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Nov. 10, 2012
The trees that provided cooling shade in the summer have now blessed us with a pretty ground cover. At least I think it's pretty.  Himself is doing everything he can to get rid of these errant decorations.  Can't please everyone, I guess.
 
Judge Todd McKenney presented an excellent program last Sunday.  I think everyone present learned something.  He was both interesting and entertaining.  Our heartfelt thanks to him for taking the time to talk to us.  I'm sure his advice will save all of us money.  Now that's worth talking about!
 
Our next big event is the Saint Andrews Dinner.  The multiple award winning Celtic Eagle band will pipe for us, lively music will be provided by J & C Entertainment, and the (also award winning) Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers will perform.  The inimitable Luyster Brothers will be our emcees.  There will be a super Silent Auction (just in time for Christmas Shopping)*, and it is rumored that Santa Claus will make an appearance. It will be held on Friday, November 30th at the S.Y.B. Party Center, 4157 Hudson Drive, Stow, Ohio 44240.  Cost is:  $25 Adults, $15 Seniors (90 & over) $20 (12 & under). Includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. Cash bar available.  [Checks can be sent to Frances at:  234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240].  Profits from this dinner help pay our entertainers at the Beltane Festival. 
For more information, call Frances Acar at:  330-673-6514,  Margaret Frost at:  330-903-4573, or Donne Shepperly at:  330-463-5559
 
*Some really neat items have already been donated - including some beautiful jewelry from Quantum Silver.
 
Directions: Take Rt. 8 to the Steels Corners Rd exit, EXIT 9, toward Hudson Dr. (go 0.25 miles) Turn east onto E Steels Corners Rd. - E Steels Corners Rd becomes Hudson Dr. (go 0.01 miles). 4157 HUDSON DR is immediately on the right.
 
Note:  If you are bringing an auction item, please fill out a form for it.  Forms are on the web site on the Special Events page.
 
Genealogy:
For those of you  interested in Genealogy, the workshops at the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) are filled.  They have a waiting list.  There will be more workshops in 2013.  You can check their web site for more information.
 
May 18th 2013 - Celtic Beltane Festival.  This year we are changing the venue.  It will be held in New Franklin, Ohio, on the grounds of the Tudor House which is adjacent to Portage Lakes State Park.  Directions and more information will be sent later.
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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November 3rd 2012
 
I think I'm tired of rain, but I'm not tired of the cooler weather.  I'll love it while it lasts.
Do remember to turn back your clocks on Saturday night.  You get an extra hour of sleep!
 
Our next meeting, November 4th, will be a practical one.  Judge Todd Mckenny of Summit County Common Pleas Court, will help us determine if our deeds are correct.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  He will be on hand from 2:30 on that day to examine your documents. We will also select our Rose and Thistle Award Winner.  Nominated so far:  Bob Morehead, Bill Kennedy, and Dreama Powell.  Additional nominations welcome. 
 
Our next big event is the Saint Andrews Dinner.  Pipers will pipe, lively music will be provided by the J & C Entertainment, the Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers will perform.  There will be a super Silent Auction (just in time for Christmas Shopping), and it is rumored that Santa Claus will make an appearance. It will be held on Friday, November 30th at the S.Y.B. Party Center, 4157 Hudson Drive, Stow, Ohio 44240.  Cost is:  $25 Adults, $15 Seniors (90 & over) $20 (12 & under). Includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. Cash bar available.  [Checks can be sent to Frances at:  234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240].  Profits from this dinner help pay our entertainers at the Beltane Festival. 
 
For more information, call Frances Acar at:  330-673-6514,  Margaret Frost at:  330-903-4573, or Donne Shepperly at:  330-463-5559
 
Genealogy:
For those of you  interested in Genealogy, the workshops at the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) are filled.  They have a waiting list.  
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
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October 27th
Trick or Treaters will be out tonight in our neighborhood.  Sounds as if Mother Nature has a trick of her own up her sleeve with the predicted storm ahead for early next week.  I don't mind - at least the hot summer heat is over.  I can even do without electricity for awhile, if necessary.  We'll just get out our camping gear. 
 
I was wrong about how much we made on the Water Aid Ceilidh.  Thanks to a generous donation by one of our fellow Trustees of the Ohio Scottish Games, we made $611.  This will certainly help to bring life saving water to those who need it. 
 
Our next meeting, November 4th, will be a practical one.  Judge Todd Mckenny of Summit County Common Pleas Court, will help us determine if our deeds are correct.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  He will be on hand from 2:30 on that day to examine your documents.
 
Our next big event is the Saint Andrews Dinner.  Pipers will pipe, lively music will be provided by the J & C Entertainment, the Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers will perform.  There will be a super Silent Auction (just in time for Christmas Shopping), and it is rumored that Santa Claus will make an appearance. It will be held on Friday, November 30th at the S.Y.B. Party Center, 4157 Hudson Drive, Stow, Ohio 44240.  Cost is:  $25 Adults, $15 Seniors (90 & over) $20 (12 & under). Includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. Cash bar available.  [Checks can be sent to Frances at:  234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240].  Profits from this dinner help pay our entertainers at the Beltane Festival. 
 
For more information, call Frances Acar at:  330-673-6514,  Margaret Frost at:  330-903-4573, or Donne Shepperly at:  330-463-5559
 
Genealogy:
 
For those of you  interested in Genealogy, the workshops at the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) are filled.  They have a waiting list.  However, there is an event you may wish to participate in:  Late Night at the Library at the Main Library on Friday, November 2 from 6:30 to 10:30. New and experienced family historians are invited to mingle with fellow researchers and uncover the details of their ancestry during an evening of genealogy research and activities sponsored by the Special Collections Division and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. The evening will include a mini “Getting Started” program, a tour of Special Collections, door prizes, and refreshments. Parking is free in the High/Market St. Deck after 6 p.m. For additional information contact the Special Collections Division by phone 330-643-9030 or e-mail speccollections@akronlibrary.org. Registration is not required and all activities are free. 
 
May 18th 2013 - Celtic Beltane Festival.  This year we are changing the venue.  It will be held in New Franklin, Ohio, on the grounds of the Tudor House which is adjacent to Portage Lakes State Park.  Our sincere thanks to Michelle and Bill Bakan for hosting our event at Maize Valley Winery for so many years.  They have been very kind and generous.   
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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October 20th
 
Hi Folks! 
Are you ready for Halloween?  Pumpkins carved?  Treats ready to dole out on the big night?  Plan to wear a costume?  Himself and I often do.  Before you ask - no, he won't be wearing his kilt for Halloween.  (A kilt is not a costume.)   We carry a wine glass when we wander the neighborhood that night, though.  Just in case. 
 
Jon Lilley did an outstanding job on his presentation at our meeting last Sunday.  There was a lot of interest in the details of kilt making.  Enough that we hope a workshop might be included at the Ohio Scottish Arts School.   Our next meeting, November 4th, will be a practical one.  Judge Todd Mckenny of Summit County Common Pleas Court, will help us determine if our deeds are correct.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  He will be on hand from 2:30 on that day to examine your documents.
 
Many, many thanks to all those who helped make the 3rd Annual Water Aid Ceilidh such a success.  Especially Donne Shepperly who absolutely knocked herself out with the Beatrix Potter table decorations, the food, decor, and even the napkins.  She was helped by Frances Acar, who made sure all the details fell into place and brought half her kitchen stuff along.  Gene and Betty Marcus once again did a splendid job on the Silent Auction.  Jack and Joan Robertson played for us and Joan did a spontaneous presentation on her costume as well.  The Tigh na Creige dancers, as always, did a splendid job.  We had a follow-up act, a young dancer wannabee who danced while Joan played her fiddle.  Thanks so much to Chris Smith and Bev Kincaid who came up from Cincinnati to join the fun.  Chris didn't tell anyone that he has been working almost non-stop and those few hours were his time away from his jobs. It must have been exhausting to drive all that way and then drag his sound system in. 
 
 Poor Pam Russell got stuck in the kitchen, but we were glad to have her help.  In fact, most everyone pitched in one way or another.  Some brought food, some brought items for the auction, some simply donated money on the spot.  As always, the very generous members of our group out-did themselves.  Give yourselves a pat on the back.  Lives will be changed by your donations. 
 
As of this date the funds raised from this unique event - sponsored by Scottish groups around the world - have helped provide a supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to over 6000 people.  Last year we raised almost $500.  This year we made $586.  Thank you all.  I'm very proud of your accomplishment. 
 
Our next big event is the Saint Andrews Dinner.  Pipers will pipe, lively music will be provided by the J & C Entertainment, the Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers will perform.  There will be a super Silent Auction (just in time for Christmas Shopping), and it is rumored that Santa Claus will make an appearance. It will be held on Friday, November 30th at the S.Y.B. Party Center, 4157 Hudson Drive, Stow, Ohio 44240.  Cost is:  $25 Adults, $15 Seniors (90 & over) $20 (12 & under). Includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. Cash bar available.  [Checks can be sent to Frances at:  234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240.
Profits from this dinner help pay our entertainers at the Beltane Festival. 
 
For more information, call Frances Acar at:  330-673-6514,  Margaret Frost at:  330-903-4573, or Donne Shepperly at:  330-463-5559
 
Genealogy:
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) is offering a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions:  "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on November 10th.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
CALENDAR DATES
November 4th - 3:00 - Meeting Library - Judge Todd McKenney on deeds.  You may bring your deeds along for him to check and make recommendations.  He will be at the library from 2:30 on.  
November 30th - St. Andrews Dinner/Dance SYB Hall, Stow OH
 
May 18th 2013 - Celtic Beltane Festival.  This year we are changing the venue.  It will be held in New Franklin, Ohio, on the grounds of the Tudor House which is adjacent to Portage Lakes State Park.  Our sincere thanks to Michelle and Bill Bakan for hosting our event at Maize Valley Winery for so many years.  They have been very kind and generous.   
 
Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
Bill Kennedy has two very interesting web sites.  One is ScotClans of Ohio and there other is the web site for the Scottish American Military Society.  Contact Bill at:  wkennedyjr@yahoo.com for more information on these or on Clan Kennedy
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October 12th
 
Our next meeting is Sunday!  On the 14th of October, Jon Lilley, who played the pipes for us on Tartan Day, will be presenting a program on kilt making.  If nothing else, it will help you understand the art of creating such a special garment.  Trust me - I've learned the hard way that this is not an easy task.  But it is interesting and a challenge.  Jon will tell you all about it. 
 
But first, the Water Aid Ceilidh.  Please join us on the 13th of October - and donate what you can. (Directions below.)  
This is our  3rd Annual Water Aid  Ceilidh and Tea. Our theme will be Beatrix Potter and her tales.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  There is no admission charge, though we would be delighted to receive any voluntary contributions.  If you cannot attend, but would like to make a contribution, please make your check out to either Water Aid America or the Scottish American Society.  Either way, it will go to Water Aid, a 501(c)(3) charity and as such is tax-deductible.  If you choose, you can snail mail it to me at:  5679 Sherwood Forest Drive, Akron 44319, or Frances Acar at:  234 Lowell Drive, Kent 44240. 
 
Water Aid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.  Did you know that water related diseases take the lives of more children than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles combined?  As of this date the funds raised from this unique event - sponsored by Scottish groups around the world - have helped provide a supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to over 6000 people.  Last year we raised almost $500 and we hope to raise more this year.  
 
We will serve an elegant Tea from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  We will join with Scots around the world in dancing a Circassian Circle at 7:30 p.m.  There will be entertainment.  The Tigh na Creige Highland dancers will perform, as well as Joan & Jack Robertson on the fiddle & bagpipes, Chris Smith is coming from Cincinnati to play his keyboard for us - we'll join in some of the old Scottish tunes, Hannah and her singers from Kent will sing about water (don't know what exactly).  There will be a Silent Auction and plenty of goodies for all. 
 
The Tea will be held again this year at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Avenue, Akron OH  44313
 
Donations of items for the Silent Auction and baked goods would be enthusiastically received.
For more information, call Frances Acar at:  330-673-6514,  Margaret Frost at:  330-903-4573, or Donne Shepperly at:  330-463-5559
 
Directions: 
I-77 to White Pond Exit. 
Immediate right off exit to Mull Avenue.
 
Mull Avenue to round-a-bout. 
Circle round-a-bout to North Hawkins (follow signs toward Stan Hywet Hall if in doubt)
 
Continue on North Hawkins, going over railroad tracks at Garman Rd.
Past railroad tracks, 2nd street on the left is Shatto Avenue
 
Take Shatto to address 1730 which is the Akron Library branch and park in back. 
Northwest Family Recreation Center is just off the parking lot, left of the library entrance.
 
Northwest Family Recreation Center
1730 Shatto Avenue
Akron, OH  44313
 
Genealogy:
 
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) is offering a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions:  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on November 10th.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
May 18th 2013 - Celtic Beltane Festival.  This year we are changing the venue.  It will be held in New Franklin, Ohio, on the grounds of the Tudor House which is adjacent to Portage Lakes State Park.  Our sincere thanks to Michelle and Bill Bakan for hosting our event at Maize Valley Winery for so many years.  They have been very kind and generous.   
 
Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
Bill Kennedy has two very interesting web sites.  One is ScotClans of Ohio and there other is the web site for the Scottish American Military Society.  Contact Bill at:  wkennedyjr@yahoo.com for more information on these or on Clan Kennedy. 
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Our next meeting is next week!  On the 14th of October, Jon Lilley, who played the pipes for us on Tartan Day, will be presenting a program on kilt making.  If nothing else, it will help you understand the art of creating such a special garment.  Trust me - I've learned the hard way that this is not an easy task.  But it is interesting and a challenge.  Jon will tell you all about it. 
 
Actually the day before our meeting is our Water Aid Ceilidh.  The Water Aid group transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.  We are sponsoring a High Tea to raise money to support this worthy charitable effort.  Please join us on the 13th of October - and donate what you can.  This is our  3rd Annual Water Aid  Ceilidh and Tea. Our theme will be Beatrix Potter and her tales.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  There is no admission charge, though we would be delighted to receive any voluntary contributions.  If you cannot attend, but would like to make a contribution, please make your check out to either Water Aid America or the Scottish American Society.  Either way, it will go to Water Aid, a 501(c)(3) charity and as such is tax-deductible.  If you choose, you can snail mail it to me at:  5679 Sherwood Forest Drive, Akron 44319, or Frances Acar at:  234 Lowell Drive, Kent 44240. 
 
Water Aid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.  Did you know that water related diseases take the lives of more children than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles combined?  As of this date the funds raised from this unique event - sponsored by Scottish groups around the world - have helped provide a supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to over 6000 people.  Last year we raised almost $500 and we hope to raise more this year.  
 
We will serve an elegant Tea from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  We will join with Scots around the world in dancing a Circassian Circle at 7:30 p.m.  There will be entertainment.  The Tigh na Creige Highland dancers will perform, as well as Joan & Jack Robertson on the fiddle & bagpipes, Chris Smith is coming from Cincinnati to play his keyboard for us - we'll join in some of the old Scottish tunes, Hannah and her singers from Kent will sing about water (don't know what exactly).  There will be a Silent Auction and plenty of goodies for all. 
 
The Tea will be held again this year at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Avenue, Akron OH  44313
 
Donations of items for the Silent Auction and baked goods would be enthusiastically received.
 
For more information, call Frances Acar at:  330-673-6514,  Margaret Frost at:  330-903-4573, or Donne Shepperly at:  330-463-5559
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions:  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
November 4th - 3:00 - Meeting Library - Judge Todd McKenney on deeds.  You may bring your deeds along for him to check and make recommendations.  He will be at the library from 2:30 on.  
November 30th - St. Andrews Dinner/Dance SYB Hall, Stow OH
 
May 18th 2013 - Celtic Beltane Festival.  This year we are changing the venue.  It will be held in New Franklin, Ohio, on the grounds of the Tudor House which is adjacent to Portage Lakes State Park.  Our sincere thanks to Michelle and Bill Bakan for hosting our event at Maize Valley Winery for so many years.  They have been very kind and generous.   
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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29 Sept. 2012
We had a wonderful time celebrating our Agnes Bagley's 103rd birthday on Thursday.  They set aside a special room for us at the retirement center and we filled it with balloons, cupcakes, family, friends, and laughter. Wearing a tiara (only very slightly askew as the afternoon progressed),  Agnes proceeded to demonstrate the Highland Fling (while seated) as we all sang "Scotland the Brave".  And yes, she really did kick her legs up in the air - higher than most of those present could match.  She is amazing.  
 
