Jan 25 Burns Dinner
Feb 22 Whisky Tasting
Apr 5 Tartan Day
May 2-4 Bridgeport Scottish Festival
Jun 8 Family Picnic
Sep 6 Edinboro Highland Games
Sep 19-20 Ligonier Highland Games
TBA Kilted Klassic Golf Outing
TBA Fall Ceilidh
Nov 21-22 Balmoral Classic
TBA St. Andrew's Dinner
Dec TBA Scottish Christmas Vespers Service
On January 21st 2012, The St. Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh celebrated 20 years of Burns Dinners. This year we will be celebrating the day after Burns Night.
The Society was formed at the end of 1991 - and its first official event was a Burns Dinner in 1992 - one day away from twenty years ago. Founding members joined with new members and guests.
The Society preserves and promotes Scottish heritage and traditions in the Greater Pittsburgh area, by celebrating such things as an annual dinner in honor of our national bard - and by sponsoring and supporting Scottish heritage and traditions throughout the year. A list if sixteen events was given out for 2012.
President Paul Thompson welcomed members and guests to the Burns Night dinner at Rockefellers in Findlay Township.
Having procured the haggis, we asked Rockefellers if they would provide a chef to bring in the "great chieftain o' the puddin' race". One chef was particularly excited at the opportunity. Ben Haiges is a Scot whose family name comes from the dish in question. He switched shifts to make sure he'd be available to carry in the haggis - which he'd tasted before it was served - announcing it was excellent - though we understand the rest of the kitchen staff were happy to take his word for it!
The haggis was piped in by Ryan Stephenson, followed by sword bearer Lynn Daniels and quaich bearer Jim Beattie. Dale McLeod gave a great address to the haggis.
One of the delights in our events is welcoming new members, and this dinner was no different. We welcomed Arthur McAra and his wife Hetty, and David Eichelberger, pictured here, as well as Marjorie Kohlar and Bruce Douglas Jamison, who were unable to be present.
Paul Thompson gave the Immortal Memory, using a slideshow of Burns country from a recent visit to Scotland. The toast tae the lassies was given by Rev. Richard Pollard, one of our founding members who organized that first Burns Night twenty years ago. His wife Susan gave the response on behalf of the lassies.
Guests were able to visit the raffle table - run by Barbara and Stan Foster - before the evening was turned over to our entertainment. The Celtic Spirit Highland Dancers and Pipers presented a great selection of Highland, National and Character dances, with a pipe selection by Thomas Soergel.
Guests worked off some of the dinner with ceilidh dancing led by Paul Thompson.
And the evening finished with Auld Lang Syne, led by piper Ryan Stephenson.
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If you'd like to join us for an relaxing evening of fine whiskies, live music and good company, contact Jim or Carol Logan at 412 822 7778
Join us for a Celtic Connections concert
featuring Pittsburgh’s River City Brass
with Pipes and Drums of The Balmoral
School of Bagpiping and Drumming
RCB Director James Gourlay will connect Celtic music to Bluegrass. Come and hear the River City Brass at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre.
The Celtic Connections concert starts at 7:30 on Saturday March 2nd.
Join us for dinner at the nearby Supper Club - we'll be eating around 5:15.
The Supper Club has a wide range of reasonably priced menu options.
Discount tickets for the concert are $20
To sign up, contact Paul Thompson at 724-468-5800
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St. Patrick's Day Parade - 16th March 2013
St. Andrew’s Society contact for this event is Jim Campbell.
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A wonderful FREE celebration of our Scottish heritage - all are welcome - come and join us as we enjoy Scottish food, music, dance and just gather to blether!
Last year Tartan Day was celebrated at the same location as 2011 - the former Reizenstein school. The event opened at 11:00 a.m. and closed at 4:00 p.m. This year the event will be at Bethel Presbyterian Church. After many years of putting this event together, Carole Harland is stepping down as director. The same team is already planning the Tartan Day Celebration - remember the date - April 6th 2013. The event will start at 10.00 a.m. and run until 5.00 p.m.
Early in April, we celebrated our heritage and remembered the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, when Scotland declared its right to be independent. April 6th has been designated Tartan Day by the Congress of the United States.
