Caledonian Weekend

The Scottish diaspora scattered Scots emigrants worldwide. In Singapore, of all places, you’ll find St. Andrews Cathedral, MacDonald House and Campbell Lane, and in New Zealand, the town name of Dunedin is Gaelic for Edinburgh. Of course Scots genes are especially prevalent in the U.S. and Canada, where millions of the descendants of the auld country’s clans have settled since the 18th century. And rest assured that wherever those of Scots ancestry are found, Scottish Highland-style festivals follow. Our own fair town -- so often known mainly only for its crucial French and German origins and influences -- is no exception, as this weekend marks another celebration of all things plaid and just at the St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival. As in years past festivities take place in Forest Park near the tennis courts (5620 Grand Drive), just south of the Missouri History Museum. The Games commence at 5 p.m. Friday, September 28, with the calling of the clans and musical performances, and then continue from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 29, for a full day of Highland athletics, bagpipe and other traditional folk music, Highland dancing, sheepdog trials and much more. Tickets are $5 to $20, and are available at the gate or online at
Fri., Sept. 28; Sat., Sept. 29, 2012