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2013 MacMhuirich Symposium and Clan Currie Gathering

Attendee Updates

July 3, 2013

Dear Clansfolk and Friends,


The MacMhuirich Symposium and Clan Currie Gathering are just a few days away. In this update, we want to let you know about your lunch options on symposium day.


We plan to break for lunch at approx. 12:30 pm on Thursday, July 11. Your closest dining option will be the Justamere Cafe and Bistro inside the Claymore Inn. We've been advised by the cafe owners that they plan to be quite busy that day with other groups in town for the Highland Games. There are a few other options in the vicinity of the Claymore. Boston Pizza is in the same parking lot, as is the Dream Catchers Deli (which is in the mall). Sobeys also offers some nice ready to go lunch items including Sushi, Salads, Chicken, etc. You may also have the option of ordering a box lunch in advance from the Cafe. Please check with them directly.


Hopefully having this information in advance will help you plan your day.

Here is the Agenda for our Symposium:


09:00 AM - Welcome and Introductory Remarks

09:15 AM - Prof. Simon Innes

10:15 AM - Break

10:30 AM - Angus MacMillan

11:30 AM - Sheldon Currie

12:30 PM - Lunch on your own

01:30 PM - Lewis MacKinnon

02:30 PM - Wrap Up


For those attendees joining us for the trip to Pictou, we will plan to leave Antigonish by carpool at 3:30 PM.


See you soon!

June 27, 2013

Dear Clansfolk and Friends,


The MacMhuirich Symposium and Clan Currie Gathering are just a few weeks away. In this update, we’d like to tell you about some additional events taking place during the Games weekend that you might find of interest.


In addition to the great evening music events being held on the games field, two other programs are deserving of your attention.


“The Gaels in Nova Scotia” is a new exhibition looking at the unique language and culture of the only region in Canada which retains the values, language, cultural expression and customs of the Gaelic people. Gaels from Scotland settled across the northeastern mainland of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island between 1773 and the 1850’s.


The exhibition is being presented at three locations, the St. FX Art Gallery, People’s Place and the Antigonish Heritage Museum.


“Ships of 1801” is an original dramatic concert performed by local and recognized musicians in period costume. Song, dance, and Gaelic verse are tied together by live narration, commemorating the culture that early Scottish settlers brought with them to Nova Scotia. It plays on Saturday, July 13 at the Keating Centre on the St. FX Campus.


In 1801, five ships arrived in Pictou Harbour: the Nora, the Sarah, the Dove, Hope, and Good Intent. They carried Scottish settlers who left behind everything they knew, risking their lives for freedom from oppression, freedom to practice and maintain their Gaelic language, serve their god, own land, and provide for themselves and their descendants. Their music and culture helped them cope with the hazardous ocean voyage, tragic loss of life, deplorable on-board conditions, and the great uncertainty of their futures.


This year’s performance is dedicated to the female descendants of those original settlers. Many lost husbands and brothers to battle and then lost children to illness on the ships. But they were pillars of the communities, banding together to care for each other’s children and providing a vital connection to traditional crafts, music, language, and dancing. This long line of strong, influential women continues to be organizers, caregivers, innovators, and tradition-bearers in our own communities today.


Tickets are $29.50 adults / $7.75 child (6-16 years) and are available now at TicketAtlantic.com or any TicketAtlanic kiosk.


Remember, June 30 is the last day to purchase reduced price combo tickets to the various events offered by the Antigonish Highland Games. For additional information, visit www.antigonishhighlandgames.ca.


See you soon!

June 24, 2013

Dear Clansfolk and Friends,


This is our second email communique for those that are planning to attend or considering attending the 2013 Clan Currie Symposium and Gathering in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. As we move closer to our opening date, it is important we hear from you not only with regards to the Symposium but also our planned field trips. We will also endeavor to keep our website updated with latest news and information.

Today’s email spotlights the Highland Games on July 13 and 14. Clan Currie will have their own tent on the Games field. All clansfolk are invited to use the tent as their home base on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this message for information regarding reduced price ticket packages.

Antigonish Highland Games

Some highlights are listed below:


Friday, July 12:


8PM - Concert Under the Stars, Main Stage

10PM - Homecoming Ceilidh – Licensed Event, Molson Ceilidh Stage


Saturday July 13:


8:30 AM - Highland Dancing Pre-Premier Primary & Beginner

9AM - Grand Street Parade, Main Street (Come march with Clan Currie!)

