Smithsonian Folklife Festival Features Northern Ireland ~ June 27 - July 1; July 4-8

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The Festival takes place for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational presentation that features community-based cultural exemplars. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each Festival typically draws more than one million visitors.

Among other areas, this year’s Festival will feature Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland program will bring to Washington the region's finest performers, artists, storytellers, craftspeople, cooks, and workers to help explain, demonstrate, and celebrate their culture. Through dynamic Festival performances, demonstrations, and educational activities, the program will highlight the rich history, living traditions, and distinctive customs of this beautiful region. Reflecting the complexity and creativity of Northern Ireland, the site will feature traditional industries, such as Belleek pottery and Bushmills Irish Whiskey, home-based crafts, such as lace- and bagpipe-making, and modern community expressions, such as mural painting.

A number of the U-SSA’s Ulster-Scots friends from Northern Ireland will be attending as musicians or crafts demonstrators. Please find time to gather with other U-SSA members and friends and enjoy the North of Ireland right here in the U.S.A.! For more information on the Folklife Festival, visit:

Ulster-Scots Society of America Annual General Membership Meeting ~ Oct. 19-21, 2007 At the Stone Mountain Highland Games

Mark your calendar! The Ulster-Scots Society of America has set the 2007 Annual General Membership Meeting to coincide with the 35th Anniversary of the Stone Mountain Highland Games at the foot of Stone Mountain just northeast of Atlanta, Georgia this October 19-21, 2007. So be sure and pencil this in! The U-SSA has requested information regarding a Society tent during the event. Pending approval, this will be a great opportunity not only for U-SSA members and friends to have fun and fellowship, but also to educate the public about Ulster-Scots history and culture. For more on the Stone Mountain Highland Games, visit Also, download this letter, agenda and registration/feedback form.

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