Above, MacMillan Hunting Old tartan. See more about Clan MacMillan tartan on the Clan MacMillan International website.
Download the minutes of the CMSNA Business Meeting of the 2015 Gathering in Ottawa. This is a PDF document.
Belfast is a small city on Penobscot Bay founded by Scots-Irish settlers from Londonderry, New Hampshire in 1770. In its 19th century heyday it was a center for shipbuilding and manufacturing. Today, it is a major tourist destination for visitors looking for sailing, fishing, kayaking, hiking, shopping or just hanging out at the local brewpub or the many waterside cafes and restaurants. It is also the home of a vibrant Arts community and many small galleries.
The Clan MacMillan Society of North America (CMSNA) gathering will be from Thursday, June 28, 2018 to Monday, July 2, 2018.
Register for the 2018 CMSNA gathering.
Download a form (as a PDF) to register for the 2018 Gathering in Belfast, Maine. Registration deadline is April 30, 2018.
We will open with an informal get together on Thursday evening at our hotel so that all can get reacquainted and welcome those who haven't attended a Gathering before.
On Friday, we will go by coach to the Peary-MacMillan Arctic museum at Bowdoin College where we will learn about Donald Baxter MacMillan, who was one of the premier arctic explorers of the early 20th century. From there we will go on to Freeport, home of L.L.Bean and a host of other shops. We will return to the Belfast area for dinner.
On Saturday and Sunday, we will stay in the Penobscot Bay area with a talk on local history (the area has been French, British and American), and excursions to sites including the Penobscot Narrows observation tower (weather permitting) and Fort Knox. We will also learn more about the Scots-Irish who settled this part of Maine and Graeme Mackenzie, Clan MacMillan geneologist, will join the discussion.
There will be plenty of time to explore Belfast, walk the Harbor Walk and rail trail, eat lobster and enjoy the salt air. We will squeeze in a CMSNA meeting and have a CTS service if one is requested. The weekend will conclude with a formal dinner at Point Lookout in Northport. There will be a single price for the program and meals.
I have blocked a number of rooms at a local motel. Each room has two double beds plus a bath and balcony or terrace, and it will be up to you to do your own booking. Rates will include breakfast. If you are traveling on your own, you can book a room as a single or reach out to others to find a roommate - I am happy to act as a clearinghouse if necessary.
Contact details for the motel will be available with the registration form. As we are a summer holiday destination, there are also campgrounds, B&B's or other hotels and motels in the Belfast and Searsport areas. I can provide more information for anyone who needs it.
By car: Belfast is 4 hours from Boston, MA; 2 hours from St. Stephen, NB; 8 hours from Montreal, QC.
By air: 2 hours from Portland, ME airport (PWM - please don't fly to Portland, Oregon) and 1 hour from Bangor, ME Airport (BGR). There is no scheduled way to get here from the airports, though I can arrange for a local service to collect you. It may be more cost effective to rent a car, or someone might be driving past the airport at just the right time! It would really help me plan the weekend better if I can get an idea of how many of you are thinking of coming. Please contact me by email to give me an idea. If you know of any others who might be interested and aren't on the distribution list, please feel free to forward this email.
More information about the Gathering.
Contact Jane Strauss, CMSNA president and 2018 gathering organizer, for more information by email. More details will be available on this page as the Gathering approaches.