Eighth Annual Tartan Day on Ellis Island Set for April 5, 2009
“Tartan Day on Ellis Island” is scheduled to return for its eighth annual celebration on Sunday, April 5, 2009. The theme for the 2009 program is “A Celebration of Scotland in Music and Dance.” The Clan Currie Society again plays host to a broad range of outstanding performers who will present Scotland’s “portable culture” – the music, dance, and folk tales that were brought to this country by Scottish immigrants.
SCOCHA – The popular Scottish “Folk and Roll” favorites will headline at Tartan Day on Ellis Island
The growing roster of performers includes, Scottish “Folk and Roll€ favorites, SCOCHA, 2007 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion Calum Pasqua, renowned “Riverdance€ piper Christopher Layer, pianist Susie Petrov, the New York Celtic Dancers, and the Rampant Lion Pipe Band among others.
“We’re delighted to be hosting Tartan Day on Ellis Island for our 8 consecutive year,€ said Robert Currie, president of the Clan Currie Society. “This event provides an important opportunity to recognize the vast contributions of Scots and Scottish-Americans to the development of the United States. Our program for 2009 represents some of the best of demonstrations of Scotland’s wonderful music, dance, and storytelling heritage and has been designed to be fun for the entire family.”
Ellis Island is a fitting place to observe Tartan Day. The island and its historic buildings represent America’s “Golden Door.” From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island. Although many Scots arrived during the colonial period of our history – helping to build the new nation – an additional half-million Scots came through Ellis Island. It has been estimated that 40% of Americans today can trace at least one ancestor’s entry into the United States through Ellis Island.
The Tartan Day event runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There is no admission charge to the Tartan Day events or the immigration museum. Passage to Ellis Island is by ferry and there is a nominal transport fee. Passenger ferries run from Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.