Scottish Heritage Celebration: Annual Gathering, Highland Games Return to Salado November 12-14 | Life

The sound of bagpipes will once again fill the air in the village of Salado as the Scottish Gathering and Highland Games returns November 12-14.

This year’s event, which is sponsored by the Salado Museum and College Park, features music, genealogy workshops and Scottish Highland games, and will take place at Johnny’s Outback, 301 Thomas Arnold Road in Salado.

The weekend begins Friday night with the Call of the Clans at 6 p.m. at the edge of Salado Creek, just north of the museum building.

“This is a solemn torchlight ceremony which recreates the coming together of the ancient Scottish clans to fight with Robert the Bruce for the freedom of Scotland in 1314 at Bannockburn,” the Salado Museum said on its website.

After the Appeal, a welcome dinner and buffet will be held at the Lucile A. Robertson Center of the museum.

The festivities continue from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Johnny’s Outback.

1:00 p.m .: A talk and song talk by Scottish singer and folklorist Ed Miller, Lucile A. Robertson Center at the museum.

6:00 p.m .: Clan torchlight calling ceremony – stream side north of the museum.

6:30 p.m .: Welcome evening with light buffet dinner (paid event), Lucile A. Robertson Center at the museum.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m .: Clan tents, Scottish Highland games, bagpipe and drum competitions, live Celtic music, Celtic market.

Noon: Official opening of the Rally and parade of bands and clans.

1:30 p.m .: Shortbread competition.

2:00 p.m .: Bonniest Knees competition.

7 p.m .: Tartan dinner at the Stagecoach Inn (prior reservation required).

9:00 am: Kirkin’o the Tartan traditional devotional service.

9 am to 3 pm: Bagpipe competition, live Celtic music, Highland games for children, Scottish Dress parade and pet competition, clan tents, shopping and food.

2:30 p.m .: Parade of brass bands and closing ceremony.


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Jennifer R. Strohm