Kalamazoo Scottish Festival Association
Hugh Irwin "The Kilted Magician"may be the only Scottish Magician in Michigan who performs magic on a weekly basis while wearing a kilt. See this talented Scottish performer bring his expertise to Kalamazoo.
What Scottish Festival is complete without bagpipes? Don't miss the iconic sound of The Kalamazoo Pipe Band throught out the day. Ask them about pipe & drum lessons.
Watch the Kalamazoo Royal Scottish Country Dancers perform the traditional social dance of Scotland. Join them in a strathspey or jig during audience participation time.
McEwen Border Collies will demonstrate his own amazing skills at commanding his border collies with calls and whistles.
Blarney Castle is a progressive Celtic band based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Formed in early 2015, Blarney Castle consists of six members who are all music students at Western Michigan University. Can also be found on Facebook.
The Harpers Circle will be on hand, making beautiful music throughout the day. They play the traditional Scottish Clarsach. This is a small harp with no levers or pedals. They will be creating the traditional Scottish harper's circle where traditional Scottish tunes are played and shared. For more information about the Harpers Circle group, email John Kuch at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Also joining us again this year will be the Weaver's Guild of Kalamazoo. Some of Scotland's most treasured exports have their origin in wee cottages, where proud and highly skilled artisans spin and weave to produce such goods as Harris Tweeds, Shetland woolens, and intricate tartans. The talented folks of the Weaver's Guild will be demonstrating all day, and will have some products on display at the tent. They'll be right by the Harpers, so listen for the music to find them.
Mac Farlane's Company. A Living History Troup. A volunteer organization that uses Living History presentations to teach people, primarily about the rich history and culture of Scotland and the Scottish diaspora in North America.
The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, [ˈkʊmˠən̪ˠ ˈl̪ˠuh.xlʲæsˠ ɡeːl̪ˠ] (CLG)) is an Irish and international amateur sporting and cultural organisation, focused primarily on promoting Gaelic games, which include the traditional Irish sports of hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, handball and rounders. The Association also promotes Irish music and dance, and the Irish language.
Kalamazoo Curling Club will demonstrate the game that Scottish immigrants brought with them to North America, first to Canada around 1759, then to the United States around 1832. By 1855, curling clubs flourished in New York City, Detroit, Milwaukee and Portage, WI. Curling in the rest of Europe developed in the 20th century.
The Kalamazoo Rugby Football Club prides itself in camraderie, teamwork and dedication. Through the years the team has lost and gained many players. At the same time the club has never lost its roots or love for the game. As a team in whole, we are fired up and ready to play quality rugby, although, that doesn't mean we don't know how to have a good time.
Don't miss the Ladies Haggis Toss &
Mens Keg Toss. Open to anyone who wants to try!
See you on the field!
It takes a LOT of volunteers to pull off the Festival! If you and your friends or family would like to have a fun time helping us create a fantastic event, check out our Volunteer Page.
We Need You!
The wee bairns are invited to the Children's Field for special games and activities all day long! Come try our smaller versions of the caber toss and the haggis toss, hit the castle with a catapult, decorate a targe, have your face painted, make a fairy crown, and more!
Clan tents are an opportunity to mix and mingle, greet and hang out with those who share a common ancestry, or to explore your ancestry.