Forge Ahead:   Spring Edition 2010    Page 2

 

Well, it's another year and time to grab your kilts
or a new season. We will do our first game this year in
Gatlinburg where we will also hold our annual meeting.
The dates for those games are May 14-16th. *We have
heard back from some of our old members who have been
away and are now returning to their home clan.
Welcome back! We also welcome new members who
have discovered their roots and want to be part of their
own personal heritage. **

I don't know what this year will bring to our clan
or the other ones with the economy the way it is, but we
will be out there as long as we are able to afford to
attend the different venues and get recognition for our
clan. I know times are harder right now, but where can
you spend $15.00 and get a years worth of value while
supporting something that is so important? 

Considering the more severe problems that the
old clans in Scotland had to face in their time, I believe
we can whether this economy and proclaim our name at
the games this year just like always. At least we don't
have the English bearing down our necks. 

After Gatlinburg, we will be doing the Greenville
games in South Carolina on May 29th. We have a lot of
good members there who come out and support us like
Debbie and Mike Clark who are paying for our clan tent
again this year. Anytime members do a generous act like
this, it saves our treasury money which allows us to do
other things for our clan. *

We want to thank President Newman Smith, and
his wife, Secretary of Clan Smith, Peggy Smith, for their
continued direction and hard work in keeping us going in
the right direction. Come by our tent in Gatlinburg to
meet them and attend the annual meeting as well. 
Come out and support your clan and bring a few others
with you this year. Pray for dry weather and a nice sunny
day, that we can relish in and enjoy another year of life! 

Dan Makgow Smith 

 

 

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By the time this newsletter is printed, the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games will be taking  place, so we will not devote a lot of space in this newsletter as to the events to take place there. We do plan to have our annual meeting on Saturday afternoon at the Clan Smith Society tent at 3:00 PM, if there are enough members present to have a meeting. 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as can attend this wonderful event, which is set right on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Entertainment scheduled for this year's event includes: Albannach, Colin Grant-Adams, Thistledown Tinkers, Cutthroat Shamrock, and master of ceremonies
Bob Valentine. A new addition this year will be a Dog
Parade and Dog Talent Show.

For more information see the official website
www.gsfg.org

 

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2010 Greenville Games

 

This year promises to be the most exciting year
yet for the Greenville Scottish Games, which will be held May 28th and 29th in Greenville, South Carolina on the
campus of Furman University. This year's very distinguished guest will be His Royal Highness The Prince Edward,  Earl of Wessex. From what the games promoters have been able to determine, this marks the first time a Senior Member of the British Royal Family has ever visited a Sottish Games outside of Scotland. This is truly an historic occasion.

The Prince will be in Greenville as the guest of the
Miss South Carolina Organization. He will present the
Duke of Edinburgh Awards to those Miss South Carolina
contestants who have qualified over the past year for the
honor. While he is in South Carolina, the Miss South
Carolina Organization has most graciously consented to let
him visit the Greenville Games. The games organizers are
very grateful to Gail and Joe Sanders, Directors of the
Miss South Carolina Organization, for their permission. 

HRH Prince Edward will be present for the Opening Ceremonies, along with our Chief of the Games,
Malcolm Ian Sinclair, 20th Earl of Caithness, Chief of Clan
Sinclair. The Prince will then visit various Games venues
and interact with participants and visitors.

The weekend kick-off will be the Great Scot Parade, beginning at 6:00 pm on Main Street, followed by
the Great Scot! Ceilidh , which starts at 7:15pm-10pm,
located at the Amphitheater behind the Peace Center,
admission is $5 featuring Albannach and Coyote Run.
There will also be two pipe bands from the Great Scot
Parade to kick off the Ceilidh.

The gates will open at 8:00 am on Saturday with the opening ceremony at 9:00 at the Main Field, followed
by the Bonnie Lad and Lassie Pageant Finals, British Car
Show, Border Collie Invitationals, Blue Ridge Security
Entertainment Music Tent (all day), Wee Scotland's
Children Village; Country Dancing on the Stage; and
closing ceremony at 5:30. The Celtic Jam is from 8:00-
11:00 PM, with gates open at 7:30 PM. Featured artists
will be Albannach, Coyote Run, and Fiddlers 3.

All day Saturday there will be various kinds of
demonstrations, including: Longbow competition-Clay
Icard; Axe Throwers --- The Flying Hawkes ---Ernest
Williams; Scottish Country Dancing ---Jack Pressley; 
Scottish Spinning and Weaving Society---Majorie Warren; Celtic Harpist-Tracie Brown; Scottish Fiddler --- Carl Rapp; Weaponry Re-enactors ---European Medieval Arts of Arms; Scottish Tartan Museum;  Scottish American Military Society; Scottish History--- David Ross; Jackson's Handcrafted Dulcimers.

There will again be the Heavy Athletic Competiton, Highland Dancing Competition, and Southern Piping
Championship, among other exciting events!

In addition to all the other wonderful things, there
are to be twenty-two pipe bands present and playing!

For more information go their website:
www.greenvillegames.org

2010 Gatlinburg Games