Every adventure has an end… and the New York adventure I shared with so many Outlander fans, and new friends, has finally found that end. But I had a few little bits and pieces that I haven’t yet shared, that you might enjoy!
On Friday evening, several Outlander fans attended the New York Caledonian Club’s annual ceilidh. Pipes, drums, dancing, Ode to a Haggis, Scottish food, and more music were all on the program. I Periscoped a few minutes of the event (did anyone see it? This was my first attempt!), and videod a little more. The video below is just a taste of what we were treated to.
After the Saturday parade, we attended the post-parade party at Papillon. I don’t think the restaurant was prepared for the crowd! Marchers, Tartan Week officials, friends, and Outlander fans filled every inch of the 2-floor place. We enjoyed several fantastic musical performances (at one point I had to ask a waiter to turn off the canned music playing loudly above my head at the same time as one of the live performances). I met some fantastic people, including the Outlander drivers that Candi Spencer and others worked so hard to bring to New York. We chatted with a college student who was playing in the shinty match the next day – he was totally in shock over the size of the US compared to the UK. And I was nearly swept off my feet by Kevin, one of the Shetland Island crew, who told me that the men worked on their “suits” for a year, then only wore them for a year before scrapping them and making another.
After the party, we went to a screening of the first episode of the season. This was a fabulous event, and it was VERY obvious that much thought, time and hard work went into setting this up for the show’s fans who were excited to have a way to see the episode. And we got so much more – Elias Alexander, Andrew Forbes, dancer Kayleigh Boardman, and a pipe and drum band performed before the screening. And before and between screenings, attendees had the opportunity to look at and purchase items from several Outlander-related vendors:
- author Meredith Stoddard had copies of her book The River Maiden (click here to purchase);
- artist Nina Wozniak had a table of her beautiful jewelry and keychains (click for Nina’s Etsy shop);
- Hamilton and Young offered their beautiful Outlander jewelry (click here to see their pieces);
- Cooklander cookbooks were available (click here to purchase);
- two Scotland tour companies – Gerry McMullan’s Carnegie Touring and Lynnette Miller’s Traveling Troubador Cruises and Tours – had material available;
- and Janet Cadsawan, jewelry designer, also offered many of her pieces (click here to see Janet’s items).
Here are some of the highlights of that event:
This video is of a song Elias made up for Outlander’s Boston fans. It was filmed by Crysti Perry, and is shared with permission.
All good things come to an end! Frankly, I couldn’t have taken much more of this good thing (although I would have been willing to try!). Until next year!
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