Ladies in hoop skirts and gentlemen in waistcoats will be twirling the night away on Saturday, April 8, during the 1867 Confederation Gala, which is being held at the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria.

The event is being hosted by the Glengarry Pioneer Museum, which is raising money to support the museum’s upkeep and events.

Participants are encouraged to arrive in period costume, Highland finery or semi-formal attire. The evening will be filled with diner, dancing, live entertainment and a silent auction.

Event coordinator and Glengarry Pioneer Museum Curator Renee Homiak told The Review that the event is intended to celebrate Canadian history. Guest speakers will lead interactive discussions on the role of the inhabitants of that period and the living conditions they faced.

Carole Pagé will be presenting a brief talk on the influence of the First Nation’s peoples. Local musicians, Kim and Eric Little will be performing during the cocktail hour, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

The evening’s headliner is fiddler Ashley MacLeod, of the MacLeod Fiddlers. She will be performing with Patty Kelley. MacLeod, who is originally from Dalkeith, has been performing since the age of ten. In 2003, she performed with the four-time world champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band on a cross-Canada tour. Later that year, MacLeod joined the Celtic rock band “Hadrian’s Wall,” which performs at festivals and events across North America.

Experts will be on hand to help lead you through the steps during the old fashioned country dancing. Just make sure not to trip on your hoop skirts!

Tickets are available for $60 per person, or $450 for a table of eight. You can purchase your tickets online at or at the museum’s winter location at 2799 County Road 30, in Greenfield. For more information, contact Renee Homiak at [email protected] or call 613-527-5230.