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The concert is presented by The Ships of 1801 Society.
High on the mountain, neighbours are gathered for a wedding. The girls from Boston have come home. One with her Irish beau! Joe, who clings stubbornly to the Gaelic, and his razor-tongued wife, Maggie are back. The burdens of hard toil and family struggles slip there bounds as a wedding brings the family together for an evening of stories, songs, wit, humour and the occasional burst of sarcasm.
Many of the Ships of 1801’s original performers are returning to the stage and we also welcome a few new additions for this two- hour show, to be presented at the Schwartz auditorium on ST. FX campus, July 4th, 5th, and 8th. Doors open at 7 pm with show time at 7:30 pm. Admission is $25 adults and $10 youths under 10. Parking is available on campus and in St. Ninian’s parking lot.
Please note: There will be no Saturday evening concert in 2018.
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A Fond Kiss
Fare-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!
Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
Ae farewell, alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge
thee, Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage
Our 2018 ROBERT BURNS Day celebration was held at Piper’s Pub. We thank Brian MacDonald and Junior Fraser for organizing the music and playing. Brilliant step dancing was on display while the fiddle sizzled and piano pitched. Janice MacQuarrie’s Highland dancers did not disappoint. We wish them well as they travel to Scotland for the 2018 World Dancing competition. We would be remiss not to also highlight the many dancers who waited their opportunity for the Square Set. It can be said, “they gave ‘er” on the floor.
Did Duncan best Carol-Anne in the wee lads and wee lassies or was her last line, “a man’s a man for all that” extraordinarily timed? We’ll call it a draw and let it stay at that.
Peter MacKenzie did the haggis proud as he recited Burn’s Ode to A Haggis while encouraging all if ye wish her gratefu’ pray’r, Gie her a Haggis!
Peter began from memory and did not falter. Here is the famous opening:
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftan o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm
The evening featured Harley McCaull’s famous haggis recipe, the nips were to perfection, the tats spooned in the proper heap while the accompanying haggis left no one in doubt of its prized origin. Well done Harley! A thank you to Gerarda and Gerardine. They serve a proper portion and poured a clear and uncompromising dram. Glasses up to toast dear Robbie!
Robbie Burns night was held Thursday, January 25 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Our open invitation from the Antigonish Highland Society’s to come and celebrate Robbie Burns saw the pub filled with enthusiastic patrons. There was no charge at the door. All donations received were contributed to the dancers attending the World’s. The Antigonish Highland Society assured the door donations were topped up allow $500 was contributed to the dancers.
We thank everyone who came to celebrate and we’ll see you next year to celebrate!
The 2018 Am Baile Mòr Highland Tour provides a great opportunity to adventure through Antigonish’s culture and history. Traveling by the St. FX University bus, occupants will be able to explore multiple locations, with many stops featuring expert speakers.
For tickets ($30) please call Antigonish Highland Society (902) 863-4275
- Tuesday, July 3th, 2018
- 9:00 am start at the Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre
- Tour of the St. FX University campus
- Tour of the Town of Antigonish
- Knoydart, the memorial site of the Battle of Culloden Cairn
- Travel to Arisaig wharf and cemetery. Lunch with be in the hall with entertainment and highland dancers.
- Cape George lighthouse
- Travel along the bay area to Ballantyne’s Cove and the Tuna Interpretive Centre
- Cribbon’s wharf
- Antigonish Heritage Museum with speaker Jocelyn Gillis
New Information to be added in July, 2018
*DEADLINE: Friday, June 22nd, 2018
REGISTRATION: 2018 Vendor Application and Agreement
In 2018, the Antigonish Highland Games will celebrate the 155th anniversary of the first Games held in Antigonish. It will be a momentous showcase of Scottish culture.
The Games have been recognized as one of Nova Scotia Tourism’s Signature Festivals/Events, the Antigonish Highland Games has built a worldwide reputation based on authenticity, attention to detail, and hospitality. The 155th Games will be no exception.
The celebration starts Friday evening, July 6, 2018 and runs to Sunday, July 8, 2018 from Columbus Field on Main Street. Dance, drumming and piping competitions and the Scottish Heavy events including Farmers Walk, Caber Toss, weights and hammer throw, will be featured. There will also be a blend of flavoured Ceilidhs, Clan activities, and Concerts.
The Games attracts competitors and visitors from across the country and around the world. Traditional attendance at the field is approximately 12,000 spectators over three days.
On the field there are two designated areas for vendors; one for Food Vendors and the other for Merchandise. Both are located near the Clan tent/activities and close to the entrance of the field. We also invite Corporate, Local not-for-profits, Community organizations and artisans to participate.
As a way to promote Scottish culture, the Antigonish Highland Games is always interested in having vendors serving traditional Scottish food and offering products of a Scottish/Celtic nature. In an effort to have a sustainable event, the Games Committee asks that all Food Vendors must use only compostable plates when serving food.
Please complete the 2018 AHG Vendor Application and Agreement and enclose all proper documents and payments (payable to Antigonish Highland Society) required and mail to:
ATTN. Shaun Chisholm, Chair of Concessions
Antigonish Highland Society
20 east Main Street
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
*Drop-off location Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm ONLY.
Antigonish Highland Games event office
ATTN. Jordan Hull
20 east Main Street
DEADLINE: 4:00 pm, Friday, June 22nd, 2018.