The connection between Scotland and North Carolina dates back to the 17th century, when immigrants settled in the smoky mountains, far away from their home land. Making America “home” was made easier by the Scots bringing to the region their music style, craft making, and storytelling, all of which have had a profound influence on the Appalachian culture. Celebrating Scotland, Folkmoot will host a Folkmoot will host a Scottish Friendship Dinner on Friday, September 29, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center.
Scottish Friendship Dinner night begins at 6:00 p.m. with a traditional Scottish meal catered by Absolutely Yummy Catering and will feature Scottish meat pie, neeps and tatties and a dessert. During dinner, a whiskey tasting will be available from Elevated Mountain Distillery. At 7:00 p.m., guests will move to the Sam Love Queen Auditorium to learn about the history of Scottish immigration into the Appalachia. Students and children are welcome to stay in the cafeteria to learn a Scottish dance, a song in Gaelic, and how to put on a kilt; participants are then invited to perform the Scottish dance for the audience in the auditorium.
Tickets for this event are $15 for adult $10 for students and can be purchased at Folkmoot.org or by calling 828-452-2997. Limited seating is available so please purchase your tickets in advance. Parking is available in the back of the Folkmoot building for year-round events.