Update on the opioid crisis

Deaths from opioid drug use have increased nationally as well as across Washington State. Medicines, especially prescription medications in one’s home medicine cabinet, are easily accessed by others and can be misused by someone wanting to get high. Moreover, many young children have been poisoned by taking medications they find in the bathroom medicine cabinet, whether it be at their home or while visiting someone else’s home. Once done taking a medication, many people think it’s okay to flush the medicine down the toilet or throw it in the trash. While our treatment plants are great at treating sewage, they are unable to filter out medicine. So, when you flush medicine down the toilet, you expose fish in our nearby waters to these chemicals. On October 28 2017 from 10am-2pm there will be a prescription drug take back day. You can bring prescription drugs that you no longer use to be disposed of safely. In Pierce County, there are currently 21 places that you can drop off unwanted medicine in secure drop- boxes. These places include law enforcement agencies and pharmacies. For a complete listing visit the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department web site.

Adapted from the October
Tartan article by Cyndi Wolfer,
RN, MSN,  Parish  NurseCyndi Wolfer Parish Nurse

Worship and learn with us on Celtic Faire Sunday!

On Sunday morning, October 22, at 8:00 and 10:00 AM, we celebrate the Calling of the Clans, with Celtic-themed music and pipers. Come worship with us!

On Sunday afternoon at 3:30, Christine Sine will deliver a wonderful presentation on Celtic spirituality.





And the weekend culminates with the Celtic Faire Banquet, Presentation of the Haggis, and festive auction.

Celtic Faire Sunday Slider 2017

Celtic Faire Parking

Celtic Faire Slider 2017

Musical program to feature two great pipers and four bands!

Our pipers are back, to much acclaim.  Margaret Nelson will open our program at 11:00 on the big stage upstairs, and Stewart Neveling will pipe our Faire to a melodic and memorable conclusion.

In between, on the big stage, you can hear the sweet tunes of Meara, featuring beautiful ballads and amazing harmonies, accompanied on piano and guitar, along with the beauty and energy of the Scottish Country Dancers of Tacoma.

Downstairs, on the Celtic Village stage, Just Plain Folk will open the program, followed by Irish poetry, recited by Pam Rhodes. Then, at noon, our old friends from Blue Cloud Celtic will take the stage, followed by the sentimental favorites from last year, Two Old Men.


The program runs from 10:30 AM until 4:00 PM. Stop by for all or part of it!

Calling all kids to Celtic Faire

Besides the great eats, the goodies, the musicians and dancers, we have a special program for kids, including crafting, armor-making, and a kids’ version of the Highland Games. Come down to the Celtic Village and look for the kids’ activity room on the north side of the vendors’ area.

Christine Sine returns to offer workshop on Celtic prayers

Please join us on Sunday, October 22, at 3:30 PM in the Ada Webb Room for a fascinating look at the art and the spirit of Celtic prayer. Christine Sine returns with another wonderfully stimulating and interactive workshop, entitled “Celtic Prayers and How to Write Your Own.”  She will be assisted by her husband and collaborator, Tom. Don’t miss this opportunity!

You can find out more about Christine’s work and ministry at the “Godspace” web site here.

Treat the princess in your life to High Tea

The Celtic Faire Tea Room will offer three settings on Saturday, October 21, at 11:00, 12:30, and 2:00 PM. Treat that special person in your life, be she grandmother or granddaughter to tea with all the trimmings in a wonderful setting, where our waitstaff will do everything in their power to ensure that you have a wonderful experience. Celtic Fair Tea

Scottish Country Dancers will dance and teach!!

The Scottish Country Dancers, Tacoma, will be featured in this year’s Celtic dance program, performing on the Big Stage upstairs from 1:00 until 2:30. They will perform and then invite all interested future dancers to join them on stage and learn some of the basics. See them perform the Selkirk Settlers dance here.

Here is the complete schedule for our Ceilidh (entertainment) on October 21:


Come join the fun at this year’s Celtic Faire. Admission is free!!

The Scottish Country Dancers’ Fall Class Schedule
The plan is to continue dancing on the second, fourth, and fifth Sundays of the month from 4-6 pm at Studio 6 Ballroom, 2608 6th Ave.  Cost is $7 (or $40 for all 6 lessons)  and just $5 for beginners.  Dates: Sept. 24th, Oct. 8th, 22nd, 29th, Nov. 12th and 26th, and Dec. 10th (Holiday Dance Party, not included in series price.)