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Tartan Day Celebrations in New York City -- April 2-10
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To Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall For a Full Week of Free Events!
NEW YORK (April 1, 2005) – What do Sean Connery, Elvis Presley, Shrek, golf, whisky, Grand Central Station and more than 12 million Americans have in common? They’re all Scottish! In celebration of Tartan Day – a national holiday honoring Scotland’s rich culture -- VisitScotland will invite Americans to visit when it transforms Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall into a Scottish Village with free public events April 2-10 (visit www.TartanWeekNY.com for a full list).
The US Senate designated April 6 as National Tartan Day in 1998 to honor “the outstanding contribution of millions of Scottish-Americans to our great nation.” The significance of April 6 dates back to the 1320 signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, which was used as the model for the American Declaration of Independence.
If the Tartan Week festivities whet the appetite for a trip to Scotland, VisitScotland and Continental Airlines will be giving away one free flight to Scotland each day at the Scottish Village. Visitors can also learn about Scottish festivals and events, special travel deals, and pick up free literature to help plan a trip to Scotland.
The following Vanderbilt Hall events are free and open to the public:
- Live Cooking Demonstrations, Free Samples! – Join Scottish chefs Kevin MacGillivray of the Ballathie House Hotel and Joe Queen, a former member of the Scottish Culinary Olympic team, as they prepare Scottish delicacies during live daily demonstrations (4/2 at 1 and 5 pm; 4/3 at noon and 3 pm; 4/4 at noon and 5 pm; 4/5 at noon and 5 pm; 4/6 at 5 pm; 4/7 at noon; 4/8 at 5 pm; 4/9 at 4 pm; 4/10 at noon and 4 pm)
-Live Scottish Fashion Show – Preview the newest fashions -- including purses, bags, scarves, kilts and other clothing -- from Scottish designers Lochcarron of Scotland, Howie Nicholsby and Jilli Blackwood during live fashion shows. (4/3 – 4/5 at 2 and 5:45 pm; 4/6 at noon; 4/7 at 3 and 5:45 pm; 4/8 at 2 pm; 4/9 at 1 and 5 pm; 4/10 at noon and 5 pm)
-Live Music – Check out two of Scotland’s hottest Celtic-inspired bands, Shooglenifty and the Peatbog Faeries, when they perform rocking renditions of both Scottish classics and their own work. (4/2 at noon; 4/3 at 11 am and 6:30 pm; 4/4 – 4/8 at 1 and 6:30 pm; 4/9 at noon and 5:45 pm; 4/10 at 11 am)
-Live Dance – “Off-Kilter” is a sexy and funny production that combines dance, live music and film in celebration of Scotland’s unique culture. (4/2 at 4 pm; 4/3 at 1 and 5 pm; 4/4 at 11 am and 3 pm; 4/5 at 11 am and 3 pm; 4/6 at 3 pm; 4/7 at 4 pm; 4/8 at noon and 4 pm; 4/9 at 2 and 6:30 pm)
-Scottish Genealogy Seminars -- Scotland’s leading genealogist, Cameron Taylor will help a few of the more than 12 million Scottish-Americans trace their roots during free one-on-one sessions (4/6 at 11 am; 4/7 at 5 pm; 4/8 at 5:45 pm) and one live demonstration (4/9 at 11 am).
-Whisky Discussion -- Glenfiddich presents the production and history of its brand and Scottish distilleries at Vanderbilt Hall. (4/2 at 2 and 5:45 pm; 4/3 – 4/5 at 4 pm; 4/6 at 2 and 5:45 pm; 4/7 at 11 am and 2 pm; 4/8 at 11 am and 3 pm; 4/9 – 4/10 at 3 pm)
-Scottish Film Screening – Check out new films from some of Scotland’s hottest indie film producers at Vanderbilt Hall. (4/2 at 3 pm; 4/6 at 4 pm; 4/10 at 5:45 pm)
-700-Year-Old “Braveheart” Sword – For the first time in history, the real sword of William Wallace – the legendary Scottish freedom fighter immortalized in Mel Gibson’s 1995 movie “Braveheart” – will leave the United Kingdom to travel abroad, in honor of the 700th anniversary of Wallace’s death. The sword will be on display April 2 - 6 in Vanderbilt Hall.
New York City will host several other Tartan Week events throughout the week of April 2 – 10 including a parade down Sixth Avenue, Whisky Live, Dressed to Kilt charity fashion show, museum exhibits and live Scottish music throughout the city. For complete details on the Scottish Village and other events, please visit www.TartanWeekNY.com. Scottish Village event times are subject to change.
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