Listen for the plaintive skirl of the bagpipes! Did you know the Celts invented Halloween? You can wear your best plaid or dress as your favorite Outlander character at Highlanders and Outlanders Day Saturday, Oct. 20 at Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road.
The second annual Scottish Festival at the Library is a full day of celebration which includes the Caledonian Society of Phoenix providing information about Scottish genealogy, dance, travel and culture. The festival also celebrates the Outlander novels of time travel and Scottish romance written by Diana Gabaldon, who lives primarily in Scottsdale.
Highlanders and Outlanders Day includes numerous events throughout the day at THINKspot and in the program room at Red Mountain Library:
SCOTTIE CRAFT TIME
Drop by the Children's desk all day for a festive Scottie Dog craft in honor of our 2nd annual Scottish celebration!
SCOTTISH GENEALOGY 101
The Caledonian Society's Chief Genealogist and Historian, Robert M. Wiltbanks IV, will present an overview to Genealogy on the Internet. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a DVD or a signed copy of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander.
OUTLANDER PHOTO SHOOT AND EDITING WORKSHOP
Transport yourself to 18th century Scotland through the magic of photo editing. Wear your best Outlander outfit - kilts encouraged.
OUTLANDER BOOK DISCUSSION AND TRIVIA GAME
Bring your favorite book in the Outlander series to discuss with other Heughligans or Caitriots and play our trivia game (brown bag if you like).
Lois Wallace of Authentic Celtic Travels will take you to Scotland on a tour of the places featured in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. With maps, pictures and videos, you'll feel as if you've been transported through time and space!
PERSONAL GENEALOGY 1-ON-1 SESSIONS
Curious about your Scottish (or other) ancestors? Drop into THINKspot to discover your family history with a professional genealogist from the Caledonian Society.
Curious about the Clans? Did they get it right in Outlander, Braveheart or Rob Roy? Let Bob Wallace sort out fact from fiction and the Highlanders from the Lowlanders in this entertaining look at Scottish history.
IT'S WHISKY, NOT WHISKEY
If you happen to be Scottish instead of Irish, that is. It's also known as uisge or uisce beatha - "water of life" - in both languages. Don Finch, President of the Caledonian Society, will discuss how whisky is made, the difference between single malt and blended whisky and other interesting facts about Scotland's most well-known export.
Enjoy the dancers of the Arizona Academy of Highland Dance. Learn the history of the dance and have fun "stepping" - for children of all ages, ether Scottish or not.
For more information, visit www.mesalibrary.org.
Contact: Kevin Christopher