Outlandish in Athens

Photo of standing stones in Scotland.

Calling all Scots and Sassenachs! The Athens-Clarke County Library is proud to announce a whole day dedicated to Diana Gabaldon's beloved Outlander series: Outlandish in Athens on Saturday, December 2!

Mark your calendars now for this FREE event, which will feature Scottish music, dance, history and more.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Gathering

9:15 a.m.

Outlander fans old & new are welcome to come early! Chat, sip, & nibble before the day's events begin.
MPR A,B, & C

David Gregory "The Athens Piper"

9:40 a.m.

Start the day in true Scottish style with bagpiping performed by David Gregory, The Athens Piper!
In front of the Library

Thistle and Kudzu Scottish Country Dancers

10:10 a.m.

Deborah Millier and her dancers demonstrate traditional Scottish Country Dancing--a distinctive, graceful, exhilarating, and historical form of social dancing. Perhaps even join in!
MPR A,B, & C

Video Interview of Diana Gabaldon with the Sacramento Public Library

10:45 a.m.

Appleton Auditorium

Photo of Fran Stewart.

Stone Circles, Scotland, and Ghosts: Oh My! 

11:00 a.m.

Award-winning local author Fran Stewart reads passages from Outlander, as well as from her own ScotShop mysteries.
MPR A, B, & C


Green Flag Band

11:15 a.m.

Green Flag Band will play Scottish-inspired Celtic tunes, including jigs, reels, and aires, featuring traditional Scottish folk tunes.
MPR A,B & C

Photo of Valerie Frankel

Of Pearls, Silver, and Plaid: Outlander's Myths and Symbols

12:15 p.m.

This Skyped presentation with Valerie Estelle Frankel (author of The Symbolism and Sources of Outlander: The Scottish Fairies, Folklore, Ballads, Magic and Meanings That Inspired the Series) untangles myths and symbols.
Appleton Auditorium


Tartan Weaving Demonstration

12:30 p.m.

Learn how to design your own tartan as local weaver and Thistle and Kudzu Society founder Dottie Harnish demonstrates using a wooden loom.
MPR A

Find My Scottish Ancestors

12:30 p.m.

Learn about your Scottish relatives with Heritage Room Librarian Rikki Chesley.
MPR B & C

Movie Poster of Pixar's Brave

Scottish Movie Time!

1:00 p.m.

Come learn about Scotland in Disney’s famous animated tale set in Scotland.
Storyroom


Gaelic for Outlanders

1:00 p.m.

Mango Languages trainer Amy Janczarek will show you how to use this online tool, available from GALILEO, to learn Gaelic.
Appleton Auditorium

Photo of Salina Nelson.

Claire's Apothecary

1:30 p.m.

Herbalist Salina Nelson from Remedy Herbal Pharmacy will talk about the different herbs and plants Claire used.
MPR A


Photo of Ian Hardin.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion

1:30 p.m.

UGA Professor Ian Hardin, the son of "Bonnie Jean" of Glasgow, leads us on a journey of this pivotal period in Scottish history, including a combat demonstration by Isaac Callahan of the Society of American Fight Directors to show how fight scenes are staged in the tv series.
MPR B & C


The Sassenachs, Women's Vocal Ensemble

2:30 p.m.

Enjoy Scottish songs such as the Outlander Theme in traditional choral arrangements alongside newer renditions with a contemporary flavor! The Sassenachs are UGA Voice Majors Emily Carey, Kaitlyn Gilmore, and Emma Robertson, along with Wynter Bishop. UGA Voice Graduate Assistant Isaiah Feken conducts. Accompanied by Hannah Peterson, Mamie Fike and Lynne Thomas.
Appleton Auditorium

How Might Time Travel Really Work?

3:00 p.m.

UGA Professor of Astronomy Loris Magnani talks about how time travel might work, about changing our future, and how the use of time travel in Outlander compares to its use in other fiction.
Appleton Auditorium

Musical Performance by Bob Hay

4:00 p.m.

We'll wrap up a festive day with some lovely Scottish music from Bob Hay (of the Jolly Beggars).
Appleton Auditorium

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Photo of Tracie Brown with her harp.

Live at the Library! “The Music of Outlander”, with harpist Tracie Brown and Green Flag Band

3:00 p.m.

Three-time National Scottish Harp Champion Tracie Brown, backed by Athens' own Green Flag Band, play "The Music of Outlander" including many Bear McCreary arrangements from the TV series. Tracie will also discuss the over 1000 year history of the harp in Scotland and perform other Scottish music.
Appleton Auditorium


Photo of a traditional tea party.

A Highland Holiday Tea, Cooking Demonstration

4:00 p.m.

What could be cozier than a lovely winter's tea party? Chef Theresa Rice shares recipes, many from the Outlander Kitchen Cookbook, for a merry repast the Frasers would relish. Learn about customs and history of the traditional afternoon feastie. You will enjoy demonstrations, get ideas for your own party, and sample a wee bite or two.
MPR B

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Acknowledgements

This event would not have been possible without the assistance of these local groups and businesses:

Revival Yarns logo

Revival Yarns


Remedy Herb Shop logo

Remedy Herb Shop


Revival Yarns logo

Rose of Athens Theatre


Thistle and Kudzu Scottish Country Dancers logo

Thistle and Kudzu Scottish Country Dancers


Green Flag Band logo

Green Flag Band


Piccadilly Farm logo

Piccadilly Farm Nursery


Athens Piper logo

David Gregory, The Athens Piper


Mary Delaplane of "The Dress-Up Box"

Big City Bread Cafe

Aubry's Arbor Wholesale Nursery