Scottish Weekend

Returning Again in 2017!

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Only 90 miles north of New York City, retreat to our inclusive resort on a mountain lake, and immerse yourself in a weekend that will transport you to simpler times.

From bagpipes to kilts, from dancers to drums, from haggis to history—join in our celebration of all things Scottish. Our Scottish weekend features award-winning musicians, concerts, a ceilidh and opportunities to participate and learn about playing the bagpipes, Scottish music, Scottish Country Dance, and kiltmaking!

We hope you'll stay for the entire weekend! 

Our rates include three delicious meals daily, afternoon tea and cookies, and most resort activities!  

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Our 147-year-old Victorian castle near the Catskills rests beside a glacially formed lake surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine wilderness. In winter, discover our open-air ice skating Pavilion and 35 miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (weather dependent). Many of these exciting activities are included in your overnight rate, as are delicious meals. We also feature an award-winning Spa that offers a variety of treatments, an outdoor heated mineral pool, comprehensive fitness center, and a solarium for relaxation and renewal.

Last year we featured the exciting sounds of Celtic Roots band, MacTalla Mór. MacTalla Mór features the great Highland bagpipes, piano, vocals, and bodhran in a dynamic mix of traditional Celtic Roots, rock, jazz, hip hop, calypso, and fusion. MacTalla’s ancient and modern instruments along with their Gaelic and original songs, brings the past to life creating a joyous, poignant, and powerful experience for audiences of all ages.

Also enjoy a classic Scottish concert on Saturday evening featuring the music, poetry, and songs of Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns. This weekend also features performances by The Schenectady Pipe Band, Thistle Hill Scottish Country Dancers, the musicians of Highland Oasis, Shot of Scotch Highland Dancers, and vocalist Caroline Bennett, featuring both traditional and contemporary music and dance as well original collaborations. Enjoy a Celtic art workshop with Patrick Gallagher, a history presentation by Scottish historian James Fraser on the life, times, and works of Robert Burns, a kilt-making demonstration, a Highland dance workshop, a single malt whisky tasting, the “Address to the Haggis”, and Scottish specialties at meals throughout the weekend!

Last Year's Scottish Weekend Events:

Friday                Saturday            Sunday         Program Leaders


  • 4:00 p.m. Welcome Tea and Scottish Treats! Come and join the guests and performers for tea, cookies and Scottish fiddle-tunes from award-winning fiddlers Mara Shea and Rebecca McCallum.
  • 9:00 p.m. Welcome! Failte! Concert with MacTalla Mór  A perennial favorite at many of the oldest and most beloved Socttish and Celtic Festivals in America, MacTalla Mor Band will be performing for the first time ever at historic Mohonk Mountain House’s popular Scottish Weekend.
  • 10:00 p.m. Annual Mohonk Ceilidh. The evening show is followed by the annual Mohonk Ceilidh. Meet the performers and fellow Mohonk guests during this very special part of the  tradition of the Mohonk Scottish Weekend.
    • What is Ceilidh? Ceilidh is a gaidhlig (gaelic) word meaning “to visit.” We invite you to “visit” with us in the Parlor by the fireside and share a song, poem, or story or “party piece”... or simply sit back, listen, and enjoy. 


