Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bagpipes & Kilts

This was our 4th year to attend the Scottish Highlander Festival at Apple Works Orchard.  Every year, the weather seems to be fitting for a festival celebrating the Scottish heritage.  It's usually a bit overcast, with a slight chill in the air.  It's even drizzled on us, a time or two.  We meander through the encampments set up to display life in the 1800s.  Some are cooking...roasting meat over the fire.  There's always a pot of stew, tempting all with it's earthy aroma.  One little lady is knitting, another making soap.  They're eager to share stories & demonstrations, all interesting & informative.  These folks are very passionate about their heritage. 

saluting the American & Scottish flags

Then...there is the music!  It's all about the bagpipe!  This is thee highlight for me.  I love, love the bagpipe!  The singers join in on a folk song ... singing of their homeland with so much vigor that you can't help but grin.  Next, they strike up a sad-sounding ballad, almost haunting in a way.

And of course, one can't attend a Scottish Highlander Fest without seeing a'plenty of laddies in their kilts;) The wearing of the kilt ... well, you've heard all the talk;)  The practice dates back to the 1600s & is still alive & well today (at the Highlander Fest, anyway)!

All in all, another fun year at Apple Works...learning new things, making memories, & enjoying each other.  We head home with some apple butter & a couple bags of apples, usually breaking into the bag before we even leave the lot.

 Psalm 127:3  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.


  1. What is sad is that there much to be said about the Scottish reformation and yet there was no mention of it at the festival.

    Fun times though!