EVENTS

tartan-day-reception_2022.jpg

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.

Location: The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

 

Speakers to include new Scottish Gov't Counselor for the USA, Chris Thomson; US Representative Don Beyer, serving Virginia’s 8th congressional district; former Congressman Mike McIntyre, founding Co-Chairman, House Friends of Scotland Caucus; Andrew Morrison, Viscount Dunrossil, British Honorary Consul General, San Antonio, TX; Bob Currie, Chairman, Tartan Day on Ellis Island; and more.  Presentation of Annual Tartan Day Award by the Scottish Coalition, USA to Bob Currie.  Color Guard, flags and anthems.  Scottish entertainers--City of Alexandria Pipe band; Peter Walker, fiddler; Scottish country dancers. Refreshments:  beer, wine and soft drinks; light hors d'oeuvres; and desserts.  There will also be a Scotch tasting. Cost per person for the evening:  $20. RSVP and payment in advance required (PayPal, check, or credit card).  No tickets will be sold at the door, and no cash will be taken at the door.

tartan-day-symposium_2022.jpg

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 3:00 - 7:00 PM.  

 

Themes:  Scotland's "Year of Stories"; the 200th Anniversary of King George IV's visit to Edinburgh, which kicked off the "highland revival"; and the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, who orchestrated the King's 1822 visit. Event to be held remotely, via Zoom.  

 

There will be brief Tartan Day greetings from Scottish heritage groups across the USA, as well as a video clip of a BBC TV interview by Fiona Armstrong with the Duke of Buccleuch, Chief of Clan Scott, at his ancestral home of Bowhill, about the enduring legacy of Sir Walter Scott. Our Symposium Keynote speaker: Noted Sir Walter Scott scholar, Prof. Caroline McCracken-Fleisher, University of Wyoming.

 

Other speakers include Giles Ingram, Abbotsford, and Phil Long, National Trust for Scotland, USA.  The program also includes a panel discussion: Officers of the Clan Scott Society and the Clan Gregor Society will discuss the importance of the King's 1822 visit and the close, cordial relations that came out of it between Sir Walter Scott, who orchestrated it, and the then MacGregor Chief – bonds which have continued to this day between their respective clan societies.  Tickets for the symposium are $20 Registration and payment is required in advance (via PayPal).  Note that email addresses must be provided at the time of payment.  The Zoom link will then be sent to registrants by follow-up email.