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June 04, 1998|By Virginia Geckler and John Coffren

Highland Festival

Experience the passion and pride of the Scottish heritage at the 11th annual McHenry Highland Festival Saturday at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. The aggression provoked by competition and the reflection inspired by period music stand in stark contrast in this rich culture. Watch a clans-and-tartans parade, military units, amateur solo piping and highland dance competitions as well as sheep-dog exhibitions by William Crowe. Participate in athletic contests, races and games. Singers, harpists, hammered dulcimer players and fiddlers perform a variety of folk, Celtic and contemporary compositions.

Scottish clan societies, shops and food are also a part of the event. A ceilidh (Scottish party with entertainment) and whiskey tasting will be held at 8 p.m. at the McHenry House at Wisp Resort. On Sunday, a Kirkin 'O' the Tartans will be held at 9:30 a.m. at a local church, followed by a pipes and drums concert.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fairgrounds are on Route 219 in McHenry, at Deep Creek Lake. Admission is $5 for anyone 12 years of age and over. For more information or advance tickets, call 310-334-1948. Two B-17 "Flying Fortress" and three B-25 "Mitchell" bombers will provide air support as Allied troops attempt to retake Reading, Pa., from Axis forces Saturday and Sunday at the Living History: World War II Airfield in Reading. Weekend highlights include flyovers by 40 vintage World War II combat aircraft; a re-enactment of American G.I.s' battle with Nazi storm troopers near a bombed-out French farmhouse; and Franklin D. Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor speech given by scholar Delmas P. Wood. Also Tuskeegee Airmen and "Memphis Belle" crewmen will relay their wartime experiences, and you can jitterbug away at a Spring Fever Dance.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Jitterbug from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 adults, $3 children 12 and under and are available at the gate, 11 Museum Drive. For more information, call 610- 372-7333.

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