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"Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland" at the Hylton Center on Jan. 26 & 27

Hylton Performing Arts Center presents "Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland" on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27.

In celebration of the rich and vibrant culture of Scotland and the Scottish people, the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas presents “Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland” on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 and Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

“This festival offers more than one something for everyone, from feasts for the ears, eyes and mind to actual feasts for more earthly appetites,” said Rick Davis, the Hylton Center’s executive director. “Scotland's culture has given the world so much, and we are thrilled to have the honorary patronage of Robin Naysmith, Scottish Government Counsellor in North America, as we explore and celebrate this rich heritage.”

This inaugural festival commences with a fun-filled day of activities for adults and children on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day’s events include a performance by acclaimed Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout, a bagpipe and drumming master class, Scottish Country Dancing demonstrations, a showcase of authentic Scottish crafts, a Children’s Passport to Scotland with Mid-Atlantic Scots 4 Tots, Scottish history presentations, Scotch whisky tastings, an afternoon tea and much, much more.

The festival continues on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. with an exhilarating performance by The Black Watch & the Band of the Scots Guards, who bring the magnificent pageantry of British military tradition and history to life when they fill the Hylton Center’s Merchant Hall with rousing marches, stirring anthems and the distinctive sounds of bagpipes and brass. There are a limited number of tickets left to this performance; however, there will also be two performances by The Black Watch and The Band of the Scots Guards at George Mason University's Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Following the performance is a Burns Night Supper at 6:30 p.m. in the Hylton Center’s Gregory Family Theater. This festive dinner is a longstanding tradition, celebrating the life and works of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns (the festival weekend is the 254th anniversary of the birth of Burns), and will feature a special performance by International Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout, Scottish Country Dancing and the ceremonial presentation of Scotland’s national dish, Haggis.

A full schedule of events for Jan. 26 and 27 is below. For more information or to purchase tickets to the events of “Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland,” please visit HyltonCenter.org/scottish/.

 

 “HYLTON IN THE HIGHLANDS: A FESTIVAL OF SCOTLAND”

 

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The events on Jan. 26 are $15 for adults and $5 for children,

except the Full Afternoon Tea and Scotch Whisky Master Class, which are $35 per person

(admission to the Jan. 26 festival events included with the purchase of the Full Afternoon Tea or Scotch Whisky Master Class)

 

Children’s Passport to Scotland featuring Highland games and crafts

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater

 

Children’s Story Time

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Gregory Family Theater

One of the links between Appalachia and Scotland concerns "Jack Tales" – think of "Jack and the Beanstalk." They always feature gullible but ultimately victorious Jack. These stories originated in Scotland then migrated to this side of the Atlantic and became as revered here as in their homeland. All traditions evolve and change, so Wendy Welch will present "Jill the Giant Killer," an interactive story involving the audience and various balloon props.

 

Scottish Country Dancing demonstration followed by open social dancing

11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Merchant Hall

 

Scottish Songs and Ballads

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Robert Burns spent the last few years of his life collecting traditional songs and ballads. He was a pioneer in this field and sent all his finds to an Edinburgh publisher named James Johnston. Some were exactly as Burns collected them; however, others he modified. Jack Beck and Wendy Welch will perform a program of traditional songs and ballads, including some collected by Burns.

Jack Beck is an acclaimed performer of Scottish traditional songs and ballads. He is a recording artist and workshop leader with more than 40 years of experience and presents "Celtic Clanjamphry" weekly on WETS-FM out of Johnson City, Tenn. every Sunday morning.

Wendy Welch, who holds a doctorate in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a renowned storyteller and a published writer. She currently teaches folk-life programs at UVA Wise in southwest Virginia; works for the GMEC health institute; and, with husband Jack, owns and runs Tales of the Lonesome Pine bookstore in Big Stone Gap, Va. Her recent book, “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap,” (St. Martin’s Press) has received rave reviews.

 

Presentations (Folklore, History and Literature)

11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

 

Full Afternoon Tea

12 p.m. to 1 p.m., 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lovey Hammel Lounge

Tickets: $35 per person (admission is to one session)

 

Scotch Whisky Master Class

with Dougie Wylie the Scotch Whisky Man

(Must be 21 years of age or older to attend)

12 p.m. to 1 p.m., 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Prince William Health Systems Rehearsal Room

Tickets: $35 per person (admission is to one session)

 

Bagpipe and Drumming Master Class

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Merchant Hall

With Matthew Bell and Paula Glendinning

 

Bonnie Rideout Presents: “The Art of Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd”
Take a journey through 300 years of Scottish fiddle music with International Scottish Fiddler Bonnie Rideout.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Merchant Hall

 

*Programming subject to change

 

 

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013

 

The Black Watch & The Band of the Scots Guards
The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of 1st Battalion

4 p.m.

Merchant Hall

The magnificent pageantry of British military tradition and history comes to life when these two esteemed military bands take the stage and fill the hall with rousing marches, stirring anthems and the distinctive sounds of bagpipes and brass.

Tickets: $34, $42, $50. Family Friendly: Youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult.

 

Burns Night Supper

6:30 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater

This festive dinner will include all the pomp and pageantry fit to celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns. A special performance by International Scottish Fiddler Bonnie Rideout, Scottish Country Dancing and the presentation of Scotland’s national dish, Haggis, complete the festivities for the evening!  

Tickets: $75 per person

 

*Programming subject to change

 

 

A Special Thanks to the Following:

 

Honorary Patron of “Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland”:

Robin Naysmith, Scottish Government Counsellor, North America, British Embassy, Washington, D.C.

 

Performance Sponsor: Wallace S. Covington, Attorney at Law

 

Dinner Sponsors: Craig Gerhart and Martha Reinhart, Anne E. Nordness and Mary Postma 

Wine provided by: Scott Elliff /DuCard Vineyards

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