10:30 AM – Dance, Heavyweight, Piping Competitions

12 Noon - Official Opening of Clan Day & Clan March

2PM - Nova Scotia Pipe Band Championship, Caber Toss

3PM – 6PM - Afternoon Ceilidh – Licensed Event - Molson Ceilidh Stage

5PM - Massed Pipe Bands & Awards

9PM – 1AM – Ceilidh Pub - Licensed Event - Molson Ceilidh Stage


Sunday, July 14:


8:30 AM – Solo Piping and Drumming & Highland Dance competitions

10 AM - IHGF World Team Championships

11AM – Closing Church Service – St. James United Church

1:30 PM - Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Championship, IHGF World Caber Toss Championship

4PM - Closing Ceilidh – Licensed Event - Molson Ceilidh Stage

5PM - Massed Pipe Bands & Awards


Important: You can save money by purchasing advance ticket combos which cover most or all of the weekend events. Advance ticket combos will no longer be sold after June 30, 2013.


One combo includes the Concert Under the Stars, the Field on Saturday including the afternoon Ceilidh and the Field on Sunday including the afternoon Ceilidh.(Price Adults $35 and youth 6-16 inc. $13) The Other combo includes all Games events except the Ships of 1801. (Price Adults $55) The Passport provides access to all Games events. (Price Adults $77) The price of the passports will increase to $97 on July 1, 2013. When you purchase the ticket combos or passport you also save on the HST.


You can purchase your tickets locally at the Keating Centre or at the Superstore. Tickets can also be purchased on line at Ticket Atlantic. http://www.ticketatlantic.com/en/home/default.aspx

Clan Dinner at the Braeside Inn - Please forward your confirmations and lobster count ASAP.

Relevant websites:


Claymore Inn – www.claymoreinn.com

Hector Heritage Quay – www.shiphector.ca

Braeside Inn – www.braesideinn.com

deCoste Centre - https://decostecentre.ca

Gaelic College - www.gaeliccollege.edu

Highland Village - http://museum.gov.ns.ca/hv

Antigonish Highland Games – www.antigonishhighlandgames.ca

Clan Currie Society - www.clancurriegathering.com

June 20, 2013

Dear Clansfolk and Friends,


This is our first email communique for those that are planning to attend or considering attending the 2013 Clan Currie Symposium and Gathering in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. As we move closer to our opening date, it is important we hear from you not only with regards to the Symposium but also our planned field trips. We will also endeavor to keep our website updated with latest news and information.


Item 1: Clan Symposium - Thursday, July 11, 2013


Our third annual MacMhuirich Symposiu​m commences at 9 AM at the Claymore Inn and Conference Center. Coffee and tea will be available. There is no charge to attend but we are suggestion a $10 donation per person be made to help offset the conference costs. We will break for lunch at 12:30 PM. Lunch is on your own. The Claymore has a lovely restaurant on site. We will reconvene at 1:30 PM. The symposium is scheduled to conclude at approx. 3 PM.

Item 2: Clan trip to Pictou - Thursday, July 11, 2013


At approximately 3:30 PM, we will depart via carpool to the village of Pictou. Upon arriving at 4:30 PM will will tour the Hector Heritage Quay and Museum including the ship Hector which is a faithful recreation of the sailing vessel that brough the first Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia in 1773. We will also unveil the new Clan Currie Society lightpost plaque (group photo op!) which has been installed at the Avenue of the Clans.


Fiddler Alycia PutnamAt 5:45 PM we will walk/drive to the Braeside Inn for dinner. Dinner is on your own. The Braeside has put together a special menu for the Clan. Click here to see the menu.

At the conclusion of our meal, we will be escorted by the Na Gaisgich Pipe Band to the deCoste Centre to enjoy their "Summer Sounds of Nova Scotia" concert, featuring Mike Milne, John "Spyder" MacDonald and Alycia Putnam. Tickets for the concert are $ 18.00 each ($ 10.00 for students) and will be available at the door.

Item 3: Clan trip to the Gaelic College in St. Ann's


We plan to depart via carpool between 8 and 8:30 AM for the Gaelic College. It is about a 2 1/2 hour drive. Upon arriving, we will tour the Great Hall of the Clans ($8.00 admission, $6.00/students) and attend their music, dance and craft demonstrations. At noon, we will attend their luncheon ceilidh ($15 per person).


After lunch, we will find our way back to Antigonish. Some of us plan to drive to the village of Iona to visit the restored Highland Village. This will conclude the Society’s individual events. Starting on Friday evening, we will follow the Antigonish Highland Games schedule. Clan Currie will have their own 10x10 tent at the Games and this will serve as your base for enjoying all that the Games have to offer.We encourage clansfolk to continue to join together in enjoying all the weekend has to offer.


Our next email will provide an overview of the Antigonish Highland Games.