Saint Andrew Society of Carolina      

2020  Calendar of
Scottish Heritage Festivals/Celebrations

Revised 01/05/2021

  Members Please Note: Saint Andrew Society Meetings and Socials are Highlighted in RED!

Very Important! Due to Covid-19 pandemic, dates of all events below are indicated by the month they are normally held or by the initials TBD (To Be Determined). Currently, essentially all events are either placed on hold or cancelled due to health concerns and restrictions regarding large gatherings and difficulties with social distancing. When conditions improve and events are rescheduled, their dates will be posted as soon as possible.
TBD "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.

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Jan 21 2021 Business Meeting --Virtual using Zoom  Watch your email. An "Invite Link" will be sent.  Important! Please make arrangements to attend.
Jan Burns Dinner, Rural Hill (3 course meal, Silent Auction, Presentation of the Haggis)
TBD Argentine Dinner, Rural Hill
March Philip Diaz Bagpipe Presentation
April 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 !
April Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games
      4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
      (704) 875-3113 
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
TBD Business Meeting -
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
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
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
TBD Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
  MacRae Meadows
  Linville, NC
  (828) 733-1333
TBD If Covid crisis is over!  Business Luncheon - Red Rocks Cafe  11:45 AM - 4223-8 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Members Only)
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
TBD If Covid crisis is over! 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
Oct Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games
  Richmond Raceway Complex
  Richmond Virginia
  (804) 355-4943
Around Dec 1st  IF COVID CRISIS IS OVER !  Saint Andrew's Day Gala Dinner
Charlotte Country Club  -  6 PM  -  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.

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