For the sixth year in a row, the Alameda Pipe-athon will be hitting the bars of the Island City on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, (Hogmanay in Scotland, Hogmabay in the Bay Area!), with Scottish ex-pat and Alameda resident Andy MacKay playing "Auld Lang Syne" on the bagpipes in every bar on the island, raising funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and "hitting cancer for six" (a quaint British cricket term).
Alamedans have a convenient way to blaze in the new year with heart-pumping blues and soul courtesy of the Island’s cultural mecca, Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). RCW has invited diva Terrie Odabi to perform two sets of her honest, soulful and intoxicating music New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7 and 10 p.m. The later showing includes a Champagne toast.
For the second year in a row, Alameda resident Andy MacKay and Team Pipe-A-Thon visited 19 bars in Alameda on New Year’s Eve, bagpiping “Auld Lang Syne” to enthusiastic patrons. In the process they collected more than $3,200 for the American Cancer Society.
MacKay collects the donations to remember his father, Bertie MacKay, who died in the United Kingdom in February after losing his battle with cancer.