admission for all those wearing tartan on Sunday, November 30!
St. Andrew's Day at the McCord Museum
Monday, November 24, 2003 — The McCord Museum is
offering free admission to its major new exhibition The
Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers this Sunday,
November 30, to all those wearing a Scottish tartan. November
30 is the feast day of St. Andrew, the patron saint of
Scotland, and this special promotion offers Montrealers a
chance to celebrate the day in style. All things tartan or
plaid qualify, including kilts, ties, scarfs, umbrellas and
even boxer shorts!
Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers explores the
important role played by Scottish immigrants and their
descendants in the development of the metropolis, the province
and the country — one that involved a lot more than just
bagpipes, whisky and kilts! Come learn the intricacies of this
cultural community's unique religious traditions and ethnic
associations, their military service and business acumen, and
of course, the ever-important rituals of curling and golf,
both of which originated in Scotland. Take a quiz about St.
Andrew and discover the story behind Montreal's historic St.
Andrew's Society. Even those acquainted with Scottish Montreal
are sure to learn something new in an exhibition resplendent
with art, artifacts and intriguing historical anecdotes. With
more than 250 artifacts stretching over 4,000 square feet, The
Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers is a veritable
Scottish feast for the eyes, ears and mind.
was St. Andrew?
Apostle Andrew was chosen as the patron saint of Scotland as
he was believed to have ensured Scottish victory over Saxon
forces in the 8th century. Local St. Andrew's Day celebrations
date back to 1816 and have been organized since 1835 by the
St. Andrew's Society of Montreal, which still exists to assist
those in need and promote Scottish heritage. Annual events
include the St. Andrew's Ball, Burns Night Supper and the
Montreal Highland Games.
The McCord is offering a full gamut of cultural activities and school programs in conjunction with The Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers. The exhibition is on view at the McCord Museum (690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal) until September 6, 2004.
Tel: (514) 398-7100, ext. 251