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Opinion Letters Organizers looking forward to next ‘Taste’

The Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum thank Doug Morton for chairing the 17th Annual “Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival” several weeks ago. Doug has a great positive attitude about the value of this event and was able to convince local merchants to help finance two days of regional Scottish entertainment. He also received financial support from the TDC and TDA for the second year with data showing that the Taste of Scotland is a “tourist destination.”

I listened to Doug talk about his experience as chair of Taste of Scotland while we worked our museum booth at the Grandfather Mountain Scottish Games last weekend. He reports that 3,000-4,000 attended the street fair on Saturday. Jim Geary collected five doublesheets of tablet paper with zip codes from outside Macon County.

The Scottish Dinner on Thursday served 82 at Tartan Hall. The Ceilidh Concert on Friday evening, with “The Three Kilts” and “Caledonia Swing,” drew 200.

I asked him what he thought were the largest drawing cards. “The Heavy Athletics that Scott Medlin and his stout lads brought back for the second year is still the act that most people want to see,” Doug enthused. But he added, “The continuous authentic Celtic music and the Clan Parade came in a close second.”

Local volunteer participation was way up, starting with the “BraveHeart Run,” directed by Dave Linn. The parade “was longer and better,” featuring nine members of the Wallace family, civic leaders with Nannie in her wheelchair, as the “Honored Clan.” He appreciated the Rogers family who enabled Little Miss Tartan to ride in the parade. Two color guards and two highland bands kept the clans and families marching along. Many local people, Boy Scout troops 298 and 235, the Carolines and the Dunham Harps, help every year. Members of the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches did yeoman duty. Tony Angel handled publicity.

Doug concluded, “The Scottish Museum had a good day and received $400 in donations. All the vendors are coming back.

The evaluations from Main Street merchants reported that “they had a very good day.” And he confided, “There are funds left over to start the 18th Annual Taste of Scotland” in 2015. And, he said with eyes twinkling, ”I have right here the calling cards from seven clans (from the Grandfather Mountain Games) who have promised to come to Taste of Scotland next June!”

Eleanor Swift, President
Friends of the Scottish Museum
2014 Taste of Scotland Committee


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