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New York Caledonian Club Scottish Cultural Day

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 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."


More Information:

Email Dr. Chris Pratt at, call 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.

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