By Ned MacKay
The pipes are calling and the clans will gather at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont on Saturday, April 1, for the annual Tartan Day Scottish Fair.
Sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District and the East Bay Scottish Association, the always-colorful event will convene from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Attractions will include live music (bagpipes!), Scottish dancing, handmade crafts, Highland athletics and historical re-enactments. Local Scottish clans and societies will share their heritage and culture. Fairies and a dragon will lurk in the Children’s Glen. Ethnic food will be available for purchase. Kilts are encouraged, though not required.
Ardenwood is located at 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, just north of Highway 84. Admission to the fair is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62 and older, $5 for children ages 4 through 17, and free for kids 3 and under. Parking is free.
For information, call 510-544-2797.
Besides the Scots, there’s lots more in store in coming days in the regional parks. For instance, you can step back in time for an afternoon of Paleolithic hunting activity from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Coyote Hills Regional Park, also in Fremont.
Under the guidance of naturalist Dino Labiste, the group will learn how early people created stone tools, then try hitting a target with an atlatl dart. The atlatl was a throwing device used by hunters during the ice age. No animals will be harmed.
The program is free of charge, designed for ages eight and older. Meet at the Coyote Hills Visitor Center, which is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. There’s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.
Dino and the interpretive staff also plan a four-day “Stone Age Time Travelers” day camp for kids ages 9 through 13 this summer.
It’s from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, June 19 through Thursday, June 22. The kids will learn skills used by early cultures to thrive in their environment. Fire and shelter building, stone tool making and twisting cordage are all on the agenda.
Registration is required and there is a fee of $200 per kid ($220 for non-district residents). For information, call the park district reservations department at 888-327-2757. Select option 2 and refer to program 16171.
Up the road at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda, animal camouflage is the theme of Family Nature Fun Hour from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and April 2. Afterwards it’s fish feeding time from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the center’s large aquarium.
Crab Cove is at the end of McKay Avenue off Alameda’s Central Avenue. For information, call 510-544-3187.