Who chose Santa's color scheme?
Santa's red and white suit is based upon St. Nicholas, a minor saint
from the fourth century with a reputation for generosity, kindness
and performing miracles for children and sailors. Red and white were
the colors of the traditional bishop's robes of that time, according
to How Christmas Works: The Complete Guide to Christmas Traditions
by Marshall Brain.
Why do we hang stockings on Christmas Eve?
Nicholas is said to have given gold coins to three poor girls who
needed money for their wedding dowries, Brain writes. According to
tradition, St. Nicholas left the coins in the girls' stockings,
which they had hung by the fire to dry.
Thanks to The Stovall Journal, 6377 Limewood Avenue, Memphis,
The pioneers discovered "alternate fuels!"
On the trail west, the pioneers discovered an "alternate fuel"...and
that was the collection of buffalo chips for cooking.
As the wagon trains got on the plains, there was a shortage of wood
to burn for the camp fires, so it was soon found that buffalo chips
burned fiercely and cooked as well as wood. Buffalo chips were a
by-product of buffalo excretement consisting of grass, masticated
and digested and dried in the sun. Not unlike what we know as "cow
pies." Women and children collected these chips as they walked along
the trail to use in the camp fires. One pioneer stated that meat
cooked over buffalo chips needed no pepper!
Source: Sequoia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Volume 30, Number
9, November 2003, Tulare City Library Genealogical Department, 113
North "F" Street, Tulare, California 93274-3803.
Daniel "Danny" R. Potter, 50, of Johnson City, Tennessee,
died Saturday, November 1, 2003.
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Danny obtained his master's degree at
East Tennessee State University. He worked at Greene Valley
Developmental Center for 28 years.
He was the founder and coordinator of the Jonesborough Celtic
Festival and the Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival. He was a member of
the Scottish American Military Society, Sons of Confederate
Veterans, Society for Creative Anachronism, MENSA, membership
secretary for Clan Colquhoun Society of North America, Tennessee
State Educators Association, American Civil Liberties Union,
National Arbor Day Foundation, National Eagle Scout Association, St.
John Episcopal Church, 78th Frasier's Highlanders, St. Andrews
Society, Clanna-n-Alba, Kingdom of Raknar, Bird Clan of the Free
Cherokee of Eastern Alabama, and Celtic American Association of
He was preceded in death by grandparents Jim and Josie Potter, and
Gordon and Ethel Pack. Survivors include his parents Ray and Mary
Potter; brothers: Tim and wife Mona, Scot and wife Jozelle; sisters:
Gerry Williams and husband Ray, Cathy Price and husband Bob;
nephews: Jesse Potter, Jonathan Potter; and nieces: Nikki Potter,
Lyndsay and Raysha Williams; and many very devoted and special
Memorial services were held Sunday, November 9th at Millennium
Convention Center, Johnson City, Tennessee, across from East
Tennessee State University. Memorials may be made to the American
Diabetes Association, WETS Radio Station or the Boy Scouts of
Ohio Scottish Games move to Lorain County Fairgrounds
Look for the 2004 Ohio Scottish Games at their new location, the
Lorain County Fairgrounds, Wellington, Ohio. The fairgrounds are 8
miles south of Oberlin on Route 18, one mile west of Route 58. There
is unlimited on-site parking and on-site campground with hook-ups.
Walkways are paved and it is handicap accessible.
The event will be held Saturday, June 26, 2004 with the welcoming
ceremonies and massed pipe bands, as well as all the special
Scottish events. There will be food and entertainment, children's
games, British cars and motorcycles displays, and a host of other
great areas to visit. And of course, the Ceilidh after the games.
For ticket information, any questions, or to be on the 2004 OSG
mailing list, call 440-835-9794 or e-mail
Plan to enjoy Burns Night Dinner in Akron
The Canton-Akron Scottish Heritage Association hosts their 7th
annual Burns Night Dinner on Saturday, January 24, 2004. The event
will be from 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM at the Martin University Center,
105 Fir Hill in Akron.
Enjoy an evening of Scottish entertainment featuring The Akron &
District Pipe Band, the Tigh Na Creige Highland Dancers, and music
for Scottish Country and ballroom dancing by the Gordon Shaffer Band
and lots more.
For more information call Christie Walsh at 330-867-1030 in Akron or
Bob Graham at 330-456-0867 in Canton. All reservations must be
received by January 9, 2004.
The annual Scottish Symposium
presented by The Caledonian Foundation USA, Inc., will focus on
communication at the national and international level. The event
will be held at the Holiday Inn/Lido Beach, Sarasota, Florida,
February 20-22, 2004.
Guest of honor is Christopher Barron, Chief Executive, Scottish
Ballet/Scottish Opera. Prior to assuming his present post, Barron
was general manager of the Edinburgh International Festival and
later became Associate Festival Director. He has also been
associated with such other well-known festivals and opera houses as
Glyndebourne, Wexford, Buxton and Brighton.
Addressing the need for improved communication at the international
level, Bob Creighton will share his expertise as joint-founder and
Chief Executive Officer North American of MentorShop, Inc., an
international development company co-located in Scotland and the
United States (Bethel, Connecticut). Creighton is a graduate of the
University of Strathclyde and speaks regularly at American
universities on international trade, investment, and cultural
issues. He is an advisor to The Scottish Executive on a number of
programs, including, currently, The First Minister's "Fresh Talent"
initiative. Last year he was invited by the Minister for Industry
and Lifelong Learning to be a founding member of the Global Scots
The two-day conference will explore other issues also. An important
one is the need to reach out to younger people to interest them in
the Scottish heritage and the Scottish arts. Scott MacAulay,
founding director of the College of Piping & Celtic Arts, Prince
Edward Island, Canada, will discuss its principles, goals and study
programs. The College is the only institution of its kind in North
America. MacAulay is not only a gifted teacher, but has won numerous
North American and Scottish solo piping competitions.
The panel discussions will be moderated by Professor Malcolm McLeod,
FRSE, University of Glasgow, who is chairman of The Caledonian
Foundation USA, and Scott Bushey, chairman of British Schools &
Universities Foundation, which has headquarters in New York City.
Bushey is a trustee of The Caledonian Foundation and chairman of its
There will also be participation by members of The Scottish
Coalition. Alan Bain, president of American-Scottish Foundation,
Inc., will discuss a project recently proposed by The Coalition,
that of building support for travel to Scotland, either on an
individual basis or for tour groups. Moderator of this discussion
will be Robert McWilliam, president emeritus of the Council of
Scottish Clans and Associations, and president of The Caledonian
Information on the Symposium is available from 1-800-713-0507.
Betcha didn't know this about "our" Royce McNeill
Did you know that McNeill was an Appalachian State football player
during the 1950s ?
McNeill, along with football buddies, Jack Park, Fred Boger, Alvin
Hooks and Dahl Bumgardner have remained close friends over the
years. The group, now in their 70s, will have a meal at Elon
University during December 2003 that they did not get when they
played there 50 years ago.
The story goes that the Appalachian State football team was to have
dinner in the Elon University dining hall after the game. But during
the game, a fire broke out in dining hall, and everyone had to go
back home hungry. However, on an upcoming Saturday, these long time
friends plan on putting aside whatever else they're doing and
meeting at Elon for the meal. It's is a promise kept by Elon
president Leo Lambert.
And they will watch their hosts play Appalachian State from the
grandstands instead of from the field.