New York Caledonian Club Scottish
Cultural Day Slated for October 19th, 2002
New York City, August 26th, 2002—The
New York Caledonian Club will hold a Scottish Cultural Day on Saturday,
October 19th, 2002, at the West Park Presbyterian Church on the
corner of West 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.
The day’s programs will include workshops on Highland bagpiping, Scottish
fiddling, Gaelic language, children’s Scottish storytelling, Scottish
country dancing, Gaelic singing and a lecture on Scotland and the 20th
century. A Celtic New Year/Halloween ceilidh will be held that evening
beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Noted instructors for the workshops
include Donald F. Lindsay, founder of the Invermark College of Piping,
Richard and Marion Hamilton (bagpiping), Alice Backer (fiddling and
songs), Thomas Leigh (Gaelic), Jack Cole and Ann Hankins (country
dancing), Maggie Carchie (Gaelic singing) and Susan Scatena (children’s
storytelling). The lecture will be given by Tom Laurenson.
A complete workshop schedule can be
found on the Club’s web site at www.nycaledonian.org. Workshop fees range
from $10 to $25, except for the children’s storytelling, which is free of
charge. Participants are requested to register before September 30th
either online or via post.
Admission to the ceilidh is $10 and
does not require pre-registration.
Commenting on the inaugural
event, Dr. Chris Pratt, Chief of the New York Caledonian Club said, "The
New York Caledonian Club is proud to host the Scottish Cultural Day as it
complements the rich curriculum of our Scottish Studies Program."
Email Dr. Chris Pratt at
212.662.1083, or visit
About the New York Caledonian Club
Founded in 1856 by newly arrived
Scottish immigrants, the New York Caledonian Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
charitable, educational and literary organization and is open to anyone
who has an interest in Scotland.
Annual events include Hogmanay
(Scottish New Year), the Robert Burns Supper, the Kirkin’ of the Tartans
and several ceilidhs. Through its Scottish Studies Program, the Club
offers courses in Scottish Gaelic, Highland dancing, and Highland
bagpiping each fall and spring.
The New York Caledonian Club is a
member of An Comunn Gaidhealach Ameireaga, the Conference of Patriotic and
Historical Societies, and the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations,
Inc. The Club has over 200 members in the tri-state area.