The weekend that has just passed saw the official opening of the International Gathering of the Clans in Annapolis Royal. The streets of this old town were reverberating with the sound of bagpipes on many occasions over the three days that the Scots were in town. For those of us who like the bagpipes, this was a wonderful occurrence. For those who do not like the pipes, I hope that they could find a place to enjoy the fun somewhere out of earshot.
The images in this post were gathered at some of the weekend's events. They include the official opening and activities at the Legion on Saturday. For those who are wondering, these events were originally planned for Fort Anne but they were moved inside when the weather looked uncooperative. Despite the weather, Mayann Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, graciously opened the celebrations and cut the cake. The cake itself was appropriately decorated to look like a Nova Scotia flag.
Other events in this collection include the Scotch and Thistles evening at the Historic Gardens and the tree dedication at the O'Dell House Museum. The oak tree at the museum will be the lasting symbol of the International Gathering of the Clans coming to Annapolis Royal. We have already started to refer to this tree as the Scots Oak. One of the organizers told me that she hopes that it grows strong and tall so that many future events can be held in its shadow. That sounds like a pretty good aspiration.
I would like to thank all of our community partners as well as the Federation of Nova Scotia Clans and the International Gathering of the Clans organizers for their roles in this event. Hopefully we can host part of this event when it comes back four years from now.
All for now,