Lots of interesting stuff coming up in October, but please don't forget our meeting on the 14th.  Jon Lilley, who played the pipes for us on Tartan Day, will be presenting a program on kilt making.  Jon has taken special classes to develop his talent in that direction.  My granny used to say that anyone could make a kilt.  They just had to lay the material out on the floor and pleat it to suit.  Well, much as I loved Grammie, I'm here to tell you this is no easy task.  Jon will tell you all about it and no doubt will show you some beautiful samples of his work.  (I could very likely produce some really bad examples of my efforts, but I wont.)
 
Please note the details below on the upcoming Water Aid Ceilidh.  The Water Aid group transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.  We are sponsoring a High Tea to raise money to support this worthy charitable effort.  Please join us on the 13th of October - and donate what you can. 
 
Genealogy:
 
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) is offering a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions:  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
May 18th 2013 - Celtic Beltane Festival.  This year we are changing the venue.  It will be held in New Franklin, Ohio, on the grounds of the Tudor House which is adjacent to Portage Lakes State Park.  Our sincere thanks to Michelle and Bill Bakan for hosting our event at Maize Valley Winery for so many years.  They have been very kind and generous.   
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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15th Sept. 2012
 
First, our thanks to Dave and Dianne Allison for organizing our part in the Giantfest event in Seville.  And thanks, too, to Jack and Joan Robertson who played for the memorial service.  Photos taken are here on our web site. 
 
Our favorite lady, Agnes Bagley, who was born in Scotland in 1909, will be 103 on September 27th.  If you would like to join a small group to sing "Happy Birthday" to her at the Stow-Kent Retirement Community, 4285 Kent Rd,
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8th Sept. 2012
Our September meeting is tomorrow, Sunday, the 9th of September. It will take place at 3:00 PM at the Akron Public Library - meeting room level.  Just look for our sign.  Marnie Sweet has promised to speak to us about her adventures in China.  She's home at the moment, but going back soon.  This should be a very interesting program.  [PS - there will be refreshments]
 
Genealogy:
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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2nd September 2012
Our September meeting is rapidly approaching.  Next Sunday, in fact.  Funny how fast August went by.  For those of us who hate the hot weather, it wasn't fast enough, but fall is nigh.  The birds are migrating, the sun is with us a little less each day, and we've actually begun our Christmas shopping.  This isn't the first of the year, but it is the kick off of the fall social calendar.  Marnie Sweet has promised to speak to us about her adventures in China.  She's home at the moment, but going back soon.  This should be a very interesting program. 
 
Pennygown
The "Harvest" episode of Pennygown is now featured on the web site - www.scottishamericansociety.org
 
Genealogy:
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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25 August 2012
The family day at Cedar Point is tomorrow.  Hope everyone is planning to attend.  Discount tickets are available at AAA (if you are a member) - think they can be purchased on line.  They are also available at Drug Mart.  It's supposed to be quite warm tomorrow, so dress cool if you are going.  Coffee will still be the beverage of choice in the morning.  You'll find us in the picnic pavilion just west of the gate - toward the water.
 
Pennygown
A new episode of Pennygown is now featured on the web site - www.scottishamericansociety.org
 
Genealogy:
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030. 
Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
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19 August 2012
Love this weather!  Isn't it great?  The Weather Gods are smiling.  This is perfect.  We deserve it after the horrendous hot summer.
I found out you can get discount tickets for Cedar Point at Discount Drug Mart.  (Also AAA)  It's a pretty substantial discount, so if you are planning to join us next week, check it out.  We'll be there on the 25th of August and will set up in the picnic area to the left of the gate.  I'll try to remember to bring a sign.  We'll have coffee for those who, like me, just don't get our day started without it.   Good deals on tickets are also available on line.  For heaven's sake, don't pay the gate price.  Get your tickets ahead of time. We have two air conditioned cabins reserved at a nearby campground for the 24th & 25th.  [Rates per cabin are:  $50 + tax for 2 adults, 2 children.  Extra adults $5 each.  Mini-fridge & Microwave $5 extra.]  If anyone is interested in either or both nights, let me know immediately.
 
Genealogy:
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 

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11 August 2012
 
Finally!  Cool, rainwashed air.  Love it.  Hints of autumn in the air.  I can breathe.  My garden is perking up with delight.  The world is good.
 
We are looking forward to spending the day at Cedar Point on the 25th of August.  Hopefully it will be a little cooler up near Lake Erie.  Again, we'll be set up in the picnic area to the left of the gate.  I'll try to remember to bring a sign.  We'll have coffee for those who, like me, just don't get our day started without it.   Good deals on tickets are often available on line.  We have two air conditioned cabins reserved at a nearby campground for the 24th & 25th.  If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll fill in the details.
 
Genealogy:
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
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4th August 2012
Himself says we should be happy we don't live in Oklahoma City.  I am.  For so many reasons.  I suppose I should be happy our temperatures haven't been over 100 degrees as it has there.  And now fires.  But the summer is not done with us here yet.  Drat.   
 
I feel that Mother Nature has really decided to punish me this year. I mean, 20+ days of temperatures above 90 degrees? Aw c’mon. That’s just not fair. My eyes scan all the TV offerings for winter program showings. I’d watch “Ice Road Trucker” if Himself would tolerate it. I found one where they have a contest carving ice. For a few blissful minutes, it felt almost chilly. The carvings were pretty neat, too.

I take courage in the fact that it will soon be over. The trees will be blessed with the beautiful colors of autumn and the hot weather will be done for this year. In the meantime, I’ve discovered another program to explore, “Ice Pilots.” Think I’ll turn that on and stick my feet in a pail of cold water. Thank goodness we have a refrigerator with an ice maker.

We are looking forward to spending the day at Cedar Point on the 25th of August.  Hopefully it will be a little cooler up near Lake Erie.  Again, we'll be set up in the picnic area to the left of the gate.  I'll try to remember to bring a sign.  We'll have coffee for those who, like me, just don't get our day started without it.   
Genealogy:
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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29 July 2012
I'm looking forward to the end of summer.  Since this coming week heralds the end of July, maybe I'll soon be able to breathe again!  Boy I hate hot weather. 
We are looking forward to spending the day at Cedar Point on the 25th of August.  We'll be set up in the picnic area (as we did last year) to the left of the gate. 
I'll try to remember to bring a sign.  We usually use it as a rendezvous area, starting with coffee in the morning. 
Genealogy:
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on July 7th and October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on July 28th and November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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14 July 2012
Just a quick reminder that the Sas'y picnic is tomorrow, at our home.  No problem if it rains. 
Please amend your Sas'y Activity notes still further.  We have a wonderful speaker for the November 4th meeting.  Judge Todd McKenney has agreed to speak to us on property deeds.  You may bring your deeds along for him to check and make recommendations.  He will be at the library from 2:30 on.  
 Genealogy:
For those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on July 7th and October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on July 28th and November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.
Bill Kennedy has two very interesting web sites.  One is ScotClans of Ohio and there other is the web site for the Scottish American Military Society.  Contact Bill at:  wkennedyjr@yahoo.com for more information on these or on Clan Kennedy. 
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7 July 2012
We're still recuperating from the 4th of July.  Around here it actually lasted for the 1st four days of the month.  A family birthday on the 1st (appropriately enough, a 1st birthday), immediately followed by the fireworks here in the Portage Lakes - a really spectacular sight.  Then myriads of errands and a special family get together featuring food, fun, gossip and giggles on the 4th itself.  Nice memories.
 
Please amend your Sas'y Activity notes, if you have them.  Marnie Sweet will be speaking to us at the September meeting.  We all enjoyed her presentation on Alaska very much.  Now, while she is home briefly from her stay in China, she will present:  "China - Yes, it's me and I'm in Love Again."  Sounds great.   
 
Please note that the November meeting will be held on the 4th of that month - which is the first Sunday - instead of the usual 2nd Sunday.  The library will be using their meeting rooms on the 11th and they are not available to us. 
 
 Genealogy: Just a quick reminder for those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. 
Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on July 7th and October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on July 28th and November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
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30 June 2012
Hope you didn't miss the big event.  Ohio Scottish Games was last weekend, and what joy it offered.  For those of you who stopped by our area, did you notice?  We had our much duck-taped camper parked behind us in the adjacent section of the barn and we stayed the night Friday to Saturday.  We laughingly functioned as "Security."  Craig Shepperly brought a $90,000 Jaguar to the "Hole-in-One" contest at the golf outing on Thursday.  The prize was a two year lease on that car.  Too bad that didn't get more publicity.  I think the actual winner was only 12 years old and not eligible to win it.  But what a beauty. 

We always enjoy the Ohio Scottish Games.  It's much like being at a giant family reunion.  So many friends, relatives, and familiar faces.  In gossiping at the various areas, I found out who is getting married soon, who is 11 weeks into her next pregnancy, and who will not be with their current spouse at the next festival. The Highland Cattle folk will have eleven new foals this year, and friends with vintage cars were happy to show off their vehicles. I got a chance to hug our lovely Ann and Mary - two of the Walsh girls who competed in the dancing.  We've known and loved them since they were born.  Happily we fed them cupcakes and cookies. They giggled and laughed and talked about their joys and teen-aged problems. 

Jack Robertson played the pipes for us, while Joan played the fiddle.  What a joy to have them around. They entertained throughout the clan area and at the Gaelic Mod banquet in Oberlin afterward.  When I heard “Jingle Bells” being played on the bagpipes, I knew they were entertaining Clan Claus. (Yes, that Claus.) And incidentally, Clan Claus won Best Clan Tent award.  As someone said, "Who can compete with Santa Claus?"

Many folks stopped by our Genealogy section to share tidbits about their family history. Some were fascinating and some we took with a grain of salt, but hopefully a believing smile. (I really can't quite imagine he could trace his family history directly back to the 1st century.)  Himself held the less than two month old daughter of Elisa and Hector Torres. Baby Seline is the youngest member of our Scottish American family.  (She was born just a few days before the Beltane.)   It was an adorable sight to see him smiling down at that baby and a delight for all of us that they allowed us to enjoy their precious gift.

Many thanks to all who helped with the Genealogy Table and the Hospitality section.  Especially:  Gene & Betty Marcus, Ann & Bill Heflin, David and Dianne Allison, Nancy Haggard Davis, Jack & Joan Robertson, and Himself, Jim Frost. 

So, our long weekend is over. The Thursday golf outing has finished and Beaton Family can relax for another year  The barbecue dinner, concert, and Ceilidh on Friday is a happy memory.  Bill Kennedy introduced the clans with a bit of history and a flourish. The "Grand March" got nearly everyone on their feet. Gone are the hordes of people who invaded the fairgrounds on Saturday. The food vendors were certainly creative. I'm still trying to figure out what a Scottish taco is. ( I didn't dare try it.)  Many watched their children playing on the inflatables and competing in the Children's Games, supervised by the intrepid David Macgregor. In honor of the new film “Brave” - a Prince and Princess were chosen. Some of the prizes were furnished by the Disney folks who were present. (The red wig on Reid Kennedy was memorable.) 

After everyone had gone home, we went to the Gaelic Mod Awards banquet and enjoyed the food and the Ceilidh.  We decided to pack up our camper at Midnight and depart. The excitement was past, the Jaguar had left, and we were anxious to get home. All that is left now is to begin plans for next year. The festival is over, but the memories will warm our hearts for a long time.

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Once again, a quick reminder that Nydah was not able to staff the Clan Elliott tent.  She has not fully recovered from her horrendous accident. If you wish to send her a card: 

Mrs. Nydah Ellett, C/oThe Arbors at Fairlawn, 575 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333  Our 102 year old Agnes Bagley was not able to be there, either.  Agnes does not see well, but really appreciates getting cards.  If you have a moment, could you please drop her a line at: Mrs. Agnes Bagley, Stow-Glen Retirement Community, 4285 Kent Road, Stow, Ohio  44224  

Genealogy: Just a quick reminder for those of you in the Akron area, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (where we hold our meetings) will offer a series of free workshops on researching family histories.  Himself and I have attended these classes before and they are excellent.  I strongly recommend them if this is your interest. Genealogy classes offered at the Akron Public Library include the following sessions: "Getting Started in Family History," September 8th.  "Second Steps in Genealogy Research" on October 13th.   "Finding Your Family in the Census" on July 7th and October 27th; "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"  on July 28th and November 17th; "Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research" on August 4th and November 10th; and "Getting Started in African American Genealogy," September 22nd.  All sessions will be from 10 am to noon at the Main Branch of the Library, 60 S. Main Street in Akron.  For details and to sign up, call:  330-643-9030.

 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
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3 June 2012
Bet you are all seeing some portion of the Queen's Jubilee this week.  Her mother, the beloved "Queen Mum" was born in Scotland and maintained Castle Mey in the North until her death. We are gearing up for the Ohio Scottish Games later this month.  You are welcome to stop by our area in the barn and relax, pitch in, or drop off your purchases so you won't have to carry them around.  We look forward to seeing you all there.
 
Lori Neidert points out that there is a nice article on the new Disney "Brave" movie in the Saturday, June 2nd, issue of The Scotsman.  The article points out that although it was made in California, it is laced with Oor Wullie and Doric. Scottish screen stars Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd spoke about how they got authentic Scots dialect and slang into Hollywood’s animated epic set in a fantasy Scotland.
 
We promoted the movie at our Beltane Festival and will be at the OSG.  Donne Shepperly points out that:  "This year we are working with Disney and promoting the upcoming movie, "Brave" which opens the day before our Games."  Tartan Day in the Columbus area also promoted the movie.  The reason?  Anything that promotes Scotland or has the potential to increase tourism in Scotland gets our positive attention. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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14 April 2012
 
With Easter falling so close to Tartan Day, special events to celebrate our heritage kind of got lost in the shuffle.  Have no fear, though.  You haven't missed it completely.  Our Tartan Day Dinner is tomorrow.  Yes, folks, TOMORROW !!  Sunday, April 15th.  (Our only meeting this month.)
 
You do not have to have a reservation or be a member of the Scottish American Society to attend.  We're happy to have you join us at 1:00 PM at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant in North Canton.  Just off I-77, it is easily accessed via the airport exit, and fun to visit.  The program will feature our own Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers and John Whitacre, "The Rampant Mandolin."  John has played for us before and appears at our Beltane Festival in May.  He is always a delight.  He presents traditional music of the British Isles on mandolin family instruments and mountain dulcimer. He plays Scottish marches, jigs, and reels; Irish hornpipes, jigs, reels, and polkas; colonial American tunes from England; and original tunes written in the Scottish style.  John Lilley will play the bagpipes for us and Craig Shepperly will briefly discuss the history of Tartan Day.  All this and much more. 
 
The dinner/brunch (all you can possibly eat and then some) will cost $14.95 for adults, Kids from 4-10 $7.99.  (Presume that doesn't include tax or tip.)  You will pay individually, but please let us know you plan to attend. Email:  Frances.acar@gmail.commfrost@nls.net   Any questions?  Call me at: 330-903-4573 or Frances at: 330-673-6514.  
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
Bill Kennedy has two very interesting web sites.  One is ScotClans of Ohio and there other is the web site for the Scottish American Military Society.  Contact Bill at:  wkennedyjr@yahoo.com for more information on these or on Clan Kennedy. 
 
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7 April 2012
From Himself and me to you and yours - HAPPY EASTER ! 
 
Again, please note that there will not be a regular meeting in April.  Instead we will have our Tartan Day Dinner at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant in North Canton.  Just off I-77, it is easily accessed via the airport exit, and fun to visit.  The program will feature our own Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers and John Whitacre, "The Rampant Mandolin."  John has played for us before and appears at our Beltane Festival in May.  He is always a delight.  He presents traditional music of the British Isles on mandolin family instruments and mountain dulcimer. He plays Scottish marches, jigs, and reels; Irish hornpipes, jigs, reels, and polkas; colonial American tunes from England; and original tunes written in the Scottish style.  John Lilley will play the bagpipes for us and Craig Shepperly will briefly discuss the history of Tartan Day.  All this and much more. 
The dinner/brunch (all you can possibly eat and then some) will cost $14.95 for adults, Kids from 4-10 $7.99.  (Presume that doesn't include tax or tip.)  You will pay individually, but please let us know you plan to attend. Email:  Frances.acar@gmail.commfrost@nls.net   Any questions?  Call me at: 330-903-4573 or Frances at: 330-673-6514.  This dinner is open to all who wish to join us.
There will be wonderful WALKERS SHORTBREAD samples for all to take home and enjoy. 
Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.

Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   

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31st March 2012
The Easter Bunny will be here soon.  But before that, you can celebrate Pub Night at the Wellington Eagles Club TONIGHT.  It is a Tartan Day event, with money raised going to our Sister Games in Scotland.  Officiants from the games there will be here to help us enjoy our games in June.  It will be held at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles hall, 631 South Main St., Wellington OH, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Donation $5 at the door, Food available for purchase from the F.O.E.:  Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips, Burgers, Fries and Drinks.
 
Update on Agnes Bagley:  Carol Leslie Hosticka has visited Agnes and says she is very much improved.  She will be at the Stow-Kent Nursing Home, Rm. 112, 4285 Kent Rd, Stow, Ohio 44224-4355 for the near future.  I'm sure she'd be delighted to hear from you.
 
Marnie Sweet mentioned that there is an excellent article on Prince Charles and his restoration work at Dumfries House on the web site for Architectural Digest: 
 
Again, please note that there will not be a regular meeting in April.  Instead we will have our Tartan Day Dinner at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant in North Canton.  Just off I-77, it is easily accessed via the airport exit, and fun to visit.  The program will feature our own Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers and John Whitacre, "The Rampant Mandolin."  John has played for us before and appears at our Beltane Festival in May.  He is always a delight.  He presents traditional music of the British Isles on mandolin family instruments and mountain dulcimer. He plays Scottish marches, jigs, and reels; Irish hornpipes, jigs, reels, and polkas; colonial American tunes from England; and original tunes written in the Scottish style. 
 
The dinner/brunch (all you can possibly eat and then some) will cost $14.95 for adults, Kids from 4-10 $7.99.  (Presume that doesn't include tax or tip.)  You will pay individually, but please let us know you plan to attend. Email:  Frances.acar@gmail.commfrost@nls.net   Any questions?  Call me at: 330-903-4573 or Frances at: 330-673-6514.
 
This dinner is open to all who wish to join us.

 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.

Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   

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11 March 2012
Our next meeting of the Scottish American Society is TOMORROW !!  It is at the Akron Library, 3:00, on the meeting room level. Dreama Powell will present a program on the Celtic Harp.  The parking is inside and free on Sunday, so hopefully whatever the weather is, it won't be a problem. 
 
Everyone PLEASE NOTE - tonight we change our clocks ahead one hour.  SPRING FORWARD.  (The meeting is thus at 2:00 EST, or 3:00 DST.) 
 
Also, please note that there will not be a regular meeting in April.  Instead we will have our Tartan Day Dinner at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant in North Canton.  Just off I-77, it is easily accessed via the airport exit, and fun to visit.  The program will feature our own Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers and John Whitacre, "The Rampant Mandolin."  John has played for us before and appears at our Beltane Festival in May.  He is always a delight.  He presents traditional music of the British Isles on mandolin family instruments and mountain dulcimer. He plays Scottish marches, jigs, and reels; Irish hornpipes, jigs, reels, and polkas; colonial American tunes from England; and original tunes written in the Scottish style. 
 
The dinner/brunch (all you can possibly eat and then some) will cost $14.95 for adults, Kids from 4-10 $7.99.  (Presume that doesn't include tax or tip.)  You will pay individually, but please let us know you plan to attend. Email:  Frances.acar@gmail.com; cragnadun@aol.com; mfrost@nls.net This dinner is open to all who wish to attend.
 
I was recently asked how to celebrate World Whisky Day.  The answer?  Any way you wish. 
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
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March 3rd
I heard a weather forecaster say that March had come in like a lamb (thus we can look forward to a cold and blustery exit?)...  I'd sure like to know what weather map he was looking at.  Think he may have been hitting the Glenfiddich a little on the heavy side?  Tornados, wind, snow tomorrow.   Feels pretty fierce to me.
 
Whether it is raining, snowing, or blowing, our next meeting is at the Akron Library on the 11th of the month.  Dreama Powell will present a program on the Celtic Harp.  The parking is inside and free on Sunday, so hopefully whatever the weather is, it won't be a problem. 
 
Keep in mind that the Tartan Day Dinner will be held on April 15th - we won't have a regular meeting that month.  The program will feature our own Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers and John Whitacre, "The Rampant Mandolin."  John has played for us before and appears at our Beltane Festival in May.  He is always a delight.  He presents traditional music of the British Isles on mandolin family instruments and mountain dulcimer. He plays Scottish marches, jigs, and reels; Irish hornpipes, jigs, reels, and polkas; colonial American tunes from England; and original tunes written in the Scottish style. 
 
The dinner will be held on April 15th at the  356th Fighter Group Restaurant,  North Canton.  Cost is $14.95, Kids from 4-10 $7.99.  (Presume that doesn't include tax or tip.)  Pay individually, but please let us know you plan to attend. Email:  Frances.acar@gmail.com; cragnadun@aol.com; mfrost@nls.net
 
Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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25 February 2012
So now it's winter again.  For a moment or two, I guess.  I have to remind myself that it's really only February and winter is far from done with us yet.  Next week it will be March and we should actually hope for cold and windy weather - in like a lion and all that. 
 
I'm pleased to announce that Amy and Jayson Barrington just welcomed in their fourth grandson, Elijah Simon, this week.  And a bonnie wee laddie he is.  Amy is the daughter of Jim & Margaret Frost, shown above left.
 
We're getting things organized for the Tartan Day dinner.  Our entertainment will feature our own Tigh na Creige dancers, plus John Whitacre, on the "Rampant Mandolin."  He presents traditional music of the British Isles on mandolin family instruments and mountain dulcimer. He plays Scottish marches, jigs, and reels; Irish hornpipes, jigs, reels, and polkas; colonial American tunes from England; and original tunes written in the Scottish style.  The dinner will be held on April 15th at the  356th Fighter Group Restaurant,  North Canton.  Cost is $14.95, Kids from 4-10 $7.99.  (Presume that doesn't include tax or tip.)  Pay individually, but please let us know you plan to attend.
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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11 February 2012
Punxsutawney Phil  wins the prize for prognostication.  Sure looks like winter out there.  Don't let it stop you from getting to the meeting tomorrow, though.  Once you get to the library parking lot you don't have to go outside for an instant.  Jane Gramlich of the Akron Library staff is presenting a program on Genealogy.  We know a lot of you find that an interesting topic.  The meeting begins at 3:00 in the meeting room area of the library. 
 
Bob Morehead reminds us that Groundhog Day has it's origins in Scotland.  In pagan Scotland, the Cailleach Bheruh was the most powerful of the Storm Hags and ruled as queen of winter. Around Imbolc - St Brigid’s Day (Scots Gaelic Là Fhèill Brìghde) or Feb. 2nd, her power begins to wane, but she does not go quietly. The belief is, she gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter on Imbolc.  If the weather was fair on Imbolc, it meant that the Cailleach would go out to gather a lot of wood, thus winter would return in full force.  If it was dark and stormy, she would go back to bed, meaning winter would end soon.  Thus, if the weather was fair, the Scottish badgers would emerge from their lair and because of the bright sun, see their shadow and scurry back inside their hole.  We have no badgers in America, but groundhogs are a worthy substitute.Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events. 
 
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4 Feb. 2012

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicts more winter (or even just plain winter, since we don't seem to have really had any yet). Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow and thus predicts no winter at all this year. So take your pick. Next week, February 12th, don't forget our Genealogy program at the library. Jane Gramlich of the Akron Library staff will speak to us.

This past week we lost a dear friend. Many will remember Harold Girt who played the snare drum for the Crag Dhe Ceid Pipe Band. You will find a more complete write-up on our web site on the "Bulletin Board" page.

Scottish Country Dancing - If you are interested in joining, contact Frances Acar at: Frances.acar@gmail.com. Her telephone number is: 330-673-6514. We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio. Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try. Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing. If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class. She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home.

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh. Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group. For more information call Christie at: 330-867-1030.

Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community. One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.

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28th January   2012
Last week at this time we were looking forward to the SHANO Burns Dinner.  This week it is just a memory.  But a lovely one.  I won't admit how long we've been going to their dinners, but the first we attended was in the old Hotel Cleveland ballroom.  That was a year or two ago.  It never disappoints.  
Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
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14 January 2012
One minute it's warm, the next freezing.  Yep, it's winter in Ohio.  Jim Frost did a super job on his presentation at the meeting.  As he pointed out, Culloden was the last Civil War fought on British soil.  While it ultimately brought an end to the clan system, it brought the beginning stirrings of the Scottish Enlightenment period. 
 
The SHANO Burns Dinner is coming up on January 21st.  Donne Shepperly will be happy to answer any questions you might have.  You can get in touch with her at:  cragnadun@AOL.com 
 
Our sympathy to member Carol Leslie Hosticka.  Carol is returning today from Scotland.  Her mother, Mary Ellen Boyle Leslie, made her transition at 4:58 PM GMT, on the 12th of January.  Our very best to you always, Carol.  Carol and her husband, Jerry, live at 3826 Silsby Road, University Hts., Ohio 44118.
 Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
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10 December 2011
This is the weekend for cookie baking at the Frost household.  Our decorations are largely in place, but we need to have something ready for refreshments for that jolly old elf and all the friends who stop by over the holidays.  It's a busy and fun time.
 
I think we've decided now that the next St. Andrews fundraiser/dinner dance will take place on - wait for it - St. Andrews Day, 2012.  (That's Friday, November 30th - be sure and ink it in on your new calendars.)  Just in case you were wondering, we raised enough to pay our pipe bands for the Beltane.  How about that?  For all who purchased items at that splendid Silent Auction, please know that the folks at Pegasus are very grateful. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing -  If you are interested in joining,  contact Frances Acar at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
Bill Kennedy has two very interesting web sites.  One is ScotClans of Ohio and there other is the web site for the Scottish American Military Society.  Contact Bill at:  wkennedyjr@yahoo.com for more information on these or on Clan Kennedy. 
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3 December 2011
The St. Andrews was last night and a really fun event it was. Dreama Powell ushered in the evening with her gentle song stylings on the Celtic Harp. She was followed by the Celtic Eagle pipers, skillfully playing rousing tunes. Chris Smith came all the way from Cincinnati to entertain us with his keyboard improvisations of Big Band sounds.  Bob Morehead once again did a masterful job of managing the sound system.  His wife, Ida, produced the beautiful (and yummy) cakes for dessert.  Granddaughter, Timmie (the little red-headed dynamo who has been with us since birth) is now part of the Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers, taught by Christy Urquhart Walsh and Rebecca Gressock Spillan.  Becca's daughter, Ainsley Grace Spillan (18 months), shows great promise as a future member of the group.  The Walsh kids kept right on entertaining after their performance, with informal dancing and by leading the Christmas Carols.  With Betty and Gene Marcus organizing the Silent Auction tables, lots of folks were able to browse the many very generous donations offered.  I'm sure lots of those items will appear under someone's Christmas Tree.   
The food was good, the ambience just right for our evening, and those who work at the S.Y.B. Hall were courteous, friendly, and very helpful.  In fact, we liked the venue so much Frances sat right down and booked it for next year. 
Our Rose and Thistle Award winners required a lot of stealthy voting this year.  And yes, you read that right.  For the first time we have made the award to a couple - and I'm sure you will agree on the choice.  Gene and Betty Marcus.  Congratulations to two of our very favorite people.    
 Scottish Country Dancing -  Dance classes have begun again.  If you wish to participate (we are not a threatening group) contact Frances at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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26 November 2011
don't know about you, but we're still eating Thanksgiving leftovers.  Himself threw out the turkey bones.  He does NOT want turkey soup. 
 
Okay folks, here it is.  Your absolutely, positively, rock bottom LAST CHANCE for the ST. ANDREWS !  If you haven't made a reservation, pick up that telephone and call Frances Acar immediately.  As in IMMEDIATELY !  Her telephone number is:  330-673-6514.  If you miss this event, you'll be missing an evening full of camaraderie and fun.  Also, a super shopping opportunity.  There are some totally wonderful items for sale at the Silent Auction.
 
The St. Andrews Dinner Dance will be held next Friday, December 2nd at the S.Y.B. Party Center, 4157 Hudson Drive, Stow, Ohio 44240.  Cost is:  $25 Adults, $15 Seniors (90 & over) $20 (12 & under). Includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. Cash bar available.  The entertainment will feature the Tigh na Creige dancers, Dreama on the harp, the Celtic Eagle pipers, and Chris Smith duo playing Big Band sounds.  Bob Morehead will manage all the good sounds.  His wife Ida is providing the cake for our dessert.     
 
The S.Y.B. Party Center is easily accessible from Rt. 8.  Directions:  Take Rt. 8 to the Steels Corners Rd exit, EXIT 9, toward Hudson Dr.  (go 0.25 miles)  Turn east onto E Steels Corners Rd. -  E Steels Corners Rd becomes Hudson Dr.  (go 0.01 miles). 4157 HUDSON DR is on the right.  As most of you know, the St. Andrews helps us fund the acts at the Beltane Festival in May - which in turn raises money for Pegasus. 
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  Dance classes have begun again.  If you wish to participate (we are not a threatening group) contact Frances at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   

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9 Nov.
The meeting was quick.  We didn't have all that much business and we wanted to get to the movie, Geordie.  The Akron Library staff was right there to help us get it organized.  (I have not sufficient accolades for these folks.) Himself and I purchased the film (made in the 50's, but reworked onto DVD) so if you would like to see it, please let us know.  We'll be glad to loan it to you for private viewing.
 
The St. Andrews Dinner Dance is our next big event.  It will be held on Friday, December 2nd at the S.Y.B. Party Center, 4157 Hudson Drive, Stow, Ohio 44240.  Cost is:  $25 Adults, $15 Seniors (90 & over) $20 (12 & under). Includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. Cash bar available.  We have some very neat items for the silent auction, including kilted skirts in Lindsay tartan, those neat tartan bags and tags from Bev Kincaid, and gorgeous items from Quantum Silver. The entertainment will feature the Tigh na Creige dancers, Dreama on the harp, the Celtic Eagle pipers, and Chris Smith duo playing Big Band sounds.  Bob Morehead will manage all the good sounds.  His wife Ida is providing the cake for our dessert.     

Reservations may be made by simply sending a check made out to the Celtic Beltane Festival, and mailing it to: Frances Acar, 234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240. 

Reservation Deadline: November 25th, 2011

The S.Y.B. Party Center is easily accessible from Rt. 8.  Directions:  Take Rt. 8 to the Steels Corners Rd exit, EXIT 9, toward Hudson Dr.  (go 0.25 miles)  Turn right onto E Steels Corners Rd. -  E Steels Corners Rd becomes Hudson Dr.  (go 0.01 miles). 4157 HUDSON DR is on the right.  As most of you know, the St. Andrews helps us fund the acts at the Beltane Festival in May - which in turn raises money for Pegasus. 
 
 Scottish Country Dancing -  Dance classes have begun again.  If you wish to participate (we are not a threatening group) contact Frances at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
Bill Kennedy has two very interesting web sites.  One is ScotClans of Ohio and there other is the web site for the Scottish American Military Society.  Contact Bill at:  wkennedyjr@yahoo.com for more information on these or on Clan Kennedy. 
 
Hope you all have a happy and very filling Thanksgiving....
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October 29
Happy Halloween!
Our next meeting will be at the Akron Library on November 13th.  We are showing the film "Geordie" which tells the story of a Scottish Olympian.  Be there promptly at 3:00, please.
 
Prior to that, the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society offers the Seventh Annual Late Night at the Library, After Hours Genealogy Event, Friday, November 4, 6:30 – 10:30 PM in the Special Collections Division of Main Library, 60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326.  If you are new to genealogy, attend a tour of the division and an abbreviated version of our Getting Started in Family History workshop at 6:45 PM.  As in years past, parking is free in the High Street Parking Deck if you enter after 6 PM. Copies and printing are free. Door prizes and refreshments are provided. Need more information?  Contact the Special Collections division at:  330.643.9030
Our next big event is the St. Andrews Dinner Dance.  That will be held on Friday, December 2nd at the S.Y.B. Party Center, 4157 Hudson Drive, Stow, Ohio 44240. This is easily accessible from Rt. 8.  Directions:  Take Rt. 8 to the Steels Corners Rd exit, EXIT 9, toward Hudson Dr.  (go 0.25 miles)  Turn right onto E Steels Corners Rd. -  E Steels Corners Rd becomes Hudson Dr.  (go 0.01 miles). 4157 HUDSON DR is on the right.  As most of you know, the St. Andrews helps us fund the acts at the Beltane Festival in May - which in turn raises money for Pegasus. 
 
