The CHICAGO SCOTS organize and host a wide variety of events including the Scottish Festival & Highland Games, to educate, entertain, preserve Scottish customs and promote both traditional and contemporary Scottish Culture. 

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Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, October 1, 2016

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Join us at The Scottish American History Club at the Scottish Home in Heritage Hall. (2800 Des Plaines Ave., North Riverside.

Refreshments will be served.

Presentation: Scottish Visions of Community

Doug Hewitt, Chief Officer for Mission and External Affairs, Presence Health

An exploration of Scottish visions of community beginning with New Town in Edinburgh at the time of the enlightenment and carrying through to the model community of New Lanark - a forerunner of New Harmony in Indiana - through to manifestations in modern Chicago today.

 

Reservations are not necessary, but preferred. Call 708.447.5092.

For additional information, please contact:

Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS (630.629.4516) 


Join Us on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Duke of Perth (Chicago's ONLY Scottish pub)

In 1996 - Dolly the Sheep becomes the first mammal to be successfully cloned

In 1997 - Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

 

 

In 1998 - A gallon of gas costs $1.15

 

 

In 1999 - By the end of our last capital campaign, Kith & Kin, more than 650 people made donations to help us build the Georgeson Wing which added 22 skilled nursing beds to the Scottish Home.

The world has changed and we have grown a lot since then. Over the last 12 months we built and opened our Caledonian House - where we provide best in class, state of the art dementia care.

We have raised $4.2 million toward our $5.5 million Caledonian House goal!

Every donor and every dollar makes a difference and you can help us close the gap.

Today we ask you to help us beat Kith & Kin's incredible donor participation rate by ensuring that more than 650 people support our current Best Qualities of the Scots campaign.

Come celebrate our wonderful Scottish community and help us reach both our fund-raising and friend-raising goals.

Raise a pint and raise some funds for a great cause - ours!

Music, fun raffle prizes, appetizers, special drink deals and lots-o-Scots!

For questions please contact Carie Lovstd, Director of Campaigns & Development: carielovstad@chicagoscots.org


The Gentle Shepherd

Saturday, September 24, 2016

8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Old Town School of Folk Music

The Gentle Shepherd (published 1725) is the first Scottish opera. Written in Edinburgh by 18th century poet Allan Ramsay, it is unique among operas -- all the music is based in the Scottish fiddle and folk tunes! It features heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping traditional dance music, and fuses traditional Scottish fiddling with the Italian Baroque style. Just like a German singspiel (e.g. Mozart's The Magic Flute), the show features Ramsay's poetry through spoken dialogue and "arias" set to well-known Scottish folk tunes.

This BBE production gives audiences a rare treat. For those living in North America, the show was last performed in Philadelphia in 1792, and has been seldom performed anywhere over the past 200 years. (So, you think of it like a re-premiere!) The show features a 16-member ensemble of singers, instrumentalists, and actors from Chicago. Instrumentalists will perform on 200+ year old instruments and replicas of original period instruments. Audiences will feel as though they are traveling through time to hear the opera as concert-goers might have heard it in 1725.

  • Lindsey Adams (Jenny)
  • Thomas Alaan (Patie)
  • Brandi Berry (Violin)
  • Sean Cowan (Bauldy)
  • Leighann Daihl Ragusa (Flute)
  • Margaret Fox (Mause)
  • Carl Frank (Roger)
  • Alex Fruin (Symon)
  • Victoria Johns (Madge)
  • Tim Macdonald (Violin)
  • Tom McElroy (Sir William)
  • Michael O'Toole (Glaud)
  • Alexandra Olsavsky (Peggy)
  • Philip Spray (Violone, Guitar)
  • Jeremy Ward (Bass Violin)

Set in the Scottish Lowlands just outside of Edinburgh, the story unfolds around two shepherd couples: Patie (the Gentle Shepherd) and Peggy, who are happily in love, and Jenny and Roger, who are in a constant battle of cat and mouse. Katie, raised as lowly shepherd, is now of age and receives a mysterious visit by his estranged father pretending to be a fortune teller. His father "fortells" that he will become royalty, and then dramatically unveils his identity as Sir William with the lifting of his fake beard. The reunion between father and son is bittersweet, as Sir William forbids Patie to marry Peggy (a commoner). Through a series of hilarious events, including a prank that involve two old ladies dressing up as a witch and a ghost to teach a wayward man a lesson, Peggy is revealed to be a noble blood, rescued as an infant from her neglectful aristocratic family from afar, and placed on her uncle's doorstep. The opera concludes with a joyous celebration of love and marriage.


