As a young boy learning to play the bagpipes Tyler Cameron remembers frequenting the Festival of the Tartans and being awed by the pipe and drum bands and the array of Celtic celebrations.
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Tyler Cameron, right, president of the Festival of the Tartans organizing committee, chats with those gathered at Carmichael Stewart House Museum during last year’s event. He said lots of great events are planned this year.
Now 25 his love of his Scottish ancestry hasn’t waned and he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as President of the 57th Annual Festival of the Tartans which runs from July 16-20 in New Glasgow
“New Glasgow is very much shaped by the Scottish heritage,” he said. “He points to the street signs as just one example. “The Festival of the Tartans celebrates our heritage.”
It is the only remaining Highland Games in Pictou County and although it has waned some over the years from its peak in the past, he said his goal is to help it grow and expand.
“It’s going to be a real great week full of Highland Heritage,” he said.
From a tartan tea to a tartan teardown variety concert at Glasgow Square to the crowd pleasing heavy weight games, there is a wide variety that he hopes will appeal to all audiences here in Pictou County.
Organizers are putting a particular emphasis on the Tartan Teardown which will feature award winning fiddler Gillian Boucher as well known locals Fleur Mainville and John Spyder MacDonald.
“It really is a great showcase of local and Nova Scotia talent,” Cameron said. “Tickets are only $10 in advance or $15 at the door.”
He said there will be bagpipers taking part in the festival as well from New Brunswick, P.E.I. and beyond and already the have visitors confirmed from the United States, Ontario and out west.
“A lot of the work goes into the festival. We’re hoping the community gets out,” Cameron said. “We’re continuing to build the festival to its former glory.”
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Wednesday, July 16
1 – 3 p.m.: the Pioneer Cemetery on the trail at the south end of Stewart St will be open for visitors - a guide will be on hand to show you around
2 p.m.: Opening Ceremony and Tea at Carmichael-Stewart House on Temperance Street
7:30 p.m.: Gaelic Language Workshop and Talk at St Andrews Presbyterian Church (the Kirk), Mountain Road/George Street/Temperance Street intersection
Thursday, July 17
8 a.m. Tee-off: Kilted Golf Tournament, Glen Lovat Golf Club, Fraser's Mountain
1:30-3 p.m.: High-Crest Place Ceilidh, Jury Street/Provost Street
6 p.m.: Antique Car Show and Narrows Road Band, Provost Street
Friday, July 18
Noon – 1 p.m.: Music on the Patio, New Glasgow Library, Dalhousie/Archimedes Streets with fiddler Shelby MacDonald
2 p.m.: Glen Haven Manor Garden Party, 739 East River Road
7 p.m.: Tartan Teardown Variety Concert, Glasgow Square theatre, downtown New Glasgow
Saturday, July 19
8:30 a.m.: Highland Dancing Competitions (all day)
9 a.m.: Piping & Drumming Competitions (all morning)
10 a.m.: Heavyweight Events (all day)
1 p.m.: Welcomes and awards with Massed Pipe Bands
2 p.m.: Pipe Bands (performances during the afternoon)
10 a.m.: Genealogy and Clan Tents (until approx. 4 p.m.)
Food Vendors and Beer Tent (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) - Fiddle Music by Fleur Mainville to round out the afternoon
8 p.m.: Concert at the Celtic Circle - Quartette with Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford and Gwen Swick
Sunday, July 20
11 a.m.: Kirkin' o' the Tartan, Kirk Church - Reception and closing to follow.