For the twelve year, Brunswick Area Rec Council will be sponsoring the Scottish First Footing on December 31, 2014 at 11:45 PM at the Square Corner Park, 1 Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD. The Frederick Drum & Pipes will be performing several selections and at midnight they will play Auld Lang Syne.
The Scottish First Footing or Hogmanay (a Scottish word for the last day of the year) is a tradition that says if the first person to cross your threshold on New Year’s Eve is a tall dark haired man, it will bring good luck to the household. A man or woman with blond or red hair is considered bad luck. The man brings a bottle of drink (Scotch in the old days) to ensure you have plenty to drink, a cake so you have plenty to eat, and a lump of coal. Coal is one of the most popular gifts because it represents warmth for the home, plenty of cooking fuel, and a symbol of luck that soldiers often carried into battles.
Brunswick Area Rec Council is a division of the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Council. BARC meets on the first Monday of the month at the Brunswick High School Library at 7:00 PM. Volunteering and providing recreation for the Brunswick area is always fun and those interested in becoming involved in the community are welcome to attend our meetings. For more information, find us on Facebook at Brunswick Area Rec Council, at barcmd.com, or call Bob Ward (301–834-8215), or Lee Zumbach (301–834-8045).