Scottish American History Forum
Jan
6
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drums: Horse-Mounted Bands of the U.S. Army, 18-20-1940
Speaker: Bruce Gleason, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Music, University of St. Thomas

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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Scottish American History Forum
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: Making History in the Western Isles (Slide Presentation)
Speaker: David Hill, Founder, Friends of Sgarabhaigh

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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Scottish American History Forum
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: A Week in Edinburgh, What's Changing, and What Never Seems to Change in Scotland's Capital
Speaker(s): Jim and Isobel Bell, Board of Governors, Illinois Saint Andrew Society

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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Scottish American History Forum
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: The Glory of the Opera
Speaker: Colin Ure, A Native of Scotland, Classical Singer, Artists Manager, Dramaturg - Lyric Opera House

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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Scottish American History Forum
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: The Rockford Burns Club and Our Local History
Speaker: Alex Stormont, President, The Rockford Burns Club (Rockford, IL)

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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Scottish American History Forum
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: Golf, Scotland's Gift to the World
Speaker: Bruce S. Allardice, J.D., Instructor Social & Behavioral Science, History, Political Science, South Suburban College, South Holland, Illinois

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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Scottish American History Forum
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: Traditional Scottish Songs Sing-Along and Picnic (Lyrics will be provided)
Speaker(s): Connie Nestor and Margaret Wilhelm, Chicago Scots

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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Genealogy Group Meeting
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Genealogy Group Meeting

Want to learn some skills for research on the world wide web? Are you interested in genealogy? If the answer is yes, come join us for July's meeting in Heritage Hall! For this month, the speaker will be Maureen Brady who will be discussing her topic: "Using The Website Find My Past'.

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Scottish American History Forum
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: Scottish American Hall of Fame
Speaker: Bess Schulmeister, Vice President, Scottish American Genealogy Group, Illinois Saint Andrew Society

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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Scottish American History Forum
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: John Knox and James Begg and the Foundation of the Free Church
Speaker: Iain Wright, PhD, Pastor, Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Orland Park, Illinois

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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172nd Annual Feast of the Haggis Dinner
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

172nd Annual Feast of the Haggis Dinner

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society, now known as Chicago Scots, was established in 1845 when a group of Scots came together to celebrate the Feast of Saint Andrew, Scotland's patron saint. Every year for 171 years, despite world wars, great depressions and fires, the Society has hosted the "Feast of the Haggis" - never missing a year and making this event Chicago's longest running black tie dinner and we look forward to welcoming you to the 172nd year of the Feast!

Proceeds from this event benefit our two principal charities: the Scottish Home - a haven or expert elder care deeply informed by a century of experience and our new Caledonian House - a unique model of person-centered memory care.

The Chicago Scots welcome everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage or simply by inclination to come and enjoy a fun evening, celebrating Scottish culture while honoring our 2017 awardees:

Distinguished Citizen:

Dr. Andy Scott

Kinswoman and Kinsman of the Year Award:

Isobel and Jim Bell

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RSVP - TICKETS

Lodging: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (must call to reserve)

We have a limited number of rooms available for you to reserve at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. To reserve call 844.312.2221 and mention the Group Block Name: 172nd annual Feast of the Haggis Dinner. Reservations within the Group Block can't be made online - you must call directly to reserve.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 Feast of the Haggis Anniversary Dinner!

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Scottish American History Forum
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

Join us for this month's Scottish American History Forum. This event is free to all and refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required.

Topic: Chicago Riverwalk Project
Speaker(s): Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Ross Barney Architects, and more

For additional information, please contact Connie Nestor: constancenestor@comcast.net or 708-404-4724.

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Scottish American History Forum
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum

October 7 Scottish-American History Forum Meeting

Scottish Home, Heritage Hall, 2800 Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside, IL 60546

The next meeting of the Scottish American History forum will be on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Scottish Home, Heritage Hall. The event is free to all and refreshments will be served.

My Father’s Scottish Ancestry and the Comyn Clan – Including Robert Bruce Encounter

Bruce Cumings, PhD, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College, University of Chicago

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Bruce Cumings' research and teaching focus on modern Korean history, twentieth-century international history, US–East Asian relations, East Asian political economy, and American foreign relations. His first book, The Origins of the Korean War, won the John King Fairbank Book Award of the American Historical Association, and the second volume of this study won the Quincy Wright Book Award of the International Studies Association. He is the editor of the modern volume of the Cambridge History of Korea (forthcoming), and is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, the NationCurrent History, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Le Monde Diplomatique. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, NEH, the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council.

