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The Gathering of the Scots festival is pleased to announce a new twist to the athletes’ venue this year, with a Can-Am Challenge.

With Perth-Andover being a border town we were compelled to pit the best East Coast Canadian Highlanders against the best throwers New England has to offer. This team event is the first of its kind for the Gathering and is bound to bring out everyone’s patriotic spirit!

The teams for the “Can/Am Challenge” will consist of 5 members from each country. 

Mike ZolkiewiczTeam USA will be led by Mike  Zolkiewicz, world record holder in the weight for height event; and Rob Meulenberg, former strong man competitor.

Team Canada will counter with 2-time, and current Canadian Champion Matt Doherty; and 6-time Canadian Champion Greg Hadley.

This border battle will feature the best line up of athletes New Brunswick has ever seen. Their job is to throw heavy stuff very far…and they are good at their job!

Greg HadleyA time line on the schedule of heavy events goes like this;




Thursday, May 28th

5:30 PM

Heavy Athletics Workshop

Friday, May 29th

3:30 PM

Master Class

Amateur Class

Saturday, May 30th

9:30 AM

10:00 AM

12:30 PM

1:00 PM

Junior Class


Children’s Athletics

Women’s Class



Whisky Tasting Workshop

On Saturday, May 30th (1:00 PM) at the festival site organizers will host a “Beginners Whisky Tasting Workshop” offering 25 ticket-holders ($30 each) the experience to taste and discuss 5 of Scotland’s Single Malts.  This event is a great way to become introduced to the amazing world of whisky!

Glenfarclas 17

Glen Grant 16

Highland Park 12

Springbank 12 Cask Strength

Laphoraig 10


As an added bonus, festival organizers will introduce “the next level” in the tasting of Scotland’s National drink by offering an exclusive “Advanced Whisky Tasking Workshop”.  Only 15 seats ($40 each) will be sold to this exclusive seminar at 3:00 PM!  Acclaimed whisky expert John Lang will carefully present 3 of Scotland’s more-expensive and hard-to-find single malts.  This event is a must for all whisky connoisseurs looking for the opportunity to taste something rare and different in the world of whisky!

Dalmore King Henry III

Balblair 1990

Ardbeg Supernova


So there you go – two options to consider in 2015!  Each with its own “unique twist” on the world of Scottish Single malt whisky.  

Tickets will be available at the Gathering of the Scots entrance gate on May 30  OR in advance by calling John Lang at 273-2875.


2015 Schedule of Events

A full weekend of piping, dancing, athletics and more! The GOS 2015 Event Schedule is available here .