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.
St Andrew’s Society of Williamsburg (SASW) events - email reminders will be sent out:
Fall Ceilidh Sunday October 8th 1:00pm at Fords Colony
Halloween pub night Thursday Oct 26 - this will be the last pub night for 2023 and will resume in March 2024.
Richmond Highland Games Nov 4-5 Dorey Park and Recreation Center Henrico VA. 2999 Darbytown Rd. Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 9am-5pm.
We have a corner and table in of one of the Clan Campbell Tents.
Website is Richmondhighlandgames.com for prices
Fall Kirkin of the Tartans and Annual General Meeting (AGM) Sunday Nov 19 11am and 1pm The Kirkin of the Tartans will be at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church at 11am and the AGM will be at the Windsor Forest Clubhouse at 1pm. Please plan on attending the AGM, as this is when we vote in new board members and vote on changes to the bylaws.
St Andrew’s Day Food Drive for Grove Christian Outreach Thursday Nov 30 -
Christmas Ceilidh Sat Dec 2 1PM at Fords Colony
Williamsburg Christmas parade and the theme this year is “Jingle Bell Jubilee” Sunday Dec 3rd 5PM. Help is needed, please contact me if you can help.
Burns Night Jan 20th Starting around 5:00 or 5:30PM at Fords Colony
A Non-SASW event -
Highland Jubilee at Colonial Williamsburg (CW Admission required) - Various times on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from Aug 31 – Nov 21. Website ColonialWilliamsburg.org , search “highland” for dates and times.
Past 2023 Events
Tartan Day – Thursday April 6 at 10 AM.
Grove Christian Outreach Center. Grocery donations.
Car Show - Saturday April 22 from 10 to 2 at High Street. A charitable event.
Spring Kirking – Sunday April 23 at 1:30, Christ Church Kilmarnock.
Tartan Day – Saturday April 29 at 1245.
Parade and Celebration at Palace Green and Bruton Parish Shop.
Founders Day —Saturday May 13 at 11 AM. Ford's Colony.
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.
April / May
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.
October / November
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.