2014 Events in Washington, D.C Area
The National Capital Tartan Day Committee (NCTDC) general membership approved plans for Tartan Day events in 2014. These will include:
- The Tartan Day Festival in Old Town Alexandria will return this year and be held for the first time at Waterfront Park on Saturday, 5 April . It will be open to the public, at no charge, from 9am throughout the afternoon until 5pm. Pipers, fiddlers and dancers will entertain; vendors and clan societies will set up their tents around the square. The local chapter of the Scottish American Military Society (SAMS), will partner with NCTDC on this event. Ralph Wallace (of SAMS as well as of NCTDC) will take the lead this year on organizing the Festival, with assistance from James Morrison and Douglas Brooks.
- Tuesday, 9 April is the day selected for the Annual Capitol Hill Reception and Symposium in honor of Tartan Day, given where Easter and Passover fall this year and taking into account the scheduled congressional recess. The usual space in the Capitol Visitors’ Center (immediately adjacent to the U.S. Capitol Building) has been reserved for these events on that date. Given all the recent interest in MyClanOnline, congressional staffers suggested “Scotland and the Diaspora: Getting Connected for the 21st Century” as this year’s Symposium topic. The NCTDC membership endorsed this theme at its AGM this Saturday. John Bellassai will again chair the Symposium. Kathy Garrity and Andrea Scott will manage the Reception. Several potential speakers have already indicated their willingness to attend and participate. Attendance at the Capitol Hill events will again be by invitation only, as space is limited. To get on the guest list, contact John Bellassai (at 202/258-4876, or at email@example.com).
- A very senior delegation of Scottish Government ministers will travel to Washington for Tartan Day this year and will attend the Symposium and Reception on Capitol Hill on the 9th. And the Scottish Coalition, USA is considering making their Annual Award at our Capitol Hill events again this year.
- NCTDC will again partner with the St. Andrew’s Society to again sponsor a Reception to follow the Annual Kirkin’ of the Tartan, at the Washington on Sunday, 14 April. The Reception will be open to all members of the Society and their guests. A modest fee to cover catering and other costs will be charged. More information will follow. To RSVP in advance for the Reception, contact John Bellassai or David McKenzie.