There’s something about fall that lends itself to Celtic festivities. Maybe it’s the rain, just as prevalent in Ireland and Scotland as in the Pacific Northwest. Whatever the reason, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Tacoma’s west end is holding its fourth annual Celtic Faire this weekend, with vendors, music and eats on Saturday and worship activities on Sunday.
“Although our church is small, we have been able to identify 40 families who have past roots in Scotland, Ireland, Wales,” says parishioner and fair organizer Marilyn Baker. Originally begun as a way to celebrate those roots, the fair has expanded, and now includes explorations into Celtic spirituality plus secular events on the Saturday.
As well as Celtic vendors, there’ll be storytellers, fiddlers and bagpiper Red McWilliams (11 a.m.), some Irish dancing, lunch for sale and a high tea for $12 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will also be children’s activities.
“It’s a lot of fun,” says Baker.
On Sunday the worship services include a bagpiper, Celtic music and a calling of the clans, with all clan crests on display in the church sanctuary. At 3 p.m. Pastor Martin Yabroff will lead a workshop on Celtic spirituality.
“Our church is in the process of reclaiming its Celtic roots,” said Pastor Yabroff. “We’re named after a Celtic saint, and we have a Celtic cross on the roof and front entrance. I think people are sensing a lot in Celtic spirituality that connects with people today: a focus on nature, on story, music and pilgrimage.”
St. Andrew’s Celtic Faire runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29, with services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Oct. 30 and spirituality workshop 3 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St., Tacoma. 253-564-4402, www.standrewstacoma.org