We might not be having a festival this year but we are having the CEILIDH! What is a Ceilidh, you ask? It's a PARTY! We'll have music, food, cash bar, old friends, new friends, and most of all...FUN!!!

This year we've brought back Festival favorites, IONA, to entertain us for the evening! We've moved our party to the Brickside Bar & Grille in Bridgeport where we'll have our own private room. We're serving up some great Scottish fare such as Shepherd's Pie, Rumbledethumps, Salmon Mousse, Sticky Toffee Cake, and fan favorite Scotch Eggs. Coffee and tea will be available for all and for those who like a wee dram, the bar will be operating for the evening. 

Cost is $25/person. Reservations must be made my Tuesday, May 2. Credit cards are accepted.

For tickets and information you may email ScottishHeritageWV@gmail or call 304-933-4052. 

The Ceilidh was made possible through a grant from the Barbara Brennan Highland Performing Arts Fund.

We hope to see all of you there! Slainte'!

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AuthorKathryn Johnston

Thank you to everyone who has shown interest and had questions about this years event. Unfortunately, we won't be holding our festival this year. There are many reasons why; manpower, lack of sponsors, lowering of available grants, etc. However, we do have small gatherings scheduled. We had a gathering for Tartan Day at Meagher's Pub in Bridgeport on April 6 and we will be holding a Ceilidh on May 6 at Brickside Pub in Bridgeport. The Kirkin' of the Tartans will be held as usual at the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg on Sunday, May 7, 2017. We hope we'll see you at these gatherings!

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AuthorKathryn Johnston

It's that time again! Time to honor Scotland's favorite son, the Bard of Ayrshire, Robert Burns (1759-1796).

We will be celebrating the life and works of Rabbie Burns with the Address to the Haggis, a toast to the Lads and Lasses, and, of course, whisky!

Our 2017 Dinner will again be at Via Veneto in Bridgeport on Saturday, January 21. It begins with a social half hour at 5:30 pm followed by dinner and activities at 6pm.

The Dinner is open to all, you do not have to be a member of the Society to attend. 

We are very lucky to have U.S National Scottish Fiddle Champion Seán Heely performing for us this year! He will be presenting original music from 18th century Scotland used by Burns in many of his works.

Cost is $40 per person. Our menu will include Scottish delicacies and your choice of Collops of Beef or Chicken in a Leek & Cream Sauce. We will also have a taste of that illusive wee beastie, the Haggis!

RSVP by January 14 • Tickets $40 ea.
Checks payable to Scottish Heritage Society of NCWV


Mail Reservations w/payment & meal choice to:
SHSNCWV, P.O. Box 1177, Bridgeport, WV 26330
Inquiries: 2017burns@gmail.com

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AuthorBrandon Scully

THE FESTIVAL, CEILIDH, AND CONCERT HAVE BEEN CANCELLED!
The site of the festival is being swamped with water and we are unable to access the fields. The entertainment and other things involved in the Ceilidh and Concert we're all dependent on the Games. The church service will be on Sunday as scheduled.
We are so very sorry for any inconvenience.

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We are proud to announce Clan Ramsay as the 2016 Honored Clan of this year's festival in Bridgeport, WV on May 6-8th.

The ancient family of Ramsay is of Anglo-Norman origin. Simundus de Ramesia was the first of the name to appear on record in Scotland. Originally from Huntingdonshire in England, he received lands in Lothian from David I and in 1140 witnessed a charter to the monks at Holyrood. He was founder of the main line and the first Ramsay to acquire land at Dalwolsey.

Sir William Ramsay de Dalwolsey, signed the Ragman Roll in 1296, and joined the forces of Sir Robert Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. He signed the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 asserting the independence of Scotland to the Pope.

In 1400, Sir Alexander of Dalhousie successfully withheld a six month siege by English forces under Henry IV at Dalhousie Castle. Sir Alexander was killed two years later at Hamildon Hill and his great, great grandson, Alexander was killed at Floddenin 1513. In August 1618, the family received Royal recognition when Sir George Ramsay was created a Lord of Parliament by the title of Lord Ramsay of Melrose, which he later had changed to Lord Ramsay of Dalhousie. Sir George's son, William, was created Earl of Dalhousie and Lord Ramsay of Keringtoun in June 1633. The earldom of Dalhousie was passed on to another George, 2nd Earl, then William, 3rd Earl, and to George, 4th Earl.

 

Until the turn of the 20th Century, Dalhousie Castle served as the home of the Earls of Dalhousie. The original structure was built in the 13th century and the main parts of the present baronial mansion were constructed in 1450. Edward I spent a night at Dalhousie before going on the defeat William Wallace at Falkirk. Oliver Cromwell spent some time at the castle in October 1648. Queen Victoria once stayed at Dalhousie Castle. The Ramsays have reason to be proud of their historic eight hundred year old clan seat. For only the Ramsays of Dalhousie may boast about possession of the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.

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AuthorBrandon Scully

Can't wait to see these folks live at our festival in May!  We'll see you there too!


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Come celebrate Tartan Day at Meagher's Pub in Bridgeport on Monday, April 6 from 6-9pm!

Entertainment by Emerald Hills. Guest MC Davey Morrison. 

With your tartan, you get a free appetizer. 
With your kilt, you get the admiration of all the lasses. ;)

Tartan Day was observed on April 6, 1997 for the first time in U.S. history. The date of April 6 commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which asserted Scotland's sovereignty over English territorial claims, and which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence.
It is a day that will be observed so long as there are Scots who care about their heritage.

"...for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."

Sponsored by the Scottish Heritage Society of North Central West Virginia.

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We are pleased to announce that "IONA": America's pan-Celtic band will be joining us again these year! We are looking forward to another great time with them and all of our musical guests! 

IONA has been at the forefront of the Celtic Music revival since the band’s inception in 1986.  IONA has evolved over the past 20 years into what is probably the most comprehensive pan Celtic band in the world.  IONA’s mission: to present the rich musical elements of all the
Celtic cultures -- Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Manx, Cornish, Breton, Asturian and Galician, blending them into a tapestry that resolves in the New World, as evidenced in Appalachian, Cape Breton and Cajun cultures.

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