Here Come The Scots!

VisitScotland Expands Tartan Week Celebrations for 2006

Scottish Village Returns to Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall April 1-9 For a Full Week of Free Events and Entertainment

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Get ready for kilts a flyin’! New York will come alive with the sites, sounds and tastes of Scotland when VisitScotland once again takes over Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall for Tartan Week. From April 1-9, enjoy free entertainment and events daily, including live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations, fashion shows and the latest news on The Da Vinci Code film (visit for a full list of events). New this year, Vanderbilt Hall’s “Scottish Village” will feature a display of celebrity kilts and a literature section where Scottish authors will do readings and book signings.

The US Senate designated April 6 as National Tartan Day in 1998 to honor “the outstanding contribution of millions of Scottish-Americans to our great nation.” The significance of April 6 dates back to the 1320 signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, which was used as the model for the American Declaration of Independence.

VisitScotland and Continental Airlines will be giving away one free flight for two to Scotland every day at the Scottish Village. Winners will stay in a Macdonald Hotel. Visitors to the Scottish Village can also learn about Scottish festivals and events, special travel deals, and pick up free literature to help plan a trip to Scotland.

The following events are free and open to the public:

– Highlands 2007 – Learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Scots and
this upcoming yearlong festival, and see ancient artifacts from the
pivotal Battle of Culloden.

– Celebrity Kilts – See kilts worn by Ozzie and Jack Osborne, the Duke of
Windsor, Liam Neeson (Rob Roy) and others.

– Live Cooking Demonstrations – Join Scottish chef Joe Queen of the
Scottish Culinary Olympic team as he prepares Scottish delicacies and
hands out free recipe cards.

– Live Scottish Fashion Show – Preview the newest fashions including
handbags, scarves, kilts and other clothing from Scotland’s hottest new

– Live Music – Check out two of Scotland’s liveliest Celtic-inspired
bands, the Peatbog Faeries and the Findlay MacDonald Band, when they
perform rocking renditions of both Scottish classics and their own work.

– Live Performances – Watch traditional Highland dances, listen to live
performances of ancient Gaelic songs, and catch a musical presentation
by the Scottish Youth Theatre.
– Whisky Discussion – Learn how Scotch whisky is made from a Glenfiddich
master distiller.

– Well-Being – Learn about Scottish spas.

– Literary Scotland – Meet famous Scottish authors during live book
readings and signings.

New York City will host several other Tartan Week events throughout the week of April 1-9 including a parade down Sixth Avenue (Saturday, April 8), Whisky Live, Dressed to Kilt charity fashion show, museum exhibits and live Scottish music throughout the city. For complete details on the Scottish Village and other events, please visit New events will be added each week leading up to Tartan Week, so check back often!

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