September 14th | 4pm – 9pm
Episcopal Church of the Ascension
Held in the spirit of the great clan gatherings of the Celtic peoples, Bagpipes & Bonfires is the raucous, fun event that Episcopal Church of the Ascension throws for the whole community. We fill several tents on our church grounds near the St. Croix River, with live music, great food, beer and wine, old world games, and more.
Live Music & Dance
The legendary Minnesota Police Pipe Band kicks of the event with a street parade and offers two more mini-concerts through the evening. Our accomplished organist of 40 years pulls out all the stops on our famous Dobson organ, our Celtic recorder consort pipes some pleasant tunes in the late summer air, and a local legend guitarist turns out meditative jazz and blues numbers. Later in the evening, acoustic bands take the stage for more American fare of rock and folk favorites, and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Team pounds out some thunderous jigs.
Food & Drink
LiftBridge Brewery and StillH20 of Stillwater and Swirl Wine Shop of Afton offer free samples of their best and you can purchase more top shelf draughts by the glass from our Ale Constable and Wine Steward. British Pub grub is the perfect fare for a brisk September eve. Choose from Salmon sandwiches, Sausage Rolls, Pub potatoes, Scotch eggs, and Brownie Hooley.
Fun & Games
Old World Games of skill and chance liven up the evening including Hammerschlaugen, Ring Toss for wine bottles, and the Corn Toss. From 4 to 6 p.m. children’s games and activities are offered including face painting, and much more. Jugglers and stilt walkers rove the grounds during much of the party.
You can enter a Raffle to win fantastic prizes from a weekend cabin getaway to a beautiful hand-made quilt to a fine wine collection, artisan cheese tasting for six, and adventure on Stillwater’s BierCycle. Do you have a bit of Scottish blood? Enter our kilt competition! Or join the audience to whistle and cheer for your favorite tartan and pair of legs.
The Episcopal Church traces its roots to the first Christians of the British Isles, Celtic peoples of the 3rd century AD, whose practice of the faith differed in ways from the Roman rule. Still today, our church is guided by a trust in community before doctrine, praying before belief, that the divine is in nature, and that art and music are languages of the Holy Spirit that move us to compassion for one another.
Special Highland Picnic Luncheon
At 2:30 p.m. on September 14 Bishop Prior will join us as our toastmaster at a lavish buffet in our festively decorated Parish Hall to kick-off Bagpipes & Bonfires.
We’ll make merry with delicious food, wine & beer, and special non-alcoholic beverages. Bishop Prior will jest about all things Episcopal, and you can take part in the ‘Roast our Rector’ fun.
The picnic will end at 4:00 p.m., just in time to watch the Minnesota Police Pipe Band come marching down Third Street to begin the evening’s festivities.
The event at 4:00 p.m. is free and open.
However, the meal with Bishop Prior from 2:30-4:00 p.m. is reserved and limited seating at $75 per person. Get your tickets while they last!
Email us at officeaechurchorg or call us at 651-439-2609!