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A Highlander and his Books

Presenting The Highland Games of the Southeastern U.S. - 2006
Tom Freeman, Editor

Reviewed By Frank R. Shaw, FSA Scot, Atlanta, GA, USA

This little publication will be a treat for those who attend the various Highland Games around the southeastern United States. It is an unusual publication edited by Tom Freeman of Caberdancer Graphic Design in Walhalla, SC. This magazine is absolutely one of the best-designed publications I have ever seen. It compares very favorably in layout and color to the Ken Simpson book on ROBERT BURNS printed by Colin Baxter, the famous Scottish post card publisher. Color, design, layout, and the text of Simpson’s ROBERT BURNS are about as good as it gets, but the folks at Caberdancer have done just as well.

This publication gives all the information you need to know about the Southern games from Grandfather Mountain, the granddaddy of this crop, to the youngest kid on the block, the Greenville (SC) Games. The former has been holding games for years, but the latter has yet to hold its first game but will do so June 10, 2006 on the beautiful campus of Furman University, my alma mater.

Not only will you learn about the Scottish games in this area of the country, but the folks at Caberdancer have spiced up the magazine with interesting and varied articles. Subjects you will enjoy in TATTOO are Robert Burns, the ancient art of falconry, the Scots-Irish, the Heraldry Society of Scotland, Highland Games in Scotland (by our big boss, Alastair McIntyre of, What’s a Clan? (by Beth Gay, my local big boss), a word or two about the “mighty Clan MacBubba” (someone will have to explain this one to the Lord Lyon!) and, one of my favorites, flying the proper Scottish flag. I can tell you ahead of time that the proper flag to fly is not the pretty gold one with a red lion standing on his hind feet (the flag of the Queen), but the ever so beautiful blue one with the white St. Andrew’s Cross stretched from one end to the other known as the Saltire (the flag of the people) which should be good enough for any Scot worth his salt!

There is a lot to this classy magazine that you will enjoy. Enough cannot be said about the quality of the pictures, many by our own Beth Gay. Hats off to Ron Wright, President; Becky Prather, Sales; Beth Gay, Associate Editor; and Tom Freeman, Editor. All the folks at Caberdancer should be proud of the publication. I know I am, and I recommend it highly to Scotsmen everywhere and even to those who want to be or wish they were Scots.

For your copy of TATTOO, contact the folks at:

Caberdancer Graphic Design, Inc.
909 West Main Street
Walhalla, SC 29691
Phone: 864-718-8102
Fax: 864-718-8105
(FRS: 3-14-06)

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