Mary, Queen of Scots
Freedom. After 18 years of being held
prisoner by Queen Elizabeth, her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots breathes fresh air. Believing herself to be the true heir to the throne, Mary has been imprisoned first for plotting against her cousin, and ultimately for attempting to murder her. This day of freedom turns to condemnation as these empowered women have a momentous meeting.
October 18, 20 & 22, 2019
All performances are at the
Stevens Center of the UNCSA, 405 4th St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. Persons named to
The Order become North Carolina “Ambassadors” and our long time member, Bill Caudill, was bestowed this honor in October at the Scotland County Highland Games.
The Kirkin O' the Tartans will be helds on September 15th at the Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines. There are 20 banners to be hoisted and help from othside Southern Pines is needed. Several members from the Raleigh area usually come and Julius McPhaul travels from Morganton. Those participating should be at teh Kirk by 10:30 for the 11:10 service. Peter McArthur will be piping and Michael Houw on the organ.
There will be a junchion following for participants. Please contact Don McLeod if you can support this St. Andrew's Society function.
St Andrew was celebrated in Scotland as early as 800AD and after Scottish Independence with the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 he was officially made Patron Saint of Scotland.
How did a Galilean fisherman become the patron saint of Scotland?
Andrew and his brother Simon Peter were the first of the Apostles. Andrew later became the first Arch Bishop of Greece where he was crucified by the Romans. It has been said that he chose a diagonal cross as he was not worthy to die on the same cross as Jesus.
Legend has two stories about Scotland and Andrew.
A Greek Monk by the name of St. Regulus or St Rule had a vision to take St. Andrew relics to the “ends of the earth” and he ended up on the coast of Fife at what is now the city of St Andrews. During the Scottish Reformation the pilgrimage site was destroyed, but in 1879 the Arch Bishop of Amifa where Andrew’s remains had been moved gave a shoulder blade to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh and Pope Paul VI gave more relics in 1969.
The other legend is of Angus Mac Fergus, King of the Picts, before a battle with the Angles in 832AD, had a vision of St. Andrew and during the battle clouds formed a diagonal cross which inspired the Picts to victory. The Cross of St Andrew became the badge of the Picts.
Gentlemen, charge your glasses and be upstanding: I give you the St. Andrew's Society.
The 11th Annual Scotland County Highland Games will be held over the weekend of October 4-6, 2019. There are several events going on in conjunction with the Games which will be held on Saturday.
Patron and Sponsor packages are still available, but in order to be listed in the program, all Sponsor and Patron packages must be submitted by this Friday (September 6). Our program deadline is eminent! To submit a sponsor or patron package application please visit: http://www.carolina-highlandgames.com/registration_forms.html The sponsor's package includes
Many members have taken advantage of the great WHISKY TASTING offered as part of the weekend. This years event will be held at the Kingfisher Society Resort just outside Laurel Hill. There are still spaces available but they will go fast. To register please go to:
On Friday night there is a piping concert featuring the top THREE American players - all of who have taken significant prizes in Scotland both this summer as well as over the past four years. That concert is at the St. Andrews University Avinger Auditorium at 8 p.m. Friday night (following the Sponsors and Patrons Reception). Featured will be pipers Nick Hudson, Derek Midgley, and Dan Lyden.
The Games of course are on Saturday - with all of the activities normally involved with that. The St. Andrews Society of NC has already reserved a tent. Special workshops and jam sessions will be held at the Currie Cultural Village for fiddlers and harpists as well as other acoustic musicians who wish to bring their instruments - as well as workshops and participatory activities in Scottish Gaelic.
On Saturday night following the Games will be the presentation of "HIGHLAND ECHOES - THE SHOW" by Jenniifer Licko and her band and dancers. This is a "new" show from the one which some may have seen last Fall with new music, dances, and performers. The concert will be held at the Scotland High School Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased online (for reserved seats) or at the door for general seating. For further information, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/highland-echoes-at-the-scotland-county-highland-games-tickets-63931944166
And on Sunday - the Kirkin of the Tartans service held at Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. FOLLOWING LUNCH SERVED BY THE CONGREGATION - there will be a SPECIAL Gaelic -English Presentation of excerpts from the "Sermon Delivered at Raft Swamp" by the Rev. Dougald Crawford. This will be the first time that this has ever been heard in 228 years and the first time EVER that parts will also be presented in English. We invite anyone interested to stay for this special event!