Join us for the 158th Highland Games!
The Ships of 1801 Society Presents “A Keppoch Election”
Tickets are now available for A KEPPOCH ELECTION. This highly anticipated performance will keep you laughing following the antics of the community as the party lines are drawn. Due to popular demand, we have added a show in Mabou and in Pictou. The first will take...
A Successful 157th Antigonish Highland Games
We want to thank everyone who came out to the 157th Antigonish Highland Games. We had a successful weekend with large crowds, great entertainment and beautiful weather! We want to thank our many sponsors who played an important role in helping us have the Games, our...
Gaelic Awareness Month Events
May is Gaelic Awareness Month in Nova Scotia (Mios nan Gaidheal) which is a time to celebrate and create awareness of the history, language and culture. The Antigonish Highland Society is a community organization that serves past and future generations of Gaidheals....
Tartan Day Recap Video
The Antigonish Highland Society hosted a Tartan Day Ceilidh at Candid Brewing Company last week to celebrate Tartan Day which is April 6th of each year! This videos captures clips of the performances and features many talented, local musicians, singers, storytellers...
Our Story: Presented by AHS & The Ships of 1801 society
Our Story explores the forces that created the immigrant Gael, and how these determined Highlanders established themselves in northeastern Nova Scotia. Language, the culture and the music that nurtured and sustained them as well as the religious, political and...
Happy Tartan Day from the Antigonish Highland Society
Fun Fact: Tartan Day originated in Nova Scotia, Canada, with a proposal from the Federation of Scottish Clans. As a result of a push by the Clans & Scottish Societies of Canada, the Ontario Legislature passed a resolution proclaiming April 6th as Tartan Day. To...
The Antigonish Highland Society was founded in 1861, about 75 years after the Gaels first began arriving on nearby shores. At its first meeting, the new Society elected Dr. Alexander MacDonald as its president and approved the Society’s objectives of perpetuating the language, music and traditions of the Highland Scot and assisting their fellow Gaels in times of need. The Society celebrated St. Andrew’s Day that year and two years later held its first Highland Games on Apple Tree Island in the east end of town. Since then, the Society has sponsored more than 150 Highland Games while supporting the Gaelic language, piping and drumming, Highland dancing, fiddle music and step-dancing, athletics and the Ancient Scottish Heavy Events. It has kept alive or created numerous traditions and events that help to define the character of Antigonish town and county.
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