He was also the principal historical consultant for the Thames Television/PBS 6-hour documentary, Korea: The Unknown War. In 2003 he won the University of Chicago's award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, and in 2007 he won the Kim Dae Jung Prize for Scholarly Contributions to Democracy, Human Rights and Peace. He has just completed Dominion From Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power, which will be published by Yale University Press. He is working on a synoptic single-volume study of the origins of the Korean War, and a book on the Northeast Asian political economy.

For additional information, please contact

Connie Nestor at constancenestor@comcast.net

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16th Annual Kilted Classic Golf Tournament
Oct
5
11:00 AM11:00

16th Annual Kilted Classic Golf Tournament

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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.

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Scottish American History Forum
Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Scottish American History Forum

Scottish American History Forum

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served. Open to the public and free to attend.

Topic: Alexander Hamilton

Presenters: Bess Schulmeister, Vice President, Scottish American Genealogy Group, Illinois Saint Andrew

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092.
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
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Scottish American History Forum Summer Trip
Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Scottish American History Forum Summer Trip

The Scottish American History Forum's Summer Trip will be the Wisconsin Highland Games!

A charter bus will be leaving the Scottish Home at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 2nd and returning approximately 6 p.m.

Times:
10 a.m. Depart from Scottish Home
12:00 p.m. Arrive at Festival
4:00 p.m. Depart Festival
6:00 p.m. Arrive at Scottish Home

Reservations:
Free for Chicago Scots & History Forum members (donations welcome)
$15 Non-Members

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Festival Entrance Fee:
$10 at the Gate, $7 in Advance. Entry fee is not included in History Forum registration. All attendees including members will have to pay the festival entrance fee.

Lunch:
A boxed lunch will be provided by the Scottish Home

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Skerryvore & John Ballantyne's Crazy Heart at MARTYRS'
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Skerryvore & John Ballantyne's Crazy Heart at MARTYRS'

CHICAGO SCOTS members & friends receive $5 off per ticket.
Use code: SCOTS

SKERRYVORE

Skerryvore first formed on the tiny Isle of Tiree off Scotland's west coast in 2005. Back then, the band consisted of Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion) who bonded with holidaymaker Fraser West (drums & vocals) and friend Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar) over a shared love of music: everything from traditional to rock and jazz. It was this mix of musical styles and sounds that set the path for the band's 2015 debut album, 'West Coast Life.' The more the fledgling band experimented with fusing together this mix of musical styles, the more their signature sound evolved, aided by the arrival of Barry Caulfield (bass & vocals) and Craig Espie (fiddle) in time for their second album, 'On The Road', in 2007.

But it was with the release of self-titled third album, 'Skerryvore', that the band found themselves catapulted into the musical limelight winning a string of prestiguious awards, including SNMA Record of the Year 2011 and STMA Live Act of the Year 2011, and garnering much critical acclaim:

Skerryvore are the more promising young band in Scotland Today
— Mick MacNeil, Simple Minds
Six of the best musical ambassadors Scotland could ever have wished for ... a living, breathing, 12 legged party waiting to happen.”
— The Falkirk Herald, Scotland

JOHN BALLANTYNE'S CRAZY HEART

More often than not, the road to country music stardom originates in Texas, Tennessee, or another time-honored Southern destination. John Ballantyne's story arc reads way different.

Fast becoming recognized as one of Chicago's premier country singers and songwriters, Ballantyne was born and raised in Scotland, through you'd never know it from his earthy vocal delivery and immaculate lead guitar. Both resonate with the twang and raunch of classic honky-tonk country, also known these days as Americana. A frequent presence on the Chicago club circuit, John and his band Crazy Heart (Bassist Gus Noble, and drummer Leslie Walle-Santos) will take their musical exploits to a whole new level this year, building on recent hugely successful tour of Scotland, the highlight of which was two mainstage appearnces at the prestiguious Tiree Music Festival.

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101st Annual Picnic
Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

101st Annual Picnic

101 years of CELEBRATING friendship, family, tradition and summer.

Bring the family and join us for a summer celebration you won't soon forget! More than delicious food, our picnic has something for everyone of every age!

  • Live Music included Bagpipes
  • Food & Drinks
  • Bake Sale
  • Highland Dancers
  • Horse Drawn Trolley Rides
  • Children's Activities, including reptile petting!

