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April 4, 2010 – “Scotland’s Gifts” Exhibition Held Over By Popular Demand

“Scotland’s Gifts” Exhibition Held Over By Popular Demand

Tartan Week on Ellis Island Continues through Sunday, April 11, 2010

After opening to a three-day, performance-filled ceremony, Scotland’s Gifts has been held over by popular demand. The event is produced by the Clan Currie Society – one of the country’s leading Scottish heritage organizations. The Ellis Island event will now effectively open and close NY Tartan Week – a ten-day festival of all things Scottish, including Sir Sean Connery’s Dressed to Kilt Fashion show, Whisky Live and the Tartan Day Parade.

The opening weekend festivities featured performances by the Rampant Lion Pipe Band, the New York Celtic Dancers, John Grimaldi – the Kilted Juggler, piper extraordinaire Christopher Layer, champion fiddler Calum Pasqua and Celtic harpist Mia Theodoratus. In addition, representatives from the Society were on hand to assist visitors in searching for Scottish ancestors and looking up clan, family and district tartans.

On Sunday, April 4, Scotland’s Gifts enjoyed a visit from The Hon. Alex Fergusson, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and Fiona Hyslop, Minister of Culture from the Scottish Government. Attendance figures for the three-day event exceeded 20 thousand.

About Tartan Day on Ellis Island

Tartan Day on Ellis Island is one of the principal Scottish heritage events in the United States. The program is produced annually by the Clan Currie Society – one of the largest clan societies in the world – formed in 1959 to preserve and promote Scottish heritage and culture.

Describing the Tartan Week program, noted Scottish journalist and author Roddy Martine reported that of all the Tartan Day events held in the United States, the Ellis Island observance has, “stood out as a beacon of what USA Tartan Day is all about: the emigrant ancestors of ordinary Americans who over three centuries crossed the Atlantic Ocean to create the world’s greatest democracy.”

There is no admission charge to Scotland’s Gifts or the immigration museum. Passenger ferries run from Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. For complete ferry schedules to Ellis Island, visit: www.statuecruises.com.

For additional information about the Ellis Island Tartan Day observance and Tartan Week, phone (908) 803-4043 or visit www.tartandayonellisisland.com.

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