The Scottish Cultural Society of St. Petersburg participated in SPIFFS 47th Annual Folk Fair. (see page 2)
SPIFFS 48th Annual Folk Fair
October 19th - 21, 2023
Albert Whitted Park (behind the Dali museum) 480 Bayshore Blvd SE, St. Petersburg FL 33701
Food, Games, Cultural Exhibits, Entertainment
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For the Students
Students attending on Thursday and Friday were provided passports, and had an opportunity to visit villages of various ethnic groups to have their passports stamped. They also saw a variety of cultural exhibits. This year's theme was SPORTS AND GAMES, and for Scotland this included Golf, Soccer, and HIGHLAND GAMES. They learned that golf was invented in Scotland in the 15th century, that the first international soccer competition took place between Scotland and England, that the Highland Games were originally organized by the Scottish clan chiefs to find the strongest, fastest, and fittest fighting men. Students even had a chance to try their luck on a 7-foot putting game!
Saturday was the day the park was ope to the general public. The "Parade of Nations" at 2pm
included the 22 eithnic groups participating in the Folk Fair followed by the official opening
ceremonies which included the swearing in of 25 new Ammerican citizens.
TheBagpiper Gemma Briggs led The Scottish Country Dancer
the "Parade of Nations" performed at 11:10 am on Saturday
on Saturday at 2:00 pm and on the main stage and at the
performed at the Scottish tent. Scottish tent.
Scottish Cultural Society of St. Petersburg
Scottish Cultural Society
SCS 2023 Officers
President: April Gayle Gausman
Vice President: Lisa Godfrey
Secretary-Treasurer: Bill Parsons
at Folk Fair
Our volunteeres met and greeted the visitors to the Scottish village. They stamped passports for the students on school days, and shared their interests in Scottish culture.
Volunteers on Saturday joined the Scottish group for the "Parade of Nations" at 2:00 pm.
We thank our dedicated group of volunteers that included Gary, Sylvia and Ceilidh Graham, Bev Becker, April Gayle Gausman, Bill Parsons, Kay Rencken, Chris and Sarah Markham, Jeff and Kim Wells, Malcolm Wells and Samantha Wassmer.
Mary Katherine presented her award winning shortbread at the Scottish Village at the Folk Fair.
Mary Katherine with Ceilidh, two attractions at the Scottish village.