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The Family Tree - October/November 2005
Report on the 2005 Seaside Highland Games


Games on the Pacific a Roaring Success

The 2005 Seaside Highland Games held October 7, 8 & 9 were once again very popular within the Scottish Community and have now made greater inroads into the Central California counties around Ventura.  From the Single Malt Scotch Tasting early Friday evening, through the very popular “A Scottish Evening” event which followed (a fine buffet supper plus live entertainment by Alex Beaton and the Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh and a fabulous Scottish Fashion Show) and to the Field Events Saturday and Sunday, every venue showed remarkable increased attendance.  One hundred fifty tasters sampled, nibbled and mingled in a typical Ray Pearson Classic Malt Series tasting.  The Grand Ballroom at Ventura’s Four Points Sheraton Hotel strained to contain the record three hundred thirty tartan-clad diners.  Fashions from ancient to futuristic were arranged by Style Coordinators Lynda Graham Gould and Jamie Sorenson and could be purchased from Vendors on the Field.

Seaside Park, the Ventura County Fairgrounds, was buzzing long before the gates were thrown open to the public at 9 AM Saturday and Sunday.  So many Scottish Highland Dancers, Heavy Athletes, pipers and drummers needed those quiet moments to prepare for the day’s competitions. Once the almost FIFTEEN THOUSAND guests arrived, all venues were in full swing.  Special guests included Genealogy Specialist Beth Gay from Moultrie, Georgia and Margaret MacKinnon of the Isle of Skye who conducted classes in her native Gaelic tongue.

A number of bagpipe bands including the wonderful Los Angeles Scots—one of only three Grade I bands in the US—provided regular weekend entertainment and a gala Opening Ceremonies on Saturday before dais guests Ventura County Supervisor Chair Kathy Long, County Sheriff Bob Brooks, District Attorney Greg Totten, Captain Paul Grosgold, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Ventura County and City Councilman Neal Andrews representing Mayor Brian Brennan and the City Council.  A number of proclamations were presented to Seaside Games Chief John Lowry including one from California Assemblyman Julian Nava who could not attend. 

The Opening Ceremonies Parade also included representatives from the sixty Scottish Clans in attendance, Games Color Guard 42nd Black Watch Highland Society, Bydand Forever, the Gordon Highlanders reenactors and the Highlander Warriors Kingdom of the Gael.  The Drummond Ranch Sheep Herding Dogs performed regularly in Morgan Arena.

More Children’s Glen activities kept toddlers to caber-tossers busy and more Scottish Country Dancers performed and more unique Celtic vendors helped round out a busy weekend’s activities.  Scottish food and drink were always available to complete the authentic experience.  It was hard to miss our Surfer Dude logo and hope you will look for him again next October when the Games will be held on October 13, 14 & 15, 2006 !

For further information, visit www.seaside-games.com


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