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"We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation" -- Voltaire

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2017

Robert Burns anniversary celebration

Shano (Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio) hosted the 258th Robert Burns Anniversary Dinner & Dance at the American Croatian Lodge in Eastlake on January 21, 2017. Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.

at Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio Robert Burns dinner

Dressed for the occasion

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2015

The Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride

The Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride demonstrated Celtic foods at the Ohio Celtic Festival at Classic Park in Eastlake, home to the Lake County Captains.

Most people think of Celtic people as those living in Scotland and Ireland, but the Celts also hail from Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany in France, Galicia in Spain and Asturias.

Watch as the Celtic Caterer explains Celtic food, spices and cooking.

Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride

Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride


Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride


2014

Geauga Highlanders Pipes & Drums

4th Annual Downtown Ashtabula Multi-Cultural Festival - July 26, 2014

The Band's purpose is to preserve and promote an interest in Gaelic heritage, culture, and music. To provide an education to band members in the Gaelic music theory and skills required for highland bagpiping and highland drumming.

They marched and then performed at the 4th Annual Downtown Ashtabula Multi-Cultural Festival.

Geauga Highlanders Pipes & Drums marched in the 4th Annual Downtown Ashtabula Multi-Cultural Festival Parade

Geauga Highlanders Pipes & Drums


More from the Geauga Highlanders Pipes & Drums in Ashtabula


2014 Ohio Scottish Games

The Ohio Scottish Games are held at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington on the 4th Saturday every June. Established in 1977, this long standing event is presented by the members of the Scottish American Cultural Society of Ohio, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their proud Scottish heritage and ancestry.

Competitions include Highland Dance, Pipes and Drums, Caber Toss, and Fiddle.

Caber Toss competition at the annual Ohio Scottish Highland Games in Wellington Ohio

Caber Toss competition


Photos and videos from the 2014 Ohio Scottish Games


Margaret Callander in Hall of Fame

Margaret Callander was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on Monday May 12, 2014. The sold out (520 people and a waiting list) dinner ceremony was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center. Margaret was inducted by Kona Gant.


Kona Gant and Margaret Callander

Kona Gant and Margaret Callander

Photos/Video of Margaret in the Cleveland International Hall of Fame


2013

Robert Burns anniversary celebration
Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio
January 19, 2013

Dancing at Annual Robert Burns Dinner in Cleveland 2013



2012

Kirkin' o' the Tartan
Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio
November 11, 2012

Jean Duncan with Duncan and Grant Tartan, Karen MacDonald with MacDonald tartan. Elizabeth DeFrancesco, Carmichael tartan

Jean Duncan with Duncan and Grant tartan,
Karen MacDonald with MacDonald tartan
and Elizabeth DeFrancesco with Carmichael tartan



Scott Duncan - Bagpipes
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
Ohio's Celtic and International Festival
Labor Day weekend, 2012

Scott Duncan not only performed but told the origin of bagpipes and answered questions such as 'Why do Scottish dancers hold their hands like that?" and "How are Scottish bagpipes different from Irish bagpipes?"

Scott Duncan, Chief of the Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio (SHANO)

Scott Duncan,
Chief of the Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio (SHANO)





Jenny May Caronchi - Highland Dances
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
Ohio's Celtic and International Festival
Labor Day weekend, 2012

Jenny May Caronchi of the Jenny May School of Highland Dance performed several dances including a Scottish Highland Sword Dance and a Scottish Highland Fling Dance.

Jenny May Caronchi

Jenny May Caronchi




The 253rd anniversary celebration of the life of Robert Burns
3 pages of photos and video from the January 21, 2012. The event was put on by the Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio (SHANO).

Tony Sumodi with Margaret and Jim Frsot at the Robert Burns dinner

Tony Sumodi with Margaret and Jim Frost at the Robert Burns dinner


2011

2011 Ohio Scottish Games
Wellington, Ohio June 24, 2011

McFarlane Company Living History Troupe Scotsman

McFarlane Company Living History Troupe


Clans at the 2011 Scottish Games

Clan Campbell

Clan Campbell


Caber Toss at the 2011 Scottish Games


2010

Cleveland Kiltie Band performers

Pipers Mike Slater and Jesse Tucker and drummer Chris Kingsbury of the Cleveland Kiltie Band kicked off the 2010 International Folk Festival.





Later in the Folk Festival program was a Touch of Tartan Scottish Highland dance performed by the Heather Belles, an award-winning contemporary Scottish Highland dance troupe from the Jenny May School of Highland Dance.

Touch of Tartan Scottish Highland dance performed by the Heather Belles, an award-winning contemporary Scottish Highland dance troupe from the Jenny May School of Highland Dance


See photos and videos of the Scottish Highland dance performances


2009

The Black Bear Caledonia Pipe Band performed at the 2009 Oktoberfest in Cleveland. Black Bear Caledonia Pipe Band proudly wears the Holyrood tartan. The Holyrood tartan represents the district of Holyrood in Scotland, home to the royal palace and ruined abbey adjacent to King's Park in Edinburgh.


2008 and before

3rd Annual Celtic Beltane Festival
May 2007

2nd Annual Celtic Beltane Festival
May 2006


Scottish girls dancing

Organizations and Resources for Scotts in Cleveland

Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio (SHANO).

Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio (SHANO) banner

The Scottish American Society

The Scottish American Society is a group of people interested in the culture and history of Scotland and her people. We are open to participation by individuals and families of all ages. Our gatherings are held at various places. We meet the 2nd Sunday of the month at the Akron Public Library, meeting room level. 3:00 in the afternoon - Sept., Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., March, and May.

The Ohio Scottish Games


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Business, Education and Employment Information

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Cleveland Scottish Feedback and Memories

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Scottish History and Culture


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A History of the Kirkin' o' the Tartan
by Tony Sumodi on behalf of SHANO (Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio)


Scottish Toast

May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye'll ivver see.
May the moose ne'er lea' yer girnal WI the tear-drap in its ee.
May ye aye keep hail an hertie till ye'r auld eneuch tae dee.
May ye aye juist be sae happie as A wuss ye aye tae be.

translation:

May the best you have ever seen be the worst you will ever see.
May the mouse never leave your grain store with a tear drop in its eye.
May you always stay whole and hearty until you are old enough to die.
May you still be as happy as I always wish you to be.



Auld Lang Syne by Scottish poet Robert Burns
Original and Translated words and music


Painting of Robert Burns

Painting of Robert Burns at SHANO event


Robert Burns, National Poet of Scotland

Flower of Scotland lyrics (Unofficial National Anthem)

Ode to A Haggis


Map of Scotland


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Profiles of Scots in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Tony Sumodi - Mischievous youth becomes iconoclast engineer

Tony and Ron Sumodi at the 250th Robert Burns Banquet

Tony and Ron Sumodi at the 250th Robert Burns Banquet




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please let us know.
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Margaret Frost
Margaret Frost

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