Follow the bagpipes to Celtic Faire in Tacoma

You don’t need Celtic roots to celebrate this ancient culture

Staff writerOctober 25, 2013 

Over the past five years, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church’s Annual Celtic Faire has become an integral event for the Tacoma church. The Faire returns on Saturday.

“Our annual Celtic Faire is a fun way for us to celebrate our Celtic roots and open our doors to the wider community.”, said Pam Tinsley, ministry coordinator.

A Ceilidh, or Celtic talent show, will be one of the highlights of the fair. It features Celtic dancers, singers and bagpipers. Other entertainment activities focus on children.

A vendors’ marketplace will offer Celtic and vintage jewelry and gifts, quilted and handmade items, and knitted and woven goods. A member of the congregation will demonstrate spinning and weaving. A handmade quilt created by the Piece Quilters group will be raffled off.

High Tea is offered with a seating at noon. Open seating is between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with cookies and sandwiches. A Bake Shoppe will sell shortbread and oatcakes. A Lunch Shoppe will sell shepherd’s pie, ploughman’s lunch and hotdogs.

The celebration continues on Sunday with the Feast of St. Andrew.

“St. Andrew, for whom our church is named, is also the patron saint of Scotland. Although our congregation is small, we have 50 to 60 families who have roots in Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The family crests are displayed in the sanctuary throughout the Faire,” Tinsley said.

Bagpipers Seamus Neary and Suzanne Wolf will perform at both services (8 a.m. and 10 a.m.) and a Kirking (Calling) of the Tartans will take place.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541

Celtic Faire

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St., Tacoma

Admission: Free

Information: 253-564-4402,

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