57th Festival of the Tartans and Highland Games
Come and celebrate with us! 16th - 20th July 2014
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, a Gaelic Language talk/workshop, and the popular "Kitchen Party" Variety Concert. Tap your toes and clap your hands to the live Celtic music and experience the historic Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Ceremony at the closing.
Wednesday 16th July
2pm: Opening Ceremony and Tea at Carmichael-Stewart House on Temperance Street
7.30pm: Gaelic Language Workshop and Talk at St Andrews Presbyterian Church (the Kirk), Mountain Road/George Street/Temperance Street intersection
Thursday 17th July
8am Tee-off: Kilted Golf Tournament, Glen Lovat Golf Club, Fraser's Mountain
1.30-3pm: High-Crest Place Ceilidh, High-Crest Place, Jury Street/Provost Street
6pm: Antique Car Show and Narrows Road Band, Provost Street
Friday 18th July
Noon - 1pm: Music on the Patio, New Glasgow Library, Dalhousie/Archimedes Streets with fiddler Shelby MacDonald
2pm: Glen Haven Manor Garden Party, 739 East River Road
7pm: Tartan Teardown Variety Concert, Glasgow Square theatre, downtown New Glasgow
Saturday 19th July (Highland Games at the Tartan Field)
8.30am: Highland Dancing Competitions (all day)
9am: Piping & Drumming Competitions (all morning)
10am: Heavyweight Events (all day)
1pm: Welcomes and awards with Massed Pipe Bands
2pm: Pipe Bands (performances during the afternoon)
10am: Genealogy and Clan Tents (until approx 4pm)
Food Vendors and Beer Tent (11am - 8pm) - Fiddle Music by Fleur Mainville to round out the afternoon
8pm: Concert at the Celtic Circle - Quartette with Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford and Gwen Swick
Sunday 20th July
11am: Kirkin' o' the Tartan, Kirk Church - Reception and closing to follow.
Welcome to the Festival from the President of the Festival of the Tartans Committee
As President of the Festival of the Tartans and Highland Games, I would like to welcome you to this year's Festival. The volunteer committee has worked hard to ensure New Glasgow is the place to be this summer to celebrate Scottish Heritage and Culture. Crowd favorites include the Kilted Golf Tournament, Highland Dancing, Heavyweight Demonstrations, and of course the Pipes and Drums. Gaelic Workshops, concerts, a garden party, car show and the long running Kirkin o' the Tartans round out the jam packed 5 days.
I look forward to meeting many of you in person at the 57th Annual Festival of the Tartans.
Sincerely, Tyler Cameron, President of the Festival of the Tartans Committee
Welcome to the |Festival from the Mayor of New Glasgow
On behalf of my colleagues on Town Council and the wonderful people of New Glasgow, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our town and to the 57th annual Festival of the Tartans. The Festival is a cherished and respected event in our region and is also the longest running festival in New Glasgow. It is inspiring to see the Festival of the Tartans continue to celebrate and preserve the music, dance, songs, athletics and other customs that are such a treasured part of our Scottish roots. Many of the town's pioneers and founders were of Scottish descent and today you will still find many Scottish names in our community such as MacDonald, Grant, Chisholm, Campbell, MacKay, MacPherson, MacKinnon, MacGillivray, Munro, MacGregor, Fraser and many, many more. Today's New Glasgow has a rich multi-cultural mosaic but the Scottish time honoured traditions of our town continue to be celebrated and preserved. The uplifting skirl of the pipes, the stirring swirl of the kilt and the lilting movements of the talented Highland dancers as well as the amazing strength of our Scottish Heavy Weight competitors continue to rouse the inner Scot in many of us.
On a personal note, my wife Carolyn and I look forward to seeing neighbours and friends throughout the festival and also to welcoming many visitors. Congratulation to the Festival's Board of Directors and the many volunteers for presenting yet another successful event for all to enjoy.
Sincerely, Barrie E. MacMillan
Mayor, Town of New Glasgow
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