August 19-21, 2022
After a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Highland Society of New Brunswick at Miramichi is happy to announce that the Scottish Festival is returning this August with three fun filled days with something for the entire family to enjoy.
Friday, August 19
Miramichi Scottish Festival Tartan Candlelight Banquet
Miramichi Golf and Country Club, Bushville
Beginning at 6pm meet and greet your fellow clan members until 7pm when the candlelight banquet gets underway with the piping in and ode to the Haggis, Introductions of Clan Tartans, speeches, and grace will take place prior to the meal being served. Once the meal has finished the William Davidson Medal Presentation will take place along with the Ernst Hutchison Scholarship presentation and the passing of the Mull. Enjoy the rest of the evening with entertainment by Mcaulay Ross and Rowen Matthews, two Fochabers Fiddlers straight from Scotland. Both fine musicians have played as part of an amazing group in past festivals, and we are pleased they are returning to entertain us with their version of well-loved songs.
Saturday, August 20
Old Fashioned Family Picnic
Wilson's Point Historic Site, Derby Junction
1-4pm FREE ADMISSION
Wilson's Point Historic Site is proud to be hosting the Miramichi Scottish Festival Old Fashioned Family Picnic once again this year. Come out to where it all began and enjoy!
This successful family event was added in 2019 and this year is going to be bigger and better than ever. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and spend the afternoon on the grounds where in every corner there will be something for the whole family to enjoy.
William Davidson, the Founding Father himself will be giving tours of his beloved settlement. The Healing Farm Petting Zoo and McKenna Entertainment Face Painting will be tuck away behind the St. James Church Replica Interpretive center for the young and young at heart to enjoy, while inside there will be a gorgeous quilt display from a local quilt guild and a guide to answer any questions about the history surrounding the site. Plein Air Artists from the Miramichi Art Core and beyond will be scattered through out the grounds capturing the essence of the hidden little gem on a variety of mediums that will be on display and for sale after 130pm inside the interpretive center.
Frantically Atlantic's Don Rigley and Michelle Daigle are back to entertain everyone with historical instruments and toe tapping music. The Big Cheese Food truck will be on site as well with the option of Haggis Burgers on the menu. Miramichi Accessible Transit will be shuttling picnic goers along the route from designated parking areas being tended to by volunteers. The Food Truck and Art Sale will be cash only all other vendors are free.
Come join us for this fantastic family event!
Sunday, August 21
Memorial Church Service
Saint Andrew's United Church, Wellington Street
Kirk'n of the Tartans- Moncton Pipe and Drum will be playing at the Service.
12:00am : Laying of the Memorial Wreath at the Scottish Monument Elm Park.
MacDonald Farm Heritage Site
2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Spend the afternoon on the grounds of the gorgeous historical MacDonald Farm. Catch a ride on the horse and wagon, check out the animals and take of tour of the big, beautiful stone farmhouse where costumed guides will answer any questions you may have then sit under the big tent along side the beautiful Miramichi river and be entertained by the Miramichi Fiddlers, Landry Highland Dancers, The Junior Lumber Jills, Mcaulay Ross and Rowan Matthews of the Fochabers Fiddlers are back as well and the Moncton Pipes and Drums. There will be a chance to speak with legendary historical characters as well.
Once again, our popular Scottish Tea will be served under its own tent with tickets being sold in advance, watch for details in the coming weeks, as there will be no tickets available the day of. The MacDonald Farm staff will have a BBQ set up for those not enjoying the tea, so don't miss your chance of experiencing a Haggis Sausage. Cash only.
Bring your own lawn chair as seating under the big tent is limited. It’s always a beautiful day at the Farm don’t miss out!
On June 13, 1842, the Scots of the Miramichi were approved to establish a Highland Society at Miramichi. The first President was James Gilmour, business partner of Alexander Rankin of Rankin & Gilmour Co., who came to the Miramichi in 1812. They and other local Scots were the driving force behind the move to create the Society with the goal to promote the education, culture and general welfare of the local Scottish community. The first Scottish settlers came to Miramichi 1765 - 1766 under the leadership of William Davidson of Fochabers, Scotland.