The 2018 Tartan Tea
This year, the 63rd Annual Tartan Tea is being held on Saturday, December 1 at Petrus Hall. This brand new venue, situated at 2624 Inkster Blvd (near the corner of Brookside Blvd), boasts a built-in stage, lots of natural lighting, wheelchair accessibility, large parking lot, commercial kitchen, proper changerooms and no pillars!
Tickets were distributed with full membership renewals. They can also be purchased at the door at a cost of $10 per person. Children age 6 & under are free, as are performers of all ages.
Many familiar traditions will be the same as always, but there are also a few changes.
There will be a Scottish Auction and 50/50 Draw. Please contribute to your dance school’s basket or contact us at email@example.com to make a prize donation. This area is being manned by the Cram & Shiells Schools. Please bring baskets to the Tea for noon or make arrangements to have it dropped off to a committee member: Lisa Omand, Jennifer Lange, Cathy Laver-Wright, Sam Windsor or Janet Lyon-Anderson.
The Jar Bar is returning with volunteers from the McCallum School. This is a very popular area that sells out early every year. In order to have jars available for the whole event, we are asking each member family to try to make and donate 5-10 jars. These jars sell for $3 each and are most often purchased by children, so please ensure their value exceeds $3 and their contents are kid-friendly. They can contain toys, candy, craft supplies, Christmas items, socks, hair accessories, or other fun surprises and do not have to be placed in glass jars. Any type of bag or container will do. Bring jars pre-wrapped with you to the Tea.
There will once again be a Bake Sale, manned by the Highland Hoppers. Please try to donate at least 1 dozen baked goods or a loaf, clearly marked. Donations can be brought when you arrive at the Tea.
Coffee & tea are offered at no cost. All supplies were generously donated by Van Houtte Coffee Services. The station will be self-serve (except for the VIPs at the head table) and all beverage preparation will be handled by the Kids in Kilts.
We are once again offering dainties to enjoy with your coffee or tea. However, this year, each admission ticket also includes a ticket that allows guests to pick-up 1 pre-made plate of dainties. There will not be trays of unlimited dainties sitting out on the tables. This will allow us to offer nut-aware options, avoid cross-contamination and better adhere to food safety regulations. Dainties are being cut and plated by the Ramesar and Court Schools. There will be a self-serve area to pick up your plate of dainties. If every member can try to donate at least 1 dozen dainties, a slice or a loaf to this area, we should have enough items to offer our all guests without having to purchase store-bought baking.
Throughout the day, you will be able to enjoy beautiful dance performances by the following schools: Cram, Court, Ramesar, Shiells, Highland Hoppers, Kids in Kilts & French. See your dance teacher for exact time and costume needs. There will also be a special performance by our Boys’ Mentorship Program, choreography by dancers attending the SDTA Scholarship Conference and two opportunities for MHDA members to perform traditional dances
There will be a visit from Santa and some special elves will be applying glitter tattoos at a cost of $3 per tattoo. We will once again be inducting a new Honorary Member and presenting our special Walter Hagborg Community Service Award. There will be a small selection of vendors selling Scottish-themed items and door prize draws made throughout the day.
The day promises to have something for everyone who loves Scottish dance, music and culture. Please help the MHDA make this traditional event a wonderful success by volunteering, donating and/or attending.
Hope to see you all on December 1st.
Tartan Tea Coordinator