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Apr 3 14

For Auld Lang Syne – Images of Scottish Australia – An Art Gallery of Ballarat (Victoria) Exhibition

by Glenda Dickson

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Apr 3 14

Saturday 3rd May 2014 – Scottish Societies and Clans of Victoria Highland Ball – Coburg

by Glenda Dickson

The Scottish Societies and Clans of Victoria 62nd Annual Ball will be held on Saturday, 3rd May 2014 at the Coburg Town Hall.

Tickets are priced at $60 per person ($15 for children) and include a three course dinner.

Entertainment includes:

Highland Pipe Band  * Highland Dancing Display  *  Scottish Country Dancing * Old Time Dancing to the ‘Hat Band’

Please click on the following link for further details:

Scottish Societies and Clans of Victoria Highland Ball

 

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Mar 2 14

Campaign to raise funds for a teacher of Scottish Gaelic at Sydney University

by Glenda Dickson
Sydney University has made the decision to begin teaching Scottish Gaelic in 2014, however there is currently no funding for a teacher of Scottish Gaelic.

Comunn Gaidhlig Astrailia (Scottish Gaelic Association) is supporting a campaign to raise a part- time lecturer.

Your tax deductible donation to this charitable fundraising registered fund would be most appreciated.

Please click on the following link to download a copy of the Donation Form
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Feb 28 14

Protected: MacFarlane’s Lantern – (March 2014 and Back Issues Available in Members Area)

by Glenda Dickson

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Feb 16 14

Scottish Australian Heritage Council

by Glenda Dickson

Would you like information on the following subjects and more?

The Australia Tartan

The Scottish Australian Flag

The Legend of the Saltire

Wearing a Tartan Sash

The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section of the Scottish Australian Heritage Council website can provide all the answers.

www.scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au

 

 

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Feb 16 14

Scottish Country Dancing in Australia

by Glenda Dickson

Scottish country dancing is a great way to get fit, make new friends and have some fun!

Scottish country dancing is very social, with groups of couples facing each other in lines or squares.  Some dances are more energetic than others. Quick-time jigs and reels  involve a light skipping step, where the dancers move through a series of figures or patterns, whilst the Strathspey is a slow reel which uses an elegant style of step. 

In Australia, Scottish country dance groups often perform at Highland gatherings or other Scottish events. Classes are usually held in school or church halls, but smaller groups might just get together at private homes to practice.   Visitors are welcome to all classes.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society  can put you in touch with groups around Australia that hold Scottish country dance classes.  For more information on the origins of Scottish country dancing as well as details of each group, its activities and how to make contact, visit their website www.rscds.org.au 

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Feb 5 14

SCOTS ON THE SWAMP – Harewood Open Day, Koo Wee Rup (Victoria) 16 Feb 2014

by Glenda Dickson

To quote the words of John McCready, Secretary of the City of Casey Pipe Band:

This is one outing that you may not have heard of, but it has been happening for about the last five years or so. It mainly came about to raise funds for the Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service (which it still does) but it is now an annual event which the local Scots look forward to.

The Harewood Open Day at Koo Wee Rup  will be held from 10am to 3pm on 16th February. There will be a Shetland Pony Exhibition and Show, Scottish music and dancing, traditional heritage craft and highland cattle.

And of course,  the City of Casey Pipe Band will be putting in several short appearances from 12pm to 3pm.

Full details can be found by clicking on the link below.

Harewood – Scots on the Swamp

If you want to contact the City of Casey Pipe Band here is the link:  caseyconnect.net.au/caseypipeband-contact/

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Feb 2 14

SCOTS DAY OUT 2014 – Bendigo (Victoria) 8th February 2014

by Glenda Dickson

An initiative of the Golden City Pipe Band, the Scots Day Out 2014 (a free event) kicks off at 10.30am on Saturday, 8th February with a parade of bands, dancers and Clans down View Street from Capital Theatre to Rosalind Park.

From 11am at Rosalind Park there will be Scottish folk music, highland dancing, pipe band competitions, Scottish country dancing, Scottish storytelling, Scottish food and beverage competitions, Braveheart facepainting, Scottish stalls, Clan displays, Swordcraft and The Glen Lachlann Estate College of Arms displays and shows.

The Tastes:  Haggis, Venison, Whisky, IRN-BRU, Shortbread

The Crafts:  Traditional Scottish pottery, kilts and tartans, hand-knitted Scottish berets, Celtic jewellery and more

The finale at 4.30pm includes massed bands and highland dancers, followed by solo drumming competitions in the Rotunda at 5.15pm

For further information visit:  www.scotsdayout.com

 

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Feb 2 14

Mount Barker Highland Gathering (South Australia) – 16 February 2014

by Glenda Dickson

The oval at the Mount Barker Showgrounds will be a continuous hub of activity from 10am as the 53rd Mount Barker Highland Gathering gets underway on 16th February, 2014. There’ll be Pipe Bands, Scottish Highland and Country Dancers, Strongman displays, stalls, Clan tents, community activities and a whole lot of fun for all the family!

Less than half an hour’s drive from Adelaide this community event encompasses the best of Celtic dance, music and sport with a magnificent display of massed pipes and drums leading the grand Parade at the opening and closing ceremonies.

For further information please visit: http://gathering.mtbarkerscots.org

Please note the site has a weather warning, no doubt due to the very hot weather conditions experienced recently:  ”If the forecast for the Gathering, from radio ABC 891 at 6:55 on the Wednesday before, is for 38 degrees or more, then the Gathering will be cancelled, to ensure we meet our duty of care to all concerned. Please contact us for details if you are unsure.”

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Feb 2 14

Geelong Highland Gathering (Victoria) 2nd March 2014

by Glenda Dickson

The Geelong Highland Gathering will be held this year at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus on Sunday, 2nd March.

This event is a free-to-public day. For further information please visit:

http://www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au

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