Caledonian Society Hosting St. Andrew’s Day Ball

November 19, 2012

The Caledonian Society of Bermuda are once again bringing the fun and spectacle of a Scotland black-tie event to Bermuda with their annual St. Andrews Ball, being held at the Fairmont Southampton on Saturday, 24th November, starting at 6:30pm.

This annual event is in celebration of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, but the Society insists that there is no need to be Scottish to attend – you just have to enjoy good food, good company, drinking, dancing or any combination of the same.

The St. Andrew’s Day Ball has become a fixture on the Bermuda social calendar, offering a great mix of elegance, fun and Scottish culture for locals, expats and Scots alike. The Ball will again kick off with a cocktail reception (cash bar) until 7.30pm, followed by the traditional Grand March, with the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band leading the procession into the ballroom to enjoy a gourmet, Scottish-themed dinner starting at 8pm.

The four-course meal is followed by the Ceilidh portion of the evening, with live music provided by the Bermuda Island Pipe Band, after which guests are invited to dance the night away to your favourite contemporary tunes with DJ King Arthur, until 2am.

The Ceilidh portion of the evening has become a true highlight of the event and a hallmark of the annual Ball, being best recognised by its lively Scottish folk music and the traditional dances.

Although the Scottish dancing is easily picked up on the night, the Caledonian Society will again host a free practise session at the Police Recreational Club, Prospect, on Wednesday, November 21st from 7pm until 9.30pm. Here, first-time dancers, or those who just want to brush up on their steps, will receive a lesson aimed at teaching ball-goers the basics.

Scott Devine, President of the Caledonian Society in Bermuda said: “We’re looking forward to everyone joining us again this year for our St Andrew’s Ball. We’ll again be jigging the night away and enjoying a sumptuous menu provided by the Southampton Princess staff. All proceeds of the Ball go towards our support of local charities and our educational grant for a Bermudian student studying in Scotland. So make sure to get your tickets for what is always one of the funniest nights on the Bermuda social calendar.”

Dress code is black tie and tickets are $150 each, including everything but additional drinks. Tickets can be purchased for individuals, couples or whole tables (tables are either for 10 or 12 people) and are available from Ian Hind at or online from

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