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Welcome to the 2012 Bellingham Highland Games! I would like to first thank everyone for attending this years games. I hope that you all will enjoy the variety of events and activities available this weekend as well as all the good food. I would like to say a special thank you to the game members and volunteers who make the games possible.Your hard work and dedication is very much appreciated. Also, Bellingham Highland Games is very grateful for the support we receive from the City of Ferndale, the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department, the Hovander Park Staff, and the Whatcom County Executive, the Honorable Jack Louws. I want to wish all the competitors the best of luck. Have a wonderful weekend at the best Highland Games, and I look forward to meeting many of you. Michael Juillerat, President The Bellingham Highland Games Association

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS CLANS & SOCIETIES PERPETUAL TROPHIES JUDGES & OFFICIALS A SPECIAL DEDICATION 2012 CHIEFTAIN CLAN MCLEAN HISTORY BURNS DINNER JUNIOR ATHLETICS CELTIC BANDS BEER & WINE GARDENS DANCERS MAP OF HOVANDER PARK PIPE BANDS 2012 OFFICERS & VOLUNTEERS SAAA COMPETITION MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Schedule of Events *All performances and times are subject to change depending on weather and travel ability*

FRIDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Free admission! 6:00

Sign-up & Check-in for Scottish Idol Talent Show

7:00

Scottish Idol Talent Show Ceilidh (following Talent Show) Kirkin O’ the Firkin Flaming Saltaire (at dusk when available)

SATURDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 7:00

Breakfast - Ferndale Volunteer Firefighters - at west end of field and in the Food Court

Saturday Events Continued:

GREAT FIELD ACTIVITIES 12:00 Mt. Baker Kilted Mountaineers High School Band Opening Ceremonies Announcer – Rick Cains

Parade of Clans

Presentation of Colors

Led by National Tartan Day St. Andrews Cross Flag

MacGregor’s Scots Guard

Anthems – words in program

Flower of Scotland O Canada Star Spangled Banner

Invocation – Rev. Roland Middleton Flowers of the Forest

MASSING OF THE PIPES & DRUMS President’s Welcome – Michael Juillerat Introduction of Dignitaries Present Chieftain of the Games Massed Bands – Salute the Chieftain Retire Massed Bands

8:00

Piping Competition – in Orchard

8:30

S.A.A.A. Athletic Heavy Events sign in Drumming Competition – in Orchard

1:00

CABER SALUTE to Jesse Winchester

9:00

S.A.A.A. Heavy Athletics competitions begin

9:30

Dance Competition

S..A.A.A. Heavy Athletics competition resumes Harps & Whatcom Story Tellers South of Barn Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers Celtic Music Stage – by Hovander House

Celtic Music Stage – on field

- at East end of field

Beginner, Novice, Intermediate & Primary -west end of field

Kids Games- Sign up begins

10:00

Celtic Music Stage by Hovander House

“Blue Ewe” Ale & Beer Garden 2nd Annual Wine Garden & Tasting

- Tempest & Brother

Celtic Music Stage on field - Maggie’s Fury & Eagle’s Whistle

Celtic Fiddles – in Barn Bellingham Scottish Country Dancer’s Whatcom Storytellers & Harp Circle - south of Barn

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-in Athletics at east end of field

Tempest & Brother Maggie’s Fury & Eagle’s Whistle

1:30

Pipe Band Competition -on Great Field Highland Dance Competition

2:00

Celtic Fiddles – in barn

Premier – west end of field

Kids Games – center field south

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Schedule of Events *All performances and times are subject to change depending on weather and travel ability*

SUNDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 7:00

Breakfast - Ferndale Volunteer Firefighters -at west end of field and in Food Court

8:30

- at East end of field Worship service at Celtic Music Stage by Hovander House

S.A.A.A. Heavy Athletics competitions begin

10:00 Dance Competition

Beginner, Novice, Intermediate & Primary -west end of field

Kids Games - Sign up begins Celtic Music Stage – by Hovander House Tempest & Brother

1:00

Celtic Music Stage – on field Maggie’s Fury & Eagle’s Whistle

Celtic Fiddles – in Barn Whatcom Storytellers & Harp Circle

“Blue Ewe” Ale & Beer Garden 2nd Annual Wine Garden & Tasting

- south of Barn

VIETNAM MEMORIAL SERVICE Southeast end of field at Park Memorial

S.A.A.A. Athletic Heavy Events sign in

9:00 KIRKIN O’ THE TARTAN -

9:00

MASSING OF THE PIPES & DRUMS President’s Message – Michael Juillerat Retire Massed Bands

