Tartan Day April 6th

April 5th, 2011

I didn’t realize this is a rather recent ‘official’ day for the United States.  National Tartan Day legislation started in 1987 with continued resolutions being passed through 2005.  Tartan Day is a day to celebrate Scottish Heritage.   April 6, 1320 was the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed.   Canada, U.S.A., Scotland, and Argentina celebrate on April 6.  Not all countries celebrate Scottish heritage on the same date.  Australia and New Zealand celebrate on July 1, to acknowledge the Repeal Proclamation of 1782.  Very interesting how the Scottish people spread to so many lands and contributed to each of those societies.  So for Tartan Day, wear your tartan and be proud of your Scottish heritage.  It’s a day to recognize that association throughout the United States and other countries!  There is lots of information about Tartan Day available on the internet.  Just google – Tartan Day.


March 22nd, 2011

As we get ready to march in the parade for the Church Hill Irish Festival, I was thinking about why we have parades. We have them to celebrate, honor, remember, or just draw attention. They are fun. Color and music are two things that come to mind. How about Scottish parades? The Tartan Day parade in New York, The Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk, and opening ceremonies for Highland Games are some Scottish parades. What is your favorite parade?

Books Set in Scotland

March 15th, 2011

Hello Fellow Readers!

I just finished the stack of M.C. Beaton books that I purchased at the Burns’ Night Dinner Silent Auction. I love the Hamish MacBeth series. I actually have seen pretty much all of the T.V. shows based on those books. We even went to Plockton when we were in Scotland because that’s where the T.V. series was shot. I didn’t get all the books in the series so now I need to make a list of the missing books and find them! It’s so much fun to read a book that mentions real places that you’ve actually visited. As for the other two books that featured Agatha Raisin, I just can’t get into those. The character really annoys me. Anyone else read this series? It’s in the Cotswolds, so maybe that’s why I don’t like it as much. However, I don’t think the setting is the problem. It’s really the character. I just don’t like her. What do you think? Do I see myself in this character?

Anyone have any favorite books set in Scotland? I’ve read most of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Pub Night at Cap Ale

October 27th, 2010
Cap Ale Logo

11/11/2010 Pub Night Cap Ale

As Scots we love to gather, talk, sing, and occasionally imbibe. What could be better than a pub night out with your fellow Scots? How about a pub night that helps raise money for your Scottish Society of Richmond.

The Scottish Society of Richmond has partnered with Capital Ale House to help raise money for the Society. Capital Ale House has a wonderful program to help 501c3 Charity’s such as ours called Community Chest Night and for the month of November the Scottish Society is a featured group. So here is how it works: Any Thursday night in the month of November. (That would be the 4th, 11th, 18th, and even Thanksgiving Day the 25th) if you take the flyer that you can download here bring it with you, to any of Capital Ales three locations (Innsbrook, Downtown, and Midlothian), present it to your wait staff. With that magical flyer the Society will earn 25% of the meal (excluding alcohol) back as a donation. It’s that easy invite your friends eat drink and be merry all the while knowing you are helping the Scottish Society at the same time.

OK that’s great and everything but get to the pub night already. Thursday night November 11th the Society will be meeting at the Innsbrook Cap Ale to gather and bring a touch of the Alba magic to the building. Make sure you print out your form and bring it with you. If you are coming please email Doug Elder at vicepresident@richmondscots.org so we can get a count and try to all sit together. This should be a fun evening out and again if you can’t make it the 11th there are three other opportunities for you to help the Society out. Spread the word, email the flyer, send the link to this article or the link to Cap Ales site so people can download the flyer. Get the word out and lets have fun and help the Society at the same time.

Welcome to the Scottish Society of Richmond

October 10th, 2009

On behalf of the President, all the Board Members, and current Society members I’d like to welcome you to the Scottish Society of Richmond’s website. If you are here hopefully that means you have an interest in all things Scottish. This site is hopefully a portal into staying connected and learning about the goings on of the Scottish Community in Richmond and surrounding areas. If it’s events, genealogy, fellowship, or just where to find a good haggis hopefully this site and the Society it’s self will help you connect and interact with what ever you are interested in. We hope that after looking at the site you’ll want to become a member and if you already are a member that you’ll find tools to help keep you connected and involved. Enjoy browsing the site and please come join us at any of the monthly meetings or any events listed above. We’re here waiting to help you connect with the vibrant Celtic Community that is flourishing in Richmond. Thank you and enjoy.