“HYLTON IN THE HIGHLANDS: A FESTIVAL OF SCOTLAND”
Jan. 26 and 27, 2013
MANASSAS, Va., Dec. 5, 2012 – In celebration of the rich and vibrant culture of Scotland and the Scottish people, the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas is pleased to present “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.
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, 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/.