CEILIDH
cei·lidh' kālē/ noun
A social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.

That's the official definition. We just call it BIG TIME FUN!

Join us for an evening of music and food, dancing and blethering.

We'll be gathering at The Best Western in Bridgeport (the old Holiday Inn, beside Walgreens) to enjoy the sounds of Aurora Celtic and feast on salmon mousse, Shepherd's pie, rumbledethumps, sticky toffee cake, and my fave, Scotch Eggs! Coffee and tea will be provided and there will be a cash bar for those who wish to have a wee dram, or three. 

Wear your finest or your most comfortable, whatever you feel best in. You don't have to be a member to attend, and if you already are then bring a friend!

Social hour begins at 6pm, dinner is buffet style and is served at 7pm.
Aurora Celtic will be entertaining us throughout the evening. 
https://www.auroracelticmusic.com/

Cost is $25/person. Reservations must be made by Monday, April 30. 
Please send how many attending and payment to:
SHSNCWV
PO Box 1177
Bridgeport, WV 26330
For more information you may email ScottishHeritageWV@gmail or contact us through the Facebook page. 

May the best ye've ever seen
Be the worst ye'll ever see
May a moose ne'er leave yer girnal
Wi' a tear drap in his e'e
May ye aye keep hale an' he'rty
Till ye're auld eneuch tae dee
May ye aye be jist as happy
As we wish ye aye tae be
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 and we will be holding a Ceilidh on May 5 at the Best Western in Bridgeport. The Kirkin' of the Tartans will be held as usual at the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg on Sunday, May 6, 2018. We hope we'll see you at these gatherings!

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Each January we honor Scotland's favorite son, the Bard of Ayrshire, Robert Burns (1759-1796).

We celebrate the life and works of Rabbie Burns with the Address to the Haggis, a toast to the Lads and Lasses, and, of course, whiskey!

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

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AuthorBrandon Scully

We are hoping to expand our offerings each year as volunteers, venues and events come together. At the present time, we are offering mini events, the Robert Burns Supper, Tartan Day, Ceilidh, and a summer/fall get together. We also participate with the Kirkin' of the Tartans, held at the Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg, WV.

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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

Just one of the many fine performers/groups that participated in our festivals.

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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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