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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.
St. Andrew's Night at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon - 7:00 PM, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Please join the members of the Society at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 17th, for a Wee Dram at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC, in Adams Morgan. The Saloon has one of the largest (if not THE largest) selection of Scottish Single Malt Whiskies in the metro area. As always, kilts are encouraged!
The annual National Kirkin' o' the Tartans will be held at Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.) at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 27, 2014. This tradition has spread from humble origins as a 1941 fundraiser for British war relief to the point where Kirkin’ services are now celebrated throughout the U.S. and Canada. The event begins with Members of the Society march into the Cathedral, led by the Society's own Color Guard and Pipes & Drums. Upon conclusion of the remarks by the Society Chaplain, the entire massed Pipes & Drums march to the High Altar with Society Members for the "Blessing of the Tartans." All attendees are invited to watch an open air performance of the Pipes, Drums, and Dancers of the Society on the south side of the Cathedral immediately after the service. The service is free of charge, although contributions to the offertory are welcome.
No R.S.V.P. is necessary but guests should plan on arriving early to secure seating for this popular worship service. Reserved seating in the National Cathedral is available for this service in reserved areas. Reservations are free to all Members and Guests and they may be obtained, preferably via e-mail, or by phone, from the Society’s Sergeant-at-Arms and Kirkin' Chairman David S. McKenzie. For seating , please e-mail the Chairman at e-mail address: email@example.com. Your message should be titled simply Kirkin2014. For more information, see the 2014 Kirkin' Information sheet or contact Chairman David McKenzie.
After the Kirkin o’ the Tartans, the National Capital Tartan Day Committee and the St. Andrew’s Society invite you to a cocktail reception at the Cathedral School for Girls from 5:30pm to 7:00pm for a suggested donation in advance. For more information, please contact Mr. John Bellassai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Tartan Day Festival - 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, April 5, 2014
The National Capital Tartan Day Committee, Inc., presents an all-day open-air National Tartan Day Festival in Waterfront Park in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The event is free of charge and open to the general public. Held in past years in Market Square in front of City Hall, the new venue between Prince and King Streets on the river is larger and will allow for an all-day festival! Come visit and enjoy the Clan society tents, vendor stalls of Scottish-themed merchandse, bagpipers, Scottish fiddlers, Highland dancers and other entertainers. For more information, see DCTartanDay.org.
National Tartan Day Genealogy Seminar - 2:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The National Capital Tartan Day Committee, Inc., and the St. Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C., presents a lecture and discussion on Scottish genealogy. The speakers will be Graeme McKenzie, Highland Roots, Inverness, Scotland; Dr. Bruce Durie, Fellow, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland; and Keith MacGregor, Council Member & U.S. Representative, Clan Gregor Society, Danbury, CT. You may choose between two sessions: 2:00 P.M at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax City, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia, or 8:00 P.M. at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church (Church Parlor) , 3400 Lowell Street, Washington, D.C. Advance reservations is required and the guest list will be at the door. Fee: $25 Per Person. For more information, call John King Bellassai, Event Chairman, at (202) 258-4876 (Cell Phone)
Download RSVP for Genealogy Seminar in Virginia at 2:00 P.M.
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National Tartan Day Symposium and Reception - 10:00 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. Wednesday, April 7, 2014
The National Capital Tartan Day Committee, Inc., presents the a Symposium and Reception at the Capitol Visitors' Center at the U.S. Capitol Building,
A New Approach for Higher Education in Scotland, with Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive, City of Glasgow College
Homecoming 2014 in Scotland, with the Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish, Former First Mionister of Scotland; Dr. Mike Cantlay, Chairman, VisitScotland; Camilla Hellman, Executive Director, American Scottish Foundation; and Mike King, Falkirk Council, Scotland.
Ancestral Tourism in Scotland, Natalle Summers, Ancestral Marketing Manager, VisitScotland; Keith MacGregor, Council Member for North America, Clan Gregor Society; Susan McIntosh, Esq., President Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA)
Bannockburn and Beyond, Natalie Summers., Natalle Summers, Ancestral Marketing Manager, VisitScotland; Chalres Allen, Clanranaid Trust; Andrew Morrison, Viscount Dunrossil, Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs; Graeme MacKenzie, Association of HIghland Clans; and Alan Bain, Chairman Emeritus, American Scottish Foundation.
Friends of Scotland Congressional Caucus Reception, by invitation only.Suggested donation prior to the the event is $30.
Download RSVP for National Tartan Day Reception.
For more information, see the DC Tartan Day Web site.
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.
St. Andrew's Society Color Guard to be Featured at Fort Ticonderoga’s Seventh Annual Scots Day
The St. Andrew's Society Color Guard has been confirmed to participate in Fort Ticonderoga’s Seventh Annual Scots Day on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Our own Guard will lead the procession from the Fort to the Memorial Cairn on the Carillon Battlefield at 11:00 AM. The Guard will be followed by pipes and drums, members of the recreated 42nd Highland Regiment, representatives of each of the clans participating in the day, and the general public. Other Societies will include the St. Andrew’s Society of the Adirondacks, St. Andrew’s Society of Albany, and St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont and about a dozen clan societies. For more information, visit Fort Ticonderoga’s Seventh Annual Scots Day. If you would like to attend and assist our Color Guard members, please contact Ken Young.
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.
The Locals' Guide to Glasgow Now Available
The Locals' Guide to Glasgow features insider information from people passionate about the city they live in and is presented in a rich visual style to connect with the heart as well as the head. Throughout the guide, 'local legends' are interviewed -- from well known personalities such as television presenter Kirtsy Wark, Scottish Swimmer Robbie Renwick and comedian Limmy to lesser known legends including subway driver Janice Duffy, museum attendant Harry Creig and curry bloggers Trampy and the Tramp. They each give their own unique insights as to why Glasgow is special. In addition there are tips on places to stay, eat, drink, shop and party. Special chapters like Romantic Glasgow, Off the Beaten Attractions and Cold Comforts combine to make the guide unlike anything else out there and the perfect gift for local and distant explorers. For more information, see the The Locals' Guide to Glasgow Facebook page or purchase the book here.
Archeology Scotland Adds Bute and Islay to Digital Heritage Tours
Archeology Scotland is a national charity, helping people from all walks of life to get more involved with archaeology through learning, promotion and support for Scotland's unique historic environment. The organization now offers online membership access to the Archaeology Scotland magazine as well as the "Discovery and Excavation in Scotland" (DES), sites and most recent reports. Over the past couple of years, Archeology has helped local communities in Bute and Islay re-tell the stories of their local heritage using digital means. This is now available at Homeland Argyll and Bute.
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, March 4, 2014. Please contact the Secretary for more information.