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The Gathering 2019 is now organized, contracts signed and we are ready to present you with the details.

The Annual Gathering will be a 3 day event in historic Norfolk, VA. Registration is now open and will remain open until September 22, 2019. The cost of full registration is $140 which includes the Chieftain’s reception, Ceilidh, boxed lunch on Saturday, reception and Banquet and all business meetings. This year there are options included to register guests for some events within the Gathering. Registration for the tour on the Spirit of Norfolk is separate to registration for the Gathering but is included in the registration page.

The host hotel is the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel. It is the only meeting and event hotel in historic Norfolk that sits directly on the water and offers sweeping views of the Elizabeth River. Walking access to all dining, cultural and entertainment venues is flat and easy.


The hotel was fully renovated in 2018 and features all modern facilities.
We have secured a fantastic rate of $134/night. This does not include breakfast, but that is available in the hotel staring at $15. The hotel requires all reservations to be completed by September 4, 2019 in order to receive this discounted rate. Rooms may be available after that date at that rate but it will be up to the hotel. Self parking is offered at $8 a day across the road from the hotel or valet at the hotel for $26 a day.


There are so many sites to visit within an easy 10 minute walk of the hotel that we cannot list them all. But they include the Nauticus, a maritime museum of the ages, the battleship USS Wisconsin (click for a 6 minute video) located adjacent to the Nauticus,  (General Douglas) MacArthur Museum, Town Point Park, harbor cruise ships. And the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum is a 10 minute ferry ride across the river from the dock at the hotel. The Chrysler Museum is a short distance away.

In addition, by wearing your Gathering name badge you will be eligible for significant discounts, up to 20%, at more than 20 restaurants in the immediate area, and to all the sights worth seeing in Norfolk.


There will be a harbor lunch and cruise on Friday afternoon on the Spirit of Norfolk. This is an additional option that will be available on the registration page. It lasts 2 hours with lunch (see the menu). You will be picked at the Spirit dock (a 5 minute flat walk from the hotel) and delivered back there. The cruise is:

  • A narrated tour of The Elizabeth River where you get up close and personal with our military vessels;
  • Family friendly and fun interactive DJ;
  • Award winning Executive Chef team and Service;
  • Easy on and Easy off Deck 1 guaranteed (wheelchair and walker accessible); and
  • A memory photo of the trip.

The fare is $50 per adult ($39 per child 12 and under) and is all inclusive of tour and lunch, other than drinks (click here for details). This is an optional item in addition to your registration. The cruise will not conflict with any other events in the Gathering. Click to register for the cruise. NOTE: food and drink cannot be brought onto the Spirit.


Several social activities have been planned.  starting on Thursday evening with the Chieftain’s reception at the hotel. This will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and of course, some bagpipe music.


The Ceilidh will highlight Scottish dancing. The band, Glasgow Kiss (click for details or video), and their caller will provide entertainment during the evening together with members of the Clan Gregor Scottish Band. Guest participation will be encouraged and welcomed. NOTE: food and drink cannot be brought into the Ceilidh.

This year members will be able to have guests attend the Ceilidh at a cost of $15 each. If members wish to invite guests, complete the section on the registration page. This will allow appropriate for the number of attendees.


The banquet will be preceded by the David Daniel Magruder reception after which the Society’s Piper will lead the guests into the banquet hall. The banquet will be a formal banquet with all the trimmings including the Toast to the Haggis in the Scottish dialect. There are choices for the meals and drinks. NOTE: food and drink cannot be brought into the banquet.

Members will also be able to have guests attend the Banquet at a cost of $65 each (children 12 years and under are $20 each). If members wish to invite guests, complete the section on the registration page. This will allow appropriate catering for the number of attendees.

To make your reservations for the Gathering, optional tour and/or the hotel, click on the appropriate link below.

Register for Gathering Hotel Reservation


Gathering Agenda

Thursday October 3rd

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Registration
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Chieftain’s Reception

Dinner on your own

Friday October 4th

Breakfast on your own

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Council Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Registration
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Spirit of Norfolk Luncheon Cruise
(Additional cost of $50 per person)

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Council Meeting (if needed)

Lunch, dinner on your own

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Registration
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Ceilidh

Saturday October 5th

Breakfast on your own

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    Registration
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Annual General Meeting
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  ADC Meeting
1:00 p.m.                          Boxed Lunch

On your own for sightseeing, touring, etc.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.     Daniel Randall Magruder Reception
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Banquet