Programs & Events
We invite you to join us to truly enjoy our Scottish heritage and music with our programs and events like:
THE NEW YEAR (Hogmanay) is sometimes celebrated with a formal presentation of the haggis with neeps and tatties at a member's home during a New Year's Eve party.
ROBERT BURN'S BIRTHDAY is celebrated with haggis (and neeps and tatties, of course), dinner, and bagpipes along with readings of some of the bard's best-loved poetry (the bawdy, the nice, and the profound).
THE ANNUAL PICNIC is a summertime pot luck affair and is always fun. The HSHC provides everything but the sides, desserts, and libations so we're never sure what we'll eat or what games our members & friends will bring to play.
THE ANNUAL MEMORIAL. We take time each fall to remember with a nicely nostalgic and moving ceremony our members who have died.
CHRISTMAS TIME is festive with wonderful live Celtic music, a haggis parade, and dinner.
MONTHLY SURPRISES. The other months we enjoy a variety of interesting programs...anything from a presentation of how the Vikings invaded Scotland with their ways and their DNA, to Scottish dances performed by local dance students and competitors, an armorer presenting and demonstrating ancient Scottish weapons and mantels, and members sharing mini insights about their clans, and a fascinating presentation of old Scottish board games along with their histories. In November 2016 Charlie Zahm taught us about the Jacobite Risings, in a concert of story & song.
ATTENDING SCOTTISH EVENTS & FESTIVALS. We take our booth sign, handouts, Scottish memorabilia, & Celtic weapons on the road to the Highland Games in Fair Hill, Steppingstone Museum, and Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Church. And we join Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for their Kirin’ o’ the Tartans.
KIRKIN' O' THE TARTANS. Every year or so we gather at a nearby church for a blessing of our tartans during a Sunday worship service. We decorate the church with tartans and march even more tartans to the alter. Oh it's a glorious sight that warms a Scottish heart. Sometimes we're able to enhance the service with bagpipes.
Ready to join us yet?? Remember that we welcome adults of all ages with a wee drop o' Scottish blood flowing through their veins. (Does anyone NOT have a wee drop??)
September 8, 2018 - Visit our booth at the 5th Annual Covenanter Scottish Festival and Highland Games at
Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church
1199 Valley Road, Quarryville, PA 17566
October 16, 2018 - Annual Memorial Service; Nominations of Officers. Presentation by member Susan Buchanan about nursing in Africa.
October 28, 2018 - Kirkin' o' the Tartans. 10:00 am service at the
Holy Trinity Church
2929 Level Road, Churchville, MD
November 20, 2018 - HSHC Annual Business Meeting & Election of Officers
December 18, 2018 - Holiday Party with Tom Ritter and his band, "Hielanders", playing favorite Scottish tunes, and band member, Ed Kitlowski, piping in the haggis.
January 15, 2019 - Robert Burns Dinner with Pipers Tom Ritter and Ed Kitlowski
February 19, 2019 - pre-Whisky tasting.
March 19, 2019 - Whisky Tasting (Can you tell the price, age, and type of scotch you're sampling??)
April 16, 2019 - Scots & Early U.S. History with speaker Will Wallace. Learn little-known facts!
May 18, 2019 - Visit our booth at the 58th Annual Scottish Games at
Fair Hill Race Track
4600 Telegraph Road, Elkton, MD
May 21, 2019 - "Gaelic Psalm Singing: How Gaelic music influenced American Music," with Scott Morrison
June 18, 2019 - "Celtic Spirituality," with Anne McCorkle Garrett
August 3, 2019 - Susquehanna Flat Cruise. Instead of a picnic this year, we'll gather on the Summer Breeze for an early potluck supper. Contact us for more information.
HIGHLAND SOCIETY OF HARFORD COUNTY