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Scottish American Society of Michigan Hosts State-Wide Tartan Day Celebration

Annual Tartan Day event that celebrates Scottish independence will benefit the newly created Scottish American Society of Michigan Fine Arts Scholarship Fund at Alma College.

The Scottish American Society of Michigan is set to host Michigan’s 10th annual official statewide Tartan Day Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee) at Monaghan’s Knights of Columbus, 19801 Farmington Road in Livonia on Saturday, Apr. 62013 from 5:30-10 p.m.

This year’s incredible food and entertainment line up includes:

  • The Alma College Pipe Band
  • Michigan Scottish Pipe Band
  • Raggle Taggle Band
  • Highland Dancers
  • Full Meal featuring Ackroyd’s Scotch pies and bridies, plus sides
  • Raffles, 50/50 and more

Tickets are only $25 each for adults, $15 for kids under 10, and are now available for purchase at www.scotsofmicign.com or by sending a check to Tartan Day, 826 Edgewood Drive, Royal Oak, MI  48067. This is Michigan’s “official” Tartan Day Ceilidh as decreed by the Governor’s office in 2010 and funds raised will go to provide a fine arts scholarship for a student at Alma College. No tickets at the door!

Tartan Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which asserted Scotland's sovereignty over English territorial claims, and which, was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence. In 1998 National Tartan Day was officially recognized on a permanent basis when the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 155 recognizing April 6th as National Tartan Day. This was followed by companion bill House Resolution 41 which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9, 2005.

“People join us from all over the state to celebrate Tartan Day with our group,” says the group’s founder and event organizer, Franklin Dohanyos. “The hall only holds 300 and because this is the 10th anniversary, we hope to fill it to the rafters. One of our Society’s primary missions is to help others and be active in the community. To that end, $500 raised from this event will go to benefit the newly created fine arts scholarship at Alma College named in our honor. The Scots have a long, proud history in Michigan and we are carrying on that tradition.”

On Tartan Day, April 6th 2009 the formation of the Scottish American Society of Michigan was announced – a new and different Scottish group whose goal is preserving and furthering Scottish heritage throughout the State of Michigan, as well as to help charitable organizations and individuals in need. Unlike other groups, people do not need to be of Scottish lineage to enjoy our fun events, and kids are always welcome. The group is a registered 501(c)(7) and holds monthly meetings at The Commonwealth Club of Warren located at 30088 Dequindre Road in Warren, Michigan. The group has already raised money for several charitable organizations and individuals with needs.

People interested in joining or attending meetings of the Scottish American Society of Michigan, or subscribing to the group’s newsletter can visit www.scotsofmichigan.com or www.michiganscots.com.

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