Scottish pride is in full force this week as the United States and Canada celebrate Scotland Week, which takes place this year from April 3-10.
Scotland, as you may well know, is located in the United Kingdom, in the northern third of Great Britain. The country is probably best known for bagpipes, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Highlands, but this week, everything from the country’s rolling hills to the sport of golf, national theater productions and rock’n’roll bands will be celebrated. Most of the action in New York starts this weekend.
If you can’t afford the plane ticket to the beautiful country, stop by New York’s Hudson Studios, located at 601 W 26th St, where you’ll find an exhibition of photographs by international artist David Eustace. The images Eustace has on view are truly astounding and will transport you directly into the heart of Scotland and her foggy, rocky landscape. Eustace, an ex-prison guard who has photographed celebrities such as Sophia Loren and Sir Paul McCartney, and who now contributes to magazines like Vogue and GQ, is probably best known in America for his photographs of ordinary Americans for Tom Brokaw’s USA Network television series “Along Highway 50.” The free exhibition Eustace now presents at Hudson Studios is entitled “Highland Heart” and features images of the rolling landscape of both the Highlands and some of the 800 islands around Scotland. His images are pure and refreshing – stop by the studio this weekend, while his photos are on view from April 5-7.
Also in conjunction with Scotland Week, the United Kingdom’s only professional string orchestra will perform across the United States from April 5 through April 20, performing a wide range of concert pieces from the baroque to contemporary. Superstar trumpeter Alison Balsom will join the ensemble for both programs. The Scottish Ensemble will play in New York at the Town Hall on West 43rd Street on April 14.
This Saturday, April 6 will be a big day for Scottish pride, when both the Tartan Day Parade and the Scotland Run take place down 6th Avenue and Central Park, respectively. Tartan Day is a day which celebrates Americans of Scottish descent, a holiday that has been in place since 1998. This year’s parade will feature Scottish pipes and drums, Highlands dancers, firefighters and police officers, circus performers, and Celtic dancers. The Scotland Run is a 10k run that is now in its 10th year and includes close to $15,000 participants every year. Live music will keep runners upbeat, and face painting and photo booths will be placed throughout the park for family fun.
There are many more events taking place throughout the week and through the end of the month – check out the website for more info on Scotland Week and the country itself.
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