  • 10:00 a.m. Celtic Art Workshop with Patrick Gallagher. Patrick has spent over twenty years as an artist, lecturer, master printmaker, and teacher of the Celtic Arts—sharing his passion at over 500 events to date. Patrick has helped make Celtic Art a modern phenomenon and his work is archived by the UCLA School of Architecture and Design. Join him and discover an art form thousands of years young. For more information, visit
  • 11:00 a.m. Kiltmaking Demonstration with Kiltmaker Bonnie Heather Greene Join kiltmaker Bonnie Heather Greene of Bonnie Kilts to learn about the history and making of the kilt. Bonnie will also be available all weekend with answers to your questions about kilts and tartans and brings with her resources, books, and samples for those who wish to research their family tartan!
  • 2:00 p.m. Scottish Country Dance Workshop This is always a popular workshop and combines fun and exercise! Learn the basics of Scottish Country Dancing, the social dancing of Scotland. Led by Elizabeth Buonomo, a teacher of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society with the Thistle Hill Scottish Country Dancers, this workshop is for everyone and no previous experience or partner is necessary to participate! Simply come willing to have a tremendous amount of fun and learn dances that are enjoyed all over the world today. 
  • 3:30 p.m. Scottish Games and Heavy Athletics Worskshop Scottish Highland Games world-record holder Frazer Pehmoeller leads a workshop on the games of Scotland.                 
  • 5:00 p.m. Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Single Malt Scotch is single malt whisky made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. Join Scotch distributor Rick Long as he shares insights on these fine Scottish whiskys. This year we will be sampling Tullibardine’s 225 Sauternes finish, 228 Burgundy finish, 500 Sherry (PX) finish, 20 year old, and 25 year old.
    • Note: Pre-registration is required for the tasting. $25 per person program fee for admittance. Space is limited. Must be age 21 or over to attend.
  • 7:00 p.m. Address to the Haggis and Tribute to Robert Burns A procession into the dining room, followed by a traditional Address to the Haggis, led by James Fraser and The Schenectady Pipe Band Ensemble. 

But mark the Rustic, haggis fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle.

—“Address to a Haggis” by Robert Burns

  • 9:00 p.m. A Classic Scottish Concert The performers of the Mohonk Scottish Weekend are pleased to bring to you a very exciting evening of entertainment featuring songs, poetry, and music from the life and times of Robert Burns. Experience the energy and elegance of  jigs, reels and strathspeys with the Thistle Hill Country Dancers, spirited performances from Shot of Scotch with traditional  highland dance as well as original choreography, and musical collaboration; music from Highland Oasis and the Schenectady Pipe Band Ensemble; the songs and poetry of Robert Burns, and so much more! The evening’s festivities are led by Mohonk Scottish Weekend’s favorite MC and historian James Fraser.  


  • 9:00 a.m. Highland Dance Workshop Learn the elements of highland dance from the premier dancers of Shot of Scotch. All ages welcome!
  • 10:00 a.m. The History of Scotland with James Fraser Mohonk’s favorite Scotsman and historian James Fraser will lead us on an historical journey – join us as we explore the different historical and cultural elements unique to Scotland. James continues our weekend theme and examines the life, times, and works of Robert Burns.
  • 11:00 a.m. Bagpipe Workshop Have you ever wanted to play the bagpipes? Learn about the history, structure, and playing of the great Highland bagpipes from Pipe Major William Monroe and members of the Schenectady Pipe Band. All are welcome! Participation is highly encouraged!
  • 12:00 p.m. The Singing of Auld Lang Syne The singing of Auld Lang Syne will be followed by the procession into lunch from the Parlor led by the Schenectady Pipe Band Ensemble. This brings to a close the festivities of the Mohonk Scottish Weekend as we already look forward to next year!


Schenectady Pipe Band

Formed in 1917 with the support of Clan MacRae and General Electric, the Schenectady Pipe Band is one of the oldest bagpipe bands in the United States. This distinguished band has won many honors and has traveled extensively in North America and in the UK. During the band's ’93 trip to Scotland they returned with a coveted 1st place for ‘Dress and Drill’ in their grade. Bandmembers performing this weekend include Tom LaBelle, Bob Monro, William Munro, Louis Schenck, and Barry Smith. For more on the band, please visit

Shot of Scotch

Kendra Monroe has been highland dancing since the age of 7. She competed on the regional and national level for 20 years. Since moving to New York in 2010, she has formed a performance group of premier level dancers, Shot of Scotch, and has been teaching adults and children on the side. Shot of Scotch Premier Highland Dancers have had the privilege to dance at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Ballet, Dixon Place Theater, Robert Burns nights across Manhattan, the pre -Tartan Day Parade Ceilidh, Scotland Run, The Tartan Day Parade, and last year’s first ever New York Tattoo alongside world champion dancers. 2015 marks the third time Kendra has performed at the Mohonk Scottish Weekend, and she couldn’t be more thrilled to share her passion for this demanding Scottish art form.