1:00

S.A.A.A. Heavy Athletics competitions begin

1:30

Highland Dance Competition -

Celtic Music Stage – on field

Premier’s - west end of field

Kids Games Harps & Whatcom Story Tellers So. of Barn Celtic Music Stage – by Hovander House Tempest & Brother Maggie’s Fury & Eagle’s Whistle

GREAT FIELD ACTIVITIES (not listed in performing order) 1:30 Highland Pipes and Drums performances with:

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band R.M.M. Pipe Band Grade 3 R.M.M. Pipe Band Grade 4 New Westminster Police Pipe Band

2:00

Celtic Fiddles – in Barn

CLOSING CEREMONIES with the

GREAT FIELD ACTIVITIES 12:00 Ferndale Golden Eagles High School Band State Champions on Great Field

Opening Ceremonies Announcer – Rick Cains

Parade of Clans -

MASSING OF THE PIPES & DRUMS

on Great Field

RUGBY GAMES ON GREAT FIELD to end day of fun 2012 Bellingham Highland Games closes at the end of competitions & Rugby Game

Led by National Tartan Day St. Andrews Cross Flag

Presentation of Colors and Parade of Flags – led by

MacGregor’s Scot’s Guard & Auxiliary Scottish Military Society & Auxiliary

Anthems – words in program

Invocation – Rev. Roland Middleton

Flower of Scotland O Canada Star Spangled Banner

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2012 Clans & Societies CLANS Clan Cameron Clan Crawford Assoc. Clan Donald USA , Inc Clan Johnston/e in America Clan Macduff Assoc. of NA Clan MacKenzie Clan MacLean International

Clan MacLellan in America Inc Clan MacQuarrie Clan McPherson Clan Sinclair Assn Inc USA Lodge Alba MacGregor Scots Guard

SOCIETIES Donnaidhaich Society of the PNW Clan Fergusson Society of NA Clan Graham Society Pacific NW Clan Gregor Society Clan Lamont Society of NA Clan MacLachlan Society WUSA Clan MacLeod Society USA, Inc Clan Menzies Society Clan Muir Society The Nesbitt/Nisbet Society of NA Inc Clan Stewart/Stuart Society in America Clan Sutherland Society of NA Scottish American Military Society National Tartan Day Society of WA Clan Lamont Society of NA

Judges & Officials Dancing

CO-CHAIR Kristy Smith & Mychal Smith SCRUITNEERS Joan Drabyk, Bob Collins, Donna Cooper and B.C.H.D. S.O.B.H.D ADJUDICATORS Myra Miller, E. Kilbride Scotland Elizabeth Johnston, Richmond, B.C. DANCE PIPERS Tyler MacDonald, WA., Rob Johnston, B.C.

Perpetual Trophies CHIEFTAIN OF THE GAMES Isla J. Patterson Memorial Trophy PIPING Sid Hammond Award • Adult Piping Aggregate CEILIDH Talent Show Trophy HIGHLAND DANCING Bellingham Highland Games Trophy - Best American Premier Dancer Bellingham Highland Games Trophy - Best Canadian Premier Dancer Bellingham Highland Games Trophy - Best Washington State Dancer (any class) Bellingham Highland Games Plaque - Best Bellingham Dancer (any class) Frederick Stuart Ferguson Sr. Memorial Trophy - Best Premier Dancer 15 & Under Best Intermediate Dancer • Best Novice Dancer WISe Networks, Inc. Trophy - Best Beginner Dancer -Best Washington State Dancer

TRINITY

Pipes, Drums & Bands

CHAIR P/M Peter Rolstad CHIEF STEWARD Lynn Bullis B.C. PIPERS ASSOCIATION STEWARDS SCRUITNEER Moira Mack
Stewards LEAD VOLUNTEER: William Ueland VOLUNTEERS Alicia Forrester | Brian Spencer | Eric Chambers Kim Chambers | Oban Chambers | Chandra Chambers 6

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Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan The Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan is the blessing of the tartans. Historically clansfolk would gather together during a church service wearing their finest tartan colours and receive a blessing for the coming year. However, the Proscription Act of 1746 made it illegal for Scots to wear or display tartan. Legend has it that during this time Highlanders would secretly hold onto a piece of tartan during a blessing to symbolically continue with the tradition. In 1941 Reverend Peter Marshall revived the more open celebration in North America. At the time Rev. Marshall was the chaplain of the US Senate. He hoped the service would instill pride with Scottish Americans in their ancestral land. Rev. Marshall’s reinstated tradition grew. Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan services are now held all over North America. The Bellingham Highland Games Association is pleased to offer a Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan service. The traditional service is held on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM. All are welcome.

