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Scottish fest Oct. 27, 28 at First Presbyterian

Salt Lake City's First Presbyterian Church, 12 C St., will celebrate its Scottish roots with its annual Ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee), Oct. 27 and 28. The church has been holding this celebration since 1984.

Activities begin Oct. 27 with a Jumble Sale (all-church yard sale) at 8 a.m. At 10 a.m., visitors are welcome to wander the craft booths and purchase Scottish baked goods. In addition, the Scottish Auction (raffle) opens, and everyone is invited to purchase or bid on items ranging from gift baskets to weekend trips.

There will also be many other events.

The festival ends Sunday with a special worship service that reminds Scottish clan members of the days when wearing the tartan was forbidden in Scotland.

The Utah Power Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band has an integral part in this worship service, playing many of the musical numbers on bagpipe and drum. The First Presbyterian Church Chancel choir sings Scottish hymns and anthems, and the congregation observes many other Celtic traditions during the service. The public is welcome to attend this traditional service, which is offered twice on Sunday, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The community is encouraged to arrive early to find parking and a seat.

Entrance to the Ceilidh is free. For more information about the Ceilidh, call 363-3889, or visit

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