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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - December/January 2005
Gordon Pipers

Dear Beth:
I hope you made it through the storms without incident.  Debra and I lit a candle for you and your handsome feller.  Your cruise will come off without a hitch, I am sure.

Well, the Columbus Scottish Festival was a lot of fun.  They have lots of potential, and I look for them to grow into quite the event in the coming years, especially with their new location at the 4H fairgrounds.  They had out grown their former home of Mill Race Park, not to mention that the new dates in September are by far more comfortable than when they had them in July.  This was our third year attending, though not consecutively.

This year of 2004 has been quite amazing for the Indiana and Kentucky Divisions of the House of Gordon.  At the Glasgow Highland Games in Glasgow, Kentucky we were awarded both the Laura Kilpatrick Spirit Award and the Best And Most Creative Clan Tent Award.  Our good fortune followed us to the Columbus games as well.  The House of Gordon tent was located right next to the entrance of the Harp demonstration pavilion which provided us with a most delightful musical backdrop all day.  It was very soothing.  The weather was superb by most accounts, though I personally prefer it somewhat cooler (it must be the Highlander in me).  The visitors were plentiful and consistent all weekend.  The Ceilidh Saturday night was excellent, with fantastic food, great entertainment featuring our good friend Colin Grant-Adams, The Ric Blair Band, and the Boatrights.  The Ceilidh also had an exhibition of Scottish Dancing, something that as a Clan Tent representative I rarely get to see at the Games.  As a matter of fact, about the only thing I heard, in way of negative comments about these games, was the small amount of vendors to shop from, though I have been assured that this problem is being rectified.  All of this said, the highlight of the games for me happened on Sunday afternoon.  I have been the Indiana State Convener for the House of Gordon for seven years now, and while I had often heard that there was a Gordon Pipe Band associated with the Indianapolis Speedway I had yet to cross paths with anyone form that particular band.  That all changed on Saturday morning when one of the Gordon 500 Pipe Band's drummers stopped by our tent.  I was quite thrilled to finally meet someone from the band.  We exchanged information and traded business cards, while having a delightful conversation.  I found out that the Band was to be a feature of Sundays entertainment, where upon I vowed to find someway of getting away from the tent to see them in action.  Those of you who have ever manned a clan tent will understand when I say that circumstances did not allow me to keep my vow.  Thus it was that when I heard the wailing of the pipes Sunday afternoon, I felt slightly depressed in that once again I was missing out on some of the finer points of the Scottish Games.  How wrong I was!  It soon became apparent that the Pipe Band presently playing was getting closer and closer.  You can imagine my surprise when from around the Harp building came marching the Indianapolis Speedway Gordon 500 Pipe Band complete with an escort of Scottish and West Highland Terriers.  But my surprise did not end there, for no sooner had they appeared in front of our tent when they did a right turn and marched right into and through the tent while continuing to play for us.  After making a couple of laps through the tent they formed a half circle just outside and continued to serenade us for several more tunes.  Following the last song, we saluted each other, I with our tartan flag and they with their checkered winners flags, then in a final touch, much to the delight of the ever growing crowd, they made one last pass through our tent before continuing on down the line of Clan Tents.  Just when I thought my pride could go no higher, a member of another Clan came over and asked if they could barrow one of our Gordon signs in the hopes that the band would stop by their tent on the return trip.  What an afternoon.  The way things are going, I plan to start buy lottery tickets and when I win do the games full-time.  Wish me luck, and we will see you at the Scottish Games.

I have attached a photograph and will send others one at a time.

I have the honor to remain,

Your friend and servant,

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