Hylton Performing Arts Center Presents “Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland”

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“Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland”

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Spend the day celebrating the rich culture and history of Scotland with performances, exhibitions, presentations and interactive experiences for all ages

MANASSAS, Va. – From fiddles to Scott.ish country dancing to bagpipes, tea and Scotch whisky tastings, there’s something Scottish for everyone at the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s “Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland” on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We are so excited to bring out our second edition of ‘Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland,’” said Rick Davis, executive director of the Hylton Center. “There’s something about the people and traditions of Scotland that makes them fun and accessible for everyone – whether it’s their music, food, ingenuity, bravery, arts and crafts or just general good spirits. Come one, come all!”

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante

The festival features a fun-filled day of activities for adults and children, including:


Alan Reid and Rob van Sante, of Battlefield Band, perform a lively concert of modern and traditional Scottish folk music, original compositions and Battlefield Band favorites.

The dynamic trio of Elke Baker, Ken Kolodner and Brad Kolodner explore the evolving traditions of Celtic music and its influence on the old-time music of Appalachia.

Interactive experiences:

Children’s Passport to Scotland featuring Highland games and crafts, in cooperation with Mid-Atlantic Scots 4 Tots

Scottish country dancing demonstrations and open social dancing, presented by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

A fiddle workshop with U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker

A “bring-your-own-fiddle” jam session with Elke Baker, Ken Kolodner and Brad Kolodner

Scottish history and culture presentations:

Lectures on Scotland’s “National Dish,” haggis, and on American naval hero and native Scotsman John Paul Jones

Bagpipe demonstrations with master piper and teacher Paula Glendinning

Brad and Ken Kolodner

Brad and Ken Kolodner

Exhibits highlighting authentic crafts and goods for sale:

Jewelry, pottery, traditional apparel and much more, with exhibits by R.E. Piland Goldsmiths, Sheep’s Clothing, Sonny Fletcher Pottery and The Scoti

A Taste of Scotland (additional fees apply):

A Scotch whisky master class with native Scot and internationally renowned whisky connoisseur Dougie Wylie, “The Scotch Whisky Man,” with Scotch whisky provided by one of Scotland’s oldest family-owned and operated distilleries, William Grant and Sons

A full afternoon tea with homemade scones, clotted cream and jam, tea sandwiches, custom blended teas, sweets and more, presented by The Things I Love of Old Town Manassas

The Burns Night Supper, a celebration of Scotland’s national bard, poet and lyricist Robert Burns, featuring Scottish music, poetry reading, a Scotch whisky tasting and the ceremonial presentation of Scotland’s “National Dish,” haggis

Tickets to “Hylton in the Highlands: A Festival of Scotland” include all-day access to all performances, interactive experiences, presentations and exhibitions. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children, or $40 for a family 4-pack (2 adults/2 children). Additional fees apply for A Taste of Scotland events. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://HyltonCenter.org/scottish. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 888-945-2468 or by visiting the Hylton Center ticket office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Special thanks to the following:

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

Donnie Jack, Scottish Affairs Counsellor for the Americas

Scotch whisky for the master class and Burns Night Supper provided by:

William Grant and Sons


George Mason University Division of University Life

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Heritage Brewing Co.

The Balvenie® Distillery, Banffshire

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.


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