Annual Scottish Festival & Games Returns to the Queen Mary
2011-02-17 · By Editor
Bagpipe bands, whisky, Highland dancing, and sheep herding are a sampling of what awaits at the Queen Mary’s 18th annual Scottish Festival & Games on Feb. 18, 19 and 20 in Long Beach.
Built on the banks of the River Clyde in Scotland, the Queen Mary celebrates her Scottish heritage with this annual festival of all things Scottish. This year’s festival will be extra special as 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the ship’s maiden transatlantic voyage.
The program features parades, sheep-herding dogs, a Scottish Highland athletics competition, dart tournament, full pipe band and Highland dancing competitions, historical reenactments, firing demonstrations, as well as Scotch whisky tastings and authentic Scottish foods and ales.
During regular festival hours in the Exhibit Hall, more than 60 Scottish clans will be present to share their history. Scottish and Celtic merchandise will abound. Wee ones will enjoy playing in the kids’ zone and petting Border Collies and other sheep-herding breeds.
Adult admission is $18 per day or $24 for a two-day pass. Children five through 11 are $12 per day or $16 for a two-day pass. Seniors 55+ and military are $16 per day or $22 for a two-day pass. In addition to the festival events, admission includes Self-Guided Shipwalk Tour and “Treasures from the Queen Mary Archive” exhibit. Parking is additional.
Festival-goers can extend their stay with evening concerts on Friday and Saturday and a lively Ceiledh piping competition on Sunday. Evening activities begin Friday with a single malt Scotch whisky tasting at 7 p.m. in the Verandah Grill. The tasting is $25 per person. Also on Friday, guests will enjoy a concert featuring the Scottish and Irish music and humor of Men of Worth. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show and admission is $15 per person.
On Saturday, Scotch connoisseurs can partake in a single malt whisky pairing dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person. For pairing dinner reservations, guests can call 562-499-1659. Space is limited for all extension activities. A downloadable event brochure is available on the website with a mailable ticket and event order form.
Scottish Festival overnight packages are also available for those who wish to stay aboard the Queen Mary for a night or the weekend. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach. For more information, visit http://queenmary.com/Scottish-Festival.aspx or call (800) 437-2934.
About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. In 2011, the Queen Mary will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of that inaugural transatlantic crossing. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Behind the Scenes tour while guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends tour. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms spanning three decks including eight full suites which have hosted a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934.
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(via the Queen Mary)