Caledonian Society To Host St Andrew’s Day Ball

November 17, 2016

The Caledonian Society of Bermuda announced that the 2016 St. Andrew’s Day Ball will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, starting at 6:30pm at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.

“The annual event again promised to be an unforgettable night of dressed-up dining, dancing and Scottish themed fun,” the Society said. ”

“The Ball kicks off with a cocktail reception in the main ball room, with a cash bar from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. Guests will then seated at 8pm for a five-course meal, after the Grand March of invited local dignitaries and welcomed by Master of Ceremonies, Mike Bishop. Dinner will be followed by the ceilidh portion of the evening [Scottish dancing], with live tunes from the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band and contemporary music from DJ Felix Tod until 2am.”

Caledonian Society President, Mark Lavery said: “As always, we welcome all people, from all cultural backgrounds to come and experience an evening of fun, food and dancing – the Scottish way. You do not need to be Scottish to join us and there is absolutely no need to stress about getting the steps right, or even knowing anything at all about Scottish culture or customs. Just come and enjoy, and if you’re unsure – we will guide you along.”

Native Scot, and Caledonian Society Past President, Ian Hind added: “The annual St. Andrew’s Ball is all about having fun while raising money for charity – The moves are easily picked up on the night and a caller will be on hand to make sure that everyone is at least going in the right direction.”

For those interested in brushing up on their moves, or getting an introduction to the Highland dances, the Caledonian Society will be hosting a free practice Tonight [Wednesday, November 16th] from 7pm until 9.30pm – one week prior to the Ball – at the Spanish Boat Club in Pembroke.

“The dance practise night has evolved into something of an event on its own,” said Ian. “Not only will this show you the basics, or knock off the cobwebs – but it is a lot of fun, and a great night out in itself.”

The dress code for the practise night is casual. Dress for the Ball is black tie, and though kilts are definitely encouraged – there is no requirement to don Scotland’s national dress to take part in the fun.

“We certainly hope to see as many people out as possible to celebrate Scotland’s national day with us!” said Mr. Lavery. “On behalf of the Caledonian Society of Bermuda, I would also like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors for helping to once again make this event a success.

“Particular thanks go out to Butterfield & Vallis and Burrows Lightbourn Ltd. For generously helping to subsidise the ticket prices for 2016, with the intent of enticing even more attendees to enjoy the event, and help support the Society and all of our charitable causes.”

Tickets are $150 each, including a welcome drink, five-course dinner with wine, and grats.

Tickets can be purchased for individuals, couples or whole tables [tables are either for 10 or 12 people]. Ian Hind will be coordinating the seating arrangements and you can contact him at You can also pay for your tickets online at

Raffle tickets will also be on sale on the night, so you could be going home with a fantastic prize.

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