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Tartan Week – NYC

2016-04-01-flower-box-DGI won’t, alas, be with the Starz gang in New York this week for the premiere of Season Two (of the Outlander TV series) and the Tartan Week festivities.

I have a family member undergoing surgery on Monday, April 4, and need to be there.

So— have a great time if you will be in New York City, and enjoy the new episode of the Outlander TV show on April 9 (it’s fabulous!).

And if y’all have a moment, any prayers or good thoughts would be appreciated!


Details of This Week’s New York City Events (New!)

My Webmistress has compiled a list for you of events from April 4th through the 9th to celebrate the broadcast premiere of Season 2 of Outlander, including red carpet events and panel discussions (featuring the cast and crew of Outlander), Tartan Week, and finally the broadcast premiere of Season 2 on April 9!

You can participate in events this week LIVE via the Facebook, Twitter, and the web! Or in person if you are in NYC! Click here for more information!

Tartan Week in New York City

samheughanfullNew York’s Tartan Week will run from April 2nd to the 10th in New York City and includes a diverse range of events, from the Scotland Run through Central Park, to lunch-time concerts, business seminars, a Pre-Parade Ceilidh and much more. Check out the Tartan Week website:


Scottish actor Sam Heughan, star of the Starz Outlander TV series (and plays main character Jamie Fraser) will be the Grand Marshal of the New York Tartan Day parade on Saturday, April 9. Beginning at 2 p.m., bands, Pipers, Dancers, and Clans from Scotland throughout the United States and Canada are joining the Parade along with dozens of Scottish and West Highland Terriers.

"As Grand Marshal of the New York Tartan Day parade 2016," Sam said, "I am honored and proud to serve the city and its ancestral ties. I love the city, the people, and the vibe. Please join me in toasting all who live and visit there with a whisky and a toast!"

Heughan joins the illustrious alumni who have led the Parade, including Sir Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Cliff Robertson, Brian Cox, Kevin McKidd, and most recently in 2015, fellow Outlander star Graham McTavish.

Note: A Ceilidh (“kay-lee”) is a social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.

Link: "Outlander" Star Sam Heughan Named Grand Marshal Of The 2016 NY Tartan Day Parade, by Kyle Dawson, for New York City Tartan Week.

This post originally appeared on my official Facebook page on April 1, 2016. Image at upper right is one of my flower boxes.

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  1. Your family member and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers for a trouble free surgery and speedy recovery.

    Best to Mr. Heughan as this years Grand Marshal

    Finally Droughtlander is over !!!!

    Love the flowers, can’t really see what kind they are but love the bright colors.

    Would love to pick some up…may I please ask if you could share what kind they are?

    Thank you and Happy Spring :-)

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones for a successful surgery and speedy recovery
    of your family member!!
    All the Best!

  3. We are going to the Tartan Day parade and staying over in NYC on April 9th. Our hotel does not have STARZ. Where can we see the show? Is there anywhere in NYC that is showing it? Would love to watch with other Outlander fans. I am sure there are other fans staying over on April 9th. Let’s find a place to watch the Premiere of Season Two!
    Prayers to your family member Diana for a speedy and complete recovery.

  4. My prayers are with you Diana! ♥

  5. Hugs, Love, Strength, and good healing vibes coming your way. Hope all went well with your family members surgery.

    Thank you for so very much!

  6. Prayers sent to your loved one for a speedy recovery.

  7. I believe in the power of prayer. I will be praying for you and your family. In the name of Jesus guide the doctors hands and minds to heal D.G. family member. In addition, provided the ill family member the strength and comfort in their time of need. Bless you and your family.

  8. Hello Diana, Being from Scotland and not having Amazon Prime I watched Season 1 on DVD and love it, love it, love it!!!! I felt SO proud of Bonnie Scotland and shed a tear every time I heard the signature tune. Can you advise when the DVD of Season 2 be available to buy in the UK? Thanks and Kind Regards.

  9. Sad that you can’t be part of Tartan Week and the premier of Season 2, but family always comes first! Blessings to you and yours and I hope everything went well for your loved one.

  10. Dear Diana,
    Sending prayers and wishes of recovery for your family member.
    Take care,

  11. Dear Diana

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Please God all will go well, and for a speedy recovery.

    I was very privileged to have won two tickets to the London Premiere Screening of Outlander Season 2, it was wonderful !! I had just re-read Dragonfly in Amber and had a feeling that it would start there.

    Best Wishes

  12. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones for a successful surgery and speedy recovery.
    Thinking of you,

  13. After the Outlander (book) series is finished, will there be a Dragonfly and Voyager??

  14. Hi Diana,
    I stumbled onto the Starz series last year, and became immediately hooked! I then went back and read all eight of your books in the past year, and I think they are incredible. The amount of detail and historical research and background is astonishing. I’ve never read anything like them! Of course the Jamie and Claire that I see when I read your books are Sam and Caitriona who probably have the most chemistry of any two actors I have ever seen!

    My husband and I have been watching season two, and although I know they can’t put everything in there, I didn’t like how they portrayed Jamie and Claire in episode 3. They showed Jamie brushing past Claire because he was busy in France, and throughout the whole episode they barely even touched. He was pretty cold to her which I never saw that in the books. No matter what they went through, and even if they argued- they always had a deep physical and mental connection. I was wondering what you thought about that? I hope they portray more of the fiery love and connection that they have, as they did in season 1. I thought they captured your first book perfectly.

    I can’t wait for book nine!!!!!
    Thank you,
    Dana Kofitsas

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