Detroit Scots’ Cultural Life

 St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Annual Highland Games

Nessie MacMonster and Friends

Since 1849, The St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit has been hosting the longest continuous Scottish Highland Games in North America.  Our games are always held the first Saturday in August, with a traditional Ceilidh on Friday evening, followed by a full day of Scottish activities and entertainment on Saturday.

Our 170th Highland Games will be held at Historic Greenmead in Livonia, on Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3, 2019.

 St. Andrew’s Day Tartan Ball

St. Andrew’s is the Patron Saint of Scotland and the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit annually holds a Tartan Ball to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day.  We dress up in our finest and have a wonderful evening of dining, dancing, and entertainment.

2018 Scottish North American Leadership Conference

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 Robert Burns Night

Burns Night Header 2019
Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth

A spectacular evening celebrating the life and times of Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, was held at the Kilgour Scottish Centre on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Well over a hundred well dressed and kilted folks enjoyed an evening of poetry, stories, vocal music, bagpipes, folk music, jokes, and comradery.

Elliot MacFarlane

Guests were greeted by a warm welcome along with a special beverage.  Each table setting included three wee-drams of special, aged Scotches: a 12-year-old Mortlach, a 13-year-old Craigellachie, and a 16-year-old Aberfeldy!

And food!  Scotch eggs with a special slaw and spicy mustard, scones, haggis, salmon, breaded cod, as well as bangers and mash, along with an incredible chocolate pudding/brownie!

Our fabulous bard, Elliot MacFarlane, hosted the event with a plethora of information about Robert Burns, humor, and facts about Scotland.  A special feature of the night was learning how much we didn’t know about Scottish Cattle!

One of the evening’s highlights was the unveiling of the fully restored Robert Hopkin’s painting of Robert Burns. This treasure was saved from the St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit. Bob Giles, among others, has been the champion of this project, working with Chuck Forbes to fund, restore, and deliver this historic piece of art history. This immense painting has finally found a home and a place for people to appreciate it.

Great time had by all!

Tartan Day Ceilidh

 

Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6th, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.  It originated in Canada in the mid-1980s.  It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s.

Our last Tartan Day Ceilidh was Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Kilgour Scottish Centre with special guests CrossBow!

Lenten Friday Fish Fry Dinners

Try our Beer-battered cod (fried or baked) along with French Fries, and coleslaw. Tea and coffee are also provided.

These popular dinners are open to the public beginning at 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm on Fridays during Lent.

Genealogy Seminars

Our most recent Genealogy event was held at the Kilgour Scottish Centre on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  This seminar was lead by Mr. Derek J. Blount, who has been researching his family tree for over 30 years. His genealogy research can now trace his family back before the Norman Conquest (1066 A.D.). He has extensive experience with a multitude of ancestry sites and historical websites and has traveled extensively around the U.S., Canada, and England in search of ancestors. He lectures regionally and nationally on various genealogical topics. He is also a researcher for the Burton Historical Collection in Detroit.

 Scottish Whisky Tastings

Two or three times a year, our Single Maltarian, Certified Whisky Ambassador and Bard of the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, Elliot MacFarlane, will host a Whisky Tasting at the Kilgour Scottish Centre.

Our last tasting was held at the Kilgour Scottish Centre on Saturday, May 11, 2019.