Celebrate National Tartan Day
at Maryville College

April 2, 2017  2-4 p.m.


Clayton Center for the Arts
and Anderson Hall Lawn


National Tartan Day is observed in the United States and in most countries with populations of Scots-Irish descendants. The annual celebration on April 6 recognizes the day in 1320 when 40 Scottish nobles signed the Declaration of Arbroath, which affirmed Scotland’s independence from English governance.

In its second Tartan Day celebration, Maryville College partners with the board of the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games to give the campus and wider community an opportunity to learn more about the Scots-Irish who settled the U.S. and East Tennessee and also celebrate this culture with Celtic music, dancing, clan and tartan displays and highland games demonstrations. There is no cost to attend.

Attendees at Tartan Day also will be able to buy discounted tickets for the Scottish Festival and Games, scheduled for May 20-21 on the campus, and sign up for the Highland Half Marathon and Scot Trot 5K.

Celebration Schedule

All afternoon

  • “Discover Your Roots:” Clan/Sept Discovery and Tartan Displays,” William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, Clayton Center for the Arts
  • Display about East Tennesseans with Scots-Irish heritage curated by Tennesseans for Living History, William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, Clayton Center for the Arts
  • Pulled smoked pork and chicken sandwiches with jerk beans for sale by Sunset Café, Clayton Center for the Arts Building B
  • Bangers and mash for sale by the Irish Pub & Sports Grill
  • Free coffee and cider from Vienna Coffee House
  • Maryville College Bookstore Sale, William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, Clayton Center for the Arts
  • Scottish Festival & Games tickets sales and drawings for giveaways, Clayton Center Plaza

Clayton Center Plaza area:

  • 2:00-2:15 p.m. | Good Thymes Ceilidh Band
  • 2:15-2:45 p.m. | Parade of Tartans, opening welcome and presentation on the Declaration of Arbroath
  • 2:45-3:05 p.m. | The Lassies, a vocal ensemble of Maryville College
  • 3:05-3:25 p.m. | Highland Dancing by MacIsaac School of Highland Dance
  • 3:25-4:00 p.m. | Good Thymes Ceilidh Band with Scottish Country Dancing

Anderson Lawn area:

TBA | Highland Games demonstrations and Intramural competitions