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The Family Tree - April/May 2005
National Kirkin’ Of The Tartan - 2005

The Washington St. Andrew’s Society announces the National Kirkin’ Of The Tartan 2005.

This is an extraordinary event in the life of the Metropolitan Washington DC Scottish Community. The Kirkin’ takes place April 24th this year at the Washington National Cathedral located the upper part NW Washington DC near the Maryland line. Pipes & Drums, in full regalia, step off at 3:45 PM sharp.

The Washington St. Andrew’s Society has conducted the Kirkin Service at the National Cathedral, uninterrupted, since 1952 when it was moved there from several other churches in the DC area. The massed Pipes, Drums, & Colors will lead the Society Members into the Cathedral Nave at precisely 4:00 PM for the start of the service.

Upon conclusion of the remarks by the guest minister, the massed Pipes & Drums march in again to the High Alter with Society Members for the “Blessing of the Tartans.” Remembrance of Departed Comrades, and Benediction. Additionally, attendees are included in viewing an open air performance of the Pipes, Drums, and Dancers of the Society on the south side of the Cathedral immediately after the service. This is an exciting Spring time experience in NW Washington DC.

For Society Members and guests there will be a reception, by invitation, following this performance. Please contact President John Bellassai, David Levite, or Dave McKenzie for information as to the reception and invitation. Members are encouraged to attend and meet new members.

RESERVED SEATING in the National Cathedral is available for this service. The tickets are free to Members and Guests and they may be obtained, preferably, via e-mail, and by phone, from the Society’s Sgt. At Arms, Kirkin Co-Chair. David S. McKenzie may be reached at e-mail address:, message titled simply KIRKIN2005. Also via 202-962-2156 and leave a short specific message. General public seating is also available as always.

When requesting tickets please indicate seating preference either in the Nave (main body of the building) or in the Great Choir. Great Choir availability is first come first served only and limited. No children in the Choir please. Every sound they make is amplified through the whole building. Attendees seated in the Great Choir must be in place by 3:45 PM when the High Alter is readied for the service.. Requested tickets may be called for one hour prior to the service at the South Transept from the kilted ushers at the will call table.

Society Members are requested to join us for the procession into the Cathedral. Formation will be on the South Drive at 3:30 PM and will step off with the Pipes & Drums at 3:45 sharp. Those in the procession will have special seating. Prospective Members are invited to join the procession. Tickets are required for family members and our guests in reserved areas directly behind the Society reserved area..

Get there early...! The weather will be outstanding and the Spring flowers abundant...!

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