We still need donations of items for the Silent Auction at the St. Andrews.  They may be brought to the next meeting, November 13th at the Akron Library.  That meeting will feature an old, but charming film entitled "Geordie."  I guarantee, you will enjoy this story about a Scottish fellow who becomes an Olympic Athlete. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing -  Dance classes have begun again.  If you wish to participate (we are not a threatening group) contact Frances at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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October 22nd
What a wonderful event our Water Aid Tea last week was.  So sorry if you missed it.  There were goodies in abundance and entertainment to bring joy to anyone's heart.  The Robertsons played and sang for us.  Our own Brian McElhiney appeared in his gorgeous USA tartan, but had another gig so he didn't play for us.  I feel sure he would have if asked.  (We can always count on Brian.)  Bob Morehead functioned as a very competent DJ, playing tunes and making sure everyone had proper microphones and music.  His granddaughter, Timmie, is now one of our most adorable highland dancers.  We danced the Circassian Circle at 5:00, thus joining hands with Scots all over the world.  Our Agnes Bagley, at 102, was our oldest dancer.  Isn't she amazing?  I asked her if she was tired when we finished.  She smiled and said, "a bit."  I'll bet!
 
Our attendance numbers were down, but nevertheless we raised $360.  Then on top of the money we raised at the Tea, several very generous folks on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Scottish Games added to our total.  We are able to send $600 to Water Aid.  This charity has been in existence since 1981.  They have reached 15.9 million people with safe water, and 11 million people with sanitation (since 2004).  Water Aid works with 400 local partners around the world.  These are folks who understand local needs.  Water Aid teaches them the necessary skills and provides funding so that they can establish and manage affordable, accessible, sustainable solutions.  Give yourself a pat on the back, all who contributed to this worthy effort.  I'm very proud of each and every one of you - and the world thanks you.
 
Our next big event is the St. Andrews Dinner Dance.  That will be held on Friday, December 2nd at the S.Y.B. Party Center, 4157 Hudson Drive, Stow, Ohio 44240.
This is easily accessible from Rt. 8.  Directions:  Take Rt. 8 to the Steels Corners Rd exit, EXIT 9, toward Hudson Dr.  (go 0.25 miles)  Turn right onto E Steels Corners Rd. -  E Steels Corners Rd becomes Hudson Dr.  (go 0.01 miles). 4157 HUDSON DR is on the right.  As most of you know, the St. Andrews helps us fund the acts at the Beltane Festival in May - which in turn raises money for Pegasus. 
 
We still need donations of items for the Silent Auction at the St. Andrews.  They may be brought to the next meeting, November 13th at the Akron Library.  That meeting will feature an old, but charming film entitled "Geordie."  I guarantee, you will enjoy this story about a Scottish fellow who becomes an Olympic Athlete. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing -  Dance classes have begun again.  If you wish to participate (we are not a threatening group) contact Frances at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
  
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October 15th
Don't you wish you could bottle up some of the rain and send it to the 3rd world countries where it is so badly needed? 
Too bad we can't do that.  But we can help raise money for those who help them find water.  Today is our Water-Aid Tea at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Avenue (behind the library) - Akron 44313.  From 3:00 to 5:00, we'll sip tea, nibble goodies, and bid on Silent Auction items as we are entertained by pipers, a speaker, the Tigh na Creige dancers, music by the Robertsons and Bob Morehead who provides our sound system.   
 
 We will all (hopefully) participate in this International Ceilidh to benefit Water Aid.  Water related diseases take the lives of more children than HIV/AID’s, malaria and measles combined. Please help us to continue to change this. To date, the funds raised from this unique event have helped provide a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to over 6000 people. We will join hands with each other and with Scots all over the world who will dance the Circassian Circle at precisely 10:00 (in Scotland - 5:00 our time).  It's simple and it's fun.  Almost anyone can manage it, but if you cannot, at least be there to applaud those who do. 
 
We still need donations of baked goods for the Tea, as well as items for the Silent Auction.
[Items for either of the Silent Auctions - Ceilidh or St. Andrews - may be brought today.  Items for the St. Andrews may be brought to the next meeting.]  
 
Speaking of meetings - Bob Morehead once again did not disappoint.  I think we all understand the Darien Scheme better and the tragic consequences.  Thank you, Bob.  Outstanding program. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our Frances is back from Scotland, so dance classes will begin again shortly.  Contact her at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   As there is currently a fund drive on for public radio - please call and make a pledge if you can manage.  We really want to support public radio - and most important, Joe and Kevin. 
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October 8th 2011
What absolutely gorgeous fall weather.  This is amazing.  Please don't let it distract you from attending the meeting tomorrow, though.  It will be at the Akron library, as usual.  Free parking adjacent to the library in the parking garage (across from the Art Museum).  3:00-5:00. Bob Morehead will tell us about the Darien Scheme.  A dark mark in Scottish History. 
 
On October 15th (the following Saturday) we will all (hopefully) participate in the International Ceilidh to benefit Water Aid.  Water related diseases take the lives of more children than HIV/AID’s, malaria and measles combined. Please help us to continue to change this. To date, the funds raised from this unique event have helped provide a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to over 6000 people. We will join hands with each other and with Scots all over the world who will dance the Circassian Circle at precisely 10:00 (in Scotland - 5:00 our time).  It's simple and it's fun.  Almost anyone can manage it, but if you cannot, at least be there to applaud those who do. 
 
Joe Nicholls writes that WCPN-FM is having a fundraiser next week.  Their turn is Sunday, October 16. He was wondering if the Scottish American Society might be able to make a pledge. Any amount will do. If not, would any member be able to help. All the money goes to the station. Any help would be appreciated.  We'll discuss this tomorrow. 
 
 We will need donations of baked goods for the Tea on October 15th, as well as items for the Silent Auction coming up.  We have a program featuring Scottish music, dancing by the Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers, pipers, sound system by J & C Entertainment, Bob Morehead acting as deejay. 
 
[Items for either of the Silent Auctions - Ceilidh or St. Andrews - may be brought to the next two meetings.]
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our Frances is back from Scotland, so dance classes will begin again shortly.  Contact her at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
Bill Kennedy has two very interesting web sites.  One is ScotClans of Ohio and there other is the web site for the Scottish American Military Society.  Contact Bill at:  wkennedyjr@yahoo.com for more information on these or on Clan Kennedy. 
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October 1st 2011
Dreary day today.  If you planned a picnic in the park, frankly I'd skip it.  Himself says we will not go to Cedar Point today.  (Since we didn't plan to go anyhow, that's a moot point.)
 
Our Membership Chairman, Dave Allison, is doing pretty well despite recent surgery.  He was diagnosed with lung cancer, but they feel that they caught it very early.  According to Dianne, they removed about half of his left lung after doing a biopsy while he was on the table and verifying that it is cancer.  He has some really big drains (he calls them garden hoses).  Currently he is in Western Reserve Hospital in room 338.  If you wish to send a card, you could send it there or to their home: 1765 Calvert Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 44223.
 
Grandma News (hey, I write the newsletter, I get to go there).  Grandson Jonathan Belvin (he heads parking at the Beltane) was Athlete of the Week at Springfield High School.  He will also be part of the King's Court at Homecoming next Friday.  Jon is president of the Springfield HS Band.  With that in mind, please, please go to www.Ohio.com/spirit  and vote for Springfield as the best Marching Band.  They really are. 
 
Don't forget that our next meeting is coming up at the library on Sunday, October 9th.  Bob Morehead will tell us about the Darien Scheme.  A dark mark in Scottish History. 
 
On October 15th we will all (hopefully) participate in the International Ceilidh to benefit Water Aid.  Water related diseases take the lives of more children than HIV/AID’s, malaria and measles combined. Please help us to continue to change this. To date, the funds raised from this unique event have helped provide a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to over 6000 people. We will join hands with each other and with Scots all over the world who will dance the Circassian Circle at precisely 10:00 (in Scotland - 5:00 our time).  It's simple and it's fun.  Almost anyone can manage it, but if you cannot, at least be there to applaud those who do. 
 
We will need donations of baked goods for the Tea that day, as well as items for the Silent Auction coming up.  We have a program featuring Scottish music, dancing by the Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers, pipers, sound system by J & C Entertainment, Bob Morehead acting as deejay. 
 
[Items for either of the Silent Auctions - Ceilidh or St. Andrews - may be brought to the next two meetings.]
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Let me know if you are interested, I'll be happy to relay the information to Frances.  She is currently visiting her family in Scotland.  Classes are suspended until she returns. 
 
However, later this month you can contact her directly.  Frances Acar, (our instructor) can be reached at:  Frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 

Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   

 

 
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Sept. 10th 2011
Hope you will all fly an American Flag tomorrow in memory of the sad events that occurred ten years ago.  But please also plan to attend our meeting at the library.  Marnie Sweet  will speak on Alaska at 3:00 - usual meeting area.
 
We will have our International Ceilidh at 3:00 on October 15th at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 730 Shatto Ave.  We will raise money for Water Aid, a charity devoted to bringing water to areas of 3rd world countries where they have none.  There is no charge for this event, but a donation at the door is requested. 
 
Water related diseases take the lives of more children than HIV/AID’s, malaria and measles combined. Please help us to continue to change this. To date, the funds raised from this unique event have helped provide a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to over 6000 people. We will join hands with each other and with Scots all over the world who will dance the Circassian Circle at precisely 10:00 (in Scotland - 5:00 our time).  It's simple and it's fun.  Almost anyone can manage it. 
 
We will need donations of baked goods for the Tea that day, as well as items for the Silent Auction.  We have a program featuring Scottish music, dancing by the Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers, pipers, sound system by J & C Entertainment, Bob Morehead acting as deejay. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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3 Sept. 2011
We had a great time at Cedar Point.  Lots of laughter and one of the last scheduled rides on the paddle boats which will be history soon.  We'll miss the calm ride at the end of the day and laughing at the corny jokes.  Still, we are looking forward to next year. 
 
In the meantime, we have lots to keep us busy.  First there is our meeting on September 11th, featuring a talk by member Marnie Sweet who will speak on Alaska, once her home state.  [Please also remember to fly an American Flag on that day, in remembrance of the horrendous events 10 years ago.]
 
Then we have the International Ceilidh at 3:00 on October 15th at the Northwest Family Recreation Center, 730 Shatto Ave.  We will raise money for Water Aid, a charity devoted to bringing water to areas of 3rd world countries where they have none.  There is no charge for this event, but a donation at the door is requested. 

Water related diseases take the lives of more children than HIV/AID’s, malaria and measles combined. Please help us to continue to change this. To date, the funds raised from this unique event have helped provide a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to over 6000 people. We will join hands with each other and with Scots all over the world who will dance the Circassian Circle at precisely 10:00 (in Scotland - 5:00 our time).  We danced the Circassian Circle dance at Country Dancing last night.  It's simple and it's fun.  Almost anyone can manage it. 

We will need donations of baked goods for the Tea that day, as well as items for the Silent Auction.  We have a program featuring Scottish music, dancing by the Tigh na Creige Highland Dancers, pipers, sound system by J & C Entertainment, Bob Morehead acting as deejay. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
Bill Kennedy has two very interesting web sites.  One is ScotClans of Ohio and there other is the web site for the Scottish American Military Society.  Contact Bill at:  wkennedyjr@yahoo.com for more information on these or on Clan Kennedy. 
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20 August 2011
I very likely won't send out a newsletter next week.  We'll be up at Cedar Point.  If anyone wants to join us at the last minute, they should look for the sign in the picnic pavilion.  Or call our cell phones - his:  330-882-0342, hers:  330-903-4573.
If someone is interested in a rental cabin at the campground, let me know by Sunday evening.  We have one reserved that isn't going to be used.  If you would like to reserve a ticket for Cedar Point on August 27th, call Amy Barrington, 330-280-6091, or e-mail her at:  errandsbyamy67@Yahoo.com  This event is not restricted to SAS members. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
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13 August 2011
Our next event is the Family Fun Day at Cedar Point on August 27th.  The more attending, the lower the group price.  Some of us plan to camp at Crystal Rock Campground nearby the nights before and after.  If you would like to reserve a ticket for Cedar Point, call Amy Barrington, 330-280-6091, or e-mail her at:  errandsbyamy67@Yahoo.com  This event is not restricted to SAS members. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   
 
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7 August 2011
Sorry, I'm a day late with the newsletter - but I have a good excuse.  We spent the day yesterday at the Akron Library, studying new Internet research methods and accessible sites for Genealogy.  It was a super seminar and if you get a chance to attend it next year, I heartily endorse it for all Genealogy buffs.  In the meantime, this is methodology we can discuss with our visitors at Ohio Scottish Games.  At our meeting on February 12th 2012 - we will have this topic presented to us more specifically for our use in a program on Genealogy presented by the obviously competent Akron Library staff.
 
We learned to our regret that Cathy Gilchrist is stepping down as Chairman of SACSO (Ohio Scottish Games).  Cathy has done a fantastic job of running the games and we are sorry to see her leave the position.  On the other hand, we learned that our own Frances Acar has been nominated to replace her.  Knowing Frances, we have no doubt that the tradition of competence will continue.  Congratulations, Frances! 
 
Next event is the Family Fun Day at Cedar Point on August 27th.  The more attending, the lower the group price.  Some of us plan to camp at Crystal Rock Campground nearby the nights before and after.  If you would like to reserve a ticket, call Amy Barrington, 330-280-6091, or e-mail her at:  errandsbyamy67@Yahoo.com  This event is not restricted to SAS members. 
Advance ticket prices through our group:  $33.00 Regular (48" or taller) - $18 Junior (under 48" tall) or age 62 & older.  [Does not include $10 parking fee.] 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.

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July 30th 2011
Despite an atrociously hot day last Sunday, the picnic was great fun.  While some of us hunkered inside in the air conditioning, many braved the heat outdoors to enjoy visiting and the good food provided by those who attended.  Greatly appreciated was the Sangria made on the spot by Dianne & Dave Allison.  Entertainment in the form of three pipers (okay two on conventional pipes) and a fiddle, was super.  Jack and Joan Robertson were among the first to arrive and while Jack played the Fireside pipes, Joan played the fiddle.  If we'd had room for dancing, I'm sure we would have been.  Brian McElhiney joined in with his pipes when he arrived, and Braylon Smith (age 2 & 1/2) played the Sponge Bob cone in accompaniment.  Jack and Joan will be playing for us at the Water-Aid Ceilidh fundraiser in October.  We are still seeking a venue but have hope that will be resolved within the week.
 
Next event is the Family Fun Day at Cedar Point on August 27th.  The more attending, the lower the group price.  Some of us plan to camp at Crystal Rock Campground nearby the nights before and after.  If you would like to reserve a ticket, call Amy Barrington, 330-280-6091, or e-mail her at:  errandsbyamy67@Yahoo.com  This event is not restricted to SAS members.
Group Ticket prices:   $33 - 48" tall & over.  $18 - under 48" & over 62. 
Congratulations to Bob & Ida Morehead on the wedding of their daughter, Elissa to Hector Torres.  It was a charming, costumed wedding with many of the guests in addition to the wedding party in Medieval or Celtic dress. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.

 

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23 July 2011
If you enjoy hot weather, you sure must be blissful.  It's not my cup of tea.   Well, maybe iced tea.  In air conditioning.  Just FYI, this week in
Edinburgh the temperature ranges from a low (at night) of 45 degrees to a high of 67. The sun will shine most of the week, but it will be partly cloudy. Sounds absolutely blissful..
 
We are seeking a venue for our Water Aid benefit.  The Rec. Center is not available this year.  If anyone has a suggestion (free or very inexpensive - e don't want to take money away from the fund), I'd appreciate hearing from you.  Mfrost@nls.net
 
The picnic is tomorrow.  As usual it will be informal.  We don't have Larry & Judy's lovely spot on the lake, but we do have a lot of trees and it's pretty cool here.  Bring whatever you wish to sare.  Somehow we always seem to have enough food.  And good stuff!
 
