Triad Highland Games comes to Bryan Park
Soon the echo of bagpipes will be heard
over the rolling greens of Bryan Park as the 6th Annual Triad
Highland Games comes to Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20-21,
2004. Filled with traditional Scottish heritage, Triad Highland Games
brings a wonderful Games and cultural event to Bryan Park and the City
of Greensboro, which now serves as its new host city.
This year’s Games will feature
traditional amateur heavy-athletic events, Highland wrestling, pipe and
drum bands, solo and quartet piping competitions, Scottish country
dancing, musical entertainment, border collie demonstrations, Scottish
heritage and genealogy tents, a Fiddle Workshop and Jammin’ tent, a
Gaelic Song and History tent, battle-axe exhibition, a Revolutionary War
encampment, Scottish food and merchandise vendors, the Parade of Tartans
and much more!
Full-competition heavy-athletic events,
open to general public participation, will include the caber toss,
sheath toss, Clachncart (Stone of Strength), hammer throw, 28 and 56 lb.
weight throw for distance and 56 lb. weight for height. New this year
will be the women’s heavy-athletic events. There will also be
children’s athletic events, ladies’ haggis hurt and broom toss, and a
bonniest knees contest.
The 2004 celebration will begin with a
new addition to Triad Highland Games. The Triad Scottish Classic Golf
Tournament will lead off the Games weekend on Friday, August 20th
with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start on Bryan Park’s Champions Course. A
portion of the proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit the
American Diabetes Association. That afternoon, there will also be a
throwing clinic for events such as the caber toss, stone throw, sheath
toss, and the hammer toss at 2:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m., there will be a
Highland-wrestling seminar. Due to the uniqueness of both
Highland-style wrestling and the heavy-athletic events, participants who
have never competed in either event are encouraged to attend a seminar.
A Whisky Seminar will be held at 6 p.m.
at the Bryan Enrichment Center, which includes a discussion on the
history of Scotch whisky, the regions in Scotland where whisky is
produced, how whisky is made…traditional methods versus modern
production methods, aging, processes, and how to distinguish the subtle
differences in single malts. During the seminar, participants will be
able to taste various examples of single malt Scotch whisky as they
learn about their differences. There will be a $15 charge for the
Following the seminar, there will be a
Celtic musical performance by the Maggie Drennon Band. The doors open
at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. The admission is
$5 per person. The “Call of the Scottish Clans,” a ceremonious
torchlight introduction to each of the Scottish family clans
participating in the Games, will be held on Friday evening at 9:00 p.m.
on the Bryan Park field. This event is free to the public!
On Saturday, August 21st,
the gates to the Triad Highland Games open at 9:00 a.m. Admission is $7
for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children, ages 5-12. Children
under 5 years old are admitted free of charge. The Maggie Drennon Band,
Hunting McLeod and the Triad Scottish Fiddlers and Friends will provide
musical entertainment throughout the day. At noon, visitors will be
treated (weather permitting) to a spectacular vintage aircraft fly-over,
conducted by members of the NC Aviation Museum of Asheboro, coinciding
with the Scottish American Military Society’s military appreciation
ceremony. Saturday evening, a Scottish Country Dance will be held at
the Downtown Marriott at 7:30 p.m. Admission for spectators is $3 and
$15 for dance participants.
On Saturday evening, the Triad Highland
Games weekend will close with a Ceilidh, a traditional Scottish party,
hosted by M’Couls Public House in downtown Greensboro, beginning at 8:00
For more information on the Triad
Highland Games, or if you would like to volunteer, contact Ann or Junny
Jackson at 336-431-8482, or email the Triad Highland Games at
[email protected]. Website address is
The 2004 Triad Highland Games is
proudly sponsored in part by Greensboro Parks & Recreation, Bryan Park,
the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Greensboro
Clan Henderson will hold its Annual General Meeting in October 2004
Members of the Clan Henderson Society
of the United States of America will hold their Annual General Meeting
and elect new officers at the Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish
Festival on October 16, 2004.
The Clan’s business meeting will be
conducted by the current president, Commander Rex A. Maddox of
Alexandria, Virginia. Election of a new president and vice president
will highlight the meeting, with several of the current office holders
agreeing to remain in service to the Society at their present
positions. These individuals included Earl R. Hendry, Jr., the vice
president and general counsel; Carol Maley, membership secretary; Dottie
Henderson, recording secretary; and Stephen G. Murphy, treasurer.
Nominated as the new president is Billy J. Henderson of Jackson,
Mississippi, who is presently serving as Commissioner of the Mid-South
Region. Dr. Edwin P. Hendricks of Demorest, Georgia, will be nominated
as the next vice president for operations, relieving J. Michael
Henderson of Annapolis, Maryland.
The Clan Henderson Society,
acknowledged by many to be the fastest growing Clan Society in the
United States is currently supported by a membership of 3300 families
and has been a recognized entity for only sixteen years. The
organization was formed at the Grandfather Mountain Games in July 1988
and held it’s AGM at that event for a number of years. More recently
the Henderson have moved their Annual Meeting to other venues which have
included Estes Park, Colorado; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and Pleasanton,
California. It is anticipated that the 2005 site for the meeting will
be at a location in the central US.
Commander Maddox will relinquish his
post to Mr. Henderson in an appropriate ceremony to be held in early
December, with the actual “passing of the torch” to take place on
January 1, 2005. Commander Maddox, who has been a traveling president,
convening and attending about thirty events a year throughout the US, is
expected to serve as the immediate past president and will likely
continue to represent the Clan and Society by attending Scottish/Celtic
events in the US. His past service in this capacity has assisted in
increasing the Henderson membership and brought about the Clan’s
presence at many of the more remote Scottish events.
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