Maine Bicentennial Parade
The Saint Andrews Society of Maine is planning to provide pipers and other marchers for the Maine Bicentennial parade. The parade is currently postponed to August 15th 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and participate if at all possible. If you wish to participate and are not already in touch with us, please contact Luanne Gray Jackson.
Fort Knox Tattoo
Delayed, New Date To Be Determined
On Route 174, just off U.S. Route 1 in Prospect, Maine
The word ‘tattoo’ comes from the early Dutch, ‘doe den tap toe’ meaning ‘turn off the taps’. Scottish troops were stationed in the Netherlands in the 17th century and each evening the regimental drum corps were sent out to play and signal the local tavern keepers to “turn off the taps”, cutting off the supply of ale, sending the Scottish soldiers back to their lodgings. A century later the Tattoo became the last duty call of the day, with full military bands, and eventually became elaborate concerts like the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The Fort Knox Scottish Tattoo has been entertaining audiences for many years at the Fort Knox Historic Site in Prospect, Maine, high above the Penobscot River. First organized by a long time member of the society, Doc ‘Curly’ Olds, the Fort Knox Tattoo has long been a favorite venue for many of Maine’s pipe bands. As of now, three bands are lined up to play, with the possibility of others joining in the festivities.
CANCELLED FOR 2020
Maine Highland Games
The Saint Andrew’s Society of Maine has decided it is in the best interest of our patrons, vendors, participants, clans,and membership to cancel the 42nd Annual Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival, planned for August 15, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health, safety, and well being of all our competitors, vendors, participants, clans, family and friends is our primary concern. This decision was made after careful deliberation and discussion by the Executive Board at our April board meeting. All registrations and fees will be fully refunded to you if already paid, or you may carry the registration over to 2021 if you choose.
In the coming months, we will be working on plans for next year’s Games and Festival. We are looking forward to a great and exciting 2021 Games with our performers, vendors, athletes, dancers, clans and supporters.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and the Saint Andrew’s Society of Maine thanks everyone for their support and we hope to see you at the 2021 Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival!