"We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation" -- Voltaire
Scottish at One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens - August 29, 2021
Cleveland and Akron's Scottish communities were well-represented at the 75th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. They marched in the Parade of Flags and attracted hundreds of visitors to their Cultural Garden.
Scottish Garden in the Parade of Flags at One World Day
Scottish groups had displays in the Scottish Garden for visitors to learn more.
Watch this special video showcasing favorite Scottish words as well as a translation of Robert Burns' poem, To a Mouse.
Fashions from Scotland at Cleveland multicultural party
A highlight of the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland was the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.
Alexander Murray, Bill Kennedy, Kate Walsh and Katie Gressock represented Scotland.
Kate Walsh is wearing the traditional Aboyne costume worn by Scottish Highland Dancers during competition. Katie Gressock is wearing a traditional Highland dancing costume.
The men are wearing Formal Evening Wear consisting of a black barathea "Price Charlie' style kilt jacket with matching waistcoat, (vest), low-cut and fastened with three Celtic buttons. White tuxedo shirt with shirt studs, French or barrel cuffs, Black bow tie. Ghillie brogues (tongue-less brogues with kilt hose (knee-length wool socks).
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Alex Murray and Bill Kennedy representing Scotland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.