Ceud mìle fàilte bho Gheamannan Gàidhealach Maine agus Fèis na h-Alba
(One hundred thousand welcomes from the Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival)
It’s 2019 and time to register your clan for the 41st Annual Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival. The event will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine. Like good frugal Scots lads and lassies, we like to get the most for our hard earned money, so the festivities will actually start Friday night, August 16th, at 6:30 pm at our annual, open to the public, and FREE Cèilidh. (although donations are encouraged to help offset the expense) There’s nothing quite like a two-for-the-price-of-one deal to warm any Caledonian heart, aside from a wee bit o’ whisky.
I want to take a quick moment to “step back” and thank Clan MacBean (ancient name McBain) for being our Honored Clan for 2018. We enjoyed having them with us, as we learned much about their clan’s heritage. We are hopeful they will be joining us in 2019 as well.
The Saint Andrew‘s Society of Maine
41st Annual Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival
are proud to announce
as our 2019 Honored Clan
Clan Donnachaidh is one of the earliest clans mentioned in recorded Scots history, dating back to the uniting of the Scots and the Picts in 834 AD. I’ve saved a couple of documents at the bottom of this page. Click on them to download the PDF’s for the Save-The-Date flyer, as well as a Clan History Summary. There’s a lot of fascinating historical information about Clan Donnachaidh in them. Also, click the link to the registration form, and sign up your clan to participate in 2019.
Each clan package costs $50 for 2019 and includes one (16′ x 16′) clan tent site, a parking pass, 1 clan t-shirt, 2 games tickets (adult or child use), 1 clan ribbon, and 1 parking pass. As in the past, a clan can select a double site, which would be 16′ x 32′. I’m working on having an alternate method to the actual tickets, as most times the clans are in the Fairgrounds and registered, days before the event. We’ll also be having our 3rd Annual Best Clan Tent competition. Check out the attached flyer for that, and see if your clan is up to the challenge of being the best.
To find out more about the rest of what’s offered at our event, click HERE to download our 2019 brochure. We have something to offer everyone. More information to follow soon, so keep checking back, and I hope to see you all at the 41st Annual Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival.
** UPDATE 06-15-2019 **
Clans, Clans, and more Clans
We have over 20 clans already registered to participate in this year’s event but are always looking for more. If your clan is interested in joining us for our Cèilidh and/or Games, feel free to contact me for further information. The best way to reach me is by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), but if you do choose to call (ph: 207-446-4141), please leave your name, contact number with the best time of day to call (after business hours please), and let me know what clan you represent.
Are we confused yet?
There has been some confusion recently about a couple of other events that are held in Maine. The recent Scottish Festival in Old Orchard Beach (June 6), and the upcoming Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast (being held Fri-Sun, Jul 19-21), are NOT the official Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival. Both are great events, but the third Saturday in August is the date to remember and the Topsham Fairgrounds is the place to be.
Due to some liability issues, the Saint Andrews Society of Maine & the Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival will not be providing or serving alcohol at the Friday night Cèilidh. Participants who bring their own alcohol will be expected to follow all state laws and consume it responsibly. The Cèilidh is a family-friendly event, and we want everyone to enjoy their time with us. In recent years, the regional police have established OUI checkpoints at all our event exits, so a word to the wise should be sufficient. Rest assured that we will still have camp stew and homemade bread, and the last time I checked, IGF (Indulging in Good Food) wasn’t against the law.
** UPDATE 07-09-2019 **
Postal Mail Update
For those of you who send registrations to me by mail, I have moved (not far) and have a new address:
George Newell, Clan Secretary
Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival
75 Green St Apt 2
Augusta ME 04330-5436
This new address will take effect on Sunday, July 14, 2019. For a while, mail sent to my old address will continue to forward to me, and I am in the process of updating all the forms to reflect the new address.
George Newell, Clan Secretary