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New Book On Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival


Estes Park’s Historian Laureate, Dr. James H. Pickering, has written a new book, Estes Park’s Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival: The First 35 Years, The Memoirs of Jim Durward as told by Dr. James Durward, founder of the festival.

In this book Dr. Durward recounts the history of the Scottish- Irish Festival, explains how the Durwards came to be involved, and recalls some of the many trials and tribulations he encountered while managing and developing this world-renowned festival.

Each September thousands gather in Estes Park to witness this event. They come from coast to coast and foreign countries. Yet because very few of the Festival’s original families are among them, much of its early history has been forgotten. Hence this book.

Taking hours oral interviews with Dr. Durward, painstakingly transcribed and carefully transcribed by Fort Collins resident, Karol Ann Krackauer, Jim Pickering has woven together a chronological narrative which tells the story of the Festival from it’s birth to the present day.

Included in each book is a DVD that will bring to your TV screen memorable video footage from past Festivals. This video was compiled and edited by Ben Drotar of Westminster, CO, a graduate of Media Arts at CU.

The book is published by the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival, inc., a Colorado nonprofit corporation. It was printed in Denver, and the cover and book design was created by Kathy Moody of Estes Park.

Estes Park’s Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival: The First 35 Years – The Memoirs of Jim Durward plus DVD is $29 and is available at Macdonald Book Shop in Estes Park, online at www.scotfest.com, and, of course, at the Souvenir booth at the 36th annual Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival, September 7-9, 2012.

As the Mayor of Estes Park, William Pinkham says, “There are now five seasons in Estes Park – Spring, Summer, Scottish-Irish Festival, Fall and Winter.”

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