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Scottish Festival Offers Downtown Events

The Arkansas Scottish Festival will take place April 13-15, with most events happening on the Lyon College campus. This year, however, the College has scheduled several Friday events in downtown Batesville as a way to introduce tourists attending the Festival to the city’s historic Main Street and all it offers.

At 4:30 p.m., bagpiper Patrick Regan and storyteller Ricky Pitman will perform in the Pocket Park, located on the north side of Main between 3rd and 4th Streets. Regan has won countless piping championships and placed in professional competitions in Scotland.  Pitman, known as the “Bard of the South,” is a folk singer and author as well as a teller of stories that build appreciation for Celtic cultures, music and history.

At 4:30, registration for the Kilted Mile, a run down Main Street from 12th to Ringgold, will open at the Landers Theater, across the street from the Pocket Park. Cost is $15, and the first 100 participants will receive a kilt to wear in the run. The race will begin at 5:30.

At 6 p.m., doors will open at the Melba Theatre, 115 W. Main, for a free showing of Braveheart. The film will begin at 7, with a short introduction by Dr. Mark Wallace, a Lyon history professor whose expertise is Scottish history.

At 10 p.m., Patrick Regan will be at CIX, the popular restaurant at 109 Main. He will perform until midnight.