Free admission for all those wearing tartan on Sunday, November 30!

Celebrate St. Andrew's Day at the McCord Museum with The Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers

Montreal, 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!

The 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.

Who was St. Andrew?

The 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.

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Source and Information:
Nike Langevin
Tel: (514) 398-7100, ext. 251