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RELIGION BRIEFS Members of the City of Sarasota Pipe Band will perform at the Church of the Redeemer on Feb. 17. Contributed photo REDEEMER TO BLESS SCOTTISH TARTANS DURING EVENSONG The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota, invites members of the community to a special "Kirkin' o' the Tartan" Solemn Evensong on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 5:15 p.m., which will include a performance by the City of Sarasota Pipe Band. A catered parish dinner with British fare will follow in the church's Gillespie Hall — named after the "Father of Sarasota," John Hamilton Gillespie, who came to Sarasota in 1886 and subsequently helped found Redeemer and was one of its earliest parishioners, the release The Evensong anthem will be Highland Ca- adds. The buffet-style dinner will offer meat thedral, presented with choir, organ and bag- pies, several side dishes and bread pudding pipes; music for the service will be by T. Ter- dessert. tius Noble, a church news release says. The Pipe Band will perform again for dinner Scots of the St. Andrew Society of Sarasota, dressed in full Scottish regalia, will bring forward their clan tartan banners to be blessed at the altar, the release notes. The Kirkin' tradition dates back to the 18th century, when the English prohibited the public display of tartans and Scots began secretly to bring pieces of them to church to be blessed, the release notes. guests. Tickets for the dinner, which are $10, must be purchased in advance by calling or visiting the parish office (955-4263); the deadline for ticket purchase is Friday, Feb. 15. For more information, visit redeemersarasota. org or call 955-4263.

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