?

The museum shop offers veils, dresses, shawls, stoles, jackets and collars, plus trims and chokers, any of which could be part of a bridal ensemble.

The bonnets and bootys offer ideas for flower girls,

Image courtesy Sheelin Antique Lace Museum

Image courtesy Sheelin Antique Lace Museum

while the mobiles on the miscellaneous page could be great Christmas ornament wedding gifts for the bride and groom.

Friday, a review of the Tartan Day 2007 Dressed to Kilt Fashion Show with loads of tartan ideas…some usable, some not…

November 16, 2007 05:26 - Dressed to Kilt Fashion Show 2007

As part of the New York City Tartan Week celebration there's a fashion show that highlights tartan fabrics and Scottish designers.

The proceeds going to the Returning Veteran's Fund for our fighting men from Scotland, Canada, and the U.S., with this years monies sponsoring veterans wanting to enter the medical field.

Johnnie Walker and others sponsor the event. Pricey, even dicey, and a riot of fun, Lochcarron of Scotland and House of Edgar tartan mills play a major role, as do the models. This year Victoria's Secret added a new tartan 'Highland Romance' line, featured at the show.

Seen on the runway, baring their knees and otherwise ~

  • Billy Boyd, aka Pippin Took, hamming as Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Tom Gold, principal dancer for the NYC Ballet
  • Stone Phillips, anchorman for NBC Dateline, wearing the Emblem Thistle tartan

Potential wedding gown ideas were seen on ~

  • Tammie Sheffield, TV host and actress
  • Kelly Choi, NYTV presenter, wearing a gorgeous stole and little else
  • Kelly Targett-Adams, Scottish harpist and singer
  • Linda Hamilton, American actress
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle, Fox News journalist, wearing what's become the standard tartan wedding dress of today
  • Juliet Huddy, Fox News reporter
  • Nicole Romano, clothing designer, promoting modern heraldry designs

Browse these for a few ideas you might like and can use ~

Dressed To Kilt 2007 ~ you can also see previous shows through the Past Event Galleries on the upper left.

Dressed To Kilt 2006 ~ a You Tube podcast by Scottish Enterprise.

November 19, 2007 04:58 - Medieval Flat Caps

A fun, perky, saucy little cap that can go quite well with a Scottish theme wedding and any number of wedding dresses.

They can be constructed of velvet, silk, satin, or tartan. The band can be encrusted with jewels or crystal beads. Celtic knots or thistles embroidered on the band would add a nice Scottish touch. The lower half can be a difference fabric to co-ordinate with the top or another fabric in your wedding gown.

This is an easy style you can construct for yourself with a number of pattern sources available in a variety of widths. Two sources offer ready-made caps ~ Rameset and Tall Toad.

Folkwear Patterns also offers Knot Templates you can use to adorn your flat cap, other headdress, or wedding dress.

For more information go to Scottish Wedding Dreams Flat Caps.

Coming tomorrow, Elizabethan Tall Hats for a Scottish theme wedding…

November 20, 2007 06:01 - Elizabethan Tall Hats

Whether you call them Elizabethan or Renaissance, this stiff hat tends to be more formal.

One of these hats would really add the crowning touch to many of the wedding gowns suggested within our pages.

Adding a cockade of your clan plant and your tartan for the hatband would add to the Scottishness of your wedding theme.

A green tall hat, which would work in a Peacock Tartan wedding theme [August 10th], is also featured.

Sources for ready-made hats, patterns and instructions can be found at Scottish Wedding Dreams Tall Hats page.

Though do-it-yourself sources are listed, unless you have done millinery work, building your own tall hat may be beyond your level of expertise. And you'll probably like the ready-made results better.

It you're looking for something along the same lines, Tall Toad also has selections of Cavalier and Top Hats.

Coming tomorrow some unbelievable Peacock hats…

November 21, 2007 07:14 - Peacock Hats ???

Peacock eyes for cockades or earrings aren't unusual. But with the Peacock Tartan wedding theme in mind, I just have to show you some Renaissance Era peacock hats I recently saw illustrated.

These are from The Mode in Hats and Headdress, written and illustrated by R. Turner Wilcox in the 1930's. Although available from, I'm not going to suggest you buy it as the book costs $175.

Meanwhile just look at these phenomenal hats…

This first one is for hunting ~

Image courtesy R. Turner Wilcox,
The Mode in Hats and Headdress

The next one is a 15th Century French hat ~

Image courtesy R. Turner Wilcox,
The Mode in Hats and Headdress

While this last illustration is a tilting helm worn by a 15th Century prince ~

Image courtesy R. Turner Wilcox,
The Mode in Hats and Headdress

Isn't that just unbelievable? Can you imagine trying to walk down the aisle with that helm atop your head? You'd need a knight in shining armor instead of a flower girl and ring bearer to escort you down the aisle, then hold up your head so you could take your wedding vows.