Sunday, September 25, 2016: The Gentle Shepherd

Location: Theater Wit

The Gentle Shepherd (published 1725) is the first Scottish opera. Written in Edinburgh by 18th century poet Allan Ramsay, it is unique among operas -- all the music is based in the Scottish fiddle and folk tunes! It features heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping traditional dance music, and fuses traditional Scottish fiddling with the Italian Baroque style. Just like a German singspiel (e.g. Mozart's The Magic Flute), the show features Ramsay's poetry through spoken dialogue and "arias" set to well-known Scottish folk tunes.

This BBE production gives audiences a rare treat. For those living in North America, the show was last performed in Philadelphia in 1792, and has been seldom performed anywhere over the past 200 years. (So, you think of it like a re-premiere!) The show features a 16-member ensemble of singers, instrumentalists, and actors from Chicago. Instrumentalists will perform on 200+ year old instruments and replicas of original period instruments. Audiences will feel as though they are traveling through time to hear the opera as concert-goers might have heard it in 1725.

  • Lindsey Adams (Jenny)
  • Thomas Alaan (Patie)
  • Brandi Berry (Violin)
  • Sean Cowan (Bauldy)
  • Leighann Daihl Ragusa (Flute)
  • Margaret Fox (Mause)
  • Carl Frank (Roger)
  • Alex Fruin (Symon)
  • Victoria Johns (Madge)
  • Tim Macdonald (Violin)
  • Tom McElroy (Sir William)
  • Michael O'Toole (Glaud)
  • Alexandra Olsavsky (Peggy)
  • Philip Spray (Violone, Guitar)
  • Jeremy Ward (Bass Violin)

Set in the Scottish Lowlands just outside of Edinburgh, the story unfolds around two shepherd couples: Patie (the Gentle Shepherd) and Peggy, who are happily in love, and Jenny and Roger, who are in a constant battle of cat and mouse. Katie, raised as lowly shepherd, is now of age and receives a mysterious visit by his estranged father pretending to be a fortune teller. His father "fortells" that he will become royalty, and then dramatically unveils his identity as Sir William with the lifting of his fake beard. The reunion between father and son is bittersweet, as Sir William forbids Patie to marry Peggy (a commoner). Through a series of hilarious events, including a prank that involve two old ladies dressing up as a witch and a ghost to teach a wayward man a lesson, Peggy is revealed to be a noble blood, rescued as an infant from her neglectful aristocratic family from afar, and placed on her uncle's doorstep. The opera concludes with a joyous celebration of love and marriage.


october 6th, 2016: kilted classic

LOCATION: SEVEN Bridges Golf Course, One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge, IL 60517 

The Kilted Classic is a uniquely Scottish golf outing. Dressed in kilts of every color, our golfers follow the skirl of a bagpiper around a course and play the game that many regard as one of Scotland’s greatest inventions.

The Kilted Classic Golf Tournament features the best of food, whisky, competitions, and sport. The event has become a beloved tradition for the CHICAGO SCOTS. In the past the event has been held at Bolingbrook Golf Club, Seven Bridges Golf Course, Willow Crest Golf Club, and many others.  

There will be many exciting opportunities to support the CHICAGO SCOTS while having a great time on the links. There will be competitions on different holes, beer and whisky tastings on and off the course, and a silent auction.

