Thursday, June 23, 2011

International Gathering of the Clans

It looks like we will once again be having a busy weekend in Annapolis Royal. For those of us who like the pageantry of kilts and bagpipes or the gentle taste of haggis and whisky, this should be a highlight of the summer. From June 24 -26 our community is hosting the opening ceremonies for the 2011 International Gathering of the Clans. This should be a good weekend with events being held throughout the town.

On Friday things get underway with a kilted golf tournament at the Annapolis Royal Golf Club. This will be followed on Saturday morning with a pipe band street parade along St George Street. From there the action moves to the Legion where Birgitta Wallace-Ferguson will be discussing her archaeological discovery of the remains of the 1629-1632 Scottish settlement of Charles Fort in Annapolis Royal. After this presentation there will be Scottish cultural activities at Fort Anne throughout the afternoon. The furry haggis toss may well be the highlight of the afternoon. The day finishes with an event called Scotch and Thistles at the Historic Gardens. On Sunday morning there will be a Kirking of the Tartans at St Luke's Anglican Church followed by a tree planting and dedication at the O'Dell House Museum in the afternoon. Since we are hosting the tree planting, I would obviously encourage everyone to attend the dedication and see the museum's new oak tree.

The photographs in this post are of the National Historic Site monument to Charles Fort. Located on the site now known as Fort Anne, Charles Fort was established by Sir William Alexander (the younger) in 1629. His appearance in the new world was part of an attempt to establish a Scottish colony based on a Royal charter of 1621. An original copy of the charter is on permanent exhibit in the museum at Fort Anne. It is this document, written in Latin, that gives the name to Nova Scotia or, as the English would say, New Scotland. While the settlement only lasted until 1632, this marked the beginning of a Scottish presence in Nova Scotia.

All for now,
RGS

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