We hope you were able to join us Thursday, November 29, 7pm-11pm, for a fabulous Opening Night Party heralding Jacksonville’s winter social season. Presented by BB&T , the 2012 black-tie party celebrated the 36th annual Art & Antiques Show in true Scottish style. Click here to view photos on Jacksonville.com and check back here for our own photo galleries of this fantastic evening.


Guests were encouraged to dress in Scottish formal wear—scarves, sashes and kilts in your favorite tartan! For those looking to rent or purchase a kilt for this event, recommended kilt purveyors included Atlanta Kilts, The Scotland Yard Store, and The Highland Kilt Company.



Scottish Beer Pub: Open during the Opening Night Party only, this pub featured a variety of Scottish brews for sampling, fish and chips, and darts

Highland Dancers, Pipes and Drums: Authentic Scottish entertainment

Presentation of the Haggis: a traditional, formal ceremony presenting Scotland’s national delicacy, performed by a Scotsman; Guests who deigned to sample the Haggis received “I (heart) Haggis badges of honor…

Highland Whiskey Lounge: Guests were able to sample a wide range of premier whiskeys and consult with a special Bacardi Whiskey Ambassador

St. Andrew’s Society Scottish Genealogy Post: Guests were able to find their ancestors and learn about the different clans of Scotland