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Scottish American Society



Our meetings generally take place at the Akron Public Library, main branch, meeting room level.

Public computers and Wi-Fi are available at the library. .A limited number of computers are available at every location. Wi-Fi can be accessed in every building or from most parking lots. Visit the library website for details. Masks may be required. Check the library website.

BURNS DINNER 2023. Dinner will take place at SYB Hall in January.

TARTAN DAY DINNER - April 2023- Location will be announced.

Highland Dance: If anyone is interested in signing up for classes, please contact Christie Walsh. Adults interested in Scottish Country Dancing? Christie may add an Adult Scottish Country Dance Class in future. Let her know if you want more information.

Questions? Contact Christie Urquhart Walsh at: cwalsh345@yahoo.com or akronscottishdancers@yahoo.com

Celtic Eagle Pipe Band now has a Youth Piping Program. Bagpipe Lessons for Beginners ages 8-18. For more information, please contact Tim Wiley: tim.j.wiley@frontier.com or tim.j.wiley@gmail.com;

Sasy Fiddle Orchestra is recruiting members, all ages and levels of talent are welcome! Contact Julie at jkkenney2@kent.edu - if you are interested.

Genealogy Resources. Alex would like to remind those of you engaged in genealogical research that we have excellent resources listed on our website. Look on the Genealogy Page put together by Nancy Davis.
According to David Dobson, a renowned expert, the first stop in searching for Scottish Ancestors should be the Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, 1553-1854 & other church records. May I also refer you to www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
If you are new to exploring your Scottish heritage, may I recommend David Dobson’s new book, “Scottish Genealogy, The Basics and Beyond. Dr. Dobson is the author of more than 200 books, many articles and numerous historical and genealogical source books. There is more information on his publications on the web site.

Scotland Tours Scotland trips 2022 - So far as we know, there are a few spaces left in Ed Pearlman's tours. More info at www.edpearlman.net/scotland . Those who have taken Ed Pearlman's tours give them rave reviews, but they are limited. That is the beauty and the problem!
Pearlman Book - Ed has a new book "MusicScapes of Scotland: Vignettes from Prehistory to Pandemic" which just came out. Drawn from 24 years of music columns in Scottish Life magazine, the essays in this book usher you through a panorama of musical styles and history, helping you appreciate songs in Gaelic, Scots, and English, music of the pipes, fiddle, harp, and more. Travel via the music of Scots abroad, pay tribute to those who make it all happen, and catch a glimpse of the future. The book is available on Amazon and Kindle, and can be ordered from any bookshop.

Scotland Tours
Scotland trips 2022 - Ed Pearlman tours. More info at www.edpearlman.net/scotland .
Trip 1: June 7 - 17, 2022
Highlands & Skye – Niel Gow’s Scotland
Visit the Highlands and Skye, including amazing vistas in Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Skye, Loch Ness and more, plus unique experiences to several places off-limits to the public, relating to J.S. Skinner, and hearing Niel Gows fiddle at Blair Castle. Meet and hear some of Scotlands best musicians; Gaelic singers, fiddlers, pipers, and more.

Trip 2: June 22 - July 1, 2022
Burns & Borders
Walk in the beautiful home area of many great Scots, including Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, James Hutton (father of modern geology), and John Muir. Visit Edinburgh, various Borders towns, Dumfries, and sites where Burns lived.. The Borders is full of great contemporary Scottish musicians; we’ll have private visits and sessions with some of them, including a borders piper, fiddlers, singers, and more.
Trip 3: July 6 - 16, 2022
The Outer Hebrides
Journey through the Outer Hebrides from south to north, hear great music from the Barra Feis to individual musicians to the great Hebridean Celtic Festival in the Isle of Lewis. Visit a maker of Harris tweed on Harris, see beaches, craggy hills, thatched houses and standing stones; listen to Gaelic song, fiddle, traditional and contemporary bands.
Trip 4: July 21 - Aug 2, 2022
The Northern Tour
Visit the far north of mainland Scotland (Caithness), the northern islands of Orkney and Shetland, and the northeast mainland (Aberdeenshire and Morayshire). Stunning sights, standing stones, cliffs, geos, and an amazing variety of music from these very different areas, including a special festival, private and public music sessions with some of the best musicians in Scotland.


Participation in most Scottish activities is not limited to members.  If you would like to attend, please feel welcome to do so.  Call any of the officers for more information. 
Any Scottish group is welcome to a listing on this page.  Send me your information and I'll be happy to include it.  Address information to:  mfrost@nls.net 

Meetings:  Main Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library system, 60 S. High Street, in Akron. Free parking is immediately adjacent to the building in the parking garage on Sunday and weekdays after 6.  (Any other time, there is a charge.  Library patrons can bring in their ticket and have it validated by the guard across from the information desk to receive one free hour of parking on weekdays.) 

* Details on Special Events page.

**SHANO (Scottish Heritage Association of Northeast Ohio) Events. For more information: 440-392-2308 or see: www.scottishheritageohio.com

To go to the Special Events page for more information, click here.

For information on Concerts that you might wish to attend, click here.

For information on pipers and pipe bands, click here.