Call 708.813.2984 and let us know you'll be joining the fun!

Parking is limited, so come early to ensure you get a space near the Scottish Home.

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Genealogy Group Meeting
Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Genealogy Group Meeting

For July's meeting, the speaker for the Genealogy Group will be Liz Ross.  Her topic is 'Follow The Yellow Brick Road' and will give information on conducting genealogical research! Come down and join us in Heritage Hall on Saturday July 22nd at 10:00 am.

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A Gaelic Summer: Big Bricks
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

A Gaelic Summer: Big Bricks

This "VIP afterparty" is an upscale version for our supporters, or others for a higher price. Join the BBE at Big Bricks to round out our first pub crawl.

$75 adv & door

It's going to be an all out, foot-stomping, face-stuffing, drink guzzling jam - the way Classical music SHOULD be.

This summer, the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble is kicking off their first ever pub crawl series - A Gaelic Summer.

Join the fun and you can expect the following:

  • a live band playing drinking songs and dance tunes from Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales
  • sing-along songs and live-band karaoke (optional...make sure you've had a few drinks first)
  • dancing (optional...don't spill your drinks)
  • open mic storytelling (optional...make sure to tell your best drinking story)
  • food and booze (optional...but not really, you really need to have a few drinks)
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31st annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Jun
16
to Jun 17

31st annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Join us for the 31st annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Proceeds from the festival benefit our two principal charities: the Scottish Home - a haven of expert elder care deeply informed by a century of experience and our new Caledonian House - a unique model of person-centered memory care. The Scottish Festival & Highland Games features an extravaganza of activities and attractions - from the Caber Toss to Highland Dancing to Bagpipes to the Dogs of Scotland. This family -friendly event is a chance to explore Scottish culture without having to buy a plane tickets. Join us for good music, good food and a great cause.

www.scottishfestivalchicago.org

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A Gaelic Summer: Martyrs'
Jun
15
8:30 PM20:30

A Gaelic Summer: Martyrs'

This is the "party." All-out jam session, with dancing, stories, Throw-Back Thursday pics & stories, food, and yes, booze!

$20 adv $25 @ door
CHICAGO SCOTS MEMBERS use code: BBEAVER for a discount.

It's going to be an all out, foot-stomping, face-stuffing, drink guzzling jam - the way Classical music SHOULD be.

This summer, the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble is kicking off their first ever pub crawl series - A Gaelic Summer.

Join the fun and you can expect the following:

  • a live band playing drinking songs and dance tunes from Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales
  • sing-along songs and live-band karaoke (optional...make sure you've had a few drinks first)
  • dancing (optional...don't spill your drinks)
  • open mic storytelling (optional...make sure to tell your best drinking story)
  • food and booze (optional...but not really, you really need to have a few drinks)
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A Gaelic Summer: Red Lion Pub
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

A Gaelic Summer: Red Lion Pub

The "PREGAME" - BBE warms up to get ready to party with great music, food and booze at the Red Lion Pub.

$20 adv & door
CHICAGO SCOTS MEMBERS use code: BBEAVER for a discount.

It's going to be an all out, foot-stomping, face-stuffing, drink guzzling jam - the way Classical music SHOULD be.

This summer, the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble is kicking off their first ever pub crawl series - A Gaelic Summer.

Join the fun and you can expect the following:

  • a live band playing drinking songs and dance tunes from Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales
  • sing-along songs and live-band karaoke (optional...make sure you've had a few drinks first)
  • dancing (optional...don't spill your drinks)
  • open mic storytelling (optional...make sure to tell your best drinking story)

food and booze (optional...but not really, you really need to have a few drinks)

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BABC Transatlantic Conference: Navigating the New World
May
10
to May 11

BABC Transatlantic Conference: Navigating the New World

The 2017 Transatlantic Conference is a practical recognition of broad volatility across markets, economies, governance and borders. In parallel, it is a much-needed investigation and celebration of the thought leadership across the breadth of the 22-city BABC family, throughout the US, Canada and UK.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY

WHEN: Wednesday, May 10 - 11, 2017

WHERE: (multiple locations)

University Club

Shedd Aquarium

Art Institute

Opening Reception Keynote:

Brad Keywell, Co-Founder, Uptake Technologies, Groupon, MediaOcean, Echo Global Logistics

Conference Welcoming Speaker:

