Jun 01

Upcoming Events and Info

Dear HAGGIS members,

Here is some information relating to the most recent council meeting, and upcoming events:

1) EVENT: Bloomsday Kilt Krawl, Friday, June 17th, 7pm, starting at Parlor City
Join us as we celebrate our Irish roots HAGGIS-Style! Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. We will be celebrating by doing a pub crawl (in kilts) around Cedar Rapids, while reading from Joyce’s famous novel, Ulysses.

*Part of our new focus for this year is to reach a wider audience by appealing to ALL things Celtic. We want to be very inclusive and welcoming to new members, so look forward to lots of different kinds of events that reflect holidays and traditions of all the Celtic Isles…including, but not limited to, whiskey tasting, rugby games, solstice potluck, mini golf, Guy Fawkes, tea parties, and fund raisers such as yard sales or kilt-car washes! 🙂

2) Order requests: We are gathering requests to place an order for Iowa Tartan. We are 5 yards short of a minimum of 30 yards to place an order. If you are interested in ordering yards of Iowa Tartan (at $69.95/yard), please let us know so we can get closer to our goal!

3) Eastern Iowa CelticFest: As most of you know, our 2016 CelticFest was canceled due to construction at Squaw Creek Park. What we just learned was that the prices for renting the location we have used for the past 2 years has nearly doubled, making that location no longer viable. Please submit and investigate any suggestions you may have on a location for our festival for 2017. The Cedar Rapids are is most ideal, but we may need to start to search beyond in order to find a suitable and affordable location.

Mar 14

Join us for Tartan Day Celebration!

Join us as we celebrate Tartan Day, a celebration of Scottish heritage, remembering the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. We will have social dancing and festivities, with live music provided by Lilywren.
Saturday, April 9th, 6pm
at Dublin City Pub, in Cedar Rapids.

Jan 26

Burns Supper Reservations are CLOSED.

We’re off buying all the food and drink now, and looking forward to a great evening! See you there!

Jan 22

Burns Dinner Menu

Here is the menu for our Burns Dinner, provided by Congrats Catering: shepherd’s pie, neeps, tatties, veggies, and soda bread. And, of course, there will be haggis!

Dec 30

Lilywren performing for Burns Dinner

We are pleased to announce the band, Lilywren, will be performing for our Burns Dinner!  Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQxXdNMESYc&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

Dec 10

Robert Burns Dinner-public welcome!

Celebrate a Scottish tradition with H.A.G.G.I.S.! We will be hosting our annual Robert Burns Dinner Saturday, January 30th, at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. There will be a raffle table, traditional ceremony with toasts, and traditional food including shepherd’s pie, neeps, and (of course) haggis! The evening will be conclude with traditional Scottish dancing. You do not have to be a member to attend. Please join us! Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for age 6-18, 5 and under free. Reservations are required, click on “Robert Burns Dinner” to make yours today!

Nov 02

Guys Fawkes Night is here again!

Join us at the Kula Farm Saturday, November 7th, at 5pm for the traditional bonfire, effigy buring, and fireworks!  Bring a bag chair and a dish to share.  Board games are welcome and we’ll try to fit in some dancing, too!  Invite your friends, open to non-members!  Contact a board member or visit our Facebook page for more information!

Jun 22

Freedom Festival Parade and Kilt Krawl

We will be promoting CelticFest this Saturday in the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival parade, followed by a Kilt Krawl (pub crawl) in the NewBo district.  If you can join us, please meet in the staging area at 9am in Czech Village, at the corner of 18th Ave SW and A St SW.  We will be handing out fliers, and you are also welcome to bring candy to pass out to the children along the route.  And, of course, wear kilts (if you have them) and HAGGIS t-shirts!  See you there!

May 15

Highland Games Practice Day

We are again hosting a Highland Games Practice Day at Lower Kingston Stadium, Saturday, May 23rd at 11AM.

All are invited to attend!  Have you ever wanted to try out Highland Games without the pressure of competition?  Whether it is the caber toss or hammer throw, come and learn all about the different events, and give them a try alongside experienced instructors.

Practice now, compete later, at CelticFest July 18th at Squaw Creek Park!

This event is free and open to the public!

Jan 14

Burns Dinner

Our annual Burns Dinner is approaching!  Saturday, January 24th, social time starting at 4pm.  Be sure you click on the tab above to make your reservation.  We have several areas where we need help: setting up and decorating starting at 10AM, providing soda bread for the tables, providing desserts or judging the winners of our dessert contest, giving toasts, serving, providing raffle items, and cleaning up.  Let a council member know if you are able to help with any of these tasks, to make the event a fun and easy night for all!

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