Frazer Pehmoeller

Frazer Pehmoeller is a retired professional Scottish Highland Games athlete and world-record holder in the Loon Mountain Highland Games for the Stone Carry.

The Thistle Hill Scottish Country Dancers

The Thistle Hill Scottish Country Dancers are led by Elizabeth Buonomo, a teacher of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Association, and have danced for the Mohonk Scottish Weekend for a number of years. Elizabeth Buonomo has been studying Scottish country dance for close to ten years. In May 2015, after completing an intensive yearlong teacher training program, she passed her preliminary exam and qualified as a Scottish country dance teacher. She currently teaches at her local branch in Ho-ho-kus, NJ. In addition, Elizabeth is Vice President of the Board of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of New Jersey. For the past several years, she has also served as Chair of the Rerr Terr committee, which organizes an annual Highland Ball every Spring. When Elizabeth is not dancing she works as a psychotherapist and as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. She can be reached at

Highland Oasis

In 2005, Highland Oasis pianist and band leader Jim Stevenson-Mathews had the honor of working with fiddler Mara Shea in preparing for a Scottish dance held in Red Springs, North Carolina. Some years later, he first heard fiddler Rebecca McCallum while attending a dance event in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. Mohonk Mountain House provided the opportunity to bring these talents together. While Rebecca did not join the lineup until 2012, the band Highland Oasis debuted during Mohonk Mountain House’s Scottish Weekend in 2011, and it has been going strong ever since. Highland Oasis has played for dance events and concerts in the United States and Canada, sometimes joining forces with vocalist Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews in presenting folk events. They most recently performed in Texas for San Antonio’s Bluebonnet Ball. For more on Highland Oasis, please visit

Caroline Bennett

Caroline Bennett is a native of the UK but grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where she began Scottish country dancing in 1986. She currently hails from Pawling, New York, where she works as a pediatric occupational therapist. Caroline is a gaidhlig (Scottish gaelic) learner and passionate about traditional gaidhlig song as well as Scots songs. She has been a medalist at the North Carolina Gaidhlig Mods and the Celtic Classic. Her interests beyond Scottish music include Scottish country dancing, weaving, spinning, traveling, and family activities. Caroline has also been the program coordinator for Scottish Weekend for the past three years and has performed with the Lochleven Dancers and the Thistle Hill Scottish Country Dancers and is a Scottish Country Dance teacher. Photo by Hank Randall.

Rick Long

Rick Long started his career at the Omni Berkshire Hotel while attending acting school at Circle in the Square in 1983. He soon moved on and became a bartender, working with restaurant luminaries such as Jeffery Chadarow, Danny Myers, and Ian Schrager. In 1999 he started working the supplier side with Jim Beam selling small batch bourbons all over Brooklyn. He helped create the Paramount Spirits Team and then moved over to work with Diageo and Moet Hennessey. Rick has been with The Winebow Group now for 5 years, moving just in time for the craft spirit movement. Never happier to be working closely with small independent distilleries, he is proud to introduce you to Tullibardine.

MacTalla Mór

Celtic Radio’s Roots Music award-winner MacTalla Mór Band is taking America by storm! Gaelic for "Great Echo," MacTalla Mor is a hard-driving band whose dynamic rhythms pack festivals with earth-shaking, ground-breaking Celtic Roots music. With Jesse and Levon on bagpipes, drums, guitar, flutes and whistles, mom Patty on Bodhran and Celtic drums, MageErik on bass and performing magic, and renowned musicians from around the world, this family band creates a Celtic-Roots musical extravaganza at festivals and concerts throughout North America. For more, visit

See you there!

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