I need to have your reservation for the Purple Martin Boat ride as soon as possible.  The cost is $20 per person, which includes your membership in the Purple Martin Association (membership is mandatory for the ride).  This is an excursion you will remember the rest of your life.  It is amazing.  We can only reserve for ten people and priority goes to our members, naturally.  Our plan is to meet at a nearby restaurant for dinner and then go on the ride, which is at twilight.
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home.
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.
For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
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July 9th, 2011
Summer's here.  Hope you enjoy the warm weather.  We're gearing up for camping trips and family gatherings.  No meetings this summer, but a few get-togethers.  Anyone is welcome at the picnic at our house, by the way.  We aren't fancy, but we have room to spread out a bit here. 
 
I need to have your reservation for the Purple Martin Boat ride as soon as possible.  The cost is $20 per person, which includes your membership in the Purple Martin Association (membership is mandatory for the ride).  This is an excursion you will remember the rest of your life.  It is amazing.  We can only reserve for ten people and priority goes to our members, naturally.  Our plan is to meet at a nearby restaurant for dinner and then go on the ride, which is at twilight. 
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.

 

Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   

 

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30 June
The Ohio Scottish Games are over for another year.  As always, they were wonderful.  We thoroughly enjoy every aspect of the games, from the Friday night Ceilidh, right through to the Gaelic Mod Dinner/Ceilidh at the Oberlin Inn after the games on Saturday.  What a super weekend.  So many old friends to greet, so many talents to enjoy, and so many new friends to talk to.  Enough to carry us through for another year.
 
Our members were everywhere.  Hard to even begin to mention them all.  I know I'll miss some.  But there were Highland Dancers in competition (Christy Walsh, instructor), members in pipe bands, harp competition, the Gaelic Mod (implemented by Frances Acar), several of the clan tents, among them Donald (thank you Clan Donald for your special hospitality), Muirhead, Douglas, Gordon, Kennedy, Claus, and Elliot.  On hand in our own Genealogy and Hospitality sections:  Jim Frost, Nancy Haggard Davis, Dave and Dianne Allison, Gene & Betty Marcus, and others who stopped by - including Miss Meghan (and oh yes, her parents Julie and Brian), and Miss Timmie and her parents & grandparents from the Clan Muirhead.  Clan Claus helped with distribution of the passports, which were ably handled by Ann Douglas Heflin and Bill Heflin.  There are a few photos on our web site and our Facebook page. 
 
We had so many folks lining up at our Genealogy table, it was hard to keep track.  But despite the fact that we now have some 400+ clans in our database, there were a few we didn't have.  We'll add them for next year.   We've developed this database and experience for some 30 years, originally working in Scotland with the gal who helped put together the "Scots Kith and Kin" book - a staple used by many to research names and clans. 
 
Brian McElhiney reports:  Akron's own Celtic Eagle Pipe Band placed in both the EUSPBA and the Ohio Valley competitions at the Ohio Scottish Games this year.  The band earned a solid 3rd place in both competitions (with esteemed judge Reay MacKay giving us first place marks in piping).  Even better yet, our drummers were given the distinction of best grade 5 drum corp at the games!!!  The tightness and consistency of our drummers really helped to push us into the top 3!!!  The placings earned the band some cash awards to help with the cost of outfitting and travel.  
 
Our  next competition will be in Edinboro PA, on July 30th and then Ligonier PA on September 10th.  We're constantly improving our technique during the summer and look forward to showing the piping world that the Celtic Eagle is truly on the hunt!
 

Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.

 

 ADDITIONAL DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

 

July 24th - Sas'y picnic, our house. 2:00ish

August 8th Monday -  6:00 p.m. Purple Martin dinner and boat ride.  Participants limited. 

August 27th, Saturday - All Day - Family Fun Day at Cedar Point

September 11th, 2011 - 3:00 - Meeting.  Marnie Sweet will present a program on Alaska.

October 19th, 2011- Meeting

October 15th, 2011 - Community fundraising event for Water Aid to 3rd world countries.  ‘The Big National Céilidh’. Was the brain child of David and Joey Oliver (BBC award-winning band 422). It is the biggest céilidh event in the UK and involves céilidhs taking place all over the UK and internationally on the same night with everyone dancing the Circassian Circle at 10pm. For us this would be about 5:00 p.m. Since it is early for us, we will celebrate with a Benefit Tea along with the céilidh events.

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Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help with our Scottish Events.   

 

By popular demand, PENNYGOWN has reappeared from the Highland Mists.  Read the latest news from the 18th century on our web page.  We also have a new page on Scottish Memories, written by Bob Leslie, the brother of Carol Leslie Hosticka.  I think you'll find both additions delightful. 

 

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28 May 2011
First of all - we hope all of you survived the storms this past week.  We hope you didn't have too much property damage and weren't without electricity for too long.  Lori Neidert, who lives in hard-hit Cuyahoga Falls, tells me that she and Dreama Powell are doing okay.  Beyond some limbs down and no power for awhile, they made it.  Dave Belvin reports that they were okay over in Springfield Township.  Here in New Franklin we were just fine. 
 
Aside from Mother Nature's snit fit, this past week has been one of relief and joy.  Relief that the Beltane Festival - so long anticipated and planned, is finally over.  Joy because it was such a success.  Our thanks always to Bill Bakan and Maize Valley Winery for hosting our event.  Getting their spring clean-up done out there and getting organized for our festival has to be one heck of a chore.  Yet they do it with good cheer and always make us feel welcome.
 
Both Frances Acar and Brian McElhiney had to deal with last minute cancellations, substitutions, and additions.  They did it with a quiet efficiency that speaks wonders about their patience and adaptability.  The Sas'y Team was nothing less than wonderful.  We had lots of helpers, all willing to pitch in.  Sometimes they did very little - merely being "back up" but that is a very necessary function.  Some, like those in the parking lot and at the gate, worked in the hot sun and did a heck of a good job.  Thanks to Jon & Kim Belvin, Katie Tetzel, Emma Tidwell, Shay Harvey, and David MacIntosh Carpenter.
 
Russ and Ken Luyster acted as emcee and stage manager.  With their good cheer and ever present smiles despite the organized confusion, they set the tone for the day.  Bob & Jim Morehead quietly manage the sound system - making our event look professional with their competence.  Must say, these guys have done a fantastic job from the very first.  At the first festival, they came to the rescue at the last minute and have been with us ever since.  We could not manage without them.  Bill Kennedy, who organized that first festival, sang the National Anthem so beautifully, it brought a tear to your eye. 
 
Gene & Betty Marcus organize the gates and total gate receipts.  It is a fundamental necessity, but not one a whole lot of people would be able to do as well. Duane Burrell and his wife were there for back-up assistance.  Thanks to Liz and Dave Belvin, who organized the sales items and the baskets for the basket raffle.  There were some really neat items in those baskets.  Dave built our very sturdy dance floor and provides a lot of muscle power for setting up and tearing down.  Thanks, too, to Amy and Lexi Barrington who helped Liz with her sales table. 
 
The Membership Table was staffed by Dave and Dianne Allison, aided by Janet Hilton and Kathryn Krautwurst who were also there to provide First Aid.  Donne Shepperly contacted the clans for representation at the festival.  We were happy to see so many, and so professionally done. Of course, Donne always does a great job with Clan Donald.  Ann Douglas Heflin did an outstanding job for Clan Douglas, Pam and Dennis Gressock had a fascinating display of his Revolutionary War gear, Clan Claus was there with Santa Kona and all his helpers.  The Muirhead Clan was well represented and granddaughter Timmie performed with the Tigh na Creige dancers.  Bev Kincaid and Chris came up from Cincinnati to display and sell their Tartan Tags and other items. 
 
Lori Neidert was there for Clan Gordon, doing her usual competent job.  Dreama Powell brought the wonderful music of the NEO Harpers.  Christy Urquhart Walsh brought her excellent dancers, plus she and Tim ran the Children's Games.  Performances by the Heather Belles, the Akron Ceili Band, and the pipe bands - Gleann Mor and Celtic Eagle - brought well deserved applause.  The highland athletes came down from the hill and mingled with the audience, answering questions and making them aware of their events.  A special trophy was presented in the name of our own Agnes Bagley to the Outstanding Athlete of the Day.  Agnes was there, but it was a long day for her.  She left before the trophy was presented, but I will long remember watching her dancing as she went to the door, hanging onto her walker.  She is amazing. 
 
People came from quite a distance to attend, and we were grateful.  Among those faces seen were:  Dorothea Kingsbury from Cleveland Hts, Richard and Dorothy Jean McHugh from Wellington, Cathy Gilchrist from Bay Village, Jean Weaver from Lakewood and Vicky Weaver from Rocky River.  Brad Walker got drafted for clean up.  He came late and on his motorcycle - which is why he wasn't wearing his kilt.  I can understand, but it would have been interesting to see.  Julie McElhiney was having a better day and came to stay for awhile, bringing Miss Meghan with her.  We wish her many, many more good days - we were just happy to see her.
 
I personally owe a ton of thanks to my beloved husband who puts up with so much in getting ready for the festival.  Special thanks always to Frances, who makes it all happen. 
 
I'm sure I've missed someone, but please know that it takes a great team to put on a festival like this - and Team Sas'y obviously qualifies.  Pat yourselves on the back, folks.  It was a super festival - the best ever.  We don't have all the figures in yet, but we will be able to make a substantial gift to Pegasus.  That in itself makes it all worthwhile.
 
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14 May 2011
 
Feel like building an Ark?  Sure seems as if we may need one.  I'm sure it will all be gone in time for our festival next weekend.  If not, we can all pretend we're in Scotland.  They're used to rain in the British Isles. 
 
I want to call your attention to something close to my heart.  D.C. Dalgliesh Tartan Weavers is in jeopardy.  This wonderful boutique, artisan tartan manufacturer is falling upon hard times.  It would be more than dreadful to lose them.  Please check out their web site and help keep this business alive.  You can find them at: www.dcdalgliesh.co.uk
 
 Why not Friend D.C. Dalgliesh on Facebook?  Or tweet about them.  D.C. Dalgliesh is the last surviving traditional tartan weaver, where once there were hundreds of mills like us. We're now the only place on earth you'll find tartans of this quality. And we keep alive historic skills developed over generations. So please help spread the word, in any way you can.
The next big event for us is the Beltane FestivalPlease note:  We'd love to have donations.  First of all, for items to put into the baskets for the basket raffle - every penny goes to Pegasus - or to volunteer at the festival.  For the former  you may bring donations directly to Liz & Dave Belvin who are doing the baskets this year (call 330-628-1658 to make arrangements),  to us at 5679 Sherwood Forest Drive Akron 44319, or drop them off at Liz & Dave's:  3165 Waterloo Rd. - Akron 44312.   If you drop them off at Julie & Brian's - 1109 Wexford Court, Akron 44312, Liz can pick them up there.  They live within walking distance of each other.  If you are volunteering to help at the festival - hit the "reply" button and let me know.  PLEASE!

 

Last chance for Beltane program ads.  Send them to Frances.  [ frances.acar@gmail.com  ] Advertisement prices: $5 for message or name. $10 for business card size. $30 for half page. $50 for full page.  

 

Ohio Scottish Games is rapidly approaching.  Currently ads and donations for the program/games are being accepted.  If you are interested in providing either one, please contact Cathy Gilchrist for details and information.  Cathy can be reached via email at:  cgilchbvoh@AOL.com, or you can send a check to her at:  583 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village, OH  44140-2362. 
 

Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.

 

Tune in every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help and for allowing Frances and me to be on their program tomorrow, plugging the Beltane Festival.  They are both as funny as they are good looking.  The giggles can't be seen over the radio, but trust me, they abound with those two.  You might like to check out their profiles on our web site.  

 

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28th April
Certainly hope your day is filled with joy.  Mine would be a lot happier if this computer ever got over its glitches.  But all will be forgotten when the family is gathered together for the day.
 
Ohio Scottish Games is rapidly approaching.  Currently we are accepting ads and donations for the program.  If you are interested in providing either one, please contact Cathy Gilchrist for details and information.  Cathy can be reached via email at:  cgilchbvoh@AOL.com, or you can send a check to her at:  583 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village, OH  44140-2362. 
 
Our next meeting will be at the library on the first day in May, and we will view a slide show presented by Bob MacDowell.  You may bring donations for the Beltane Festival (May 21st) to that meeting.  Baskets, items to put into the baskets, or we will gladly accept cash donations to purchase items to fill baskets.  Liz and Dave Belvin are doing the baskets. Every penny raised by the basket auction goes directly into our donation to Pegasus.  You may get items to us at 5679 Sherwood Forest Drive Akron 44319, or drop them off at Liz & Dave's:  3165 Waterloo Rd. - Akron 44312.   If you drop them off at Julie & Brian's - 1109 Wexford Court, Akron 44312, Liz can pick them up there.  They live within walking distance of each other. 
 
Beltane program ads can be sent to either me or Frances.  [ mfrost@nls.net  or frances.acar@gmail.com  ] Advertisement prices: $5 for message or name. $10 for business card size. $30 for half page. $50 for full page.  
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. Dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
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April 2nd 2011
Our next meeting will be the Tartan Day Buffet Brunch on April 10th at 1:00 at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant.  Please let either Frances or me know if you plan to attend.  We will not need any cash, but we do need a head count.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
 
For our Beltane (May 21st) you may bring baskets or items to put into the baskets to the 356th Fighter Squadron Restaurant.  Leave them in the car until after the brunch, though. Or we will gladly accept cash donations to purchase items to fill baskets.  Liz and Dave Belvin have stepped in to take over the baskets. Every penny raised by the basket auction goes directly into our donation to Pegasus.  You may get items to us at 5679 Sherwood Forest Drive Akron 44319, or drop them off at Liz & Dave's:  3165 Waterloo Rd. - Akron 44312.   If you drop them off at Julie & Brian's - 1109 Wexford Court, Akron 44312, Liz can pick them up there.  They live within walking distance of each other. 
 
Beltane program ads can be sent to either me or Frances.  [ mfrost@nls.net  or frances.acar@gmail.com  ] Advertisement prices: $5 for message or name. $10 for business card size. $30 for half page. $50 for full page.  
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help.
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26th March 2011
It's going to be warm weather soon.  I promise.  (Maybe not today, though.)
 
Don't forget.  Our next meeting will be the Tartan Day Buffet Brunch on April 10th at 1:00 at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant.  Please let either Frances or me know if you plan to attend.  We will not need any cash, but we do need a head count.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
 
For our Beltane (May 21st) you may bring baskets or items to put into the baskets to the 356th Fighter Squadron Restaurant.  Leave them in the car until after the brunch, though. Or we will gladly accept cash donations to purchase items to fill baskets.  Liz and Dave Belvin have stepped in to take over the baskets. Every penny raised by the basket auction goes directly into our donation to Pegasus.  You may get items to us at 5679 Sherwood Forest Drive Akron 44319, or drop them off at Liz & Dave's:  3165 Waterloo Rd. - Akron 44312.   If you drop them off at Julie & Brian's - 1109 Wexford Court, Akron 44312, Liz can pick them up there.  They live within walking distance of each other. 
 
Beltane program ads can be sent to either me or Frances.  [ mfrost@nls.net  or frances.acar@gmail.com  ] Advertisement prices: $5 for message or name. $10 for business card size. $30 for half page. $50 for full page.  
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
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19th March 2011
Our thanks to Dr. Bartlette for his excellent program last Sunday.  It was an outstanding presentation and sad if you missed it.
Some of member Marnie Sweet's collection of Alaskan art and artifacts will continue to be on display at the Highland Square Library for the next week.  The Highland Square Library is located at 807 West Market Street in Akron.  Hours are:  M-Th. 10-8:30, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5.  Marnie will be presenting a program on Alaska for us at our meeting on September 11th. 
 
Our next meeting will be the Tartan Day Buffet Brunch on April 10th at 1:00 at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant.  Please let either Frances or me know if you plan to attend.  We will not need any cash, but we do need a head count.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
 
For our Beltane (May 21st) you may bring baskets or items to put into the baskets to the 356th Fighter Squadron Restaurant.  Leave them in the car until after the brunch, though. Or we will gladly accept cash donations to purchase items to fill baskets.  Liz and Dave Belvin have stepped in to take over the baskets. Every penny raised by the basket auction goes directly into our donation to Pegasus.  You may get items to us at 5679 Sherwood Forest Drive Akron 44319, or drop them off at Liz & Dave's:  3165 Waterloo Rd. - Akron 44312.   If you drop them off at Julie & Brian's - 1109 Wexford Court, Akron 44312, Liz can pick them up there.  They live within walking distance of each other. 
 
