Hey yeah we had a great weekend of beautiful California weather. Sunny, mid 70s. Perfect for a weekend in Long Beach at the Queen Mary Scotsfest, where we hung out with a bunch of fun Scottish people, listening to pipe bands, watching Highland Games (large men in kilts throwing things), and enjoying a wee dram or two.
If you haven’t been to a Scottish Festival, you MUST go! There’s something for everyone – sheep herding demonstrations, heavy athletics, vendors selling all manner of food, apparel, kilts & sporrans, as well as Clan Tents where you can get connected to your kinfolk.
We especially love the great people at Mclaren’s Shortbread – the BEST all natural, handmade shortbread, scone mixes, and jams. We always buy a big box of the shortbread and hope it lasts until the next day.
And of course, the amazing bagpipers! There were many about for the competitions – both individual pipers and whole bands. Magic music, it is! For some reason, we Americans associate bagpipes with either parades or funerals, but there’s so much more to it. It’s complex, beautiful, harmonious, and haunting – in a good way!
Here’s a sample from the world-class LA Scots Pipe Band. Enjoy!
And here’s a cool Celtic Rock band, Bad Haggis:
There are Scottish Festivals all over the country (and world), so check your local listings for one near you and have a rockin’ awesome Scots time! We may see you there!