Let the familiar, melodic drone of bagpipes bring you through the gates of Old Westbury Gardens for a uniquely Scottish mix of culture, sports, music and community to be found at the Scottish Games, on Aug. 26.
The Grand Opening Ceremony sets off this year’s games at 12:30 p.m. on the North Lawn, which will be filled with marching bagpipers. Then, it’s on to the competitive attractions (Scottish lore has it these games were founded to help ancient highland chieftains select the strongest men for their armies), like caber tossing, where competitors toss cabers (large tapered poles). Kids can participate in their own caber toss and other games.
Competitive highland dancing, with tartan kilts and ghillies shoes, set to bagpipe music is another huge attraction at this event, as well as the performances by Scottish and Celtic entertainers, including The Brigadoons. Sample UK-favorites, from Scottish pies to fish and chips; or take home a novelty like a Scottish tartan. While you are here, you also can enjoy an antique car parade, petting zoo and dog agility and rescue exhibitions.
Don’t miss out – Scottish merriment is yours to be had all day long.
57th Annual Scottish Games
Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
516-333-0048 · oldwestburygardens.org.