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Dedicated to the memories of Jesse and Jordan Winchester

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Highland Games 2012 Chieftain- Roland Middleton “It is important to me and I am extremely honored”

The first time Roland Middleton saw a Highland Games event was in California when he was around 10 years old. He was awestruck and impressed with not only the event but the chieftain and that role. Middleton kept it no secret that someday he too would like to be a Chieftain and this year he has been chosen as Chieftain of the 2012 Bellingham Highland Games. Middleton said that his role probably does not mean anything to the average spectators or participants because they are there to have a good time. But it is a role that is special to him and he is taking pride in sharing this moment with his friends, family and his Grandma Scott

who, at 95 years old, is planning to attend. “It is important to me and I am extremely honored,” Middleton said. “The names on the trophy is everyone who has been a huge part of the games for the last 50 years and I am extremely honored to have my name there.” Middleton, like so many of our neighbors, came to Whatcom County to attend Western Washington University and never left. Graduating as an engineering geologist his passion for this path early in his early career led him to the Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, Oregon and to mining communities all over the world. After a down-turn in the mining industry in the mid-to-late eighties Middleton put down roots and began work with Whatcom County as a road inspector. He has been there for 23 years and is one of the last remaining project managers. “I’ve been very blessed to have a job that has sustained us and I have vacation time where I can still be involved in mining ventures and travel to Arizona or Alaska and keep my hand in the mining geology,” Middleton said. Middleton admits that his Scottish heritage was in the background and it was not something his grandparents spent a lot of time focusing on. The Middletons came to America after 1745 following the last battle between Scotland

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and England. “Through that process a lot of traditions were lost other than music, food and dance,” Middleton said. “The actual heritage was lost.” I first participated in the games in the athletic events and never won an award except for the loudest grunt, Middleton laughed. He said that he had a wonderful time competing and that is the part he remembers more than anything. According to Middleton, even the most serious competitors could not help getting in the spirit of just having fun. “They were taking their heritage very seriously, but not taking themselves seriously at all,” Middleton said. In college he met some of the originators of the Bellingham Pipe Band and began learning to play the pipes. He said it takes a tremendous amount of time to learn to play the instrument and when the band practices you better be there. Middleton said the band marched in every parade they could drive to and was a drum major for awhile. As his piping career started winding down he was called to the ministry and became chaplain of the games. Middleton said that the Sunday church service is traditional but not denominational and vendors, clans folk, volunteers and others who could not get away on Sunday to go to church have voiced

positive and grateful feedback for this opportunity. Along with performing four weddings to date, ChaplainChieftain Middleton also gives the opening Invocation prayer for the games. Middleton said one of his favorite parts is the Kirkin’ of the Firkin’ which is a blessing of the kegs. The first keg is tapped on Friday night and he has the honor of giving the blessing. “It’s all in good humor and good fun and what sets the Bellingham Highland Games apart from others is the good time everyone has,” Middleton said. Although, this year, Middleton is coupling his chaplain duties with his role as chieftain, he admits the high honor is primarily ceremonial and he gets to walk around and look special. It is one of those things that those of us who really enjoy our Scottish heritage spend a lot of time volunteering and spending money and effort in continuing this effort, and for every one of us who do not mind the stage it is on our Bucket List, he said. “To me, to stand in front of the mass bands and to have Highland Laddie played especially for you, in front of all of your family and all of your friends, and to step up to attention and salute the drum major, is a once in a lifetime experience,” Middleton said.

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Clan Mclean honors ancestry, tradition through the ages their lands, which were rapidly bought up by the Campbells. Lands forfeited, the direct line of Duart became extinct in 1750, and the honors and chieftainship devolved upon Alan Maclean of Brolas.