Clive Christison, Vice President, Pipelines, Supply & Optimization

Conference Speakers: 

Penny Pritzker, Chairman, PSP Capital Partners, 38th US Secretary of Commerce

Deborah L. DeHaas, Vice Chairman, Deloitte

Gala Dinner Welcome Speaker:

Martin Slark, Vice Chairman & CEO, Molex

Gala Dinner Keynote:

JB Pritzker, Chairman, Pritzker Group

Gala Dinner Speaker:

PJ O'Rourke, American political satirist & journalist

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Scottish American History Forum
May
6
9:30 AM09:30

Scottish American History Forum

Scottish American History Forum Meeting

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Scottish Home (2800 Des Plaines Ave., North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served. Open to the public and free to attend.

Topic: Martin Luther, John Knox, and Various Kinds of Christianity in 16th-Century Scotland

This talk will recall the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation (1517-2017), and the recent 500th anniversary of the birth of John Knox (c.1514). We'll discuss how the actions and thinking of these two great religious reformers profoundly affected the development of Christianity and society in 16th-century Scotland. Some attention will be given as well to the continued place of Catholicism in the Early Modern Scottish experience.

Presenters: Karen Scott, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, DePaul University

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
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Scottish American History Forum
Apr
1
9:30 AM09:30

Scottish American History Forum

Scottish American History Forum Meeting

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served. Open to the public and free to attend.

Topic: John Alexander Dowie, Scottish-American Evangelist Who Founded the City of Zion, Illinois

Presenters: Gregory Gordon, Associate Professor in History, The College of Lake County

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092.
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
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Scottish American History Forum
Mar
4
9:00 AM09:00

Scottish American History Forum

Scottish American History Forum Meeting

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served. Open to the public and free to attend.

Topic: 2017 Society of Architectural Historians Meetings in Scotland

Presenters: Pauline Saliga, Executive Director, Society of Architectural Historians and Charnley-Persky, House Museum Foundation

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
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Burns Supper
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Burns Supper

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

Join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner, toasts, music & dancing!

University Club of Chicago (76 E. Monroe St.)

6PM Cocktail Reception & Whisky Tasting (Library Room)

7PM Main Reception (Cathedral Hall)

Immortal Memory given by:

Brad Armacost was a part of the ensemble in Irish Theatre of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award winning Seafarer by Conor MacPherson. His work with the ITC includes Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie and A Moon for the Misbegotten, as well as McPherson's Shining City and The Weir. He received the Joseph Jefferson Award for the role of Teddy in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer at Steppenwolf. Other Friel projects include Aristocrats, Wonderful Tennessee, Lovers and Dancing at Lughnasa. He appeared in Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, also at Steppenwolf. Other credits include A Touch of the Poet at the Goodman Theatre with Brian Dennehy, Waiting for Godot with Remy Bumppo and with John Mahoney in A Life at Northlight Theatre. 

Brad has appeared numerous times at Chicago Shakespeare, including the Jeff Award winning Best Production, The Madness of George III. He is an Artistic Associate with Provision Theatre where he received Jeff nominations for his work in A Christmas Carol, CS Lewis, Onstage and Shadowlands. 

He can currently be seen in the Fox series The Exorcist as Bishop Egan and his past television credits include Chicago Fire, Empire, Mind Games, Missing Persons, Angel Street, The Untouchables and Early Edition. Film credits include Warren, Robert Altman's The Company, Barbershop 2, Repetition, Eight Men Out and Backwoods. He has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Beyond the Score presentation of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and with the CSO in The Tristan Effect, Strauss’ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and as Pablo Neruda for Bedoya’s Caminos del Inka.

Toast to the Lads & Lassies given by:

Dave & Jessica Johnston

Dave Johnston: Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Dave moved to Chicago in 2005 after marrying a local girl (Jessica) in 2004, in Scotland. Dave runs Chicalba Bagpiping Services, which provides bagpipers for a variety of events, including many of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society's events. Dave is a life member of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and currently MC at the Scottish Festival & Highland Games in Itasca.

Jessica Johnston: Jessica was born in the suburbs of Chicago and lived here until meeting Dave in 2001. Jessica moved to Glasgow in the Fall of 2001, lived there for 4 years and was involved with the highly successful Scottish Wedding Directory. Jessica is currently a Middle School Counselor in Park Ridge and supports the Illinois Saint Andrew Society events whenever and wherever she can.

