Tartan takes centre stage
July 1 is International Tartan Day – celebrating the day in 1782 when the English ban on wearing tartan was lifted.
Waipu invites everyone to join in the fun from the Artntartan Wearable Arts, to pets in tartan and mid-winter swims from July 1-16.
Rugby will be played in kilts and businesses are getting into the theme too.
You can taste haggis at the Waipu Butcher, join a whisky tasting in the old jail, try a haggis burger at the Waipu Pizza Barn, have a fullon Scottish brunch at the Clansman Motel, or buy a tartan scarf at the Thistle.
Bagpipes, highland dancing, the Waipu Highland Band and the Waipu Scottish Country Dancing Club’s Ceildh add to the occasion.
Waipu is a small town of about 500 but nearly double that number of Gaelic speaking highlanders built a community there after being burned out of their crofts in Scotland. The story is told in the Waipu Museum.
Visit www.waipu-tartan. co.nz for a timetable or www.waipu museum.com for information.