A "Celebrate Sarasota" Event
Scottish groups and the Sarasota Sister City Association will highlight a
first-ever appearance in Sarasota of a Scottish Fiddle Orchestra – The
Strathspey Reel Society – Sunday, April 6, at the Sarasota High School
Auditorium on School Avenue -- a "CELEBRATE SARASOTA" 100th
The Strathspey Reel
Society, famous throughout Scotland for their fun-filled concerts, is
composed of 35 fiddlers, dancers, pipers and singers and features two
instruments not frequently heard these days – the accordion and the
Direct from Dunfermline,
the ancient capital of Scotland, to spotlight Sarasota’s 100th
Anniversary and our country’s National Tartan Day, April 6, the Society
will be in concert on two occasions that day:
2:00 p.m. Matinee for all
students, kindergarten through college, and members of Sarasota retirement
homes. The cost is $5.00 per person.
7:30 p.m. Evening
performance for the public, all members of Sarasota’s four Scottish
organization, and all members of the Sarasota Sister City Association. The
cost is $20.00 per person.
Tickets for the evening
performance are on sale at Scot’s Corner, all Davidson Drug Stores, the
British Open Pubs in Sarasota and Venice, Tastefully British, Inc., Old
Sod in Venice and McSwiggins Pub in Bradenton. Both student and public
tickets may also be purchased by contacting Don Osborne, 755-5052, or
College students may purchase tickets from Kimberly Modic,
While in Sarasota,
the Strathspey Reel Society will be conducting master classes in the
area’s high schools and junior high schools.
Tartan Day was created in
March, 1998, by proclamation of the United States Congress, "recognizing
the monumental achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish
Americans that have led to America’s pre-eminence in the fields of
science, technology, medicine, government, politics, economics,
architecture, literature, media and visual and performing arts."
April 6, 2003 will mark the
sixth anniversary of a Tartan Day event in the Sarasota
area. Scottish activity is keen in Sarasota because the area was first
settled by Scots from Glasgow in 1885. For the past four years, Tartan Day
events have been coordinated
by the four Scottish groups in the
greater Sarasota area – The Caledonian Club of Florida West, The St.
Andrew Society, The Daughters of Scotia and the Scottish Heritage Society.
The Sarasota Sister City
Association is also an important supporter of the Strathspey Reel
Society’s visit and will hold an opening reception for the orchestra on
April 3, at the home of Dr. Fred and Roberta Somach, who are members of
the Sarasota Sister City Association and The Caledonian Club of Florida
became Sarasota’s fifth sister city in signing ceremonies at the Van Wezel
Performing Arts Hall in October, 2002. Area arts patrons know that the
magnificent interior of the Asolo State Theatre is the reconstructed Opera
House from Dunfermline.
For event questions please
call Don Osborne, 755-5052 or email him at
For media questions, please call Bill Wallace, 378-0085 or email him at