Be the ultimate supporter and sponsor the Kilted Classic. We offer hole sponsorships, cart sponsorships, and so much more at all price levels. For more information on unique sponsorship opportunities please contact Carey Smith, Director of Programming: careysmith@chicagoscots.org


OCTOBER 21ST, 22ND, 23rd: SCOTTISH NORTH AMERICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 

LOCATION: THE SCOTTISH HOME, 2800 DESPLAINES AVENUE, North riverside, il 60546

The conference is an opportunity for those of us in the Scottish-North American community to share views, values, experiences and best practices. The conference aims to raise awareness of Scotland and Scottish culture; to develop a better understanding of the roles, objectives and operations of the various government, academic, non-profit and private sector organizations that operate in the Scottish-North American community and to identify opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration within the community.

The conference is presented by the founding partners, the CHICAGO SCOTS and The American-Scottish Foundation in association with the hosting partner, St. Andrew's Society of Detroit and additional co-sponsors, Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA) and the Toronto, Ontario-based Scottish Studies Foundation.

The hosts encourage all members of the Scottish-North American community to attend and participate in this conference and to take full advantage of the opportunity to meet with North American Scots and visitors from Scotland. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas with key figures from Scotland, America and Canada on topics affecting and involving the Scottish-North American community both here and in Scotland.

The theme of this year's conference is: Many Voices - One Vision

As in the past, conference organizers expect ot have active participation from the Scottish government, VisitScotland and other key Scottish and Scottish-North American missioned organizations. For example, past conferences have featured Darren Burgess (from the Scottish government's Washington, D.C. office), Melanie Angus (VisitScotland), Brian Wilton (Scottish tartan authority) and the Lord Jamie Sempill (the Gathering), to name a few.


October 27th, 2016: Senior Health and Wellness Fair (NO COST TO ATTEND)

Location: The Scottish Home & Caledonian House - 2800 Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside, IL 60546

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Entertainment: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

40 vendors offering a large array of services

  • Health providers
  • Home health services
  • Moving and downsizing
  • Elder advisors
  • Skilled and rehabilitation facilities

An assortment of raffle prizes drawn throughout the day! A chance to win every 20 minutes. The GRAND PRIZE is a $300 gift card.

Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry and receive a FREE raffle ticket. (Limit 1 per person)


November 19th, 2016:  171st feast of the haggis 

Location: Chicago cultural center - Sidney yates gallery, 78 east washington street, chicago, il 60602

This unparalleled evening of Scottish festivity and celebration is Illinois' longest-running black-tie event, this annual banquet (in it's 171st year) commemorates the Feast of Saint Andrew, Scotland's Patron Saint, and it is an evening unlike any other in Chicago, all are welcome to attend and honor the Scotland of yesterday, toast the Scotland of today, and celebrate the Scotland of tomorrow, the CHICAGO SCOTS celebrate this momentous occasion with a luxurious feast, live music, dancing, kilts, whisky, bagpipes, and many of festive traditions and toasts.

The 170th Feast of the Haggis was held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 was another successful, fun and entertaining evening. We are beyond grateful to everyone who came out for the evening and generously supported the Illinois Saint Andrew Society/CHICAGO SCOTS. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Caledonian House, a new senior care residence specially designed to meet the needs of those with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. 

2015 Distinguished Citizens  

  • Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks 
  • Edward Luce, Chief U.S. Commentator, Financial Times 

2015 clansman & Clanswomen 

  • Dan Casey 
  • Dolores Connolly 

FEBRUARY 4th, 2017: Burns Supper  

LOCATION: University club of Chicago - CATHEDRAL hall, seventy 6 east MONROE street, chicago, il 60603

Each year the CHICAGO SCOTS gather together to celebrate the birthday (25 January), life and work of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. 

History of Burns Suppers'

The first supper was held in memoriam at Burns Cottage by Robert Burns' friends on 21 July 1801, the fifth anniversary of his death, and have been a regular occurrence ever since.

The first still extant Burns club was founded in Greenock in 1801 by merchants born in Ayrshire, some of whom had known Burns. They held their first Burns supper on what they thought was his birthday, 29 January 1802, but they discovered in Ayr parish records that his date of birth was 25 January 1759. 

CHICAGO SCOTS hosted their 18th Annual Burns Supper on Janurary, 30, 2016. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the 2017 Supper! 

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For additional information or questions about upcoming events, please contact Carey Smith, Director of Programming