On 3rd November 2023, Scottish country dancers arrived at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow for the 2023 Autumn Gathering, continuing a year of celebrations as the Society marks its centenary year.
The weekend got underway with a dance on the Friday night, attended by over 300 dancers. The programme for the evening was compiled by Hawaii Branch with music provided by Ewan Galloway's Scottish Dance Band. Dances included Trip to Timber Ridge, J. B. Milne, Polharrow Burn and Follow Me Home. To mark the centenary, a ceilidh was held with music and calling from John Carmichael's Ceilidh Band. Around 50 dancers enjoyed this family-friendly addition to the Autumn Gathering weekend, with great fun and laughter present on the dance floor.
The interval of the Friday dance saw a demonstration from Glasgow Branch, led by Carol-Ann Knox.
At 2pm, Chair William Williamson, Chair-Elect Gary Coull, Treasurer Lizzy Conder and Chief Operating Officer Jon Berridge made their way into the Main Sports Hall, led by a piper to start the 94th RSCDS AGM.
A wine reception was held from 7pm on Saturday evening prior to the Ball getting underway. Attendees enjoyed a demonstration from Youth Branch, devised by Abigail Brown and the winners of the 2023 Virtual Festival were announced by one of the evening's MCs Heather Cowan.
The programme for the Ball was devised by Glasgow Branch who are also celebrating their centenary, with music provided by Luke Brady's Scottish Dance Band. A varied programme included dances EH3 7AF, The Scallywag, Good Hearted Glasgow and Duke of Perth.