This clan descends from Gilleain-na-Tuaighe, or Gillean of the Battle-ax, a relative of the Kings of Dalraida, who lived in Moray in the eleventh century. The moved westwards and became staunch supporter of the Lord of Lorn. However, a dispute allied them to the Lord of the Isles and in 1294, “Gillemoir Mackilyn” was one of the chiefs who signed the Ragman Roll. The clan, therefore supported Bruce and fought at Bannocburn. In 1376, a marriage between Chief Lachlan Lubanach to Mary MacDonald, Daughter of the Lord of the Isles, brought extensive Mull territories as a dowry. In the 15th century, when the Lord of Isles was forfeited, the MacLeans held lands on Tiree, Islay and Jura, in Morvern, Lochaber and Knapdale. These Lands were divided among the four main independent Branches: Duart, Ardgour, Coll and Lochbuie. The MacLeans prospered and allied with the Campbells of Argyll. Feuds continued throughout the early history of the clan and the family fell into debt and was forced to mortgage most of

Colonel Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 10th Baronet and 26th Chief realized a lifelong ambition and re-acquired Duart Castle in 1911. In 1912 he put out the word, to have clansmen from all over the world to “come home” and celebrate the restoration of the Castle. Sir Fitzroy died aged 101 having restored the family seat to its former Glory. His grandson, Sir Charles Maclean, who became Chief Scout of the Commonwealth and Lord Lieutenant of Argyll, succeeded him. In 1971 he was created a Life Peer when he was appointed Lord Chamberlain of Her Majesty’s Household. Sir Charles was succeeded by his son, Sir Lachlan Maclean, 28th Chief in 1990. Sir Lachlan has dedicated himself to the Clan Maclean Association and its members worldwide and to the preservation of its history and its ancestral sites. The Clan Maclean hunting tartan is probably on of the oldest tartan for which there is documented evidence. When Hector Maclean, heir of Duart, received a charter to the lands of Nerraboisadh in Islay in 1587, the feu fee) duty was payable in the form of sixty eils of clothe of white, black and green colors, which describes the hunting tartan of Maclean of Duart. When the clan scattered at the end of the 17th century, many clansmen found their way to the New World. Many emigrated to Canada and the Carolinas. There are now many active Clan Maclean Associations in the United States and a total of fourteen worldwide Associations. The Parent Association is in Glasgow, Scotland. Now, one hundred years later, 2012, the clansmen are again answering the call from Sir Lachlan to gather at Duart Castle, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Castle. The Clan Maclean Pacific Northwest Association will be sending several dozen members to participate in this once in a lifetime experience.

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The Bellingham Highland Games Association would like to thank our Burns Dinner sponsors for their generous donations. Please patronize these sponsors throughout the year and let them know you appreciate their helping to present this Burns Dinner & Evening of Scottish Entertainment Babe's Place • Bellingham Fitness, Bellweather • Borthwick Jewelery • Chihuahua’s • DirecTV Boundry Bay Brewery & Bristro • Carliles • Don & Sylvia Hutchins • Downtown Emporium Ferndale Cennex • Ferndale Cost Cutter • Haggen • Les Schwab • Lucky Lady Tatoo •Ferndale Lube Ferndale Record • Subway • Ferndale Super 8 • Jensen's Floral • Film is Truth • GLM Winery Hempler's • Honeymoon Mead • International Athletics • Jered & Stacy Winchester Michael Jullierat • Kelly O'Deli • L & L Salon • Little Caesar's • Glen & Noma Winchester Mallard Ice Cream • Marion Heath • Masquerade Winery • Michael's Books • Mt Baker Lanes Hot Dogz • Mt Baker Theater • Papa Murphy's • Pam Borso from Up in the Air • Hertz Quist Violins • Quiznos • Samuel's Furniture • Shorty's Coffee Shop • Shrimp Shack • SJI Embrodery Stump Town Kilts • The Black Drop • Vartanyan Winery • Willand's Tech Auto • Zazen Salon Thank you for attending our evening of Scottish & Celtic Entertainment. We hope that you have enjoyed yourself. For information and reservations for the January 2013 Bellingham Highland Games Burns Dinner please call 647-8500 or visit our website at www.bhga.org

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Junior Athletics

Saturday June 2, 2012 9:30 - 11:30 am Scottish Fiddle Workshop

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Junior Athletics grades 6-8 compete in some of the same events as the Adult Athletic program. The competition includes Weight for distance, Shot put, Hammer and the Caber Toss. Winners are scored for distance and accuracy to win medals. Junior Athletics Games begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the morning until the Opening Ceremonies at noon.

All youth MUST BE REGISTERED by a parent or guardian to compete.

Kids Games The Kid’s Games are an excellent opportunity for children ages 5 through 5 th grade. Kids compete in some traditional Scottish Athletics as well as Gunny Sack races, Water Balloon toss and Tug-O-War against the leaders. The “now famous” Candy Scramble for all children ends the Kids Games for the day and pre-schooler’s are welcome to come and participate in this activity when ac companied by their parents.

