Fairview celebrates heritage with Kirkin' O' the Tartans

To celebrate Fairview Presbyterian Church's Scottish heritage, Kirkin' o' the Tartans, the church's annual event, was held on Sunday.

The event has been held for the last 13 years, and every year it's a little different. In 2010, they added the tartan flags as part of the celebration. Although this event has changed from year to year, it has always had bagpipe player David Nichols.

Katie Johnston, co-chair for this event, led a discussion about the history of Scotland and how it ties into the church today. After that, the Rev. Dr. Robert Fuller Jr. led the church with some Scottish and Irish music.

As the church service started at 11 a.m., church members proceeded into the church with the tartan flags, which all stayed in the front of the church for the duration of the service.

When the event was started back in 2000, event organizer Suzanne Shimp had a hand in making it possible.

"I went to Scotland and had been to the Highland games, and I asked the minister if we could incorporate that into our services," Shimp said.

There is a reasoning behind the name as well due to its Scottish influence.

"In Scottish, kirk is the name for church, so it translates into church of the family," Shimp said.

The event as a whole, Shimp thought, went very well.

"It was fabulous. It was a wonderful celebration of our Scottish heritage," Shimp said.

The church members all seem to love this event as well.

"This is my fourth year participating in the event, and I love hearing about how we got to where we are today by listening to our past culture," church member Lynda Williamson said.