A clan, by the way, is basically a family, and if youre even slightly related, youre a part of it, according to Roys definition. But you wont need even that tenuous connection to participate in the Tartan Day Festival, a celebration of all things Celtic (tartans are the plaid patterns that represent a clan). There youll find vendors, food, educational activities and reenactors perpetrating all sorts of old-time Scottish doings, like swordfights and pistol duels, says Roy. Therell also be a whisky tasting, and the whole thing tops off with a ceilidh. (Thats Gaelic for 'party,' Roy adds.)
Aside from the whisky tasting ($20) and the dinner/concert ($20 for adults; $10 for kids), Tartan Day events are free. The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McIlvoy Park, 5740 Upham Street in Arvada. For more information, visit www.coloradotartanday.com.
Sat., April 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2011