PAULINE KIELY, Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: At long last, it’s time to gather the clan, clap our hands, and kick up our heels in celebration of our Celtic heritage, at The Uxbridge Scottish Festival Concert.
With things beginning to return to normal, event sponsors: Stewart Morrison Insurance, Wee Tartan Shop, and The Uxbridge Scottish Festival have pulled together, what promises to be, an outstanding line-up of entertainment on Sunday, July 24th, between 2 to 4 p.m., at the Elgin Park Rotary Bandshell in Uxbridge.
This bonnie concert features The Uxbridge Legion Pipes & Drums, Lindsay Rose Highland Dance Company, and Claidhmor.
Organizer, Stewart Bennett emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1957, and he remains hopeful for the return of a full Highland Festival & Games next summer. Meanwhile, this live show promises to be a memorable and refreshing Highland experience, with some outstanding, talented and dedicated local musicians and dancers.
A unique added attraction, being offered for this event, is free sponsored transportation for seniors and retirement communities. This all comes, via The Town Trolley, a charming brass and oak replica of a 1900’s San Francisco Trolley, or riding aboard the wheelchair accessible 20 passenger White Lightening Shuttle Bus. Port Perry and Uxbridge Recreation Directors, Legions, and Senior Clubs are encouraged to contact Michael Bryant, at 705-340-9880 to arrange pick-up and drop-off in either The Town Trolley or White Lightening. Mr. Bryant is currently working out the details of a loop route which will serve to accommodate both communities.
The long-established Uxbridge Legion Pipe Band made its debut on June 29th, 1968. This band constantly strives to hone their skills and quality of playing, while their key to longevity is encouraging students and newcomers by offering lessons in Pipes and Drums.
Multi-award-winning Lindsay Rose Highland Dance Company brings a style of dance which was developed over 100 years ago in the Scottish Highlands. Highland Dancing is performed along with traditional bagpipe music. And then there’s the spectacular kilt-wearing band, Claidhmor. This singing group’s passion for Celtic music includes beautifully blended harmonies, which have led them to performances at numerous Highland Games, Robbie Burns Suppers, and the Seniors Jubilee at Roy Thomson Hall.
Lads and Lassies, whether you take the high road or the low road, all are welcome to come out and enjoy this fabulous cultural event. Entry to The Uxbridge Scottish Festival Concert is by donation, and spectators are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. For further information, visit UxbridgeScottishFestival.com or contact Stewart Bennett, at 905-926-8343.