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The Family Tree - April/May 2005
Colorado Tartan Day


In 1998, April 6th was designated as National Tartan Day to recognize the achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans to the United States. This date was chosen to coincide with the day in 1320 when the Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed at Arbroath. In 1996 the Colorado General Assembly declared a Scottish Tartan Day for Colorado, a day in which all people could celebrate the contributions of Scottish Americans to the State of Colorado and to honor the strength represented by the symbol of the Tartan. Colorado became the second state to designate a State Tartan. You can learn more at the Colorado Tartan Day website,

The 2005 TARTAN DAY Celebration takes place this year over the dates of April 2nd, April 6th, and April 9th including the following activities:

The 2005 TARTAN DAY Celebration will kick off on Saturday, April 2, with:

Piper Scott Bryant will welcome you to the Tartan Ball at the Brittany Hill Restaurant in Thornton from 6:00pm to midnight. The evening will begin with a Celtic Art Show featuring a variety of Colorado Artists, and a Silent Auction, from 6:00pm-9:00pm, open to the public.

The Tartan Banquet, from 7:00pm-8:30pm will include a Salute to the Haggis with “Rabbie Burns” (aka David Skipper) and a performance by the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers. Reservations are required and do include the Ceilidh! The Banquet is $40 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Costs at the door will be $45 and $20 respectively. For ticket information and a reservation form, please visit our web site at: or give Shelly Nauman a call evenings at 303-466-0343.

Following the Tartan Banquet, the Ceilidh will start at 9:00pm, $10 at the door, open to anyone. Featured performers include Loretta Thompson and the Heritage Band, along with Skean Dubh, with Bob Burnham as the caller for all who want to dance! There will be music and fun for all ages, so come and join us!

On the morning of Wednesday, April 6, TARTAN DAY, 8:30 am, we are honored to have recognition of Colorado Tartan Day at the opening of the Colorado House and Senate. The public is welcomed to attend.

To wrap up, on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00am to Noon, there will be a Ceremony at the Colorado Veterans’ Memorial downtown Denver in front of the State Capitol Building on Broadway. This activity is free, and all are welcome! There will be numerous Pipes and Drums, demonstrations of Scottish Highland dancing and Country dancing, and honoring of the Clans. After the ceremony there will be an informal gathering at the Celtic Tavern, 18th and Blake in LODO to enjoy music, dancing, and a shared heritage.

Look for the Colorado Tartan Day banner during the St. Patrick’s Day parade, April 12. If you would like to join us in the parade, please check our website or call Kitty Ferguson at 303-494-6883.

The COLORADO TARTAN DAY COUNCIL is a Not-for-Profit Charitable organization in the State of Colorado, Solicitation No. 20043010958, P.O. Box 33416, Northglenn, CO 80233,

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