Hogman-eh! 2016: Good-bye 2016 / Hello 2017 Scottish Style!

Posted on Jan 13, 2017

The Barra MacNeils, Bobby Watt &  Bill Welychka Photo: SeaninMotion.ca
The Barra MacNeils, Bobby Watt & Bill Welychka Photo: SeaninMotion.ca

Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne was again the location for the fifth Hogman-eh!
It was a full happy smiling-faced crowd all evening as folks joined The Scottish Society of Ottawa and The Barra MacNeils in ringing in the New Year, Scottish Style. Snow and slippery conditions outside didn't stop a full crowd from enjoying New Year's Eve Scottish Style!

Opening Ceremonies
Live music program began
Face-painted and balloon-twist hat-wearing kids were led from the second stage over to the Main stage to the sounds of bagpipes by The Arnprior McNabb Pipes and Drums.

Countdown to New Year in Scotland – balloons and Auld Lang Syne performed by Bobby Watt
Live music and dance program resumed with performances by:

The Charette-Dreaver Family Dancers (Lisa Charette is Anishnabek (“Ah-nish-naw-beck”) (Ojibway) from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island.)
Sherry’s School of Highland Dance

Arnprior McNab Pipes and Drums
Stewart’s Glen
Anna Ludlow Trio
The Barra MacNeils

Midnight Auld Lang Syne

Fireworks after Old Lang Syne outside Aberdeen Pavilion  Photo: SeaninMotion.ca
Fireworks after Old Lang Syne outside Aberdeen Pavilion Photo: SeaninMotion.ca


5 pm - Midnight
There were plenty of options to eat and drink Scottish food, beer and whisky. Our list of food, drink and other vendors included:
Maggie’s Shortbread
The Hot Potato Company
Fadi’s Fabulous Food
Aboriginal Caterer
Seed to Sausage
Bombay Gardens
Scone Witch
Down East Mittens & Apparel
James Bay Traditional Art & Craft


There was lots to see and do! 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Activities included free face painting, balloon twisting, jugglers, light spinners, a magician, Princess Merida, Scottish dancers, activity tables and more! All capped off at 6:50, when our Pied Piper led the children to the mainstage for the countdown to the Scottish New Year! (the Kidzone stage performers ended at 6:45 p.m., and roving activities continued until 8 p.m.)

5:00 – 11:59 p.m. There was an opportunity to learn about Scottish culture by visiting these booths.

Balloon Drop  Photo: Joseph Allain Photography (J.A.P.)
Balloon Drop Photo: Joseph Allain Photography (J.A.P.)

Horticulture Building
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Hogman-eh! attendees got a sneak peek of beautiful tapestries highlighting the Scottish story before going on display at the Ottawa Public Library – Metcalfe St. Branch – January 3 – 25th

Check out more photos from the event on our Facebook and Instagram Page.
Email: HogmanayEPA@thescottishsocietyofottawa.com
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Up next? January 28th, 2017 Kilt Skate at 12 pm; and Rabbie Burns Supper in the evening. Checking out our website for more information on upcoming events.

Great Scot! We had fun!

Mayor Watson Jan Scottish Month/Bill Welychka & Kevin MacLeod, Chair SSO. P:JAP
Mayor Watson Jan Scottish Month/Bill Welychka & Kevin MacLeod, Chair SSO. P:JAP

Thank you to ALL OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS, VENDORS, and Master of Ceremonies for the night Bill Welychka, host/producer CKWS-TV. And especially THANK YOU TO ALL who braved our Ottawa weather to join us for this awesome event!! The feeling in the room when the kids were escorted to the stage by the Pipes and Drums, and the singing of Old Lang Syne and then the balloon drop to the excited faces on kids and adults alike, WOW!!! Personally my BEST New Year's Eve EVER! - Michelle Beaupre, Special Event Production Assistant, The Scottish Society of Ottawa (on contract for the event).

The Charette-Dreaver Family Dancers Photo: Joseph Allain Photography
The Charette-Dreaver Family Dancers Photo: Joseph Allain Photography

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