But these just go to show that peacock feathers can be stylish, whatever the era of your Scottish theme wedding.

November 22, 2007 04:34 - Why Thank the Scots?

I was going to treat Thanksgiving as a holiday and not publish a blog. But how can I skip such a golden opportunity to brag about my Scotsmen?

Thanksgiving is a day of remembrance and contemplation, with the 'fruit of our lips' giving thanks. And there's plenty to thank the Scots for, from sea to shining sea.

Beginning with Prince Henry Sinclair, a Scottish explorer, who landed in Westford, Massachusetts. He carved the arms of the clan Gunn into a rock to commemorate his landing. The rock still stands.

Moving to the west coast, Alexander MacKenzie, of the Outer Hebrides, crossed
North America in 1793 and etched his name and date on a rock at the Pacific Ocean

The Hudson Bay Company opened up North America. A partial list of their employees includes the names of Campbell, Douglas, Fraser, Leith, Murray, McDougall, MacGillivray, McKay, McLellan, McLean, MacTavish, Simpson, Smith, and Stuart ~ a who's who of Scottish names.

Scots founded many of the first Colonial newspapers and some of the biggest ~ The New York Post, The Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, and The National Inquirer. Magazines they founded include National Geographic, Forbes, Gourmet, Business Week, Reader's Digest, and The New Yorker.

Major American universities they founded include William and Mary, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, University of North Carolina, Dartmouth, and Duke.

America's most famous whiskey is still distilled in historic Lynchburg, Tennessee, by descendants of Jack Daniel, a Scotsman.

At Valley Forge, George Washington uttered a famous quote, "If all else fails, I will retreat up the valley of Virginia, plant my flag on the Blue Ridge, rally around the Scotch-Irish of that region and make my last stand for liberty amongst a people who will never submit to British tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw a trigger."

George Washington's surgeon, Hugh Mercer, had served Bonnie Prince Charlie on the battlefield at Culloden. Robert Livingston, New York Chancellor and a Scotsman, swore George Washington in as our President in 1789. Brigadier General William Malcolm commanded Washington's military escort, wearing his kilt to the inauguration.

Jesse Chisholm of the Chisholm Trail, Wyatt Earp, Samuel Colt who invented the Colt 45 revolver, and Christopher "Kit" Carson all had Scottish parentage.

Stonewall Jackson, George B. McClellan, J.E.B. Stuart, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee all were of Scottish ancestry.

President Woodrow Wilson said "Every line of strength in American history is a line colored with Scottish blood."

During his historic walk on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke with the President of the United States, Richard Nixon ~ both descended from the Armstrong clan. They spoke, using a telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell, another Scotsman.

Read more at Scottish Wedding Dreams Historic Accomplishments
and Famous Scots

November 23, 2007 06:34 - The Cry of the Peacock

One last blog on the peacock is about their fascinating yet sometimes obnoxious cry.

As part of the mating ritual, scientific studies have looked at communication signals of animals. The peacock cry and tail are classified as sexual signal devices. If you'd like to hear a peacock's cry this audio by the St John Divine organization displays the eerily beguiling cry.

When a pea hen is selecting a prospect male, she only pays attention to the signals that convey useful information. Information she can use to estimate the expected returns of such a mating.

Though we think otherwise, the peacock doesn't exaggerate nor underplay his signals. He simply uses his tail and his cry as sexual signals to display his qualities as a potential mate.

Some scientists liken the cry, as a sexually selected trait, to conspicuous consumption. The cry of the peacock signals his ability to squander a resource by the simple act of squandering. The peahens know the cry is of quality, because others of inferior quality can not afford to produce signals that are as wastefully and extravagantly squandered.

More simply put, sexual ornaments must be costly to advertise biological fitness. Thus the peacock tail and his cry are both part of the courtship ritual. They require a use of the peacock's resources to advertise his virility to potential mates, even if that cry and strut are actually squandering his resources.

Does this sound like some human courtships as well? So why shouldn't a groom use his bright, sometimes gaudy, tartan to advertise that he's found his mate? Any why shouldn't his bride wear some of his tartan as well, to advertise she has found the mate of her life and accepts him as hers?

Scottish Wedding Dreams Peacock Tartan page has more information about the peacock and peacock tartan.

November 26, 2007 05:57 - Miscellaneous Headdresses

After all the other hat categories have been done, there's some headdresses that just won't fit into any category. They run the gamut from Victorian preposterous florals ~ on through striped beanies.

Image courtesy Godey's Ladys Book and Magazine

  • Godey's Rose Hat …if you're really, really into big red roses
  • Baba-C Designs Fionna Hat…that's all lace with a big tartan flower
  • A Medieval Caul pattern to cover your ears
  • A Medieval Coif embroidery design, plus coif samples and instructions
  • A Lippi Head Drape that's just plain pretty, feminine, and delicate
  • A striped beanie with bodice trims to match
  • A Renaissance plaid cap with a huge bow and streamers
  • A Top Hat pattern
  • Two sets of Butterick Patterns historical hats

To view these styles and learn more about them, go to Scottish Wedding Dreams Miscellaneous Headdresses.

