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Scottish Tartans

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Tartans Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. Tartan is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan clothslung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed. Tartan is made with alternating bands of colored (pre-dyed) threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each...

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Scottish Clans

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   Scottish Clan A Scottish clan (from Gaelic clann, "children") is a kinship group among the Scottish people. Clans give a sense of shared identity and descent to members, and in modern times have an official structure recognised by the Court of the Lord Lyon, which regulates Scottish heraldry and coats of arms. Most clans have their own tartan patterns, usually dating from the 19th century, which members may incorporate into kilts or other clothing.  The modern image of clans, each with their own tartan and specific land, was promulgated by the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott after influence by...

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2017 Arizona Renaissance in Review

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Thank you to all who came out! Videos!!   Heraldry and Crests is a firm that specializes in onomastic and heraldic research, with the most comprehensive research library of it's kind in the world, an existing data base of over 1,000,000 names, and a staff of highly trained specialists, we are able to provide the most accurate information currently available about the meaning and origin of family names, as well as the coat of arms and family crests associated with them. We use Burke's General Armory, a registry of all authentic Coat of Arms granted in England, Ireland, Scotland &...

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Arizona Renaissance Week 7-March 25 & 26 – Magic & Merriment!

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March 25 & 26 – Magic & Merriment!

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April 1 & 2 – Surely You Jest – Final Huzzah! Food Drive!!

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Don’t Miss the Final Huzzah, this weekend at the Arizona Renaissance Festival and tis NO APRIL FOOLS JOKE! Bring 3 canned food items or non-perishables to the Apache Junction Food Bank at the Festival and receive a child (age 5-12) free admission $14 value.  Valid Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2. 3rd Annual Jester Idol Contest at 2pm in the Royal Pavilion! Think you're funny?  Then "HUZZAH" you have a chance to win a GUEST HOST COMIC OF THE WEEK in the 3rd Annual Jester Idol Contest. If you're a local comedian looking for a chance to promote your...

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