There will be ceilidh dancing and musical performances from Pat, Jim, and Caitlin Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd from 2:00-3:30 PM at Sue’s stage. Come listen to some music and then join us for some Scottish country dancing.

Consult the events calendar → for directions. Tickets are sold at the gate (cash only).

See you there!

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Greetings, dancers. The highland games season kicks off with the Tacoma Highland Games on June 24th at Frontier Park in Graham. Our friends, Scottish Country Dancers Tacoma, will be performing, which includes some members of our own group. Everyone is encouraged to attend, lend them your support, and enjoy the festivities!

As for us, we are preparing for our own performances at the Pacific Northwest Highland Games in Enumclaw on July 28th-30th. Positions are set for the dances. For those planning to perform, your presence is strongly requested at our upcoming rehearsals between now and the games. We have also scheduled extra rehearsals in July.

As indicated by the events calendar, we will be meeting on July 3rd.

As usual, Jim and Pat will be leading ceilidh dancing on Friday and Saturday nights (July 28th and 29th). We can always use ringers for teaching the dances to the public, plus it’s a lot of fun! Everyone is encouraged to come.

Active dancers: watch your inbox and the events calendar for information on extra rehearsals.

See you on Mondays,

Pat and Jim

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April 6 every year is National Tartan Day. This is coming up once again this Thursday.

National Tartan Day commemorates the signing in 1320 of Scotland’s version of a declaration of independence, the Declaration of Arbroath. Our own American Declaration of Independence was patterned on this document.images

National Tartan Day also celebrates “the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans to the United States” to quote Senate Resolution 155 passed in 1998 establishing April 6 as National Tartan Day in the US. Almost half of the signers of our Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent. Many others of Scottish descent have helped to shape our country, including John Paul Jones, naval hero during the American Revolution. John Muir, from Dunbar, passionately fought to preserve our wilderness and is credited with starting our national parks movement. 34 of our presidents have been able to trace lineage to Scotland. Even the iconic Uncle Sam image was patterned after Sam Wilson, who supplied meat to the US Army during the War of 1812. His parents came from Greenock, Scotland. Our own founder of the Plateau Scottish Country Dancers, Rick Murchie, was an ex-pat Scot with ties to Clan Buchanan and look at the legacy he has left!

So, remember the millions of Scottish Americans who live here and contribute to our country. Proudly wear or display the tartan on April 6!

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