*NOTE: All children must be registered (even pre-schooler’s) by a parent or guardian before the games begin.

WELCOME HIGHLANDERS Good Luck at Your Games!

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I would just like to say thank you to The Highland Games people for the invite again this year and the chance to show and promote the sport we love to a group of people that might not have an opportunity to see rugby. Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club was Founded in 1973 and currently has youth team starting with the U11’s,U14’s U16’s, U19’s boys and girl along with a adult men’s and newly formed adult women’s team. New players are always welcome. Thanks Again and see you at The Games. Chuckanut Bay RFC President, Joel Weisser

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Lief Sorbye – Lead Vocals, Double-Necked Mandolin and Mando-Guitar Adolfo Lazo – Drums Michael Mullen – Fiddle and Vocals James Crocker – Guitar Damien Gonzalez – Bass and Vocals Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globallyrenowned hybrid of high-energy folk rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music

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Sunday

10:00 Brother 11:00 Tempest 12:00 BREAK 1:00 Brother 2:00 Tempest 3:00 Brother 4:00 Tempest

10:00 Brother 11:00 Tempest 12:00 BREAK 1:00 Brother 2:00 Tempest 3:00 Brother 4:00 Tempest

Fusing signature vocals and guitar with the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, the soaring highs of the bagpipes, and tribal percussion, BROTHER is wholly original. The band’s powerhouse live performances are an energetic celebration, captivating and engaging the audience from the first song to the last. Angus, founding member of BROTHER, arrived in Los Angeles from Australia with his brothers a decade ago as little more than fresh-faced farm boys. In LA, they found themselves busking at Venice Beach, the Hollywood Bowl and Universal Studios to survive. Since those days, BROTHER evolved its trademark sound while touring extensively in the United States and in Canada, Japan, France, Egypt and Australia. They did it all free from standard industry trends and pigeonholes. BROTHER has self-released 12 albums, sold more CDs in the USA than any other independent Australian act and has regularly been cited as a role model within the independent scene. BROTHER live today is a powerhouse celtic tribal trio. The band’s legendary live shows have reached a whole new level, with soul brothers Angus, Dalbo and Drew filling the stage with their energy and sound. elements. The last 22 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release twelve critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled its musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member-something highlighted by the group’s current roster. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/ electric mandolinist Lief Sorbye is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. Fiddler Michael Mullen, a favorite with the fans, is the original fiddler for the group. Bassist Damien Gonzalez, a native Californian, is also an accomplished drummer and didgeridoo player who may occasionally breathe fire. Native of Devon, England, and a former member of the UK’s folk-rock band Equation, guitarist James Crocker combines a deep-rooted British folk sensibility with a life-long rock experience. Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band’s sound with inventive percussion. Signed to Warner-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide. The group’s latest studio CD Another Dawn finds the band in peak form as it showcases inventive original and traditional material. Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals including The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival. The band is also a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals. 2155 Park Blvd., suite 1, Oakland, CA 94606-1464 Tel (510)452-5084 | sorbye@saber.net | tempestmusic.com

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Saturday 10:00 11:00 12:00 1:00 2:00 3:00 4:00

Eagle’s Whistle Maggie’s Fury BREAK Maggie’s Fury Eagle’s Whistle Maggie’s Fury Eagle’s Whistle

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Celtic Bands Schedule moment on we began writing songs that combined traditional Celtic elements with modern vocal rock energy. Since then, we have never looked back.” “Maggie’s Fury is great. Their style is unique, they’re becoming very popular, and they certainly can pack the house.” (Eric Lint, General Manager of the Skagit River Brewery) The band’s first CD featured nine original tunes inspired by the bands wanderlust for foreign travel, and one traditional East coast maritime selection. The band also began to expand their sound to larger venues and added Bellingham drummer, Tom Caldwell. Caldwell’s upbeat, energized drumming style added the extra punch that the band needed to break into the Northwest club scene. Ready to meet the local music scene head on, the band adopted the name Maggie’s Fury, a name more suited toward their fierce developing sound. The name “Maggie” comes from the Walters brothers dearly departed mother. MAGGIE’S FURY Maggie’s Fury combines the rousing melodies of the Irish fiddle and whistle with spirited vocal harmonies likened to Eastern Canadian Maritime traditions. Add a touch of modern folk rock and you have the perfect recipe for Celtic mayhem pack to the kilt with harmony, passion and spirit. “These Celtic rockers have a more authentic sound than most of the Celtic groups trooping through town.” (Wayne Ellis, Every Other Weekly) Based in Bellingham, Washington, Maggie’s Fury came to life five years ago from the musical passions of brothers Terry and James Walters, and life long family friend Roxanne Read. Known then as the Furies, the trio began performing their own mix of modern folk pop, drawing a small following from their monthly gigs at the Skagit River Brewery in Mount Vernon. “Early on I can remember us trying to decide which angle the band should take,” said guitarist James Walters. “Then one sunny afternoon the three of us were at a northwest highland games festival. I can recall us thinking, wouldn’t it be great to have a band performing that was vocally charged and got the crowd excited to be here. We need to be that band. From that

