16th Annual Kilted Classic Golf Tournament
Oct
5
11:00am11:00am

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

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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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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Genealogy Group Meeting
Jul
28
10:00am10:00am

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
Sep
9
9:30am 9:30am

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
10:00am10:00am

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
10:00am10:00am

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

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
8:30pm 8:30pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
9:30am 9:30am

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
9:30am 9:30am

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
9:00am 9:00am

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
9:30am 9:30am

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
9:30am 9:30am

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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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Feast of the Haggis
Nov
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Feast of the Haggis

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society 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 170 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 171st year of the Feast!

This event benefits the philanthropic work of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and our Scottish Home for the elderly. As well as offering support for Scottish arts, scholarships and hosting events to promote Scottish culture, the Society offers a wide range of outstanding assisted living and nursing services at the Scottish Home. 

The Illinois Saint Andrew Society nourishes Scottish identity through service, fellowship and celebration of Scottish culture. The Society welcomes everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage or simply by inclination.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 Feast of the Haggis Anniversary Dinner!

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Scottish American History Club
Nov
5
9:30am 9:30am

Scottish American History Club

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, November 5, 2016

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

Refreshments will be served.

Topic: Cromwell, Lord Protector of Catholics? Strange Bedfellows in Cromwellian Scotland

Speaker: Ryan Burns, Doctoral Candidate, Northwestern 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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Special Genealogy Group Seminar
Oct
29
10:00am10:00am

Special Genealogy Group Seminar

You won't want to miss the upcoming double session seminar on October 29, to be held in the Scottish Home Heritage Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m.

RSVP is necessary.
Please contact either:
Jackie Torrance (708) 354.2941 or jackie329@juno.com
Bess Schulmeister (815) 886.1293 or ems1105@yahoo.com
Early Bird Special: respond by October 8, 2016 and the cost is $8.00
General Pricing: $10.00
Walk-ins cannot be guaranteed a lunch.

Maureen Brady, a notable genealogist, will be making two separate presentations, with luncheon provided in between. Maureen's first topic is the history and geography of Scotland from 1600 as they pertain to BMDs (births, marriages, deaths) all over Scotland. This presentation will serve to explain why the church records differ in quality from parish to parish and may be found more or less complete in the context of historical events. More importantly, Maureen will direct the audience in how to access key records.

We will then have a lunch break, with lunch provided, and re-gather for the second session which is about navigating around the Scotland's People website and what it has to offer the researcher.

Part two of her October 29 presentation will center around the Scotland's People website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk), and how best to navigate the site. The site has expanded its database over the years and contains census records, wills, birth certificates, death certificates, military records, coats or arms, and much more. Tenant farmer rent rolls, Sheriff's court records, debtor records, covenant records, valuation records, deportation lists, various indices, and other sources are all important sources of genealogy information and data.

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Senior Health and Wellness Fair
Oct
27
10:00am10:00am

Senior Health and Wellness Fair

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)

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Kilted Classic
Oct
6
9:00am 9:00am

Kilted Classic

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, CHICAGO SCOTS via email at careysmith@chicagoscots.org

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Scot-Toberfest at the Duke of Perth
Oct
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Scot-Toberfest at the Duke of Perth

JOIN US on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the 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 Lovstad, Director of Campaigns & Development: carielovstad@chicagoscots.org

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Scottish American History Club Meeting
Oct
1
9:30am 9:30am

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Scottish American History Club Meeting

Saturday, October 1, 2016

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

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
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The Gentle Shepherd
Sep
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Gentle Shepherd

The Gentle Shepherd

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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

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.

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