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The Family Tree - October/November 2004
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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 seminar.

            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 p.m.

            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  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 Sports Commission.

                                                            Join us!

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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