From the mournful strains of The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond performed by a group of talented singers and fiddlers to the upbeat drumming and bag piping of the Transcona and District Pipe Band the show at Winnipeg’s Folkorama Scotland Pavilion was a delight.
I loved the non-stop grin on the face of the youngest drummer in the pipe band. You could just tell she was proud as punch to be performing. I loved the Scotch egg I tried for the first time. Delicious. I loved it that two of the emcees for the evening said they had been working at the Scottish Pavilion with their families for over 15 years.
I went to check out the display of different kinds of tartans. These are just a few of the many that were on show. My favourites? Was it the MacQueen or……….
the Blue Dress MacPherson? I listened to the wool spinners describe their work and…….. watched a delightfully diverse group of craftspeople chatting while they knitted and purled.
The folks at the Scottish Pavilion certainly displayed the kind of spirit Melissa Martin describes in her excellent op ed about Folkorama in yesterday’s Free Press. One of the people she interviewed for the article talked about Folkorama as a way “to learn the importance of diversity and multiculturalism and really loving your neighbour.” That perspective has the potential to have such a positive impact on our community if we all take it to heart.