Upcoming 35th Annual Nevada Society of Scottish Clans Robert Burns Dinner, January 23rd

Image by Derek Beattie, Found online here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/robert-burns-derek-beattie.html

Image by Derek Beattie, Found online here:

Tickets can be purchased on their website at:


The dinner and program featuring traditional Robert Burns ceremonies, toasts to the lads and lasses, presentation of the haggis, a Burns recitation, a toast to Burns by Whisky Master Dr. Tom Turner, and presentation of the 2016 “Scot of the Year” Special Featured Entertainment Includes The Fire (Piper David Brewer & Scottish Fiddler Rebecca Lomnicky) Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band

Seats are Limited No refunds after January 9, 2016 Reservation Deadline: January 16, 2016 All tickets will be picked up at the door. Tables seat 8-10 people. Group reservations for a table of 8 or 10 must be received in one envelope with full payment, all meal requests noted and the name of the individual the reservation is made under. Email info@nvssc.org with questions or leave a message at 775-345-3435.

The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino has reserved a block of rooms for attendees to our Robert Burns Celebration on January 23, 2016. In addition, the Grand Sierra is offering an identical rate for Friday, January 22, and a reduced rate for Sunday January 24, for those of you who might like to make a weekend of it – Skiing at nearby Mt Rose, gambling in the casino, take in a show, or just relax before or after Robert Burns Celebration. Follow the instructions below to reserve your room(s).

Room Rate – Single and Double – $79.00 (Sun $55.00) plus 13% tax, $15 Resort Fee & $2 Tourism Fee – upgrade to a mini suite in the Summit Tower for $99.00 (Sun $75.00). Additional Adult charge is $25, maximum of 4 guests per room. Check-in time is 3:00pm; Check-out time is 11:00am.

Reservation procedure – Call 1-800-648-5080 and identify your affiliation with “NSSC 2016 Burns Celebration.” Cut-off date – Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Reservations after this date will be based on availability and prevailing rates.

Deposit – A credit card is required when you make your reservation to guarantee the first night’s room and tax. Room, tax and incidentals to be paid by individual.

Our own Jim Laughton, contributed the article below, which originally appeared in the January/February 2010 issue of “The Highlander“:

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Thank you, Nevada!

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Celtic Celebration this last weekend. Your feedback is truly important to us. Please consider filling out our post event survey.

We had a great event this year, below are some thoughts and a few pictures I snapped with my phone. There will be much, much, much more to come =)

What a weekend! Truly. What an amazing, crazy, exhausting, stress-filled, beautiful, heartening, joy-filled, roller coaster weekend of awesome!

First, I have to tell you that driving across the bridge Saturday morning to get in to the park and hearing the wail of bagpipes as I entered the park was out-of-this-world. This was the first time ever that our Celebration has hosted a full bag piping BAND competition! We started small, but I think everyone had a good time, and it was a site to behold, let me tell you. Here’s a shot of the mass bands on Saturday:


We were able to have Highland Athletics again, in a new location this year, and that also went very well. There the Athletes are, receiving their standings and awards Saturday afternoon:


The World Birds of Prey were so incredibly awesome! Having these majestic birds at our event always enhances it, and I believe this to be the start of a beautiful partnership with them. Next year we hope to offer a full show with these fascinating birds. Much thanks to Matt for bringing the birds, and for my impromptu photo shoot with one of the birds:


Finally, this is a picture of some members of our board, but all members of our community. This was the final crew that was on-site Monday making sure the park got cleaned and all was well and everything was stored and put away until next year. These are hard-working and awesome people!


From left to right are Verla Jackson (Treasurer), Mike Gilmore (partner to Jayde and incredible fighter and MC), Jayde Gilmore (Living History Director), Danielle Gann-Lind (President, Vendors, Web), Daniel Lind (behind – partner to Danielle, park cleanliness inspector and general man Friday and support), Kristen Hollis (Secretary), Willie Puchert (Vice-President, PR/Marketing/Outreach), Christopher Moreland (Volunteer Coordinator, Logistics). I could not be more proud to associate and work with a group of individuals.


THIS WEEK!! Can you feel the excitement?!?

We have amazing and exciting news!


Out of the blue the other day, early in the morning as I was getting ready for work, I got a phone call from “Matt”. He said a lady with three children had approached him at Street Vibrations, where they were vending and told him he should look in to being at the Celtic Celebration. He looked us up and gave me a call!

He told me he had a jewelry business called Mother Nature Jewelry and he was interested in having a booth.

Then he told me he had another business and it was called “World Birds of Prey”. If he was free, this meant maybe he could bring those too! He agreed! I am so excited about this! After last year, our prior Falconer chose not to come back and I had been lax on contacting others, but now there is potential to have a new relationship and still be able to offer exposure to Birds of Prey and Falconry to attendees of the Reno Celtic Celebration.

The history of Falconry dates back to 722 BC, and that history is no less rich in Celtic Cultures, familiar in Ireland and Scotland by the 7th Century.

We will also have the new Codfather Food truck, Starkeys Food Truck, and the All Wrapped Up Food Truck. Food trucks may not stay all day, so please keep them busy, because business means they hang around!

I’m so excited for this weekend! It’s tangible! Great things will happen!