Tartan Day celebration at Boothbay Railway Village
The state of Maine has the highest percentage of residents of Scottish descent of any state in the union — 5.5 percent. Scots began coming to Maine in the first waves of European immigration, many of them settling in the Midcoast area.
Boothbay Railway Village (BRV) and Saint Andrews Society of Maine invite the public to join them in celebrating Tartan Day on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Musicians will play and sing Scottish songs, dancers will demonstrate Scottish dance and invite the public to join in, harp and bagpipes will be played, and Scottish textile arts of kilt-building, weaving, and spinning will be demonstrated. Vendors will have Scottish crafts for sale. The event is free with a suggested $5 donation. Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road (Route 27), Boothbay, Maine.
This Tartan Day event celebrates the launch of Boothbay Railway Village’s summer program of weaving and spinning demonstrations, prompted by a colonial-style loom and spinning wheels recently gifted to BRV by Willowbrook Village formerly of Newfield, Maine. The Scots are famous weavers. Tartans were traditionally hand-woven, and handloom weavers were the largest single group of skilled craft workers in Scotland in the first half of the 19th century. There are many traditional Scottish songs and dances associated with weaving. This Tartan Day celebration will concentrate on the music and dance of hand-weaving.
National Tartan Day commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, on which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled, and recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent. April 6 was designated National Tartan Day by the U.S. Senate in 1998.