(C) Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard, 2017 - P.O. Box 1895, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
This exhibition brings together familiar items such as the kilt, and less familiar, such as the sporran. While many members wear their ancestral clan tartans, Martha's Vineyard has, since 2012, had its own tartan
(as displayed on this website.
The Martha’s Vineyard District
Tartan, is woven in Scotland by
world-famous "Lochcarron of
Scotland" in colors that symbolize
the Island’s unique culture and
Come to see the rich variety of objects.
Hear the "Ode Tae Haggis", recited by
the late Robert MacKay, at the 2016
Burns Supper. Watch a film clip of the
"Procession of the Haggis." Celebrate
all things Scottish, with an Island flair.
Steve Ewing, Vice President of the
Scottish Society, will present a talk
at 4pm on the history of the Society
in the Museum Library. Join us for the
talk and a reception in the exhibit to follow.
Humble Edgartown Beginnings
Lads and lassies, kilts and bagpipes - everybody knows something about Scotland. For thirty years the traditions of Scotland have been celebrated by the Scottish Society of Martha’s Vineyard.
In April 1986, a group of sixteen Islanders gathered at the home of Walter and Nancy Delaney to discuss the possibility of starting a Scottish Society on Martha's Vineyard.
In May of that year, the first slate of officers was elected, with Harvey Ewing serving as Society president. Today, the Society continues to thrive, welcoming new members to its ranks, and carrying on the spirit of the founding members.
The Society also participates in events throughout the year, and the Edgartown Fourth of July Parade where the contingent of bagpipers
is always a favorite.
We honor Scottish traditions with
events like our annual Robert
Burns Nicht, Supper, celebrated
near the January 25th birthday
of the Bard of Scotland. It's an
evening of song, haggis,
pipers, toasts, and great food.
The "Internationally Acclaimed
Scottish Society Singers of
Martha's Vineyard" always
presents a fabulous program.
As always, we appreciate all of
those who participate in this
event's auctions and raffles.
The Society has raised many
thousands of dollars for
scholarships to Island students.
And Don't Forget
On April 6th every year,
we celebrate our Scottish
heritage at Tartan Day.
It commemorates the
Declaration of Arbroath
that was signed in 1320,
This popular event
brings togetherScots of all
ages to celebrate through
song, dance, and various
Believe it or not, that is the pawkily humorous name given to this lively bunch of singers by a former Scottish-born president of the Martha’s Vineyard Scottish Society.
The singers, under the direction of Philip Dietterich
and associate director, Dorian Lopes, will perform
“My Heart’s in the Highlands” songs of nature and love, hope and pride with melodies full of the long, tender, melancholy of northern twilight.
Martha’s Vineyard’s own poet laureate, Steve Ewing, and composer, Dorian Lopes, have created an interesting new work entitled “Highland Song” which will be performed. The chorus plans to invite the audience to join with them in singing three familiar Scottish songs. Come and savor the sounds with the beautiful acoustics of the library’s new community room. These songs will make your ears gladden and drape your souls with joy.
Photo by Ralph Stewart, Courtesy of the MV Times
Photo by Ralph Stewart
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Saturday, March 11, 3:00 PM!
The "Internationally Acclaimed Scottish Society Singers of Martha's Vineyard" to Perform at the Edgartown Library