Saint Andrew Society of Carolina      

2018  Calendar of
Scottish Heritage Festivals/Celebrations

Revised 03/16/2018

 
  Members Please Note: Saint Andrew Society Meetings and Socials are Highlighted in RED!
   
January 1 "First Footin' " at Rural Hill
  Everyone invited. Come and enjoy beginning the New Year with an old  Scottish tradition and learn about Rural Hill.
  What is a First Footin' ???
 
    Following the Protestant Reformation in Scotland in the latter half of the sixteenth century, it was considered irreverent to celebrate dates of religious importance. Thus, merriment and celebrations were reserved for Hogmanay (pronounced Hog-muh-nay,) this important part of the year combined both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with a celebration of good will and good fortune. The use of the term “first footin’,” according to legend, is as follows:

Fortune would smile on the household if the first person to set foot in the doorway on the New Year was a young man; presumably tall, handsome, healthy, dark haired, dark eyed, and bearing gifts (such as a lump of coal for the fire.) Today it does no harm if the first footer carries a bottle of his best and favorite beverage to offer his host a drink and a toast, stating “Lang may your lum reek.” This traditional Scottish salutation wishes its recipient long life and prosperity. It literally means “long may your chimney smoke.”

Several towns throughout the hillsides of Scotland continue an age old annual ritual of walking the town limits to restate or reclaim the boundaries of the township.

These traditions have been adopted as part of the Rural Hill Hogmanay (Scottish New Year) celebration, known simply as “First Footin’”. Traditionally, the fulfillments of Hogmanay’s rituals and folklore have assured good crops, good health, and good fortune in the coming year.

  Check out this event at http://www.ruralhill.net/FirstFootin.asp
 
   
Jan 20 Burns Dinner, Rural Hill (3 course meal, Silent Auction, Presentation of the Haggis)
   
Feb 1  Thurs Business Luncheon - Red Rocks Cafe  11:45 AM - 4223-8 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Members Only)
   
Feb 24 Argentine Dinner, Rural Hill
   
March 14 Philip Diaz Bagpipe Presentation
   
April 6 National Tartan Day - a celebration of Scottish heritage on 6 April, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.
      Wear something tartan to celebrate our Scottish heritage !
   
Apr 21 & 22 Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games
      4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
      (704) 875-3113  
      http://www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net/ 
   
May 11 & 12 North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival - Rural Hill
   
May
Kirkin' o' the Tartans at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church
  Gus Succop, the pastor of the Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church (and of the Fraser Clan) has advised that in May, they are having their annual Kirkin' of the Tartans service.
  The Session and he kindly extends to our membership their invitation to attend and requests that we please come in highland dress.
It would be good to have as many of our members as possible attend this service.
 
These websites:
may assist with some information about the Kirkin' of the Tartan Tradition. 
   
May Savannah Scottish Games
  Bethesda Home for Boys Campus
Savannah GA
Savannah.Scottish.Games@gmail.com
   
April 27 Business Luncheon - Red Rocks Cafe  11:45 AM - 4223-8 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Members Only)
   
To be Scheduled Saint Andrew Social at Maurice and Janice McIntosh's home - begins at 3:00 PM. Casual attire.
  5021 Shady Meadow lane, Denver, NC 28037 (Click Here for Map of Location)
   
May Bethabara Highland Games
  2147 Bethabara Rd.
Winston-Salem NC
(336) 924-8191
   
May Smoky Mountain Highland Games
  Maryville College
  Maryville TN
  (865) 267-7250
  http://www.smokymountaingames.org/
   
May The Greater Greenville (SC) Scottish Games and Highland Festival/Gallabrae Games/Scottish Country Dance Ball
   -are being held at Furman University.
Debra Smith-Jones and her family are conveners of these games and has invited us all to "Come on down!!".
Debra is a proud native of Hendersonville, NC and of the Clan Macpherson
(http://www.clan-macpherson.org/us)
   
Jun  TBD Business Luncheon - Red Rocks Cafe  11:45 AM - 4223-8 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Members Only)
   
June Clover Scottish Games and Scotch-Irish Festival  
  Clover Memorial Stadium
  Clover SC
  (803) 222-3312
   
June Western NC Celtic Festival
  Asheville Outdoor Center (new venue)
  Asheville NC
  (828) 280-3355
   
June Ohio Scottish Games
  Lorain County Fairgrounds
  Wellington OH
  (440) 942-6362
   
July 12-15 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
  MacRae Meadows
  Linville, NC
  (828) 733-1333
   http://www.ghhg.org/
   
Sept
Charleston SC Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
 
Boone Hall Plantation
Mt. Pleasant SC
(843) 552-2563
   
Sept Ligonier Highland Games
  Idlewild Park, Ligonier PA
  (814) 931-4714
   
Aug  TBD Business Luncheon - Red Rocks Cafe  11:45 AM - 4223-8 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Members Only)
   
Oct Scotland County Highland Games
  John Blue Historical Complex
  Laurinburg NC
  (910) 224-1577
   
Oct Stone Mountain Highland Games
  Stone Mountain Park Meadow
  Stone Mountain, GA
  (770) 521-0228
  http://www.smhg.org/
   
Oct Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games
  Richmond Raceway Complex
  Richmond Virginia
  (804) 355-4943
  http://www.vacelticfestival.org/
   
Nov  TBD Business Luncheon - Red Rocks Cafe  11:45 AM - 4223-8 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Members Only)
   
Thursday
Nov  29
Saint Andrew's Day Gala Dinner
Charlotte Country Club  -  Formal Scottish Dress
   
  Additional events will be added when schedules become available.

Past Activities
 

The St. Andrew Society of Carolina has supported the Scottish Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain, Loch Norman and Waxhaw.  Funds have been provided to encourage individual excellence in piping, Scottish Highland Dancing and children’s activities.  Funds have also been provided to the Scottish Book Collection at Queens University and to charities in memory of either members or their widows. 

Meetings, Socials and Saint Andrew Day Banquet
The Society holds business meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina, for members, several times a year.  Social gatherings are also held several times a year.  The principal activity is the celebration of Saint Andrew Day on November 30, with a formal (full Scottish dress) banquet and speaker.  At this celebration and other social gatherings, members, spouses and guests are encouraged to wear kilts or tartans which indicate their particular attachment to a Scottish family.  The organization’s officers are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Modified on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:18 AM