Beltane program ads can be sent to either me or Frances.  [ mfrost@nls.net  or frances.acar@gmail.com  ] Advertisement prices: $5 for message or name. $10 for business card size. $30 for half page. $50 for full page.  
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
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12th March 2011
 
Two Really Important Items:
 
(1) Don't forget our meeting tomorrow at the library. 
That's 3:00, March 13th, meeting room level.   Dr. Don Bartlette will speak.  Dr. Bartlette is a full time public speaker and is, by training, a social worker, counselor, educator, consultant, and an advocate for minority persons, victims of child abuse, survivors of alcohol addiction, troubled youth and persons with disabilities. He is also a Native American activist.  As many of you realize, there are interesting connections between the Scottish and Native American communities.  Dr. Bartlette has waived his usual fee to speak to us.  Let's make it a good turnout. 
 
(2)  Don't forget to put your clocks ahead by one hour tonight.
So that you don't miss church or Sunday meetings (see above).
The Beltane Festival will be here before you know it.  [May 21st, Maize Valley Winery.]
We're looking for volunteers and we're looking for vendors. Let me or Frances know if you are willing to help out as a volunteer, and notify Himself, Jim Frost [jfrost@nls.net], if you know of anyone who might be interested in participating as a vendor.  
 
You can bring baskets or items to put into the baskets to our meeting tomorrow.  Or we will gladly accept cash donations to purchase items to fill baskets.  Liz and Dave Belvin have stepped in to take over the baskets. Every penny raised by the basket auction goes directly into our donation to Pegasus.  You may get items to me, or drop them off at Liz & Dave's:  3165 Waterloo Rd. - Akron 44312.   If you drop them off at Julie & Brian's - 1109 Wexford Court, Akron 44312, Liz can pick them up there.  They live within walking distance of each other.  We certainly wish our Julie well and hope she soon recovers. 
 
Program ads can be sent to either me or Frances.  [ mfrost@nls.net  orfrances.acar@gmail.com  ] Advertisement prices: $5 for message or name. $10 for business card size. $30 for half page. $50 for full page.  
 
The Springfield Spartans LaCrosse Team is looking for a short loan of LaCrosse equipment of any kind, in any condition.  If you can loan them some for a brief period (a week or two at the most), please contact Liz Belvin at: 330-354-3339.
 
Our Annual Tartan Day dinner will be held on  April 10th at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant - Buffet Brunch. 1:00.  Please let either Frances or me know if you plan to attend.  We will not need any cash, but we will need a head count.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information
call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
 Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
You might like to check out their profiles on our web site.  
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March 5th 2011
Don't forget our meeting next week at the library. 
That's 3:00, March 13th, meeting room level.   Dr. Don Bartlette will speak.  Dr. Bartlette is a full time public speaker and is, by training, a social worker, counselor, educator, consultant, and an advocate for minority persons, victims of child abuse, survivors of alcohol addiction, troubled youth and persons with disabilities. He is also a Native American activist.  As many of you realize, there are interesting connections between the Scottish and Native American communities.  Dr. Bartlette has waived his usual fee to speak to us.  Let's make it a good turnout. 

Just a reminder that the Beltane Festival will be here before you know it.  We're looking for volunteers and we're looking for vendors. Let me or Frances know if you are willing to help out as a volunteer, and notify Himself, Jim Frost [
jfrost@nls.net], if you know of anyone who might be interested in participating as a vendor.  
 
We were sorry to learn this week that Julie McElhiney is very ill and unable to do the baskets or the program for us this year.  Liz and Dave Belvin have stepped in to take over the basket chore.  We will still need donations of all kinds for this project.  Every penny raised goes directly to our donation to Pegasus.  You may give items to me at the next meeting, or drop them off at Liz & Dave's:  3165 Waterloo Rd. - Akron 44312.   If you drop them off at Julie & Brian's - 1109 Wexford Court, Akron 44312, Liz can pick them up there.  They live within walking distance of each other. 
 
We are looking for someone to do the program, but in the meantime ads can be sent to either me or Frances.  [ mfrost@nls.net  or frances.acar@gmail.com  ] Advertisement prices: $5 for message or name. $10 for business card size. $30 for half page. $50 for full page.  
 
The Springfield Spartans LaCrosse Team is looking for a short loan of LaCrosse equipment of any kind, in any condition.  If you can loan them some for a brief period (a week or two at the most), please contact Liz Belvin at: 330-354-3339.
 
Our Annual Tartan Day dinner will be held on  April 10th at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant - Buffet Brunch. 1:00.  Please let either Frances or me know if you plan to attend.  We will not need any cash, but we will need a head count.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
 
Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 
 
Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information
call Christie at:  330-867-1030.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
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12th February 2011
Happy Valentine's Day!
(I know it's not until Monday, but please enjoy it nonetheless.)
 
The zero degree temperatures appear to be gone for the season.  Or so I'm telling myself.  There's a bright glow in the sky today - not sure what it is.  Might be the sun, been awhile since I've seen it.  It will be warmer for our meeting tomorrow at the library, but that's not a problem either way since free parking is right next door with covered access to the library proper. Come and enjoy hearing our Rose & Thistle Award winner, Donne Shepperly, talk about Clan Donald.  That's Sunday, February 13th at 3:00 - in the meeting room area.  Look for our sign. (And if you get there early, you can rummage around our wonderful library and discover it's many treasures.)
 
Anyone interested in any of our events/activities is welcome to attend. 
 
Coming up in February: 

February 13th, 2011 - Meeting - Library, 3:00 - Donne Shepperly will present a program on Clan Donald

Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information

ADDITIONAL DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR  (see the Calendar of Events page)
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
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February 20th
Hope you had a chance to enjoy that wee taste of spring this past week.  Reality is back with the chilly weather and snow in the forecast.  It was nice while it lasted. 
 
Most of you were informed of Lloyd Leadbetter's death.  A sad event. The calling hours and funeral were earlier this week. In case I missed notifying you, his wife Harriet and daughter, Heather, live at 2645 Gladiola NE Canton OH 44702-2093.  Their other daughter, Karin, her husband and three children have returned to their home.  Just in case you'd like to send a card or sympathy note.  We will all miss him. 
 
We had our initial meeting for the Beltane Festival this past week.  The countdown has begun!  We're looking for vendors. Notify Jim Frost if you know of anyone who might be interested.  Julie McElhiney is in need of donations for the basket auction.  Either whole baskets, or stuff to put in them.  We also need ads for the program which Julie is also handling.  (Bless the McElhineys.)  Advertisement prices: $5 for message or name. $10 for business card size. $30 for half page. $50 for full page. (E-mail can be sent directly to Julie. Julie@icingprincess.com)
 
Coming up in February: 

Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information

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5th February 2011
My fingers and toes are beginning to thaw out.  It's been a cold morning.  Himself and I were helping with the 5K "Chase Your Shadow" race at Portage Lakes State Park.  It is an annual event sponsored by our Friends of the Portage Lakes group.  Just to let you know that everything we do is not connected to Scotland!
 
Next week, though, we are all about Sas'y.  Donne Shepperly will be doing a presentation on Clan Donald at our meeting at the library.  That's Sunday, February 13th at 3:00 - in the meeting room area.  Look for our sign.  That was a donation, by the way, crafted by Bill Heflin.  Currently Bill is at home recovering from knee surgery and doing very well. 
 
Anyone interested in any of our events/activities is welcome to attend. 
 
Coming up in February: 

February 11th, 2011 - Battlefield Band - Happy Days Visitor Center, Peninsula.  Tickets $17 each.  Seating is 1st come 1st served.  Details under "Concerts." 

February 13th, 2011 - Meeting - Library, 3:00 - Donne Shepperly will present a program on Clan Donald

Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information

.Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help.  
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15 Jan. 2011
Find you're getting bored with the Ohio winter?  Maybe you'd like to try hunting a haggis. Check out: http://haggishunt.scotsman.com  It might be fun for you.
 
If you missed the meeting and are interested in the topic, I've posted my notes here on our web site under "Highland Clearances." 
 
Our Scottish Country Dancing has begun again and will be every Friday at 7:30, weather permitting.  Frances Acar is our instructor.  The classes meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try.  You may contact her at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home. 
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Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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29th January 2011
It's still cold outside. Really hard to persuade our dog that he must (as in MUST) go outside.  He feels he is being mistreated - has his doggy paws on the speed dial to the SPCA. 
 
Hope to see you at the meeting on the 13th.  I'm looking forward to hearing Donne Shepperly speak about Clan Donald.  Some of us visited the center on Skye during our last trip to Scotland. 
  
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Coming up in February: 

February 11th, 2011 - Battlefield Band - Happy Days Visitor Center, Peninsula.  Tickets $17 each.  Seating is 1st come 1st served.  Details under "Concerts." 

February 13th, 2011 - Meeting - Library, 3:00 - Donne Shepperly will present a program on Clan Donald

Scottish Country Dancing - Our schedule is erratic due to the weather and various elements, so if you are interested in Scottish Country Dancing, please contact our instructor, Frances Acar, at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  We meet on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances is an excellent and patient instructor. She encourages everyone to give it a try.  Frances also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail directly to your home. 

Highland Dance - If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information,  you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030

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Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
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8 Jan. 2011
Have a warm cuppa and enjoy the chilly weather.  Always better from the inside looking out rather than the reverse.  Hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you and yours. 
 
A couple of things to note:
 
First, our first meeting on the new year is tomorrow, Sunday, January 9th, at 3:00 at the Akron Public Library (downtown).  Free parking is available on Sundays at the adjacent parking deck.  The program is a power point presentation on the Scottish Highland Clearances.
 
Second, our Scottish Country Dancing, which has been on hiatus for a few weeks, will begin again this coming Friday, the 14th of January.  For those planning to attend a Burns Supper, we will practice Ceilidh dancing.  Frances Acar is our instructor.  You may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home. 
 
Our Scottish Country Dance classes meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. If you are interested in joining the fun (and it is fun), we meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
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Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
You might like to check out their profiles on our web site.  
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information
on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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18 Dec. 2010
The holiday season is upon us.  I think you probably have more to do than read a lengthy note from me, so I will not be sending out the Sas'y news until after New Years.  Jim joins me in wishing to you and yours the very best Christmas and New Year - hoping 2011 will be joyful and rewarding. 
 
The schedule for your new calendar is as follows, please be sure and note the dates.
CALENDAR -2011

January 9th, 2011 - Meeting - Library 2:00 p.m. Highland Clearances - Margaret Frost

January 15th, 2011 - SHANO Burns Dinner. 

February 13th, 2011 - Meeting - Library, 3:00 - Donne Shepperly will present a program on Clan Donald

March 13th - Meeting - Library, 3:00- Dr. Don Bartlette, author of "Macaroni at Midnight." Native American advocate.

April 10th - Tartan Day celebration - 356th Fighter Group Restaurant - Buffet Brunch.

May 1st - Meeting, Library, 3:00. Bob McDowell will do a slide presentation on Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and the Monster

May 21st- Celtic Beltane Festival - Maize Valley WineryJune 24th, 25th - Ohio Scottish Games - Wellington Fairgrounds. Scottish American Society handles a booth featuring Scottish Culture and does the Genealogy for the games.

July 24th - Sas'y picnic, our house.

August 8th  - Purple Martin Boat Ride & dinner.  (Scottish American Society members only.)

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11 Dec. 2010
The St. Andrews dinner was wonderful.  I picked up a little framed saying at the Silent Auction.  It said:  "Some of life's finest moments are those we share with friends."  So true.  The evening was, indeed, a warm gathering of friends.
 
There were so many who contributed to the success of this event, I cannot possibly name them all or thank them enough. The good efforts of the Saulino family and 2 club golf make it the perfect venue for our family party - because it has become more and more just that - a Holiday event for our Sas'y family.  I love seeing the little ones enjoying themselves and the applause of those who, like our 101 year old Agnes Bagley, don't get up to dance much any more but do like to watch the children.  Loved hearing Joe Walsh and his dad, Tim, sing the Star Spangled Banner, and Bill Kennedy chiming in with great gusto.
 
Many thanks to the Saulinos for their attention to detail.  For managing to feed a hungry crowd (unexpectedly large) rapidly, for decorating so festively and so appropriately, and for making us feel so welcome.  I'm sure they were all exhausted, but we really appreciated their efforts.
 
Thanks to Russ Luyster for being our jovial and efficient emcee (this is not just a handsome face) - he kept things on track as much as possible - and to his brother Kenny for being his sidekick and helping in general.  (And wearing those silly, silly hats which made us all laugh.) 
 
Thanks - as always - to our Christie Walsh and her dancers.  They add so much to the festivity of any occasion.  What a wonderful expression of our heritage!  It's an effort for the dancers, but also for the moms & others who are kind enough to drive them to the venue.  They are unsung heroes.
 
Thanks to Brian McElhiney for always coming through for us.  Especially on this occasion with his piping and participation in the Akron Ceili band - which was as terrific as always. 
 
Thanks to Himself for being a genial host and for hauling stuff.  As he said when we were first husband and wife "I know what being married is - it's carrying things."  Little did he know! 
 
Thanks to Dianne Allison for stepping in to assist with the Auction and with helping serve the cake.  And to Dave who is there to lend an extra pair of hands whenever we need him.
 
Thanks to Betty & Gene for once more handling the Silent Auction so smoothly despite Betty's broken arm.  You are both amazing and I can't imagine how we would manage without you.    

Thanks to Bob Morehead for rushing from his assignment for the paper to set up the music for our dancers - and for his lovely wife, Ida, who assisted in the absence of brother Jim who got called away on an emergency. 
 
Thanks to Donne Shepperly for helping with the planning and behind the scenes work.  You voted Donne our Rose and Thistle Award winner this year.  Good choice!
 
My thanks especially to Frances Acar.  She organized it all and didn't get flustered when things didn't go quite according to her plans.  She remains flexible, cheerful, and a sincerely wonderful asset to our group. 
 
The evening progressed so quickly it was over before I knew it and we were all singing Auld Lang Syne.  We made money for our Beltane, but more important, we enjoyed a special evening with some very special friends.   
 
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Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM,
featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
Our Scottish Country Dance classes meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Not until after the holidays, though. If you are interested in joining the fun (and it is fun), we meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
 
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4 Dec. 2010
One last chance !  The 3rd Annual St. Andrews Dinner, will take place TONIGHT!  Begins at 6:00.  This will be held at the Two Club Golf and Learning Center - 1511 East Aurora Rd. (Rt. 82) between Routes 8, 271, and 480, in Macedonia, where it took place last year.  The donation is $27.50 per person (or more if you like), $20 under age 12, and $15 seniors (over age 90).  This includes Scottish entertainment - music, dancers, and pipers, plus dinner, dessert, Silent Auction, etc.  Our St.Andrews dinner raises money to pay our pipers & other entertainment for the Beltane, which in turn raises money for Pegasus, a therapeutic horseback riding program. Give Frances a call to see if she still can accommodate you.  Tel. 330-673-6514.  
 
 
Our Scottish Country Dance classes meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. If you are interested in joining the fun (and it is fun), we meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try.  If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.com
Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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November 27th 2010
Hope your Thanksgiving was as tummy-filling as ours was.  Always a joy to have a meal with family & friends. Now we look forward to Christmas and all the stuff leading up to it. 
 
The 3rd Annual St. Andrews Dinner, will take place on Saturday December 4th, 2010.  This will be held at the Two Club Golf and Learning Center - 1511 East Aurora Rd. (Rt. 82) between Routes 8, 271, and 480, in Macedonia, where it took place last year.  The donation is $27.50 per person (or more if you like), $20 under age 12, and $15 seniors (over age 90).  This includes Scottish entertainment - music, dancers, and pipers, plus dinner, dessert, Silent Auction, etc.  We welcome donations for the Silent Auction and will acknowledge donations from corporate sponsors in the program.  Our St.Andrews dinner raises money to pay our pipers & other entertainment for the Beltane, which in turn raises money for Pegasus, a therapeutic horseback riding program.   Reservations to Frances Acar, 234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240.  Make checks payable to:  Celtic Beltane Festival.  [Frances needs to hear from you a.s.a.p. - she has to have a head count by the 30th to give to the folks at Two Club Golf.]
 
The voting on our annual Rose & Thistle award took place at the meeting.  The result and the award will be given at the St. Andrews. 
 
