The Scottish American Society of South Florida is non-profit, tax exempt [501(c)(3)] organization dedicated to the furtherance of Scottish culture through Scottish dance, music and art. We hold many events throughout the year including the Southeast Florida Scottish Festival and Games.
A Brief History
The Scottish American Society of South Florida, Inc. began in 1983 when a group of Scots and Scottish Americans got together to put on a festival in Key Biscayne to introduce South Florida to the rich culture of Scotland. After the success of that first Scottish Highland Games and Festival, the group decided to incorporate as a not for profit organization.
The goals of the Society are twofold: to showcase Scottish Culture which is so much a part of the United States’ history, and to utilize some of the income from the Festival and other events for awarding scholarships for instruction in Scottish music, language, Highland Dancing, as well as academic pursuits. These goals have not changed in the past years. In 1997 the Festival moved from Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County to Plantation in Broward County, where the attendance has exceeded 8,000. By tradition, the Highland Festival is usually held on the first Saturday in March. In 2006 through 2009 it was held at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium & Event Site. The Society is a 100% volunteer effort with no paid staff or paid fundraisers and membership is open to all that have a desire to further the traditions, history, and culture of Scotland. Meetings are held monthly and members, as well as guests, are invited to attend. In addition to the annual Highland Festival, several other events are celebrated. In January there is the Robert Burns’ Supper in honor of Scotland’s great poet who gave us Auld Lang Syne among other poems and melodies. In the past we have organized Ceilidhs, St. Andrews Night Dances, golf scrambles and battles of the Pipe Bands. March is the long established month for the Highland Games and Festival. This year we are returning to Plantation’s Heritage Park.
This is the major undertaking for the year. All of these events are open to the public and are well attended, so join up and join in. If you know of someone wishing to become a member just have him or her email Nigel at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on membership application on the membership page of our website for a pdf file to be opened. If you do not have access to a computer, mail a request to:
PO Box 16441
Plantation FL 33318