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To renew your membership, please send your check made payable to the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, DC to MJF Associates, 10692-A Crestwood Drive, Manassas, VA 20109.
Former First Minister of Scotland, Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish
The St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C. hosted the 2012 Combined Scottish Societies of Maryland with featured speaker Former First Minister of Scotland, Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Event program book.
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The Whin & Thistle - Spring 2014: Volume 7, Issue 2 of The Whin & Thistle newsletter is now available.
Society Social and Business Meeting - 6:30 P.M., Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Please join Society Members and Guests for the next Society Social and Business Meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Boulevard Woodgrill Restaurant, 2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia. The cash bar will open at 6:30 PM and the buffet dinner (featuring Chicken Alfredo and BBQ Salmon) will be open at 7:00 PM.
The program on Acquiring a Scottish Coat of Arms will commence at 7:45 PM. Donald Draper Campbell, FSA Scot, will present an overview of the Scottish armory, heraldry, and the Court of the Lord Lyon of Scotland. He will then lead a “how-to” approach to assist participants in preparing their own petitions for their coats of arms. Mr. Campbell is a Delegate for North American and Honorary Member of the Heraldry Society of Scotland; Sennachie, Board Member and Fellow of the Society of Scottish Armigers; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scotland), and author of Scottish Armory and Heraldry: A General Overview. Former Society President Dick Badger will then review the history and challenges on securing the Society's own coat of arms.
The Business Meeting is free and open to all Society Members at 8:30 PM. The Meeting will include reports and the election of the members of the 2014 Nominating Committee. Adjournment is planned for 9:00 PM. Cost for the Buffet Dinner is $40 per person, plus $1.50 processing fee if charged.
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St. Andrew's Society Color Guard Featured at Fort Ticonderoga’s Scots Day - June 14, 2014
The Society’s Color Guard is honored to lead the special memorial ceremony honoring the 42nd Highland Regiment, The Black Watch that will take place at the Black Watch memorial cairn on the Carillon battlefield. The procession to the cairn begins at 11am and the ceremony starts at 11:30am and will remember the incredible bravery and discipline of the Black Watch against insurmountable odds at the1758 Battle of Carillon. Fort Ticonderoga will hold its Seventh Annual Scots Day celebration on Saturday, June 14th. The commemoration of Scottish heritage and the significant contributions it made to 18th century North American history. Celebrate Scottish military heritage by remembering the military sacrifice at Fort Ticonderoga. Tour the Scottish Clans tents and vendors to discover more about the connection to Scottish culture and explore the stories of centuries of Scottish soldiers in the British Army through a military timeline. The Society Color Guard will have a tent during the event to spread the word not just of the Color Guard but also the Society and the Scholarships that they offer. We are inviting members of the Society to join us on this historic day and to provide your support.
You are more than welcome to arrange your own transportation however if there is sufficient interest, the hire of self-drive vans will be considered, the costs of which will be shared amongst those attending. However if there is sufficient interest (approximately 20 or more) the hiring of a bus and driver may be considered as a cheaper alternative. Due to the urgent need to get arrangements and bookings in place, we are looking for someone with a small amount of time who is willing to coordinate the bus bookings for the Society (non Color Guard) members. A group discount ($95.99 plus tax per night instead of $135 plus tax per night) has been negotiated with the Best Western Plus in Ticonderoga, however only a minimal amount of rooms are left. If you are interested, you should call the hotel and quote the group discount code of SCOTS 14 to receive the discounted rate. For further details, please contact Ken Young at Ken@Young.as.
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46th Annual National Capital Area Scottish Festival/Concert -- Saturday, May 3, 2014
On Saturday May 3rd at 7:00 PM, the Rockville High School (RHS) Pipe Band will host its 46th National Capital Area Scottish Festival featuring the City of Washington Pipe Band, MacMillan United Pipe Bands, Highland Dancers, Scottish Country Dancing, and – of course – the Rockville High School Pipe Band. This is a free concert (donations gratefully and eagerly accepted), and it’s a fantastic event for those who enjoy traditional Celtic culture. The Rockville High School Pipe Band is a free program, open to any student in Montgomery County, grades 4-12. This annual concert is the band's main fundraiser and is responsible for introducing many to the beauty of the Scottish culture and music. For more information see www.RHSPipeBand.org.
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Jefferson Cup Luncheon - First and Third Mondays
Gentlemen of the Society meet at the Athena Pallas restaurant located at 556 S. 22nd Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. Free parking is available for patrons. Members will be seated in a semi-private area near the bar and will be ordering from the menu. Luncheon begins at 12:10 PM and finishes in time for those who must leave to meet their needs or commitments. For more information, please contact Jim Campbell at email@example.com.
Country singer Jessie Lee Cates has released the single "Scotland" from her new album "Let Your Country Out." She notes that "Scotland" is the only modern country song to feature the bagpipes and is now being played on nearly 70 radio stations in 15 countries around the world. Lyrics include the line "Gonna find me a man who looks good in a kilt. Yeah!" The music is available online on iTunes and a CD is available at CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jessieleecates). For more information, visit www.jessieleecates.com.
Bannockburn Live will Include Battle Re-enactment - June 28 - 29, 2014
Visit Scotland reports that Bannockburn Live & Stirling’s Homecoming Weekend will take place over two days (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June), with extended hours from 10 AM to 7 PM each day to maximise the entertainment program, which includes a large scale battlefield involving over 300 re-enactors. Clans and their families with clan pitches will be given private access the new state-of-the-art Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre on Monday 30 June. VisitScotland and the National Trust for Scotland will work closely with the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (CoSCA), the Standing Council of Clan Chiefs and the Highland Clan Partnership Group and other key partners to develop this exclusive special event. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.bannockburnlive.com
Board of Managers Meeting
The Board of Managers (BOM) of the St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C., usually meets on the first Tuesday of every month, except for July and August. The meetings are open to all members. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Please contact the Secretary for more information.