Tartan Day events slated for Sunday

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NEW GLASGOW — Tartan Day will be observed on Sunday with several events planned.

The St. Andrew’s Society of Pictou County is supporting a gathering on Sunday that is being hosted by the McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre in Pictou.

“I’m very proud to be part of this,” said society president Heather Tulloch, who resides in New Glasgow with her husband Kevin Tulloch, although they are originally from Scotland.

Tartan Day’s origins can be traced back centuries, but the observance of Tartan Day each year on April 6 in Nova Scotia received legislative recognition in 1986.

It is being observed this year on April 8 in Pictou, starting with a Scottish breakfast being served at Stone Soup Cafe from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s the sixth year the breakfast is being served.

The events at the centre will start at 6 p.m. and will be emceed by James Fraser III with a welcome by Murray Hill.

Guest speaker Veronica MacIsaac will speak on the subject called Tartan Fashion: Historical Textile in a Modern Time.

Originally from Cape Breton, MacIsaac has exhibited throughout Canada, as well as New York City and Great Britain.

The centre is also offering haggis, neeps and tatties, and a scotch tasting, all of this is provided free to the visitors.

Guest musician is Dorte MacMaster and accompaniest Kim Hayden.

Scottish dancers will perform a demonstration from Holly MacDonald-Bent’s School of Dance.

St. Andrew’s Society of Pictou County president Heather Tulloch wears a sash of Nova Scotia Tartan, while her husband Kevin Tulloch is in formal regalia featuring the Royal Stewart Dress Tartan. They will be taking part in the Tartan Day event starting at 6 p.m. at the McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre in Pictou.  (Goodwin photo)