Entertainment:

Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers

Dancers of all ages enjoy opportunities to celebrate and learn about their cultural heritage and history while sharing their love of Scottish Highland Dancing. THHD dancers participate in Chicago-area cultural events, such as parades, parties & civic engagements. Lessons are taught by Nancy Strolle, the Society's past chair & current Board Member.

Cas Dannsa Dancers

Cas Dannsa is the premier performing group of the Gillan School of Highland Dance. Leslie Gillan is the group's choreographer and director. Cas Dannsa performs a combination of authentic Highland Dances from the 18th and 19th century and original choreography. For additional information please contact: casdannsa@gmail.com or 847.372.8513

Alexandria Rust

Alexandria is a Chicago based actor and singer, though her theatrical studies have fed her wanderlust, taking as well as across the ocean to England and Italy. She is currently a member of the Saltbox Theatre Collective, and is proud to have participated in the company since it's beginnings in 2015. YOu can see her throughout February at their Oak Park stage as Sandrine in Almost, Maine. When she is not performing or taking class, she can be found leading group fitness classes and giving personal training instruction in the north Suburbs.

FAQS

Parking Options:

Valet parking is available with the doorman at standard rates; Self Parking is available at the following garages: Grant Park East Garage, located at Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue, Grant Park North Garage located at Madison Street and Michigan Avenue, and Grant Park South Garage located at Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue.

Lodging Options:

Discounted room rates are available at the University Club of Chicago. Group Block Name: CHICAGO SCOTS. Must call 312.726.2840 to reserve. Discounted rates and/or rooms are not guaranteed.

About Robert Burns:

Whether his subject was a man or a mouse (or even a louse), Scotland's National Bard had a rare talent for putting himself into others' shoes and expressing life's universal emotions.

From traditional ballads and romantic songs to humorous satires and thought-provoking poems, Robert Burns composed some of the world's most instantly recognizable lines of poetry and song lyrics.

His words have been cherished and passionately recited for the past two centuries. Indeed, it's because of this great man that we promise, every Hogmanay, to 'tak a cup o' kindness' with our neighbors and go forward into the new year with a a sense of belonging and hope for the future.

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Scottish American History Forum
Feb
4
9:30 AM09:30

Scottish American History Forum

Scottish American History Forum Meeting

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served.

Open to the public and free to attend. During this meeting, attendees will be surveyed regarding their preferences for future outings and special events.

Presentation: Scotland the Beautiful 2016 (slide show)

Presented by Constance Nestor, Illinois Saint Andrew Society, Member and Volunteer. A slide presentation will be provided, including notable streets-capes, landscapes, landmarks and monuments, on a counterclockwise driving trip around Scotland in June, 2016.

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092
For additional information, please contact: Constance (Connie) Nestor, with a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University, practiced architecture for the majority of her career. Currently she serves on the senior leadership team of Presence Life Connections, where she oversees facilities, construction, dietary services, clinical engineering and other support services. 
Prior to joining Presence Health, Connie served as Senior Vice President at Gresham Smith and Partners, an international architectural-engineering services firm. She is a board certified Fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Health Care Institute, where she voluntarily oversaw the research program. Connie, a member of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, the volunteer writer for the Tartan Times. 
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724

 

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Scottish American History Club
Jan
7
9:30 AM09:30

Scottish American History Club

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Scottish Home (Heritage Hall) (2800 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL)

Refreshments will be served.

Topic: A Scottish-Indian Wedding in Edinburgh

Speakers: Jim and Isobel Bell, Board of Governors, Illinois Saint Andrew Society

Reservations are not necessary but preferred. Call 708.447.5092
For additional information, please contact:
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus, CHICAGO SCOTS at 630.629.4516 or Constance Nestor at 708.404.4724
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Promis'd Joy: Celtic Poems & Stories
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Promis'd Joy: Celtic Poems & Stories

Concordia University's College of Arts & Sciences and the CHICAGO SCOTS invite you to enjoy a Saint Andrew's Day celebration!

Promis'd Joy: an evening of Celtic Poems, Stories, Music, Refreshments and Fun!

Featuring a special program by Professor Andrew Pederson and the The Saltbox Theatre Collective

Proceeds benefit the Caledonian House, located on the Scottish Home campus in North Riverside. This is an innovative, new residence uniquely designed to care for those living with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Program

Admission is Free. Registration is required. Donations to the Caledonian House are encouraged and appreciated.

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