59th Festival of the Tartans and Highland Games
Come and celebrate with us!
13th - 17th July 2016
Held annually since 1958
The Festival of the Tartans is celebrated every year with a five day program that is sure to bring out the Scot in everyone, even those without Scottish roots! The Festival of the Tartans celebrates traditional Scottish culture brought to this area by Scottish immigrants more than 2 centuries ago. There are events for all ages including a Kilted Golf Tournament, Massed Pipe Bands, Piping & Drumming Competition, Highland Dancing Competitions, Scottish Heavy Weight Events, Clan Tents & Genealogy, Pipe Band performances and other outdoor entertainment. Also plan to attend the Tartan Tea at the Opening, the antique car show in downtown New Glasgow, a tour of the old Pioneer Cemetery and the popular fiddle Concert on Friday evening. Tap your toes and clap your hands to the live Celtic music, and experience the historic Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Ceremony at the closing.
Schedule See side bar for links to events
Wednesday 13th July
2pm Tartan Tea and Opening Remarks at Carmichael-Stewart House Museum, 86 Temperance Street, New Glasgow
Thursday 14th July
Kilted Golf Tournament - Glen Lovat Golf Club (see link on right sidebar)
Antique and Vintage Car Show and Street Party, with a BBQ and live entertainment with the Narrows Road Band. Provost Street, downtown New Glasgow 6 - 9pm
Friday 15th July
The old Pioneer Cemetery on the Pioneer Trail will be open to visitors (10am to 11.30am) - Stewart Street, New Glasgow
You might want to enjoy a BBQ chicken lunch at Carmichael Park, on the West Side next to the George Street Bridge. The Kinsmen Club are cooking all morning
Music on the Patio - New Glasgow Library - multi-instrumentalist Heather Cameron will play a mix of traditional and Celtic music on the library patio from 12 - 1pm http://www.heathercameron.ca/home.php
Glen Haven Manor Garden Party , Glen Haven Manor, East River Road, New Glasgow 2 - 4pm
Glasgow Square 7pm: Concert with the Caledonia Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and Highland Dancers
Saturday 16th July
The New Glasgow Highland Games: Highland Dancing Competitions (9am start), Piping Competitions (9am start) and award of the Sandy MacLean Memorial Trophy, Scottish Heavyweight Athletics (all day, starting at 10am), Pipe Band performances and Massed Pipe Bands (afternoon), Clan Tents, Genealogy Information (10am-4pm), Food and Drink, Beer Tent Noon-5pm), the Plaid Place will be onsite (the store for everything Scottish). Admission: Adults $7.00; Youth (12 and under) $3.00; Children under 6, no charge.
Sunday 17th July
The St Andrews Society of Pictou County presents the Kirking o' the Tartan (10am), which is followed by the closing reception at the Trinity United Church, Temperance Street, New Glasgow
Ciad Mile Faille- One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!
It is my pleasure on behalf of my colleagues on Town Council, CAO Lisa MacDonald and staff, and the great people of New Glasgow to welcome you to the 59th annual Festival of the Tartans. The Festival is one of our longest running events and is a celebration of the time honoured traditions of many of the town’s pioneers that we treasure. It is inspiring to see the competitors in the Highland Dancing, Piping, Drumming and Scottish Heavy events continue to learn and excell at these wonderful Scottish athletic and cultural activities. Congratulations to the dedicated volunteers of the Festival of the Tartans Committee and to their community partners and sponsors on hosting a festival filled with great spirit and many activities. A special welcome is extended to those visiting from afar and a warm invitation is sent to our community to take in many of the Festival of the Tartans events from the Tartan Tea to the Highland Games to the Concert at Glasgow Square to the Kilted Golf Tournament and much, much more. The Town of New Glasgow is proud to be a presenting sponsor of this signature hometown event and we look forward to a great festival.
Barrie E. MacMillan
Town of New Glasgow
Official Tartan _ Town of New Glasgow
click on picture (above) for view of plaque