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Illinois Saint Andrew

Scottish Home Picnic


Well I gotta take You back to August of Year in 2007. A great event is definitely taking place. The Illinois Saint Andrew Society's 91st Scottish Home Picnic.

However this particular event is very special to Me, because it was the very first subject ever featured on Mike Kara Presents way, way back in the stone age in November 2002. In fact this particular show here in November 2007, makes the 5th anniversary for Mike Kara Presents. Although I have covered this event in 2004, this event was the very first subject to featured on My Show and it started it all.

Anyways on Saturday August 4, 2007 The Illinois Saint Andrew Society's Scottish Home in North Riverside, Illinois was putting on once again it's Scottish Home Picnic. I often refer to this Picnic as a lost gem, as it is such a wonderful event, with little to know media coverage. It has been My privilege and honor to let the public know about this wonderful picnic the past few years.

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society's Scottish Home Picnic is a wonderful celebration of Scottish Culture and pride. Even those of us who only have 25% Scottish Blood flowing through are veins, can still have a meat pie or sausage roll or two and do the Highland Fling, maybe.

The day consisted of A Jumble Sale, which features a collection of antique collectibles, books, clothing, the werks. Also there was plenty of delciouliso Scottish Grub, no haggis sorry, but consisted of Meat Pies, Bridies, and Sausage Rolls.

Also there was Pony Rides for the kiddies, as well as other various fun activities for the kids. Also there was a pie eating contest and a shortbread contest.

There was games for children of all ages, including infamous water balloon contest. Of course My Dad and Myself used to always take part in The Water Balloon Throw in the early 1980's, but by The Time Wang Chung was no longer popular I lost interest in The Water Balloon Toss, I guess.

There was also a bake sale, craft sale and of course Rudi Kadadodi and friend were mixing to up with The crowd.

There was a good time feel good rock band - Savannah Band as the entertainment as well as authentic Scottish dancing from The Thistle and Heather Scottish Dancers and of course the bagpipe serenade by The Caledonian Scottish Band.

As usual there was miniature golf, a long standing tradition for The Scottish Home Picnic.

And of course a bouncy thingy for the kids.

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society's Scottish Home is a full service Elderly Care Facility, with three different levels of care, just an apartment, assisted living and a full service nursing. The Scottish Home provides a warm and caring environment for mature adults allowing Scottish Residents as well as non-Scottish Residents to celebrate the Scottish Culture.

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society is the oldest non-profit organization in Illinois. Formed way back in 1845, The Society Celebrates is 162 Birthday. The Illinois Saint Andrew Society embraces and celebrates Scottish Culture. ISAS puts on several events throughout the year, including The Highland Games in June. ISAS has many sub-groups, including a law society, as well as a genealogy group. For much more information on The Illinois Saint Andrew and all it does please visit their website at http://www.chicago-scots.org 

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