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“Mom always had a love for a gathering,” said Terry Walters. “Her fiery spirit and love for people have a tremendous influence on the way James, Roxanne and I write songs. It is very fitting that we name the band after her.” The band’s second CD titled “Across the Irish Sea”, was produced and recorded by Whidbey Island sound guru, David Maloney (Junk Yard Jane and Sister Monk Harem). Where their first CD explored their general love for travel, their second effort took listeners to the source of the band’s spiritual homeland, Ireland. “Across the Irish Sea” explored the bands’ Celtic roots with upbeat Irish pub songs and traditional Irish melodies. “Maggie’s Fury’s ‘Pour Another Round’ lays it on as thick as Guinness Stout.” (Bellingham Herald, Take Five) The sound of Maggie’s Fury continues to reach wider audiences and their diehard fan base remains consistent. The band has recently added Bellingham fiddle sensation Howie Meltzer to the lineup. Howie’s fiddle passion and traditional know-how will strengthen the Celtic Heart of Maggie’s Fury.

The band weaves a surprising mixture of Celtic inspired music influenced by world beat. With great melodic and rhythmic interplay, Eagle’s Whistle explores traditional British Isles roots music with an expanding and original interpretation, one that show cases the talents of its several multi-instrumentalists. An often heard question is, “How do they get such a rich, full sound from only four musicians?” The band has been together since 1993. Shauna Van Wagner plays such a hot fiddle it’s a wonder her fingers don’t fall off. Debbie Todd loves music so much she can’t decide which instrument is the most fun. You’ll hear her on concertina, whistles, fiddle and spoons. Don Sayegh backs up these two fine musicians by playing a guitar that alternately dances between their notes and beats out a pounding rhythm. He can also be heard playing cittern and bodhran. Mike Baker keeps us all on track on a bodhran that is played with finesse and high energy. He also adds his delightful mandolin and tenor banjo as well as some bawdy sea shanties to our repertoire. All four enjoy raising their voices together to sing some of those great Irish story songs.

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Scottish Country Dancers If you find yourself drawn to the rousing rhythms of driving Scottish reels, sprightly jigs, or reveling in the stately melodies of elegant strathspeys, then you need to check out Scottish Country Dancing. It’s a fusion of the best in Scottish culture and tradition: history, music, dancing, etiquette, and exuberant celebration of sociability and community. Our local club offers weekly classes September to June, on Wednesday evenings in Fairhaven library, where you will learn basic footwork and ingenious formations. Monthly dances are held and an annual workshop hones skills and technique in deportment, musical phrasing, and footwork. Dancers from Seattle, Skagit, San Juan to Vancouver enjoy Gala Balls complete with men in their finest highland garb, ladies in formal gowns, and high spirited live music. Why not involve the whole family? Mrs. Rosemary Read offers classes to students at WWU and to children. At the Highland Games children and students perform on Saturday morning and the Bellingham club will follow in the afternoon. Live music is by “Up in the Air.” Be sure to join in audience participation or ask for more information. Mary Anderson 933-1799, Marion Heath 671-3806, Rosemary Read 734-1295. Bellingham SCD.org.

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Local businesses brew up tradition Wineries step up According to Stacy, the idea for wine tasting at the event came from years of family trips and visiting wineries throughout Washington and Oregon . She questioned why these wines were not offered at this event and they decided it was an idea worth trying. Visitors can go to each one of the wineries in the beer and wine garden and get a small sample poured for them. Tickets can be purchased and redeemed for a small glass of wine to taste. Tickets can also be purchased for a glass of your favorite wine.

