Celtic Faire 2016 weathers Stormageddon to open our doors to all

Bagpipes, stunning organ music, beautiful Celtic hymns and the Kirking of the Tartans marked our celebration of the Feast of St. Andrew on Sunday October 16.

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singlepiper-copyDespite dire storm predictions on Saturday, some 250 members of the surrounding community visited our Celtic village with its Bake Shoppe, Tea Room, and marketplace.bakeshoppe_med

They enjoyed High Tea and searched Second Time Around for jewelry bargains. Although some of our entertainers could not make it because of the storm, visitors were treated to a fascinating seminar on genealogy, as well as singers, bagpipers, and weavers.

oldmenAlmost thirty parishioners and visitors gathered in the Ada Webb Room on Sunday afternoon to be take part in an interactive seminar by Christine Sine, who shared pictures, hymns, prayers, and songs that are a part of the traditions of Celtic Christianity. You can find out more about Christine Sine and Mustard Seed Associates at the Godspace web site.

The weekend concluded with a  lamb dinner with all the trimmings by Chefs Ken and Pam Rhodes and their associates, served by the St. Andrew’s Youth Team.

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We were privileged to witness the formal presentation of the Haggis, carried by Riley Girard, accompanied by John Vance’s bagpipes, followed by Tom Egnew’s unforgettable recitation of Robert Burns’ “Ode to the Haggis.”

The evening concluded with the Celtic quilt raffle, and a silent and live auction.

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Thanks to all of the members and friends of St. Andrew’s who put in so many hours preparing for the Faire, with special thanks to Liz Herriges, our fearless leader, and Norbert Herriges, chief assembler and tartan hanger, and all of their team leaders and team members.

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All in all, more than 70 people from St. Andrew’s were involved in our Faire.