Olde world fun marches downtown

The 2012 B & B attracted 500 visitors who enjoyed food, Scottish dancers, a kilt contest, raffle and music under a tent next to Ascension church.

Ascension Episcopal Church hosts ‘Bagpipes and Bonfires’ festival Sept. 14

Who says church congregations don’t have fun?

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Stillwater offers an afternoon and evening of new world fun in an old world setting at its annual “Bagpipes and Bonfires Celtic Festival” from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept 14.

Ascension first held Bagpipes and Bonfires in 2008 as a fundraiser for the church’s outreach projects that include free breakfasts and last-Sunday-of-the-month free suppers.

“Funds raised help Ascension spread its community support opportunities,” said church Rector Buff Grace, who doubles as a juggler at the festival.

The Minnesota’s Police Pipe Band 4 p.m. march up Third Street North opens the festival, organizers said.

“Revelers can follow them or wait up the hill,” said Louise Fenner, B&B coordinator.

Other festival entertainment includes the Royal Scottish Country Dancers, jugglers, mimes, street performers and house bands, along with a new kilt contest at 7:45 p.m.
Festival-goers can participate in games such as hammerschlaugen and wine-bottle ring toss in which constestants keep the wine bottle their ring lands on. Raffle prizes include a weekend cabin getaway, collection of fine wines, sampling of specialty cheeses, an artisan quilt and “Biercycle” adventure.

Festival food includes sausage rolls, pub potatoes, Scotch eggs and brownie Hooley.
Event sponsors are the Police Pipe Band, Lift Bridge Brewery, Pub 112 Irish Pub, StillH2O Brewers Supply, Swirl Wine and Royal Scottish Country Dancers.
“B & B is open to the entire community. Please come,” Grace said.

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