Williamstown toasts 2020 with Hogmanay

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By Nick Seebruch
Williamstown toasts 2020 with Hogmanay
The wagon ride at the 2020 Williamstown Hogmanay. Photo credit: Stephanie Jaworski.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ontario – For the sixth year, the Glengarry Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum in Williamstown opened its doors in partnership with the Williamstown Fire Department for a traditional Scottish Hogmanay.

“New Year’s Eve or Hogmanay is the most popular holiday in Scotland,” said Joyce Lewis of the Glengarry Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum. “There are many traditions associated with this mostly featuring fire, traditional music, special meals and first footing after the bells have rung in the new year. Because of the strong Scottish heritage we have here in Glengarry, we decided that a party to celebrate Hogmanay would be a great community event and it has proved to be a very popular night out for the whole family.”

The Hogmanay featured wagon rides from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Music was provided by Rob Taylor on the accordion and David McPhee on the fiddle. There was a delicious spread of food that included a Scotch Broth, cheese, oatcakes, sherry trifles and of cookies.

The evening was capped off by a fireworks display provided by the Williamstown Fire Department.

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