Things to do on this side of the pond
Lads and lassies, prepare for bagpipes and feats of brute strength! One of Scotland’s greatest cultural exports, the games are rooted in a thousand years of history. If the caber toss is too much, dinna fash! Just enjoy the whiskey and dancing. Here are three events for aspiring Highlanders this fall:
Celtic Classic Highland Games in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, September 22, celticfest.org; New Hampshire Highland Games in Concord, New Hampshire, September 17, nhscot.org; Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta, October 20, smhg.org
The 2017 Reith Lectures With Hilary Mantel
Starting with Bertrand Russell back in 1948, the BBC’s flagship lecture series has presented one great thinker every year, “to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the nation.” This time, Booker Prize–winning novelist Dame Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall, Bringing Up the Bodies) explores the “aims, ideals, constraints and critiques of historical fiction.” Recorded over the summer, all five talks are now available for download at bbc.co.uk or on iTunes.
Shakespeare in Love
Goodbye, Christopher Robin
Decline and Fall
Sent down from Oxford for indecent behavior, Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall) ends up teaching at a mediocre all-boys school in Wales. One of the moms, the Honorable Mrs. Margot Beste-Chetwynde (Eva Longoria) makes staying decent terribly difficult. This adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic comic novel is available on DVD on September 12. Acorn.tv
The Illustrated Jane Austen
The 20th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade
Start making arrangements now to celebrate your Scottish-American heritage in New York City this spring.
The parade itself will be a braw time, but there are also events throughout the week that will fill your heart with Scots pride.
For more information, visit nyctartanweek.org.