Kilts in Action

If you’ve ever had a hankering to be served by gentlemen in kilts, this is your lucky day: The Colorado Tartan Day Council’s Highland Tea fundraiser will provide that delightful opportunity along with the other delicacies you’d expect at a proper tea. Today’s event is a benefit for the council’s annual Colorado Tartan Day Festival, a celebration of all things Scottish, with clans in full regalia, re-enactors, demonstrations, vendors and, naturally, bagpipe bands and Highland dancers. (This year’s fest takes place on April 6, in Olde Town Arvada’s McIlvoy Park.)

“Tartan Day recognizes the contributions of Celtic peoples — the Scots, the Irish and the Welsh — to the U.S. and the world,” says spokesman Norman (Rob) Roy, who also lets slip that he’ll be baking homemade scones for today’s tea, which will be served with traditional clotted cream and lemon curd.

The rest of the volunteer crew will be bringing tea sandwiches and chocolate strawberries, as well as numerous varieties of tea, and for a VIP tariff, Kir Royale and Mimosa cocktails will be available for the adventurous. And, yes, a dozen or so gentleman servers will be decked out according to tradition. “I’m one of them, and I’ll be dressed in my clan kilt and Prince Charlie jacket, with a white shirt and bow tie,” Roy promises.

The tea begins at 2 p.m. at TG Danzport, 8101 East Belleview Avenue in the Denver Tech Center. Admission is $15 (Basic) or $20 (Premium, with a cocktail) and includes all the goodies plus Celtic entertainment; tickets must be purchased online in advance at, where you can also find all the Tartan Day Fest details.
Sun., Feb. 17, 2 p.m., 2013

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