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SCOTTISH in Florida

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Och Aye….Scotfact:   A third of all Americans surveyed by the Scottish Tourist board thought haggis was an animal they could hunt and catch.   Many booked trips to Scotland hoping to go on haggis-hunting tours.  There are dozens of Scottish societies around Florida, many holding Highland Games and Festivals…see the list below.  To advertise on this page send email to :  adrates@britishflorida.com  Include your name + city+ phone number.

Florida’s slate of Scottish games has shrunk too since their heyday in the 90s, with some folding or merging.  To stay current, consult the excellent website which takes the trouble to list the ones still tossing their cabers:   www.flscottishgames.com

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 EVERY JANUARY DO TRY A BURNS SUPPER….Celebrate Scotland’s world-famous poet Robert Burns.Join fellow English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish local expats for this unique event. People gather for Rabbie Burns suppers in all corners of the world with annually over 9000 such celebrations held.  The best in Florida is presented by the Scottish-American Society of South Florida [SASSF].  I have been and it’s a truly convivial evening–PK.    For date/cost/location more info see  www.sassf.org.     ALSO:   Their annual Scottish Games is SATURDAY MARCH 4, 2017  in Ft. Lauderdale—–see location and full details website www.SASSF.org   The SOUTH FLORIDA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL and Games is a major event attended by thousands of Scots and Wannabe Scots,  English/Irish/Welsh  and American Anglophiles each year.  Established by the Scottish-American Society of South Florida [SASSF] in  1983.  OCH AYE.   It’s immense fun—Tartan everywhere, bagpipers, clans, highland dancing competitions, Scottish country dancing, Scottish Heavy Athletics,  professional Scottish entertainers, Clan tents, sheepdog demonstrations, Scottish/Irish/English/Welsh merchandise,  foods and imported beers.  Wear Something Tartan and Go!   LOCATION : Heritage Park, Plantation.    EVENT TIME:    From 9a.m. to 6p.m.  Free Parking. Tickets $20 in advance ($25 on the day). For tickets and info:  www.SASSF.org

 TO HIRE A BAGPIPER in South Florida:    

 1]   Call Scotsman Nigel McDonald [786] 205-5350, an accomplished bagpiper/pipe major who has won many of Florida’s piping competitions and played at droves of weddings and other functions around Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach.

2]  Professional bagpiper Byron Hoffman is also available for South Florida functions. Call [754] 204-0716. 

3] The Palm Beach Pipes & Drums have played continuously since 1980 at parades,weddings,
funerals,private gigs,memorials and social functions. Contact them also to
hire a bagpiper for your events.   Contact [561] 848-0712,  [561] 308-6216 or [561] 487 6459.

►  In January DO TRY A BURNS SUPPER….Celebrate Scotland‘s worldfamous poet Robert Burns. Scots, English, Irish and Welsh around the world gather for Burns suppers in all corners of the world. Annually 9000 Burns Suppers are held in Scotland, across Florida and the world. One of the best is presented by the Scottish-American Society of South Florida, every January in the Ft. Lauderdale area.   Find date and location on website www.sassf,org   I have been to this and it’s a truly convivial evening–PK. 

►   Every March in Sarasota Area:     The Caledonian Club presents its annual Scottish Thistle Ball. This elegant formal affair will have Scottish entertainment, piping and dancing.  INFO  www.caledonianclub.org    To book/furtherdetails phone Chair Sioux Faragher-Hurley [941] 484-0728.

►  EVERY MARCH.   SOUTH FLORIDA Scottish Games—a major event held in Ft. Lauderdale.  Run by the Scottish American Society of South Florida [SASSF], established 1982.  Visit website www.sassf.org for date and location details. 

►    SEPTEMBER or OCTOBER  the  Annual Royal Tartan Ball in Tampa,  for those wanting a fun experience with a Celtic Flair.  For this year’s date and info call David Trick [727] 243-7176 or John Miller [813 ]735-9005

DUNEDIN  Annual Scottish Games in April.    Call [727] 733-3197

JACKSONVILLE AREA annual Scottish games in February.   www.neflgames.com   Call [904] 241-0350 Emily Taylor.

