Oulander themed events coming to the area

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

World-famous author Diana Gabaldon and renowned actor Graham McTavish are Coming to Davenport, Iowa on December 6, 2014 – Tickets now available for this event

Thru The Stones, a convention hosting world-famous author, Diana Gabaldon, and renowned actor, Graham McTavish, will take place December 5 and 6, 2014, at the River Center in Davenport, IA.

Dr. Gabaldon is the author of the Outlander series of books selling over 26 million copies worldwide. Convention activities will all have direct connections to her Outlander book series. Gabaldon’s books have been in the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list on numerous occasions.

Mr. McTavish, an accomplished actor, currently stars as Dougal MacKenzie in the Starz television series Outlander, produced by Ron Moore of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica fame. McTavish is also famous for his starring role in The Hobbit as Dwalin, and has been in dozens of other TV series and movies. McTavish is also an accomplished voice actor. His next Hobbit movie will be released in Dec.

On December 5, at Thru The Stones, an Outlander-themed Trivia Contest will take place and the winning team will have the honor of being seated with Diana Gabaldon on Saturday evening for dinner. A lottery will be held for dinner seating with McTavish. December 6 classes and activities will include The History of Beekeeping, Cooking with Herbs, Learn to Speak Gaelic, Scottish Dancing, a Whisky Tasting, Traveling through Scotland, and many more. A complete listing of classes may be obtained at

The highlight of the Thru The Stones convention will be on December 6 when Dr. Gabaldon and Mr. McTavish will speak after enjoying a Scottish-themed dinner and Pipes and Drums Concert. Gabaldon and McTavish have agreed to take audience questions, sign autographs, and pose for pictures.

The public is invited to this ticketed event, hosted by Debbie Ford of Parkside Treasure House in Orion, IL. For more information, visit the website at or on Facebook at

Thru The Stones will take place at the River Center in Davenport, Iowa, on December 5 and 6, 2014. Diana Gabaldon and Graham McTavish will be the keynote speakers and classes and activities will all have direct connections to the Outlander series of books. Convention tickets are now available.