Scottish American Heritage Month

Dear Fellow Scottish-American:
Attached is a computer file of a color poster intended to be used to celebrate Scottish-American Heritage Month, which is April, as well as Tartan Day (April 6). It is 11 by 17 inches in size and could be posted in libraries, work places, schools, etc. as you see fit. It does not advertise a specific event requiring attendance or include a particular contact person, but rather states several impressive facts for the reader to consider. So it can be used over and over, year after year.
Please help me and the many other Scottish-Americans throughout the United States who agree that we should keep our identity in front of the many other groups that make up the fabric of America. We have much to be proud of folks! Above all, PLEASE pass the file and this email content on to your friends, fellow clan members, Scottish societies, etc. This can be an amazing project if we all join in.
Following are some suggestions that I hope you will observe in using this poster:
  • The file is in PDF format and can be taken to your local printing service via a flash/thumb drive for printing, in that most of us do not have the 11 by 17 capacity on our home printers.
  • In order to look professional, it should be printed on glossy card stock. This will cost somewhere around two to three dollars for each copy printed. Don’t hesitate! It’s worth the price, even if you decide to print up several copies.
  • When you display this poster, be sure to get permission from the facility manager so we are not making a nuisance of ourselves, and making enemies in the process. Many people do offend the facility managers who don’t like being taken for granted and will simply take the poster down right after you put it up and sneak away.
  • You should plan on displaying the poster at the very end of March or during the very first week of April. If you want to display a second, smaller (8.5 by 11) flier alongside this larger poster advertising your local event, that would certainly add value.
  • When mounting the poster, please use four (not just one or two) staples (recommended), thumbtacks (preferred) or other products such as pushpins (not recommended since they are very easy for others to “borrow”).
  • The facility manager may ask you to take the poster down at the end of the month, or they will do it themselves. In the second case, the poster will probably be discarded. Oh well! It was money well-spent.
Thank you for helping with this project. If we don’t make the effort, who should?

Tartan Day Fundaiser April 6

The Killarney House Fundraising dinner we are holding is on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 5pm to 9pm.  Be sure to wear some Tartan because it is also Tartan Day in the U.S.A.  Remembering the Declaration of Arbroath, also April 6th.
Of course you are welcome to invite friends and family to join us for our dinner from the special menu; Many of us have not been able to settle on a favorite from the menu because each one is so tasty.  It includes 3 courses, and bread before. Beverages are not included in the price.
We’ll also be holding a raffle to win dinner for two at Killarney House. (You will need some cash for those tickets.)

2016 Burns Supper

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis will honor the life and legacy of Scotland’s most famous poet with its 39th annual “Burns Supper.” The event will take place at 6 pm at the Annapolis Elks Lodge No. 622, at 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD.

The evening will feature traditional Scottish cuisine, a silent auction, raffle, and entertainment including music and poetry that honors Burns’ legacy. In his short life (1759 – 1796), Burns wrote hundreds of poems, including the well-loved New Year’s favorite “Auld Lang Syne.”

The menu will include a choice of entree, green salad, twice-baked potatoes, vegetables, rolls and dessert. In true Scottish tradition, guests can also nosh on haggis and “neeps and tatties” (turnips and potatoes).

The “Immortal Memory“, a talk in honor of Burns’ poetry and life, will be delivered by James McPherson, Ridgely, MD. He is a long-time scholar of Burns’ work and a member of many Scottish groups. He has been invited to Scotland many times to give the Immortal Memory at Burns’ Suppers in that country.

Additional entertainment will include professional quality Highland dancing and The Devil and Dr. Hornbeck, a poem by Burns, delivered by local Burns’ scholars Rod Mc Caslin and C David Dent.

The cost is $49 for RBSA members and $59 for nonmembers. Dress is semi-formal or Highland formal. The wearing of kilts and tartan is encouraged, but not required.

For tickets or information contact Karolyn St. Clair at 410-721-7550 or or send a check payable to Robert Burns Society of Annapolis to :

Karolyn St. Clair, 1754 Swinburne Ave., Crofton, MD 21114.

Deadline for reservations is Monday, January 18, 2015.

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