Well, this is a huge weekend for events around North America. I’ll highlight a few, including where I will be!
If you’re in the Ottawa area, get over to “B in the Park” hosted by The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, Canada’s oldest civilian pipe band. In its 13th year, this concert invites guests to see pipe bands in an amazing and informal setting - and this year the Sons are pleased to be joined by their friends in the Rocky Mountain Pipe Band of Calgary, and the Viscount Park Pipe Band of Edmonton! Beer garden sponsored by Mill Street and Glenfiddich!
The New York Music Festival plays host to the first ever Scottish team selected to present an original musical. Based on a true story, “Forest Boy” plays today through 2 August.
July 30 and 31 take us to Seattle for their 70th Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering (I’m with you, that’s a LONG name). Witness feats of athletic excellence as participants compete in ancient sporting events while musicians play traditional tunes on harps, bagpipes and drums. Guests can also trace their Scottish ancestry, sample various Scottish style ales and browse through an artistic showcase.
In Maxville, Ontario, Canada, the Glengarry Highland Games will be held Friday 29 July - Saturday the 30th. The North American Pipe Band Championships begin Saturday afternoon on the grounds. 57 bands in all grades will compete.
Professional heavyweights from British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, New York and England will put their best efforts forth in the Canadian Scottish Professional Heavyweight Championship. Local favourite Jason Baines from Dalkeith will be among the nine athletes who will try to unseat current Canadian and Maxville record holder Matthew Doherty of Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Kelli Trottier originally from Dunvegan will be the Guest Fiddler for the Scottish Fiddle events at this year’s Games. Live music to include the Brigadoons, Bob and Ducky, and Stewart’s Glen with Tattoo headliners Coig and the McLean Avenue Band.
Then there’s the Tug of War Challenge. For the first time ever at the Glengarry Highland Games, the Challenge will welcome ALL 16 Canadian Highland regiments as competitors.
I’m REALLY looking forward to Closing Massed Bands – obviously not because I want the Games to be over (that’s the worst part), but the performance on Saturday evening will include 1,600 pipers and drummers.
On a most likely very sleepy Sunday, I’ll head over to Montreal for their Highland Games with some of the bands. Hoping the weather holds up for that day, the forecast looks iffy.
I’ll have W&T bottle opener keychains and North American Pipe Band Calendars for the bands. Watch Twitter and Facebook for updates and YouTube for full-length videos!
As always, check the Events Page for more events and further info! Cheers!