The members of the St. Andrew's Society of Williamsburg present and participate in a variety of events during the year. These activities allow the members and friends to gather together as a community and celebrate Scottish heritage and promote Scottish culture. The following narratives provide general information on frequent St. Andrew’s Society events and activities. Although the actual dates for a particular year may vary, the descriptions explain the usual events that occur during that period.
April / May
The year begins with Burns Night, a gala celebration of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, with members resplendent in full Highland Scottish attire. Conducted on or near the 25th of the month, this unique gathering is filled with Burns’ poems and songs, the powerful music of the pipes and drums, delicious food and drink, and all that makes for a fun and memorable evening.
Tartan Day is celebrated on or near the 6th of April. The occasion features refreshments, tours, interpretation of exhibits and events, and films emphasizing Scottish heritage and culture. You can read President Bush's 2008 Tartan day statement by clicking here.
The Kirkin’ of the Tartans features a blessing of the Tartans, recreating a popular Scottish-American event originated by the Rev. Peter Marshall in 1940. The spring Kirkin’ is a joint venture by virtually all of the Scottish organizations in eastern Virginia and is held at historic Christ Church in Irvington.
On the 8th of May, the members join in celebrating “Founders’ Day.” The event commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the St. Andrew's Society of Williamsburg on that date in 1968.
Society business requiring the participation of the entire membership is conducted at the society’s Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting. The event also provides a social opportunity for members to gather together and enjoy good food, fellowship, and entertainment.
The St. Andrew's Society of Williamsburg Kirkin’ of the Tartans features a blessing of the Tartans at one of the local Williamsburg churches. It is held on or near the 30th of November, St. Andrew’s Day. The moving ceremony is followed by a luncheon and a local site.
Society Quarterly Luncheons are held at various venues and give members an opportunity to gather together in an informal setting. The programs at the luncheons vary, but have included lectures on matters of Scottish interest and performances of Celtic music, dancing and song.
The Society conducts charitable activities by offering Scottish Arts Scholarships to encourage youth in participating in piping, drumming, and dancing educational opportunities. Further, arts donations and benevolence & charitable donations are made both directly to recipients and through recognized local charities.