The Chillicothe Area Arts Council will present its first cultural luncheon of the season from noon to 12:55 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the "courtroom" meeting room at the Livingston County Library, 450 Locust Street.

In celebration of Scotland's Highland Games, a Scottish theme will feature reader Judith Shoot, flutist Nancy Mitchell, and bagpiper Roger Heard who will tell the history of the bagpipe and the bagpiper's uniform. Heard is a Missouri Highway Patrolman, from St. Joseph.

"I attended a dinner program a few years ago that featured Roger Heard, and I never forgot it," Julie Ashbrook, council administrator, said. "Roger is humorous and informative, as well as being an accomplished piper."

Judith Shoot, the Livingston County children's librarian, will share a Scottish folktale.

"There are readers, and then, there is Judith," Ashbrook said. "Judith is a former speech pathologist, and the beautiful lilt to her voice just makes a story come alive."

"Nancy Mitchell is a paralegal in Chillicothe, and she is an outstanding flutist. The flute has a rich history in Celtic and Highland music," Ashbrook said.

The program will follow a hearty box lunch which is available for $5 with a reservation. The program is open to the public, and people may attend without reserving lunch. For a lunch reservation, call the arts council at 646-1173 or email The deadline for lunch reservations is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.