Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Donald Where's Your Troosers?

Utah Scottish Festival
Friday June 10th 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday June 11th 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Point in Lehi

I got my love of hunting through junk shops from my father. Some of his more…er…unique finds, informed our lives in creative ways. Such as…the White Heather Club LP. The White Heather Club was the U.K.’s answer to Lawrence Welk. It was a Scottish televised variety show in the 1960’s.

As kids, our favorite song on the album was "Donald Where's Your Troosers?" Our dad’s name was Donald, so this song used to have us kids rolling on the floor in laughter. As adults, my brother and sister and I can all still sing the chorus:

Let the winds blow high,
Let the winds blow low,
Down the street in my kilt I go
And all the ladies say hello
Donald where's your troosers?

We never tired of reminding our dad to wear pants.

This wasn’t our only tie to Scotland. Apparently I’ve got Scottish ancestry on both sides of the family. On my father’s side, we belong to Clan Lamont. Family legend says that our surname was originally Lamont and all of the family members were blonde, except for one son. He was called “Black” because of the color of his hair, and the name stuck.

So, in honor of my black sheep relative and namesake, this weekend I’ll make my annual pilgrimage to the Utah Scottish Festival at Thanksgiving Point.


Bagpipe bands
Meat pies
The Wicked Tinkers
Celtic dancers
Authentic Scottish wares
Clan booths
Molly’s Revenge
Highland Games
U.K. wares
Wide variety of food and drink
(including haggis)

This is a fantastic event for the whole family. Utah really embraces its Scottish heritage, and this is well-attended event. There is so much to see, and the entertainment is top notch. One of the most popular draws is The Wicked Tinkers. These guys are incredible musicians and entertainers. It’s impossible to sit still in your seat once their pipes and drums get going.

There are two places you can go to see more details about this weekend’s festivities: the event’s official website, and Thanksgiving Point’s website . Here you’ll find ticket prices and a schedule of events. Kids 11 and under are free!

Haste ye back, we loue you dearly, call again you're welcome here.
May your days be free from sorrow, and your friends be ever near.
May the paths o'er which you wander, be to you a joy each day.
Haste ye back we loue you dearly, haste ye back on friendship's way.

1 comment:

  1. [throws self on the ground kicking and wailing] whyyyyyyyyy am I not there to enjoy that with you? WHY??!!

    In fact, right this second I am listening to Loreena McKennitt's Highwayman. Honestly, I cried the first time I heard it. No, really I did.