Our 5thFrolic in the Glen & Highland Games 2016 is in the books. What a grand time. Absolutely brilliant! Guid fun had by all. It was packed full of good music, excitement and delights. We did miss those who could not attend. And there was cake! Mr. G. Gilbert Yule provided one for the NCSS potluck, and one for his Clan, Buchanan. They were both quite impressive and delicious. May Clan Buchanan celebrate another 1000 years; may the North Coast Scottish Society go on another 35 years. We have so many to thank for its success. Commentary of our event is still coming in with very high approval ratings! If you have any thoughts, we'd love to hear them.
Raise your glasses to the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria for their sponsorship, and to the City of Fortuna Parks and Recreation for allowing us to gather in their glorious setting. The weather was perfect for our occasion. A toast to our Games Chief, Ginger Sotelo (Clan Buchanan), and her committee, for putting on a great gathering; to the volunteers who worked tirelessly during the day; to our fantastic vendors and demonstrators; to Mr. Kevin Stewart for his donation of handcrafted wooden bowls and pins; to our entertainment; to Mr. Richard Whitehead who really pulled out all of the stops in his emcee duties - the Buchanan Top 10 was hilarious. Throughout it all the Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band kept the party lively as many hearts swelled ten times their size as they played.
A toast to the Clans and Societies that honored us by coming, some from some great distances, to be with us. Clan Ross came all the way from Bakersfield to join us. We finally had a Clan Parade with an honor guard this year. SPC Rocky Tinney looked crisp and sharp in her Army uniform and Wallace tartan and took great care in presenting the United States flag. Most of all, thanks be to all of the Celtic community who attended. We also had some folks directly from England in attendance. It was rumored they had a bit o' fear when they understood this was a Scottish shindig. So with a chuckle and pat on the back, they were invited in. England is leaving the UK anyway, so there's no problem. Ha,ha,ha!
It was exciting to see all the beaming smiles when people found their Clans for the first time. We signed in many new members this year so expect to see some “cousins” at our future events. We will give them all a grand welcome! It was so fantastic to see the many attendees kilted this year - lovely to see all of the colors! This is who we are. This is what we do.
To Scottish Pride in Humboldt County!
Denise L. Ryles, Chieftain NCSS (Clan Campbell)
2016 - Frolic in the Glen & Highland Games - A Most Festive Day..!!!!!
A thousand thank you’s to all! Here’s some more toasts to;
Ginger Sotelo (Games Chief)
Rebecca Kalal (assisted by G. Gilbert Yule)
Laurene and George Thorpe
Kitchen: Belinda Perkins-Brooks of Catering Couture (Clan MacPherson)
Lion Handler: Lisa Cunningham
Lion Rampant: Richard Chase
Color Guard: Rocky Tinney
Games: Michael Ross
The Clans and Societies:
Dixon Scottish Cultural Association
Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band
Academy Of Irish Dance and Music
Demonstrations and Re-enactments:
The Desert Rats- WWII Scots (South Africa)
Christine Chappell - SCA Vikings
Lark's Cove Guild - Isle of Mull (Elizabethan Era)
Scottish Deerhounds with Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Balloons by Matt
Girl Scout Troupe 202
History of Names
Jewelry by Natalie and Britney
Lizzette's Crafts and Creations
Bella Grace Designs
My Lazy Dog Chainmaille and Jewelry
Wired On Rocks
Muriel's Story Time
Dixon Meat Pie Company
Lost Coast Communications
Eureka Broadcasting Inc.
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