The Allan Macpherson House, sitting proudly along the banks of the Napanee River since 1826, is celebrating 50 years of promoting 19th century heritage in 2018. A very special evening is planned on Wednesday, July 11th to commemorate the occasion.

Tours of the grand old home will be available beginning at 5:30pm. At 6:30pm, Scottish bagpipes will signify the opening ceremonies for the evening. After some opening remarks, The Ottawa Story Tellers will tell the tale of HeOttawa Story Tellers Logoartaches & Oatcakes: a fun rendition of Scottish folk & fairy tales under the stars. The Ottawa Story Tellers were previously in Napanee in October to tell the story of “The Singing, Swinging Sixties” to a sold out audience at the L&A County Museum & Archives.

The story this time around will celebrate the Scottish settlers who braved the wild Atlantic in search of a better life. They had few material goods but many brought stories with them, stories from the Highlands, the Lowlands, the Orkneys and the Outer Hebrides. These are stories that helped sustain them in their often lonely struggle to build a new life in Canada. Scots gathered by many a hearth on a cold winter’s night to enjoy cherished magical tales of a blue-eyed hare, a witch and a swarm of bees; a water kelpie, a wise old woman and a courageous boy; and a beautiful maiden, a fisher lad and a mermaid.

After the stories, Scottish-inspired food will be served by Seasons Fine Foods. At 8pm the Scottish trio "Dun Laoghraire" from the Kingston Irish Folk Club will be perform as people enjoy the grounds of the house.

This is a family show suitable for ages 10+. Admission is only $3 per person. A large tent will be in place in the garden for the duration of the summer, so this event, and all others scheduled in July and August, will take place rain or shine. Please bring your own lawn chair. The Macpherson House is located at 180 Elizabeth Street in Napanee. For more information visit www.CountyMuseum.ca or call 613-354-3027.

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