Our Celtic Faire is a fun, family-oriented festival, celebrating our patron Saint Andrew, Celtic spirituality, and the heritage of the 60 parish families who have roots in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. This year’s Faire will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16. Admission to the Faire is free.
Our entire church building is transformed each year into a festive Celtic village with a Bake Shoppe, Tea Room, and a marketplace where wares for sale include leather items, Celtic jewelry and gifts, quilted and handmade items, and knitted and woven goods.
Vendors interested in being a part of our village can download a copy of the application form here. A Ceilidgh – or Celtic talent show – is a big draw with Irish dancers, singers, bagpipers, and storytellers performing on two stages. A member of our congregation demonstrates spinning and weaving, and offers her creations for sale. An ongoing highlight of the Faire is our Vintage Jewelry booth, where all sorts of wonderful finds are offered at bargain prices! There are also activities and games specifically intended for children, and they love to take part!
High Tea will offer three seatings from 11-Noon; 12:30-1:30; and 2:30-3:30. Our Bake Shoppe offers such delights as shortbread and oatcakes. Hungry for something more substantial? Our Lunch Shoppe, on the lower level, serves Shepherd’s Pie, Ploughman’s Lunch, and hotdogs for those interested in simpler fare.
Although the Faire itself takes place on Saturday, we continue our Celtic celebrations into Sunday when we commemorate the Feast of St. Andrew with bagpipers at both services (8 a.m. and 10 a.m.) and a Kirking (Calling) of the Tartans. On Sunday afternoon, a noted scholar from the Puget Sound area leads a seminar on Celtic spirituality.
Our annual Celtic Faire is a fun way for us to celebrate our Celtic roots and open our doors to the wider community! (Adapted from materials prepared by Pam Tinsley)