|Highlands of Scotland|
The first event attended by Pat and Doug Ross was the "Oor Club" on January 9 in the Bow and Arrow Pub at 1954 Yonge Street in Toronto. David Hunter, the president of the Scottish Studies Foundation, sent a notice and invitation a few days earlier to see his "Highlands of Scotland" video.
The Scottish Studies "Oor Club" is generally held at noon on the first and third Friday of the month at the pub, and guest speakers give presentations on a variety of topics about the things which Scots are getting up to in Canada. The presentations usually lasts about an hour (pronounced "oor" in Scots), hence the name. Meetings are not restricted to members of the Scottish Studies Foundation. Everyone is invited to attend as the meetings are open to all.
The Scottish Studies Foundation website states, "The idea came from Scottish folk singer and artist Enoch Kent who now resides in the Toronto area. The original Oor Club was one where people met in two old tenement houses next door to one another in Duke Street in Glasgow back in the 1700s. The wall between the two tenements was knocked down with one house forming the speakers' room and the other the bar. Notable speakers were invited to speak on a topic on which they had expertise, with a set time limit of no more than one hour. Legend has it that that Robert Burns paid a visit to the original club."
We thank David for granting us permission to share his video here. He made a .wmv version from the original flash version for us, and you may CLICK on this item here:
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