Tomorrow, a selection of Floral Head Wreathes for a Scottish theme wedding…

November 27, 2007 01:00 - Floral Bridal Wreaths

Floral head wreaths can be fun to design, make, and wear for your Scottish theme wedding.

Roses are popular everywhere, including Scotland down through the ages. Of course, thistles are also very important. Either one could be used to create a uniquely individual hair adornment for your wedding day.

Just look at this silk rose. Made from a kit, using hand-dyed multi-colored silk ribbon.

Image courtesy Artemis Inc

Then think about placing several of them on a velvet ribbon snood, like Lilly Dache did in 1940.

Image courtesy R. Turner Wilcox
The Mode in Hats and Headdress

Or emulate Queen Victoria and make a floral wreath of silk roses. Better yet, order up about 18 giant silk thistles and make a truly Scottish themed circlet for your wedding day hair adornment.

Image courtesy Wikipedia

These ideas and many more, plus sources for instructions, patterns, and materials can be found at Scottish Wedding Dreams page Floral Wreaths page.

Tomorrow, more hair wrap ideas for long hair and fake wraps for shorter hair…

November 28, 2007 05:48 - Hair Wraps

Though touched on lightly in the October 25th blog, hair wraps play an important part in Scottish Highland history. The men wrapped their hair for battle, using decorative designs.

I've even seen modern hair wraps advertised for motorcycle enthusiasts who have ponytails.

One portrait I've seen added a braided hair wrap, without any hair inside, to a turban…a nice idea to dress up shorter hair.

Medieval women wrapped their braids to help keep them together and as a decorative accessory to their gowns. Some were simple, others complicated weavings.

Most hair wraps went from the nape of the neck to the end of the braids. A few were added for a short distance part way down.

Hair wraps can also be combined with hair taping for a unique, individual hair adornment.

For more information about wraps, sources and ideas for bridal hair wraps, go to Scottish Wedding Dreams Hair Wraps and Hair Taping pages.

Coming tomorrow, more about hair taping for bridal hair adornments…

November 29, 2007 06:09 - Hair Taping & Hair Casing

Taped hair can be found in Medieval portraits. Long hair, even in braids, needed to be contained and held in place, thus hair taping came into vogue.

Decorative hair taping could add a nice, Medieval touch to your Scottish theme wedding.

The tape can be a ribbon, a strand of pearls, a few crystal beads spaced and tied along a length of invisible cording. The ribbon can be of silk, satin, velvet, or even Tartan.

If you use a fabric tape, crystals or other beads can be sewn along the length.

Hair taping can be done over braids, coils, or padded sections of hair.

Another similar hair fashion is hair casing, also popular around the world in the Medieval era. Casings can be used to extend shorter hair. Though the usually encompass a braid, an empty casing can be stuffed with fiberfil and used as the third strand in a braid. This adds dimension and color to your hair adornment.

For more detailed information, illustrations, and sources for how-to, go to Scottish Wedding Dreams Hair Taping and Hair Casing pages.

November 30, 2007 06:15 - December Highland Games

Seeing December 1st falls on a Saturday and I know so many of you will want to travel to Victoria for their games, I'm publishing the December Highland Games Schedule early. I must tell you that the Victoria Police have one of best pipe bands in the world, having often won competitions everywhere. CD's of their music are well worth the cost.

December 1 to 2, Victoria, Australia ~ Daylesford Highland Gathering
December 15 to 16, Summit, NJ ~ The Pipes of Christmas

For more detailed information about the events listed, go to U.S. Scots and the Scottish Heritage Society.

Understandably, December isn't a good month to be running off to a Highland Games event. Though I suspect a Faire or carnival with a Scottish or Celtic theme could be very interesting Yuletide entertainment.

Summit, New Jersey, seems to be on their way toward one. They have a concert featuring pipes, a fiddler and a Mod singer, with both a matinee and evening performance.

Franklin, Tennessee, has a Dickens Christmas event each year, with both vendors and visitors donning 'Dickensesque' Victorian garb. Vendors even sell roasted chestnuts on the streets.

Why couldn't some town, particularly one named Glasgow or another Scottish name, develop such an event? They could serve a minimum of haggis, but lots of scones, Cootie dumplings, and those sinfully rich fried Snickers bars that are so popular in Scotland right now.

The men and lads could wrap up in Breacan feile, while the ladies and lasses wear colorful arasaids to keep warm. Want to know what these are? Look them up at Scottish Wedding Dreams Scottish Words.

Other towns have such festivals for specific heritages, so why not?

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