Successful Earltown Gathering sparks creative changes for next year

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EARLTOWN – Some changes are being planned for next year’s Earltown Gathering.

The Earltown Gathering, held on Sunday and Monday, attracted about 200 people. One of the events was sword fighting in medieval clothing and included Scott Whitelaw and James Finnie in action. Submitted photo

The fifth annual event was held Sunday and Monday to honour its past, specifically the area’s Scottish roots, and  attracted more than 200 people, said co-ordinator Quita Grey, co-owner of Sugar Moon Farm.

And with the success and encouragement of people who participated, Grey has plans to broaden the event next summer to include other past traditions as well.

“I think it will become the Earltown Celtic Festival next year. It’s to be reflective of the diversity of the area and not limit it to Scottish roots only,” Grey told the Truro Daily News.

While it’s early in the planning stages, it’s very possible some events could return, such as hikes, a cemetery tour, entertainment and a dance. This past weekend’s contra dance was a huge success and “there were more (event) options on site during the day” including craft vendors and sword fighting demonstrations, to name a few, said Grey.

Other highlights included a pipe band from Bedford because “it’s tough to get a pipe band out this time of year” and although “it sounds like an oddball thing to do, the cemetery tour had about 30 people,” said Grey.

The gathering has roots dating back to 1824 when Earltown’s John Sutherland searched for a spot to lay his son to rest and the Earltown Village Cemetery became the final resting place for many early settlers.  Eventually, an annual homecoming for descendants of settlers from Scotland began in the early 1800s and a Pipers Picnic was born and continued for more than 40 years.

In 2009, Scott Whitelaw and Grey started the gathering to commemorate the Pipers Picnic.

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Organizations: Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Bedford, Scotland

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