All are welcome to the Caledonian Society’s St Andrew’s Day Ball on Saturday

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Ceilidh — you don’t have to know how to pronounce it to attend the Caledonian Society’s annual St Andrew’s Day Ball on Saturday.

If you’re curious though, it is pronounced kay-lee and is essentially a party honouring St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland.

“There’s no need to be Scottish to attend the ball, it is open to everyone,” said organiser Claire Hattie. “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.”

The ball will kick off with a cash bar reception followed by the traditional grand march into the ballroom to enjoy a gourmet, Scottish-themed dinner.

The four-course meal will be followed by the Ceilidh celebration a live performance by the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band guests and dancing to contemporary tunes played by DJ King Arthur.

“The Ceilidh 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,” said Ms Hattie.

Worried that you don’t know how to do a Scottish jig?

The Caledonian Society is offering prep sessions at the Police Recreational Club in Prospect tomorrow from 7pm until 9.30pm.

First-time dancers, or those who just want to brush up on their steps, will receive a lesson on the basics.

“This evening is enjoyed almost as much as the ball itself, and is a great way to familiarise yourself with the steps prior to the ball,” Ms Hattie said. “In fact, it has often been noted that those who attend the session usually find themselves among the first on the dance floor.”

Caledonian Society president Scott Devine said the group was looking forward to everyone joining them again for the event.

“We’ll again be jigging the night away and enjoying a sumptuous menu,” he said. “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 most fun nights on the Bermuda social calendar.”

Dress code is black tie and tickets are $150 each. Tickets can be purchased for individuals or as a whole. E-mail Ian Hind at or visit

The event takes place at the Fairmont Southampton. Cocktails are at 6.30pm and dinner begins at 8pm.

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Published Nov 21, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm)

All are welcome to the Caledonian Society’s St Andrew’s Day Ball on Saturday

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