Our Scottish Country Dance classes meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Not for the next two weeks, though.We will start again after Thanksgiving.  If you are interested in joining the fun (and it is fun), we meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
 
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November 13th 2010
 
Once again a delightful epistle of fun and opportunities from our area.  Our next meeting is coming up rapidly.  We meet tomorrow (Sunday) at the Akron Library. 3:00.  Jane Patti and Jim Frost will present a program on the Celts. 
 
Our 3rd Annual St. Andrews Dinner, will take place on Saturday December 4th, 2010.  This will be held at the Two Club Golf and Learning Center - 1511 East Aurora Rd. (Rt. 82) between Routes 8, 271, and 480, in Macedonia, where it took place last year.  The donation is $27.50 per person (or more if you like), $20 under age 12, and $15 seniors (over age 90).  This includes Scottish entertainment - music, dancers, and pipers, plus dinner, dessert, Silent Auction, etc.  We welcome donations for the Silent Auction and will acknowledge donations from corporate sponsors in the program.  Our St.Andrews dinner raises money to pay our pipers & other entertainment for the Beltane, which in turn raises money for Pegasus, a therapeutic horseback riding program.   Reservations to Frances Acar, 234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240.  Make checks payable to:  Celtic Beltane Festival. 
 
Shadows:  Betty Marcus took a nasty fall and has broken her humerous, right up near her shoulder.  If you would like to send a card, her address is:  4958 Belden Park Dr. NW, North Canton, OH, 44720-7491.  Frances and I are scrambling to put together refreshments.  Betty and Gene faithfully take care of this at our meetings. 
 
Sunshine:  Donne Shepperly has agreed to present a program on Clan Donald at our February meeting.  Hooray!
 
Rose and Thistle Award.  Further nominations are welcome at any time.  Voting will take place at the meeting tomorrow.
Those nominated so far (in alphabetical order) are:
 
Bill Kennedy
Bill is the Deputy Chief/Vice President of the Clan Kennedy Society of North America.  He is on the Board of the Ohio Scottish Games and was the founder of our Celtic Beltane Festival as well and has served as the emcee of the Festival and other Sas'y events.
 
Bob Morehead
Bob is a member of the Council of Elders of the Clan Muirhead Society.  He has received the Order of the Saltire from his clan.  This is the highest honor for exceptional service in that society.  He and his brother Jim are familiar figures at Sas'y events, monitoring and providing the sound system.  Bob is also a popular speaker at Sas'y meetings.   
 
Donne Shepperly
Donne is the Great Lakes Regional Commissioner of the Clan Donald Society USA.  She is on the Board of the Ohio Scottish Games and active in the Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio.  She is also active in Sas'y and helps with many events including the Beltane, the St. Andrews Dinner, and the recent Water Aid benefit. 
 
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Our Scottish Country Dance classes meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Not for the next two weeks, though. We will start again after Thanksgiving.  If you are interested in joining the fun (and it is fun), we meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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November 6th 2010
First of all - don't forget to turn your clocks back & check your smoke detectors.  An extra hour of sleep!  How glorious!
Second, I'm not sure I made it clear to those of you on "Team Sas'y" who donated to the WaterAid charity, and those who collected donations from others to bring to the event, but every cent of the $450 donated is tax deductible.  WaterAid is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as designated by the IRS. 
Third:  Our next meeting is coming up rapidly.  We meet a week from tomorrow (Sunday) at the Akron Library.  Jane Patti and Jim Frost will present a program on the Celts. 
 
Our 3rd Annual St. Andrews Dinner, will take place on Saturday December 4th, 2010.  This will be held at the Two Club Golf and Learning Center - 1511 East Aurora Rd. (Rt. 82) between Routes 8, 271, and 480, in Macedonia, where it took place last year.  The donation is $27.50 per person (or more if you like), $20 under age 12, and $15 seniors (over age 90).  This includes Scottish entertainment - music, dancers, and pipers, plus dinner, dessert, Silent Auction, etc.  We welcome donations for the Silent Auction and will acknowledge donations from corporate sponsors in the program.  Our St.Andrews dinner raises money to pay our pipers & other entertainment for the Beltane, which in turn raises money for Pegasus, a therapeutic horseback riding program.   Reservations to Frances Acar, 234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240.  Make checks payable to:  Celtic Beltane Festival. 
 
Shadows:  Dreama Powell's mom, Lorene, has fallen and fractured her pelvis. If you would like to send a card, her address is:  211 Washington Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio  44221. 
 
Sunshine:  Dr. Don Bartlette, author of "Macaroni at Midnight" has agreed to speak to us at our March 13th meeting.  Dr. Bartlette is an advocate for Native Americans.  I know you will enjoy his presentation, so please mark it on your calendar. 
 
Rose and Thistle Award.  Further nominations are welcome at any time.  Voting will take place at the next meeting.
Those nominated so far (in alphabetical order) are:
 
Bill Kennedy
Bill is the Deputy Chief/Vice President of the Clan Kennedy Society of North America.  He is on the board of the Ohio Scottish Games and was the founder of our Celtic Beltane Festival as well as the emcee of the Festival and other Sas'y events.
 
Bob Morehead
Bob is a member of the Council of Elders of the Clan Muirhead Society.  He has received the Order of the Saltire from his clan.  This is the highest honor for exceptional service in that society.  He and his brother Jim are familiar figures at Sas'y events, monitoring and providing the sound system.  Bob is also a popular speaker at Sas'y meetings.   
 
Donne Shepperly
Donne is the Great Lakes Regional Commissioner of the Clan Donald Society USA.  She is on the Board of the Ohio Scottish Games and active in the Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio.  She is also active in Sas'y and helps with many events including the Beltane, the St. Andrews Dinner, and the recent Water Aid benefit. 
 
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Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
We have resumed our Scottish Country Dance classes. We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor
and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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October 30th, 2010
Our 3rd Annual St. Andrews Dinner, will take place on Saturday December 4th, 2010.  This will be held at the Two Club Golf and Learning Center - 1511 East Aurora Rd. (Rt. 82) between Routes 8, 271, and 480, in Macedonia, where it took place last year.  The donation is $27.50 per person (or more if you like), $20 under age 12, and $15 seniors (over age 90).  This includes Scottish entertainment - music, dancers, and pipers, plus dinner, dessert, Silent Auction, etc.  We welcome donations for the Silent Auction and will acknowledge donations from corporate sponsors in the program.  Our St.Andrews dinner raises money to pay our pipers & other entertainment for the Beltane, which in turn raises money for Pegasus, a therapeutic horseback riding program.   Reservations to Frances Acar, 234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240.  Make checks payable to:  Celtic Beltane Festival. 
 
Three nominations have been made for the Rose and Thistle Award.  Further nominations are welcome at any time.  Those nominated (in alphabetical order) are:
 
Bill Kennedy
Bill is the Deputy Chief/Vice President of the Clan Kennedy Society of North America.  He is on the board of the Ohio Scottish Games and was the founder of our Celtic Beltane Festival as well as the emcee of the Festival and other Sas'y events.
 
Bob Morehead
Bob is a member of the Council of Elders of the Clan Muirhead Society.  He has received the Order of the Saltire from his clan.  This is the highest honor for exceptional service in that society.  He and his brother Jim are familiar figures at Sas'y events, monitoring and providing the sound system.  Bob is also a popular speaker at Sas'y meetings.   
 
Donne Shepperly
Donne is the Great Lakes Regional Commissioner of the Clan Donald Society USA.  She is on the Board of the Ohio Scottish Games and active in the Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio.  She is also active in Sas'y and helps with many events including the Beltane, the St. Andrews Dinner, and the recent Water Aid benefit. 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
We have resumed our Scottish Country Dance classes. We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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23 October 2010

We made $450 to donate to WaterAid.  WaterAid uses practical solutions to provide clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.  They work in 26 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region.  For more information about this charity, check their web site at: www.wateraid.org 

 

Please send me nominations for Rose & Thistle award.  A short squib on who you are nominating and why is all that is necessary.  The individual does not have to be a Scottish American Society member.

 

Now on to the next project which is our 3rd Annual St. Andrews Dinner, Saturday December 4th, 2010.  This will take place at the Two Club Golf and Learning Center - 1511 East Aurora Rd. (Rt. 82) between Routes 8, 271, and 480, in Macedonia, where it took place last year.  The donation is $27.50 per person (or more if you like), $20 under age 12, and $15 seniors (over age 90).  This includes Scottish entertainment - music, dancers, and pipers, plus dinner, dessert, Silent Auction, etc.  We welcome donations for the Silent Auction and will acknowledge donations from corporate sponsors in the program.  Our St.Andrews dinner raises money to pay our pipers & other entertainment for the Beltane, which in turn raises money for Pegasus, a therapeutic horseback riding program.   Reservations to Frances Acar, 234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240.  Make checks payable to:  Celtic Beltane Festival. 

 

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Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help.   

We have resumed our Scottish Country Dance classes. We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor

and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 

If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.

 

If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030

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October 17th 2010
 
The Water Aid Ceilidh is now history.  All the figures aren't in yet, but we made a substantial amount to donate to this worthy cause - roughly $200 at the door plus money made on the Silent Auction.  My Scottish grammie used to say that the Scots started the rumour that they were stingy because they were so generous too many people took advantage of them.  I certainly believe it.  Folks came from near and far to attend and to help. The Kincaids came from Cincinnati and we even had the white-bearded gentleman from the North Pole and his lovely wife.  We danced, we sang, and we had a good time.  In doing so, we joined Scots all over the world. 
 
Many, many thanks to all who helped with this worthy (and fun) event.  We had lots of folks to help with set-up and many stayed to help with the cleaning afterwards.  Kudos!  Special thanks to Frances Acar and Donne Shepperly who did the most work - along with Christie Walsh and her girls, Mary, Kate, and Ann.  Gene & Betty Marcus did their usual outstanding job on the Silent Auction.  Dreama Powell gently ushered in the afternoon with her beautiful Celtic harp. Bob Morehead (who donated his time and talent with sound equipment) has an amazing collection of Scottish tunes. Thanks, too, to all those who donated such a variety of items for the Silent Auction (especially that Scottish & Irish whisky), and the munificent array of baked goods.  We sure do have a lot of super cooks in this group. 
 
The speaker who stopped by to tell us about her experiences in the Dominican Republic was so interesting that I have asked her to come back and speak to the rest of the group.  We hope to work this out for a meeting next spring.   
 
Please send me nominations for Rose & Thistle award.  A short squib on who you are nominating and why is all that is necessary.  The individual does not have to be a Scottish American Society member.
 
Dave Allison had serious surgery on Friday - otherwise I'm sure he and Dianne would have been present on Saturday.  We hope all went well and he is soon on the road to recovery.  If you would care to send a card, their address is:  1765 Calvert Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio  44223.
 
 At the meeting last week the members voted to have theTartan Day dinner at a restaurant.  Reservations have been made for us at the 356th Fighter Squadron Restaurant from 1:00 to 3:00 on Sunday April 10th.  Our regular May meeting will take place on the first day of the month instead of the second, which is Mother's Day.
 
Glenlaurel, a beautiful Inn with a Scottish theme, has made the following offer to our members:
 

Glenlaurel – A Scottish Country Inn

Nestled on 140 acres in the Hocking

Hills.~A luxurious hideaway for romantic

getaways or special events. Fine dining,

hot tubs & onsite spa. Scottish American

Society Members receive 30% off.

www.glenlaurel.com • (800) 809-7595

 
 
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Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM,
featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
We have resumed our Scottish Country Dance classes. We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor
and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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October 9th 2010
Our next meeting  will take place TOMORROWOctober 10th at the Akron Public Library, the usual meeting room, at 3:00 p.m..  Frances Acar will present a program entitled, "The Disappearing Island."  It refers, of course, to the island of Barra.  There will be refreshments. 
 
Please note, next Saturday, October 16th, 2010, is our International Benefit Ceilidh (see special events page on our web site for details).  We plan to have a tea, home-baked goods (donations happily accepted), a silent auction (donations happily accepted), and entertainment.  At 5:00 we will join Scots all over the world in an easy circle dance.  All monies raised will be donated to helping to make clean water available in third world countries.  A worthy cause. 
 
It's that time of year again, we need nominations for Rose & Thistle award.  Be thinking of worthy folks who deserve this honor.  They do not have to be members of our Sas'y organization, but they do have to have been active in the Scottish community.  I need your nomination and a short paragraph about the individual to present to our members.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
We have resumed our Scottish Country Dance classes. We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try.  If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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October 9th 2010
Our next meeting  will take place TOMORROWOctober 10th at the Akron Public Library, the usual meeting room, at 3:00 p.m..  Frances Acar will present a program entitled, "The Disappearing Island."  It refers, of course, to the island of Barra.  There will be refreshments. 
 
Please note, next Saturday, October 16th, 2010, is our International Benefit Ceilidh (see special events page on our web site for details).  We plan to have a tea, home-baked goods (donations happily accepted), a silent auction (donations happily accepted), and entertainment.  At 5:00 we will join Scots all over the world in an easy circle dance.  All monies raised will be donated to helping to make clean water available in third world countries.  A worthy cause. 
 
It's that time of year again, we need nominations for Rose & Thistle award.  Be thinking of worthy folks who deserve this honor.  They do not have to be members of our Sas'y organization, but they do have to have been active in the Scottish community.  I need your nomination and a short paragraph about the individual to present to our members.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
We have resumed our Scottish Country Dance classes. We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try.  If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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18 September 2010
What a beautiful weekend!  How fortunate we are to live in NE Ohio.  The leaves are beginning to change and the weather is perfect.
 
Nanci Tindell (Martin Tindell's wife) did an outstanding job in her presentation Sunday.  It was informative, colorful, well done, and left many of us longing for a trip to Nova Scotia in the near future.  Well done, Nanci !  And thanks so much for all your work.  It was certainly worth waiting for.   
 
Today is the Giantfest in Seville.  We hope many of you will plan to join us in placing a wreath on the grave of Anna Swann Bates, one of the Giants of Seville.  We will assemble about 5:00 for the march to the cemetery.  Look for us along East Main Street.
 
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
 
September 18th, 2010 - Giantfest, Seville, OH  Memorial Tribute to Anna Swann Bates. Please note:  We would like to see a show of support for the Giantfest memorial presentation in Seville, Ohio.  Please do come and enjoy a fun event in this charming town.  Dianne and Dave Allison help out with this. 
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of tem for all their help. 
We will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes soon.  We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor
and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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2 Oct. 2010
Now that it has turned October (where did September go?), please make sure to include the special Sas'y dates on your fresh new calendar page. 
 
Our next meeting  will take place on October 10th at the Akron Public Library.  Frances Acar will present a program entitled, "The Disappearing Island."  It refers, of course, to the island of Barra.  There will be refreshments. 
October 16th, 2010 International Benefit Ceilidh (see special events page on our web site for details).  We plan to have a tea, home-baked goods (donations happily accepted), a silent auction (donations happily accepted), and entertainment.  At 5:00 we will join Scots all over the world in an easy circle dance.  All monies raised will be donated to helping to make clean water available in third world countries.  A worthy cause. 
 
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
 
October 10th, 2010 - 3:00 Meeting, Akron Public Library.  Frances Acar will present a program entitled, "The Disappearing Island."

October 16th, 2010 - International Benefit Ceilidh (see special events page on our web site for details).

November 14th, 2010 - Meeting, Akron Public Library

December 4th, 2010 - St. Andrews - Two Club Golf & Learning Center - Macedonia, OH

Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
We have resumed our Scottish Country Dance classes. We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information
on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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18 September 2010
What a beautiful weekend!  How fortunate we are to live in NE Ohio.  The leaves are beginning to change and the weather is perfect.
 
Nanci Tindell (Martin Tindell's wife) did an outstanding job in her presentation Sunday.  It was informative, colorful, well done, and left many of us longing for a trip to Nova Scotia in the near future.  Well done, Nanci !  And thanks so much for all your work.  It was certainly worth waiting for.   
 
Today is the Giantfest in Seville.  We hope many of you will plan to join us in placing a wreath on the grave of Anna Swann Bates, one of the Giants of Seville.  We will assemble about 5:00 for the march to the cemetery.  Look for us along East Main Street.
 
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
 
September 18th, 2010 - Giantfest, Seville, OH  Memorial Tribute to Anna Swann Bates. Please note:  We would like to see a show of support for the Giantfest memorial presentation in Seville, Ohio.  Please do come and enjoy a fun event in this charming town.  Dianne and Dave Allison help out with this. 
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of tem for all their help. 
We will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes soon.  We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor
and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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11th September 2010
We'll hope everyone is enjoying the games at Ligonier, but will still manage to attend our meeting on Sunday (tomorrow).  The time is our usual 3:00 and there will be refreshments.  In this case, it will be a birthday cake for our beloved Agnes - who we hope will be there to celebrate her 101st birthday.
 