ORLANDO SCOTTISH GAMES in January.  Call [407] 426-7268 or [407] 841-8831

OCALA  SCOTTISH  HIGHLAND GAMES in October.  Call organizer David Martin [352] 454-0672

PALM BEACH  SCOTTISH-AMERICAN SOCIETY  Established  years ago.  Tel. [561] 965-2562 Ask for Winnie.

PANAMA CITY Highland Games.  INFO/TICKETS/Be a Vendor  www.pcscotfestival.com or Call [850] 769-4000.  

MOUNT DORA Scottish Highland Festival every November—a 2 day event. Featuring a Celtic concert with internationally known bands Albannach and Rathkeltair.  The concert takes place at Elizabeth Evans Park beginning at 7:30pm.  The next day  it’s the Scottish Highland Festival at Gilbert Park with Exhibition Games, Music, Dancing, Whisky Tastings, Border Collies Exhibit, Heritage Tents and more from 10am to 5pm with free admission.
Tickets/info on www.mountdoraevents.com     or call (352) 735-7183.

SARASOTA   Scottish Heritage Society of Sarasota  Call  [941] 342-0509

SARASOTA   The St. Andrews Society for Scots in Florida [941] 722-9840.  Ask for Shirley or see their website www.standrewssocietysarasota.com

TALLAHASSEE SCOTTISH GAMES in April.   Call President Keith Lindsey [850] 212-2926

TAMPA and DUNEDIN AREA The St. Andrews Society.  Call boardmember and true Scot Fiona Prosser [813] 317-6039.  

NORTHEAST FLORIDA [JACKSONVILLE area]  Scottish Games in February.
Call [904] 725-5744.

VENICE West Florida….The Caledonian Club.  For Scots and those with Scottish roots.  Call Pauline Mitchell [941] 485-5199.

►    EVERY JANUARY…..SARASOTA SCOTTISH GAMES Call  [941] 342-0509 for this year’s info or look at website www.sarasotahighlandgames.com.

►    FT.LAUDERDALE  Highlanders holds Scottish theme events throughout the year. For information call [954] 962-9393 

►  THE OFFICIAL BRITISH GOVERNMENT WEBSITE for info on Scotland: www.scotland.gov.uk

 ►   SCOTTISH FOOTBALL MATCHES–Glasgow Rangers and Celtic.  In Ft. Lauderdale watch Rangers matches at the King’s Head Pub in Sunrise [954] 572-5933  Call Derek Walker of Rangers Supporters Club [954] 296-3374.   Naples   Rangers Supporters Club watch Rangers matches live at the English pub in Naples–call Club secretary Peter  Hull on [239] 404-6137.     Orlando  Rangers Supporters Club gathers at the George  & Dragon pub [407] 351-3578.  A roomful of Scots can’t be dull!  The pub shows all Rangers’s games live. This club just celebrated its 10th anniversary.  INFO Phone Colin Bowman 407-536-9732.     CELTIC:    1]  In Orlando the Celtic Supporters Club watch all Celtic matches live at the Lucky Leprechaun Irish Pub, 7032 International Drive, Orlando.  Call President John Howley on [386] 451 4645.    2] BROWARD CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB meets at the Fox and Hounds Pub in Ft. Lauderdale  [954] 491-3697 Call Club President  John Paton [954] 473-5167

► TIP £$£$:      If you want to bring your money from the UK to Florida. Or vice versa.
Here’s the best way:   TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING OVER UK CURRENCY.  DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.

The pound is pitiful!  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings.  But Moneycorp’s rates are currently [2017] the best.  To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend the services of Moneycorp.  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save you the considerable exchange fees.  Moneycorp does that for you.   NOW is the most advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:  Moneycorp.   At lower rates than any bank.   Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licensed to deal in 50 states.   Expat Brits here –including many personal Brit friends of mine–have used this currency service for years and report savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  
kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp has a UK office too so Kelly may set up your account in the UK—whichever suits you.    Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB]  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.   [2017]

 


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