50 Years of Cultural Education
If you are Scottish, of Scottish descent, or you just like kilts and
bagpipes, you are invited to join The Scottish Society of Dallas. We
generally meet on the third Sunday of the month, September through
May. The June meeting is on the fourth Sunday, because Fathers Day is
the third. The November meeting is frequently held on the second
Sunday, due to the timing of the Thanksgiving holiday. Check the
meeting schedule page to be sure and/or feel free to
send email to the webmaster for
further information. There are no meetings in July or August -- it's an
excellent time to travel to Scotland!
is Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 2pm.
The June meeting will be our annual "end of the year" (end of our
"meeting year," that is) potluck. As is our practice, the Society will
provide the meat and drinks. We will once again cook burgers and dogs
over a grill for all to enjoy. Please RSVP by calling member Myra Ballantyne
[ 972.279.9684 ] or by clicking any of the
links in the website. Please do so by Sunday, June 16, and let us know how many folks
will be in your party. (We want to make sure that we have enough
burgers and dogs to go around.)
Bring the kids or grandkids, a side dish or dessert and come hungry!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and we'll see you in September, ready to kick-off
another year filled with monthly meetings, festivals and special activities!
Oct. 5, we'll set up our "tent" at the
Plano International Festival
and the weekend
of Nov. 9-10, we'll be at the
Gathering of the Clans and Highland Games
down in Salado. The annual
St. Andrew's Dinner & Dance
will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Doubletree Hotel, Campbell &
Central Expressway (US75) in Richardson.
History and Purpose
Now in our 50th year of operation, The Scottish
Society of Dallas was organized at the
Salado Gathering of the Clans,
Salado, TX in the fall of 1963. The original name was "Scottish
Clans of North Texas, in Dallas, Texas". The organizers were Jean
Luch, Bill Bell, Bill McRight, and others. Early meetings were held at
Luby's Cafeteria at Preston Center until being moved to the
Garland Women's Activities Building
where we meet today. Over the years the Society has supported the Dallas
Highland Games held at Samuel Park, the International Bazaar at Dallas
City Hall, the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games in Arlington,
and the State Fair of Texas.
The purpose of the Society is to share and further Scottish culture.
To that end, the Society sponsors two major events annually: a
Tartan Day Ceilidh
(like: kay-lee) in late March or early April, which is
free to the public, and a
St. Andrew's Dinner & Dance in late November.
activities involve participation in the North Texas Irish Fest
at Fair Park (March), the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland
Games in Arlington (May), the Plano International Fest (October) and
finally the Gathering of
the Clans and Highland Games in Salado (November). Join us this year as
we celebrate our 50th birthday at the Salado event!
Society members also
represent Scotland and share information about our nation's Scottish heritage
at cultural fairs and celebrations held throughout the Dallas metro area. If
you'd like us to participate in your next cultural event, send us an
and let us know what you have planned.
Next Society Event:
Join us on Saturday, November 23, 2013, for an evening of music,
dancing and fun. Click on the link above for specific detials.
- Thank You! -
The Society would like to thank all those who helped make this
year's Tartan Day Ceilidh a success! (7-Apr-2013) In particular:
The North Texas Caledonian Pipes & Drums,
Dallas Highland Dancers
and members of the Army JROTC unit from Woodrow Wilson HS.
Lastly, a big thank you is due to all of the Society members
who helped out behind the scenes. You all know who you are,
and we thank you! We look forward to seeing everyone again
in 2014. (Specific date to be determined.)
Members of the North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums, performing
for guests at the Society's 2013, Tartan Day Ceilidh on Sunday
afternoon, April 7th. (Photo by Lampton)
Dressed in white, members of the Dallas Highland Dancers prepare to
perform a more traditional Scottish dance for guests at the Society's
2013, Tartan Day Ceilidh. (Photo by Lampton)
The Society would like to once again thank
Walkers Shortbread for their steadfast support of our
Tartan Day Ceilidh. (Something they have been doing since at least
2006.) Please keep them in mind the next time you shop for shortbread.