This past July, the 17th annual Arizona Highlands Celtic Festival was held at Flagstaff’s Foxglenn Park, with Scottish athletics and dance competitions, arts and crafts, a Celtic Kids Corner including the Maypole dance and the oopy-goopy oatmeal toss, plenty of Celtic music, and lots more.
This increasingly popular two-day event, now with dozens of exhibits, workshops and whiskey-tastings, reenactments and Scottish clans, started out downtown in 1997 at Wheeler Park, with just 5 clans represented and 5 vendors. Today, the MUCH larger festival is preceded by a week of events surrounding the Jim Thomson U.S. School of Piping & Drumming and the Grand Canyon Celtic Arts Academy.
If you’ve never been to Flagstaff’s own Highlands Celtic Festival, be sure to plan ahead for next summer’s event.
And speaking of fun things Scottish, have you watched the first episode of the Outlander series? For those who’ve yet to discover the 18th century Highland hunk named Jamie Frasier and Claire Randall, his British time-traveling love from the 1940s, this is a new television series on Starz, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, who was raised right here in Flagstaff. The books, which are a combination of history, action, romance, medicinal botany (Claire is a WWII nurse) and mystery … and maybe more genres I haven’t thought of … are allail! (That’s Scottish Gaelic for excellent.)
If you want to check out the show, you can watch the first episode of Outlander for free here.