EDINBORO – After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the University of Edinburgh campus will be filled with colorful Scottish traditions this weekend at the 27th Highland Games & Scottish Festival.
Featuring world-class musicians, Celtic vendors, the Scottish National Violin Championship (virtual), Highland dance performances, athletic competitions, clan gatherings, children’s crafts and games and a Traditional Scottish cuisine, the festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday, serves as a tribute to the founders of the university and an ongoing association with the history and traditions of Scotland.
The cultural celebration will begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a tasting of single malt whiskey at the University’s Commonwealth House, 214 Meadville St. Registration is required and participants must be 21 years of age or older. The cost is $ 50 per person, with profits going to the Student Hardship Fund.
“Now in its fourth year, whiskey tasting continues to grow,” said Tim Thompson, professor of communications, journalism and media and director of the Highland Games. “The fun event features delicious food and the best whiskey.”
The main festival events and games will take place throughout Saturday on campus, around McComb Fieldhouse on the corner of Scottish and Scottish Roads, and at the adjacent Pogue Student Center.
The beer tent, on the lawns of McComb Fieldhouse, opens at 11 a.m.
“If you arrive before noon you will want to attend the opening ceremony. It’s spectacular, with the bagpipes marching and playing and the Scottish clans on parade, ”said Thompson. “Between noon and 4 pm you can enjoy the best that the festival has to offer. “
Musical performances will fill the air throughout the day, as beefy athletes throw various heavy objects in the ever popular heavy sports competitions. These events include the caber, hammer, stone and 56-pound weights for height and distance.
A range of vendors will be on site, selling clothing, jewelry, glassware and other products. Scottish and American food vendors will offer sausage rolls, meat pies, pies, chicken dinners, kettle corn, cookies, desserts and more.
The full schedule of events on Saturday will run from around 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed by Ceilidh dinner and music from 5 to 9 in the Van Houten Dining Room and Boro Pit. The cost of Ceilidh is $ 15 per person.
All festival events are free and open to the public, with the exception of Ceilidh and the single malt tasting. Masks are mandatory in all buildings on campus, regardless of vaccination status.
On Sunday, events conclude with a Chelsea House Orchestra concert at 10:45 a.m. at Edinboro United Methodist Church, 113 High St.