Last year the Bellingham Highland Games expanded the ale garden to include wine tasting. The positive feedback from visitors and vendors was enormous. Once again, this year’s event has attracted local wineries that will feature their wines along with the long-standing tradition of Boundary Bay Brewery ales. The husband and wife team of Jered and Stacy Winchester coordinate the ale and wine garden from the planning stages through the end of the event. Together they are striving to help local wineries get the word out that these wineries are important local businesses in Whatcom County. “This is an event these wine makers can invite people to come out to and experience their wine,” Jered said. Beer and wine have not always been a part of the Bellingham Highland games. In the early years when the event was held at Civic and Battersby fields it was strictly an dancing and piping exhibition. At some point once the event moved to Hovander Homestead Park beer became a part of the games, Jered said. When Boundary Bay Brewery was just starting their business in Bellingham Glen Winchester was in charge of the beer garden and gave the new company a chance to be the exclusive scotch ale vendor. He realized at that time it was important to give a local business the opportunity to be showcased. According to Jered, the first year with Boundary Bay Brewery the beer sales doubled. Three years later Boundary Bay began brewing the Highland Reserve, an ale specifically for the Bellingham Highland Games. The company researched how to make true traditional scotch ale that is heavier, bulkier and sweeter. In addition to the scotch ale, Boundary Bay had blonde ale available at the games for many years. A few years ago, the company brewed the 3-B beer which is an American style pilsner beer which they created for the event. It was so well accepted that they began making it available at their pub in Bellingham . Other Boundary Bay beers include IPA (Inside Passage Ale) and ESB (Best Bitter). Last year the event discontinued all domestic beer and chose Boundary Bay Brewery’s own ales exclusively for the games. This year they will be offering five different ale choices.

“People asked whose idea was this because it is a fabulous idea,” Stacy said. “This is the best idea ever.” According to Stacy, the best part of the vendors in the wine and beer garden is that they are all local and there is a strong mission to spotlight the local businesses. “We have so many beautiful wineries and nobody knows they’re here,” Stacy said. One of the favorite unique wines available is a honey wine, made from honey instead of grapes. According to Stacy this tastes very different from the typical grape-based wine. Another popular favorite is Honeymoon Mead, a honey wine that dates back into England and Scotland. The beer and wine garden is strategically placed on the grounds so visitors can easily watch the opening and closing ceremonies, the massing of the pipe bands and other field events. “That’s where the shade is too,” Jered said. Volunteers The final results of what a visitor sees at the beer and wine garden is the completion of painstaking planning a brut labor. “We have a lot of friends who help out each year who are certified and licensed liquor handlers,” Jered said. Although the wineries generally have their own pourers, sometimes a winery needs additional assistance to keep up with the flow of the visitors. Between Boundary Bay Brewery and the wineries there is an average of 50 volunteers for the event who give at least one four-hour shift of their time to help. There are also volunteers who work as crowd control enforcers. They wear highly visible shirts and when you see all these colored shirts you realize how many people are there helping out, Jered said. Setting up occurs on Friday, and generally there are four people who put up the tables and chairs. “We lost our biggest volunteer this year, our nephew Jesse.” Jered said. “He was always the one coming by asking what he could do to help.” According to Stacy their biggest team of volunteers comes on Sunday when the Rugby team helps to pick up the tables and chairs. “Every year I look for more volunteers,” Jered said. “We can always use more.”

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2012 Officers & Volunteers Officers & Board: President: Michael Juillerat Vice President: Don Hutchins Secretary: Peter Rolstad Treasurer: Noma Winchester Board Chairman: Jered Winchester

Games Director: Glen Winchester

Announcer: Rick Cains Information: Don Hutchins, Sylvia Hutchins, Amanda Jones, Robert Hargrove, Paul Verdier, Stephanie Reese and Kathy Stephens

Advertising & P.R.: Kimberlly Winjum

Wine & Ale Garden: Blu’ Ewe Ale & Wine Garden Jered Winchester, Stacy Winchester, Ed Bennett Janet Lightner, Ed Hambley, Casey Diggs, Evan Svedin, Patty Svedin, Anthony Stone, Jeff Zwiers, Jennifer Bonn-Zwiers, Karlene Winchester Volunteers from Boundary Bay and Friends of the Games. Boundary Bay Ales, Honeymoon Mead, Glacial Lake Missoula Winery, Masquerade Winery,Vartanyan Estates, Mount Baker Winery, Dynasty Cellars Winery, Willow Tree Winery.