From 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, visitors enjoy bagpipers, dancers, folk singers and story-tellers. There are workshops in Tartans, Gaelic Language, Celtic Symbols, Scottish names and their meanings, and Scottish fiddling.
On stage, we hope to be entertained by the Carnegie-Mellon University Pipe Band.
Each year this event raises money for scholarships to help young people studying the Scottish arts. Here are a few of the faces of Tartan Day 2011.
Tartan Day 2012 pictures are shown elsewhere.
For more information, call Karen Besanceney at 724 668-0092.
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“Unity in Diversity” is the Pittsburgh Folk Festival motto. The idea of “e pluribus unum” is embodied in one of the oldest folk festivals in the country.
More than twenty nationalities take part, with display booths, ethnic foods and stage performances. One of our members has been involved with this celebration of ethnic heritage since its inception. Scotland was one of the founding nationalities and always has one of the more spectacular shows.
This year, the Folk Festival will be at the Soldiers and Sailors Hall from April 19th and April 20th. Scotland will provide a display booth, with activites and guides to meet and greet, as well as the food booth with Scottish baked goods. St. Andrew’s Society contacts for this event were Ken Stiles and Sarahjean Thompson.
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The Family Picnic will take place at the Monroeville Community Park. It is always well-attended, and a great time is enjoyed by all. Members of the Welsh Society are invited to join us. The St. Andrew’s Society coordinator is Dolly Campbell. Many thanks to Jim and Dolly.
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Last year's Kilted Klassic Golf Outing was held on June 23rd at Lindenwood. The event included 18 holes of golf with cart, snack at the turn, dinner, great prizes (including a new Lexus, round-trip air tickets, and many skill prizes). Several members donned their kilts and enjoyed a day of fun as we strove to master the game Scotland gave to the world.
Kilted Klassic Golf Outing details Sponsor Form
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Foxburg Scottish Festival - 17th August 2013
This event will take place at RiverStone Farm in Foxburg PA. We are thinking about making it a nice weekend, with a ceilidh on Friday 17th August - and maybe a golf outing at the oldest golf course in continuous use in US (with a delightful old clubhouse), and then the Games on Saturday. We're looking into local hotels to get a group rate. Details to follow. The St. Andrew's Society coordinator for this event is Ken Stiles. Return to Top
This event will take place on the Edinboro University campus. There will be pipe bands, Highland dancing, clans and vendors. For more information, contact Lyn Orr. Return to Top
Ligonier Highland Games will take place at Idlewild Park in Ligonier, as usual. But this year we will have a different date. Because the Park wants to stay open for two more weeks, the Games are being pushed back to September 22nd. The St. Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh will have a tent, and we'll also be staffing the Genealogy tent, and selling the Ligonier Highland Games souvenir T-shirts.
St. Andrew’s Society contact for this event is Ken Stiles.
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This annual event, which is sponsored by the St. Andrew's Society, features the US Junior Solo Piping and Drumming Championship, and culminates with an evening concert which this year features Breabach, an acclaimed young folk band from Scotland, with two outstanding bagpipers who join flute, fiddle, guitar and vocals. For more information, contact www.BalmoralClassic.org
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This is our last Society meeting of the year, where we approve any by-law changes and elect officers for the coming year. This year, the dinner meeting will be held at Peter's Place in Bridgeville. We plan to have a piper, and Nancy Brumfeld will give a report on her recent trip to Scotland.
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We plan to celebrate Christmas this year with a Scottish Christmas service followed by a lunch for those who want to celebrate the season. A piper will welcome people to the kirk, which could be anywhere in Scotland - but it's right here to the south west of Pittsburgh. Old St. Luke's is one of the oldest churches west of the Allegheny Mountains. It was founded in 1790 and its graveyard holds the remains of many Revolutionary War soldiers. Prominent in the congregation over two hundred years ago were General George Washington's Inspector of Revenue, the aide-de-camp to the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Quartermaster of the Revolutionary Army.
The service was such a success in 2011, we're planning to have another this year.
The Society contact for this event is Paul Thompson.
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