The International Céilidh will be held on the 16th of October.  Christie Walsh has made arrangements for us to have it at the rec. center on Shatto Avenue. Our plans will include a bit of Scottish entertainment and participation in our culture and heritage.  We hope to make it a yearly event to raise money for the international charity, Water Aid.  They specialize in providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities ( www.wateraid.org ) . The event is a "Big National Céilidh" - hopefully to figuratively join hands with our fellow Scots worldwide.   If you are interested in helping with the planning process, etc., please contact me (via reply), Frances Acar at frances.acar@gmail.com or Donne Shepperly at cragnadun@aol.com.
 
September 18th, 2010 - Giantfest, Seville, OH  Memorial Tribute to Anna Swann Bates.  Please note:  We would like to see a show of support for the Giantfest memorial presentation in Seville, Ohio.  Please do come and enjoy a fun event in this charming town.  Dianne and Dave Allison help out with this.  Dave is our new Membership Chairman and Corresponding Secretary. 

We will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes soon.  We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try.  If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.

If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030

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4th September 2010
Gorgeous, gorgeous day for those of us with Celtic blood.  The heck with all that warm weather.  64 degrees is perfect.
 
Next week, Sunday September 12th, is the first meeting back at the Library.  Nancie Tindell has been working on a Power Point presentation on Nova Scotia that has been eagerly anticipated.  It's 3:00 in our usual meeting room area.  We'll be discussing the year ahead as well. 
 
The International Céilidh will be held on the 16th of October.  Christie Walsh has made arrangements for us to have it at the rec. center on Shatto Avenue. Our plans which will include a bit of Scottish entertainment and participation in our
culture and heritage.  We hope to make it a yearly event to raise money for the international charity, Water Aid.  They specialize in providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities ( www.wateraid.org ) . The event is a "Big National Céilidh" - hopefully to figuratively join hands with our fellowScots worldwide.    If you are interested in helping with the planning process, etc., please contact me (via reply), Frances Acar at frances.acar@gmail.com or Donne Shepperly at cragnadun@aol.com
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community. 
 
We will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes soon.  We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor
and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie isa certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more informationon her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030.
 
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28 August 2010
Gorgeous day today!
 
Don't bother reading this - just go out and enjoy it. 
 
We have our venue for the International Céilidh to be held on the 16th of October.  Christie has arranged to have it at the rec. center on Shatto Avenue.  Thank you, Christie!! 
 
Now we are going ahead with our plans which will include a bit of Scottish entertainment and participation in our culture and heritage.  We hope to make it a yearly event to raise money for the international charity, Water Aid.  They specialize in providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities ( www.wateraid.org ) . The event is a "Big National Céilidh" - hopefully to figuratively join hands with our fellow scots worldwide.   If you are interested in helping with the planning process, etc., please contact me (via reply), Frances Acar at frances.acar@gmail.com or Donne Shepperly at cragnadun@aol.com
 
Please note:  Our first meeting of the new season is rapidly approaching.  We will be thrilled by Nancie Tindall who has spent months working on a Power Point presentation on Nova Scotia. 
 
Note, too, the Giantfest memorial presentation in Seville, Ohio.  Please do come and enjoy a fun event in this charming town.  Dianne and Dave Allison help out with this.  Dave is our new Membership Chairman and Corresponding Secretary.  We humbly thank him for taking on these duties. 
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help.  You might like to check out their profiles in the "Profiles" section.
 
We will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes soon.  We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try.  If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030.
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22 August 2010
We are still looking for a venue for our next charitable event.  It will most likely be a Tea or something similar in conjunction with the concept of an International Céilidh to be held on the 16th of October.  It is a community fundraising event for the international charity, Water Aid.  They specialize in providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities ( www.wateraid.org ) . The event is a "Big National Céilidh" to unite the folk community worldwide by having as many ceilidhs taking place on the 16th of October as possible. At 10pm (5:00 PM our time) everyone will dance the Circassian Circle to Jamie Allen to unite the event.  It is an easy thing to do and joins us with our fellow Scots wherever they may be.If you are interested in helping with the planning process, etc., please contact me (via reply), Frances Acar at frances.acar@gmail.com or Donne Shepperly at cragnadun@aol.com
 
We will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes soon.  We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try.  If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information
We are still looking for a venue for our next charitable event.  It will most likely be a Tea or something similar in conjunction with the concept of an International Céilidh to be held on the 16th of October.  It is a community fundraising event for the international charity, Water Aid.  They specialize in providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities ( www.wateraid.org ) . The event is a "Big National Céilidh" to unite the folk community worldwide by having as many ceilidhs taking place on the 16th of October as possible. At 10pm (5:00 PM our time) everyone will dance the Circassian Circle to Jamie Allen to unite the event.  It is an easy thing to do and joins us with our fellow Scots wherever they may be.If you are interested in helping with the planning process, etc., please contact me (via reply), Frances Acar at frances.acar@gmail.com or Donne Shepperly at cragnadun@aol.com.  We will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes soon.  We meet most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try.  If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie isa certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information contact her at: 330-867-1030.
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7th August 2010
What a gorgeous day it was today.  We had a lovely lunch up at Ashtabula, at a beach on Lake Erie.  It just couldn't have been more pleasant. 
 
Some of our group got together this past week and went on the Purple Martin cruise on Lake Nimisila to see the birds in their "staging" before heading South.  It is an amazing event.  We will book a boat next year, but only the first eight members to sign up will be able to go. 
 
Stan Wallace is having double knee replacement on August 13.  If you'd care to send a card, his address is:3776 Greenock Drive, Uniontown, Ohio  44685.  Heather MacNaughton is also in need of a little cheer.  I think she can be reached via her shop at:  British Pastries & More, 268 Main Street, Leetonia, OH.  She is not working there, but presumably someone is who can take her mail to her.
 
Our next charitable endeavor is bit further reaching. We are looking for a venue, but are planning to participate in an International Céilidh on the 16th of October.  It is a community fundraising event for the international charity, Water Aid.  They specialize in providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities ( www.wateraid.org ) . The event is a "Big National Céilidh" to unite the folk community worldwide by having as many ceilidhs taking place on the 16th of October as possible. At 10pm (5:00 PM our time) everyone will dance the Circassian Circle to Jamie Allen to unite the event.If you are interested in helping with the planning process, etc., please contact me (via reply), Frances Acar at frances.acar@gmail.com or Donne Shepperly at cragnadun@aol.com
 
In the fall we will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030.
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31 July 2010
Bit cloudy today, but weather gurus say it will not be a rainy day.  Cloudy with a chance of showers.  Except for the fact that it is quite a bit warmer than Edinburgh, it could be Scotland. Temperature here will hover in the low to mid-80's.  In Scotland it's closer to 17 degrees Celsius (62.6 degrees Fahrenheit), cloudy with a chance of showers.
 
Now that I've given you the weather report - I must say it was absolutely lovely last Sunday for our picnic. As always, the Sas'y cooks came through with some delicious dishes.  Larry Hunter did a yeoman's duty stoking the fire for hot dogs and S'mores, and some of our folks even did a bit of fishing off the dock.  We did very little beyond eating, chatting, watching the boats on Turkeyfoot lake, and enjoying the gentle breeze.  Our profound thanks to Larry and Judy Hunter for being such genial hosts.  They very generously provided the venue, the hot dogs, beverages, S'more stuff, and even fishing poles.  Thank you so very much!
 
For those of you who get the Hartville News, there was an article (& photo) in that paper this past week of our presentation to Pegasus (the therapeutic riding center) of $1000 raised at the Beltane Festival.  We hope to make this our annual contribution to the organization.  Our thanks once again to Bill & Michelle Bakan who make it all possible.
 
While there is no meeting in August, Amy Barrington has booked discount tickets at Cedar Point for anyone interested.  On Sunday, August 15th, the family is heading up there to celebrate the wedding of Ashley & Ryan Smith.  (They are renewing their vows on Saturday, the 14th.) 
 
If you would like to take advantage of the discount, go to the group sales booth and specify "Smith Wedding tickets."  Then look for our tables in the pavilion, if you wish to bring a picnic lunch.  My cell phone is 330-903-4573, if you wish to contact us during the day.
 
Our next charitable endeavor is bit further reaching. We are looking for a venue, but are planning to participate in an International Céilidh on the 16th of October.  It is a community fundraising event for the international charity, Water Aid.  They specialize in providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities ( www.wateraid.org ) . The event is a "Big National Céilidh" to unite the folk community worldwide by having as many ceilidhs taking place on the 16th of October as possible. At 10pm (5:00 PM our time) everyone will dance the Circassian Circle to Jamie Allen to unite the event.
 
In the fall we will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030
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24th July 2010
Tomorrow is our Sas'y picnic.  Sunday, July 25th, 3:00 ish.  At the Turkeyfoot Commons, right across from Larry & Judy Hunter's house.  There will be signs from the corner of Shrakes Hotel & S. Main Street - right across from the Marathon Station.  But just in case, the directions follow.  Come and enjoy the setting.  Bring anyone you like. 
 
Keep in mind that we are planning to participate in an International Céilidh on the 16th of October.  It is a community fundraising event for the international charity, Water Aid.  They specialize in providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities ( www.wateraid.org ) . The event is a "Big National Céilidh" to unite the folk community worldwide by having as many ceilidhs taking place on the 16th of October as possible. At 10pm (5:00 PM our time) everyone will dance the Circassian Circle to Jamie Allen to unite the event.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course, those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
In the fall we will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow
music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030.
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10th July 2010
Our next event is the Sas'y picnic on July 25th at Judy and Larry Hunter's house.  This requires only your relaxed participation and a covered dish or sessert.  No program, no tents, no Genealogy, no nagging.  Just come and enjoy the lovely setting by Turkeyfoot lake.  Directions are on the web site, but if you need them, let me know & I'll e-mail them directly to you.  Bring friends and family.  Every one is welcome. But please let us know if you plan to attend.  We do need a head count.
 
I'll take this opportunity to highlight an international folk event we are planning to participate in on the 16th of October.  It is a community fundraising event for the international charity, Water Aid.  They specialize in providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities ( www.wateraid.org ) . The event is a "Big National Céilidh" to unite the folk community worldwide by having as many ceilidhs taking place on the 16th of October as possible. At 10pm (5:00 PM our time) everyone will dance the Circassian Circle to Jamie Allen to unite the event.
 
If you are interested in helping with the planning process, etc., please contact me (via reply), Frances Acar at frances.acar@gmail.com or Donne Shepperly at cragnadun@aol.com
 
Congratulations to Liz Belvin on her recent promotion at PPG.  Good going, Liz.  Congratulations, too, to the Luyster girls, Sydney, Paige, and Kelsey (granddaughters of Marlene & Jim), on their recent achievements in Highland Dancing.  They are all former students of Christie Walsh but moved to North Carolina where they have continued their studies. 
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help. 
 
In the fall we will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try.  If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030.
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Happy 4th of July!
We had a grand time at the games.  Team Sas'y did well with both our Genealogy and Hospitality sections. Met lots of nice folks, renewed old friendships, and hopefully helped some people trace their heritage.  It went pretty smoothly.  We are fortunate that we have so many willing hands to help.  Thanks especially to
Dave & Dianne Allison, Dave & Liz Belvin, David McIntosh Carpenter, Nancy Haggard Davis, Jim Frost, Bill & Ann Heflin, Gene & Betty Marcus, Craig & Donne Shepperly, and the folks from Clan Claus - fresh from their duties at the North Pole.   
 
It takes many hands and much effort to take part in this annual event.  Some help before the event, some after, and some during.  It would take much more space than I dare to take to thank each of you individually.  But trust me, we all appreciate your contribution.
 
Our next event is the Sas'y picnic on July 25th at Judy and Larry Hunter's house.  This requires only your relaxed participation and a covered dish or dessert.  No program, no tents, no Genealogy, no nagging.  Just come and
enjoy the lovely setting by Turkeyfoot lake.  Directions are on the web site, but if you need them, let me know & I'll e-mail them directly to you.  Bring friends and family.  Every one is welcome.
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help.  You might like to check out their profiles on our web site.  
 
In the fall we will resume our Scottish Country Dance classes most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor
and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.comHer telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030.
 
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19th June 2010
 
NEXT WEEK AT THIS TIME WE WILL BE AT OHIO SCOTTISH GAMES !!!
Hooray!  We've waited for this all year.  Look for us in the barns - we're doing the Genealogy again.  We'd love to have your help.  But if you'd like a place to tuck your purchases while you shop at the many vendors, or a place to sit down and visit awhile - we're just the spot for you.  We will have a video presentation in our Hospitality Area - some of you have seen much of it already (it's about Robert Burns), but none of you have seen it updated and augmented by Dave Belvin's expertise. 
 
We'll be stamping "passports" for the young ones as well as helping folks discover their Scottish heritage. All those planning to attend the Ohio Scottish Games on June 26th at Wellington this year might also like to consider attending the Mod banquet at the Oberlin Inn on Saturday night. It's a fun affair, with good food and pleasant companionship. Cost is $27 per person for adults and half price for children under 9. For more information, contact Frances Acar at: frances.acar@g.mail.com
 
Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to the
"Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help.  You might like to check out their profiles elsewhere on our web site.  
 
We have Scottish Country Dance classes most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing. If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030.
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12th June 2010
 
Our next meeting is tomorrow at the Akron Library at 3:00.   We will be discussing our part in the Ohio Scottish Games and practicing our part in the Genealogy section.  As previously discussed, we will also hold a business meeting and special election to replace one of our officers who now has other obligations.  Liz Belvin has expressed her willingness to serve as interim Treasurer until the next regular election this coming February.  Proxy votes via e-mail will be accepted.
 
June 26th is a big day for all those of Scottish descent.  Not only are the Ohio Scottish Games being held at Wellington, but the day's activities are capped by the Mod banquet at the Oberlin Inn located in nearby Oberlin, Ohio.
All those planning to attend the Ohio Scottish Games on June 26th at Wellington this year might like to consider attending the Mod banquet at the Oberlin Inn on Saturday night. It's a fun affair, with good food and pleasant companionship. Cost is $27 per person for adults and half price for children under 9.

Make checks out to the Great Lakes Gaelic Society and mail to Frances Acar, 234 Lowell Drive, Kent, Ohio, 44240. For more information, contact Frances at: frances.acar@g.mail.com

Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to the
"Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events, including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for
all their help.  You might like to check out their profiles elsewhere on our web site.  
 
We have Scottish Country Dance classes most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing.  If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030.
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July 25th, 2010 - Sas'y Picnic at Hunter's.
August - no meeting
September 12th, 2010 - Meeting, Akron Public Library
October 10th, 2010 - Meeting, Akron Public Library
November 14th, 2010 - Meeting, Akron Public Library
December 4th, 2010 - St. Andrews

Tune in at 4:00 every Sunday to the "Sounds of Britain and Ireland" on WCPN, 90.3 FM, featuring Joe Nicholls and Kevin McGinty, two very charming gentlemen. They do a grand job of keeping folks informed about all area Celtic events,
including,of course,those within the Scottish Community.  One HUGE THANK YOU to both of them for all their help.  You might like to check out their profiles elsewhere on our web site.  
 
 
We have Scottish Country Dance classes most Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Aside from the dancing, we just enjoy the camaraderie. We meet at the Christ Episcopal Church (follow the music to the basement) 118 S. Mantua Street, in Kent, Ohio.  Frances Acar is an excellent instructor and (thank goodness) very patient.  She encourages everyone to give it a try. 
 
If you would like more information or directions, you may contact Frances at
frances.acar@gmail.com.  Her telephone number is:   330-673-6514.  She is one multi-talented gal.  She also teaches Scottish Gaelic and singing. If you have Internet access, you do not need to physically attend class.  She uses Skype and digital sound files which can be sent via e-mail to your home.
 
If you know someone interested in learning the art of Highland Dancing, you can call Christie Walsh.  Christie is a certified B.A.T.D. dance instructor and heads the Tigh na Creige highland dance group.  For more information on her classes, you may contact her at: 345 South Rose Blvd., Akron 44313, or by telephone at:  330-867-1030.
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