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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.
St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C.
The Whin & Thistle - Fall 2013
Volume 6, Issue 4 of The Whin & Thistle newsletter is now available.
2013 Tartan Ball Photographs Available on Facebook.
Relive the memories -- or see what you missed! Make your plane now to join us next year on Saturday evening, November 22, 2014, at the The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk and Memorial Service – December 7, 2013
For the 44th year, the Society celebrates St. Andrew's Day (November 30) with the annual Walk through Old Town Alexandria, which was founded by Scottish merchants. What is now called the Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk commences at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 7, 2013 -- the first Saturday after St. Andrew's Day. This is one of the Society’s signature events, which began in 1970. The Society originally partnered with the Alexandria YWCA, since many of the Society wives were involved with the group. The "Alexandria Y" became the Campagna Center and the Society was pleased to continue this tradition! The morning will start with fellowship breakfast at 7:30 AM in the reception hall of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Virginia. The cost is $15 for a sumptuous spread provided by the Royal Restaurant. The hall is located downstairs in the building just behind the church. At 9:00 AM Society members and guests are invited to a church and afterwards the Society will once again honor William Hunter, founder of the St. Andrews Society of Alexandria, at a wreath laying service at his grave behind the church. The Society is honored to be joined by members of Clan Hunter and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). The Walk itself steps off at 11:00 AM and so everyone will have plenty of time to form up near the corner of Wilkes and St. Asaph Streets in Old Town Alexandria. The order of the procession will be the banner, current officers, former presidents, gentlemen of the Society, and then family members and guests. All march in column of twos in route step. Kilts and highland wear are strongly encouraged! Society Chaplain Rev. Dick Libby and Sergeant-at-Arms David McKenzie are planning an enjoyable morning, so please plan on attending and bring a guest.
Burns Nicht Supper - Saturday, January 25, 2014
The 2014 Burns Nicht Dinner, honoring the 254th birthday of Scotland’s greatest poet and author, Robert Burns, will be held January 25th, 2014, the actual birthday of the Bard. It will be held in the beautiful Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Virginia. The co-sponsors for the 2014 Burns Night, to date are the Scottish Affairs Office at the British Embassy and Walkers Shortbread. Suggested attire for gentlemen include Highland dress, black tie, or military dress. The Burns Night committee has once again been able to hold prices steady for this year. The evening will commence with cocktails and socializing followed by toasts to the President, to the Queen and to the Troops, followed by dinner and a celebration of the life and contributions of Robert Burns. All are welcome! For more information, please contact Chairman Douglas Brooks
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Members Meeting and Dinner - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Please join your fellow members for the next Society Members Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, January 16, 2014. We will meet at the Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, Virginia, 22307. Cocktails will begin at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:15 PM. Before dinner, new members will be piped in and inducted into the Society. This will be the Annual General Meeting of the Society at which we will elect the uncontested slate of Officers, Managers, and Trustees proposed by the 2013 Nominating Committee: President: Patrick S. Cummins; Vice President Barry Robert (Bart) Forbes; Treasurer Gilbert L. Smith, Jr.; Secretary: Timothy Warman; Manager 2014-2016: Earl W. Donaldson, Jr.; Manager 2014-2016: Daniel D. Joss; Manager 2014-2016: Christopher S. Burns; Trustee 2014-2016: Roger A. Libby; and Trustee 2014-2016 W. Vernon McHargue, Jr. Please note that both protocol and tradition require gentlemen to wear jacket and tie. Highland dress (daywear jacket and kilt) is encouraged but not required. Members are encouraged to bring guests. The Member Meeting is free and open to all members The cost for dinner is $65 per person. You may direct any questions and RSVP electronically or by telephone to Vice President Patrick Cummins at email@example.com or 703-250-2619.
George Mason Lecture: "Addressing the Haggis" - 7:00 PM, Monday, November 18
Professor Joy Fraser will be giving a lecture on Monday, November 18, as part of the Vision Lecture Series at George Mason University. Entitled “Addressing the Haggis: Culture and Contestation in the Making of Scotland’s National Dish,” her presentation is based on the research for her forthcoming book on this subject. The lecture will take place at the Center for the Arts on GMU’s Fairfax, VA campus, beginning at 7:00pm. Scottish Counselor Robin Naysmith will represent the Scottish Affairs Office of the British Embassy, which is sponsoring a reception immediately following the lecture. The event is free and no tickets or reservations are required. A good event to come kilted! For more information, see the George Mason Calendar of Events.
Kirkin' o' the Tartan - Anglican Church, Alexandria, November 30, 2013
St. Andrew and St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church is holding a Kirkin of the Tartan and Evening Prayer service on Saturday, November 30, at 7:30 PM. November 30 is St. Andrew’s Day. St. Andrew, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, is the Patron Saint of Scotland. The service will include a blessing of Scottish tartans, a bagpiper, and Scottish music. It will be followed by a reception with Scottish foods and beverages. The church is located at 402 E. Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA (1 block off Mount Vernon Avenue), 703-683-3343, www.standrewandstmargaret.org
Scottish American Military Society (SAMS) Holiday Party - 7:00 PM, Friday, Saturday 6, 2013
The Scottish-American Military Society (SAMS) will hold it annual holiday party at 1900 on Friday, 6 December 2013 at Medieval Madness, 1121 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 329-3075. The price is $50.16 per person. This includes the group and military discount, and covers your meal, two beers or one mead, entertainment, taxes, and gratuities. Wine and any additional beverages are extra. For reservations, please contact Medieval Madness directly at (703) 329-3075 and say you're with the Scottish-American Military Society (SAMS). Please notify Adjutant Paul Johnson that you will be attending: firstname.lastname@example.org. Spouses and guests are welcome. This is a very informal event and casual Post uniform is appropriate. Kilt is highly recommended but not required, but no jacket or tie (you'd be way overdressed!). Additional information with regard to location, parking, food, etc, can be found at the Medieval Madness Web site.
New Online Scottish Publication: Caledonian Mercury
The new online publication Caledonian Mercury started life on Burns’ Night 2010 with the task of providing an alternative to The Scotsman and The (Glasgow) Herald. Current readership is about 70,000, mostly in the UK. The publication will be covering many upcoming event such as the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the ‘Year of Homecoming’ across the whole country. It’s also the year when a referendum on Scottish Independence will be held.
Jefferson Cup Luncheon - First and Third Mondays
Gentlemen of the Society meet at the Pier Seven restaurant at 11:30 AM for a luncheon gathering on the first and third Mondays of every month. Luncheon begins at 12:10 PM and finishes in time for those who must leave to meet their needs or commitments. Cost of a mere $30.00 and includes three hours of parking so remain and take advantage of a benefit. The restaurant is located on the waterfront at 650 Water Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. For more information, please contact Jim Campbell at email@example.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. Please contact the Secretary for more information.