Tartan Day on Ellis Island 2012 Enjoys Record-Breaking Numbers

11 May 2012

Tartan Day on Ellis Island 2012 Enjoys Record-Breaking Numbers

The 2012 edition of Clan Currie's Tartan Day on Ellis Island broke all attendance records with over 70 thousand visitors from around the corner and around the world.

A steady stream of visitors were thrilled to experience the sights and sounds of the NY Celtic Dancers accompanied by the Rampant Lion Pipe Band as they stepped ashore on Ellis Island. Inside the museum, visitors poured through the Tartan Day exhibition while enjoying the delightful sounds of harp, fiddle, and guitar.

The 2012 program featured poetry and art from "An Leabhar Mòr" - the Great Book of Gaelic - as well as a series of interpretive panels looking at Gaelic history and culture, and immigration to the United States from Scotland and Ireland.

The program also included two evenings of lectures and poetry readings at New York's Poet's House.

This was the 11th observance of Tartan Day on Ellis Island produced by the Clan Currie Society. Past programs have included, "The Life and Legacy of John Muir," "Loyalty and Exile - The Jacobites and America," "Scotland's Gifts to the World," and "Tartan - Scotland's Enduring Icon."

As part of the annual program, the Clan Currie Society also debuted their award-winning documentary film, "The Crafter's Song" on YouTube -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXfj-w_3ULo   . The film was launched on Tartan Day, April 6th, 2012 in memory of the film's narrator, Cliff Robertson who recently passed away.

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There has never been a better time for you to visit Scotland's Islands, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unspoilt beaches, to get close to dramatic wild-life, learn about our heritage, participate in a great range of activities, and enjoy our music, food and drink.

All this on some of our 99 inhabited islands large and small (and many more uninhabited) accessible by sea and air in six regions: Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides and Shetland.



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