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SATURDAY

Not only is America still abuzz with Scotmania after Braveheart’s exciting Oscar triumphs, but the bonny Scots have caught the fever and decided they would like a parliament of their own for the first time in three centuries. However, the reason I am so Scot-happy is simple: The organizers of this year’s “Scottish Heritage Fair” sent me an entire box of delicious Scottish shortbread cookies. Don’t think this was a bribe or that I may be bought for a few crackers. The thoughtful gift was merely an unexpected thank you for my having mentioned the always fabulous fair two years ago. I would never blindly promote a wonderful day of Scotcentric weavers, fiddlers, genealogists, singing, dancing, storytelling, food, sports, and those wacky highland cattle just because of some crisp, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth treats. And if any other ethnic group thinks my opinion is for sale, well, just try me. The pipes are calling from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. FREE. (703) 883-4686. (Dave Nuttycombe)