Are you feeling a need to reconnect with your Scottish roots? Or maybe you just enjoy a good themed festival?
Either way, the inaugural Scottish Days weekend needs to go on your schedule.
Scottish Days is planned for April 7-8 in downtown Sainte Genevieve. Many of the events will be located in Moses Austin Park, near the corner of South Main Street and St. Marys Road. The festival will also feature a parade through downtown, along with traditional music, authentic food and drink, and a "calling of the Scottish clans."
Kim Gordon is a local business owner actively involved in the Downtown Sainte Genevieve organization. He, along with several other organization and community members, is working to develop and promote Scottish Days. He says the date and location for the event wasn't just happenstance.
"There are a number of Scots in the (Sainte Genevieve) area," Gordon explains. In addition to its more widely-known French and Spanish heritage, the river town was also a popular stop for immigrants from Scotland, Germany and other distant locales.
"They came up the Mississippi and stopped in Sainte Genevieve as a provisionary stop," said Gordon. "Some of them stayed."
At least 16 different Scottish family clans have agreed to be part of the festival. They will each have a themed tent set up in the park where people can review and explore their heritage and possible family ties. Many other family clans have agreed to participate in the parade at noon on Saturday.
The dates of April 7-8 were chosen to coincide with National Tartan Day, which is April 6. The national observance commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, created and signed into existence on April 6, 1320. This was the document that the founding fathers of the United States would model their own Declaration of Independence from some 450 years later.
It comes as no surprise, seeing how nearly half of the men signing the United States declaration were of Scottish descent.
The U.S. Senate passed a resolution creating National Tartan Day on March 20, 1998.
Gordon said the response has been good to the upcoming Scottish Days. "I think people are looking for a lot of variety," he added. He said people can attend to celebrate their family heritage, research the Scottish influence on Sainte Genevieve, or simply have a good time and be "Scottish for the day."
The festival will kick off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday. The parade will happen at noon and feature entries from the Scottish family clans, reenactors, music and dance, and a Scottish American Military Society (S.A.M.S.) color guard.
Other activities will include music from bagpipe bands and performances by Highland Reign, folk and traditional Scottish dancers, Highland Games, the "calling of the Scottish clans," and vendors displaying and selling Scottish foods and wares.
The day will conclude that evening with a Ceilidh - a social happening featuring Scottish music, dancing, and sometimes storytelling.
Activities will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Check out participating businesses by clicking the thumbnails below!
183 S. 3rd Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
At ASL Pewter we handcraft fine pewter into original and distinctive items for your home or your person. You can watch us work to make your new family heirloom. We also carry the work of over 50 other American artisans. We are open daily!
Audubon's Grill & Bar
9 N. Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Audubon's Grill & Bar offers a unique dining experience unlike any in Historic Ste. Genevieve. From family friendly dining to Chef crafted menus, we are truly a place "Where the past meets the present.
Belle Ever After Boutique
1 S. Main St, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Belle Ever After Boutique is a locally owned boutique offering clothing, shoes, jewelry and more. We have clothing ranging from infants to plus sizes. We are located in Historic Downtown Ste. Genevieve.
Le Techniques Salon & Day Spa
73 N Main St. Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Le Techniques Salon and Day Spa has the largest selection of salon and spa services in the area, including specialist in massage therapy, hair services, nail services, wedding services, barbering, tanning, waxing, and makeup application using Bare Minerals makeup. Our advanced website makes booking your appointment easy and convenient, for we know you are always on the go. Follow our Facebook page for our latest specials.
Main Street Inn B&B
221 North Main St., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Originally built in 1882, as the Meyer Hotel, the Main Street Inn B&B has long been considered one of Missouri’s finest bed and breakfast establishments. Having recently undergone an extensive year-long renovation, we are thrilled to re-open the Main Street Inn B&B. If you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful getaway, the Main Street Inn B&B is the perfect destination.
Queen Anne’s Lace
60 S. 3rd Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Queen Anne's Lace is a boutique that is full of awesomeness! The latest styles and unique jewelry make this store a must see shop that’s worth the trip! We love to support local, handmade items and members of the community. Stop by to find out about our new Deal of the Day!
Sassafras Creek Originals
311 St. Mary’s Rd., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Sassafras Creek Originals is an Early American Home Decor and Gift store. Everything you need for your country, Colonial or Primitive home. My artwork has been chosen by Early American Life Magazine's Top 200 traditional American Craftsmen.
Show Me Shop
10 S. Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
The Show Me Shop in Ste. Genevieve carries a wide variety of Missouri made wines, dips, soups, and cheeseball mixes, plus unique gifts for all ages and gift-giving occasions. Need a gift in a pinch? Special order a gift basket today! The friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you! Stop in soon and mention this ad for 10% OFF and a complimentary wine tasting!
Simple to Sassy Decor & More
10 S. 3rd Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Simple to Sassy Decor & More specializes in custom home decor including hand painted furniture, pallet/barnwood signs, chalkboards, handmade seasonal wreaths, and features Farmhouse and Man Cave decor. We are a proud retailer of Umgee and Southern Grace clothing for women in sizes Small to 2XL. We also personalize hats, scarves, tumblers, wine glasses, t-shirts and more! Bring in this ad for 20% off a single item (exclusions apply).
Sweet Things Sweet Shop
242 Market St., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Family owned and operated since 1985, Sweet Things Sweet Shop is your one-stop-shop for nostalgic candy, fine chocolates, toys and books for kids, plus gifts for all ages! Click the link to sign up for our newsletter and receive a code for 20% off your first online order! Or mention this ad in store and receive $5 off your purchase of $25 or more!