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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 - Fall 2013: Volume 6, Issue 4 of The Whin & Thistle newsletter is now available.
St. Andrew's Night at the Army & Navy Club - 7:00 PM, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Please join us on Thursday, February 27 for a wee dram at the prestigious Army & Navy Club on Farragut Square. We'll be gathering in the Daiquiri Lounge at seven o'clock for drinks, jokes and war stories. Please wear a necktie and jacket (or Highland day wear) and bring enough cash to cover your bar tab. Credit cards will not be accepted. (Please note: Some of our brothers have been stiffed on bar tabs at these events in the past. Please pay for your drinks and any drinks consumed by your guest before you leave the club.) The Army & Navy Club is located at 901 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington D.C., a stone's throw from the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations. Bring along a prospective member!
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.
Stay tuned for the details of events surrounding National Tartan Day on April 6! The National Capital Tartan Committee, Inc., has announced that it is planning its annual Symposium and Friends of Scotland Congressional Caucus Reception in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The Committee is also planning an all-day National Tartan Day Festival on Saturday, April 5, at Waterfront Park in Old Town Alexandria. If you'd like to assist, please contact the Committee or become a member.
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.
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.
Highland Broadsword Workshop - 2:30 PM, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Society Member Jonathan MacKenzie Gordon has announced that he is conducting HIghland Broadsword Workshop at the Virginia Academy of Fencing on Saturday, March 8, from 2:30 to 4:30. No prior fencing experience is required. He encourages you to see how our forefathers fought with the broadsword, dirk, targe, and claymore! For more information, contact Jonathan MacKenzie Gordon via Facebook or visit Facebook page Highland Broadsword Workshop with Coach Jonathan
Living Legacy of Scotland: Tudor Place of Georgetown - 6:30 PM, Saturday, March 15, 2014
You are invited to attend the Living Legend of Scotland's annual dinner at 6:30 PM on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The event will include a whisky tasting and a lecture on “Tudor Place: All About One of the Great Historic Houses of Georgetown and Its Owners, the Peter Family - Scottish Merchants Who Helped Found Georgetown.” The event will be at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 Eye Street, NW Washington, DC 20006. The price is $60.00 per person. For more information and for reservations, please contact John King Bellassai, Secretary, The Living Legacy of Scotland, Inc. , 4007 Garrison Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016. Telephone: (202) 258-4876 (Cell). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for RSVPs and payment is Thursday, March 12, 2014.
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Congratulate Member Scott Stephens on his wedding this past Saturday to Jennifer Pugh at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Old Town Alexandria. The ceremony was officiated by Society Assistant Chaplain Rev. Geoff McLean. The newlyweds were saluted by the St. Andrew's Society Color Guard and were led by candlelight to Gadsby's Tavern by Member and St. Andrew's Society Pipe Major Matt Kuldell.
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.