Celtic Fiddles: James Quist, Instructor Quist Students volunteer performers

Celtic Music Stage: Glen Winchester

Clans: Don & Sylvia Hutchins

Vendors: Glen Winchester, Maggie MacKenzie Volunteers

Food Vendors: Glen Winchester Field: Cameron LaVergne, Diana Howard, Coty Winchester, Mike, Glen Winchester and many hard working volunteers before, during and after the games

Friday Night Ceilidh: Stacy Winchester, Maggie MacKenzie, Rev. Ro, Quinn Irving, Karlene Winchester, Evan Svedin, Patty Svedin, Jered Winchester, Ed Hambley, Crazy Kyle Blevins our sound guy

Games Harp Circle: Kathy Hardy

Highland Dance: Kristy Smith & Mychal Smith: Dance Chairs Joan Drabyk, Bob Collins, Donna Cooper, B.C. Highland, Fraser Valley, Karen Shelton-Johnson and Seattle Highland Dance Assn., Kathy Ferron, Kodie Smith, Norm Smith, Zeke Smith, Ethan Smith, Kelly Hoekema, Gail Bacon, Chrissy Moore, Gwendolen Palmer, John Moore, Joan Murray and–many more dedicated hardworking volunteers.

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Hospitality: Quinn Irving, Melissa Irving, Sue Atkinson and volunteers

Jr. Athletics: Justin Ghramm, Mack Ghramm and Volunteers

Kids Games: Dynel Winchester, Savannah Winchester, Kelsea Bartel, Gus Schweier, Tyler Svenson, Justin Thomas, Samantha Browning, Justin Ghramm, Angie Schweier, Brianna Schweier,Tiffany Bye, TJ Mallahan and the many, many volunteers needed to present this wonderful kids program.

Kirkin O’ the Tartan: Rev. Roland Middleton, Games Chaplain, Chris Goldstein, Chaplin, Michael Juillerat, Chaplin, Darlene Juillerat, Debbie McMeel

Piping, Drumming & Bands: P/M Peter Rolstad-Chair Lynn Bullis-Chief Steward, B.C.P.A. Crew-Stewards, Moria Mack-Scruitneer, Lead Volunteer-William Ueland Volunteers-Alicia Forrester, Brian Spencer, Eric Chambers Kim Chambers, Oban Chambers, Chandra Chambers

Program: Kimberlly Winjum, Noma Winchester, Glen Winchester, Jered Winchester, PeterRolstad, Leah Hathaway and the Ferndale Record

Scottish Country Dancer: Marion Heath, Mary Anderson, Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers

Computer & Web site: WISe Networks

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS! You are too numerous to list all of you here. The Bellingham Scottish Highland Games could not present this event for all our spectators and competitors without our dedicated volunteers. Please take a moment to thank them as they help youthroughout this weekend.

The Bellingham Highland Games Volunteer of the Year Award. Jeremy Brown was a great friend and supporter of the Bellingham Highland Games. Jeremy began volunteering with the piping & drumming committee at the age of 14. He enjoyed working at the games and attending our meetings. Jeremy eventually recruited his family to join him working on the field committee. Tragically, Jeremy passed away at the age of 19, but his enthusiasm, energy and dedication to the Bellingham Highland Games have been memorialized with our Jeremy Brown Volunteer of the Year Award, presented at our annual Robert Burn’s Dinner.

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Welcome to the 2012 Bellingham Highland Games Thank you for celebrating with us at beautiful Hovander Homestead Park Vietam Memorial Wall

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Bellingham Highland Games steps up the competition

Scottish American Athletic Association brings new caliber of athletic events by Gloria Dawn Irwin for the Ferndale Record New this year to the Bellingham Highland Games is the Scottish American Athletic Association (SAAA) who will be at the helm of the athletics and offering spectators and athlete’s new elements that have not been offered at these games before. These games have become the regions Canadian-American Championship, attracting many Canadian athletes to participate. According to Bret Lathrop, SAAA Washington Chief, this year there will be the same mixture of Canadian and US throwers competing for class championships. Many classes of competitors fill the roster including men’s class A, B, C-novice, masters and women’s class A, B and possibly masters. New this year is the light weight men’s class for men who weigh 200 pounds or less and who have never competed in a class at these games. This event will be the qualifying competition for those men to continue on to the championships later in the year. The Bellingham Highland Games include some first-time competitive events and include a total of nine events. The events include light and heavy weight for distance, Brae mar stone, weight over bar, the sheaf, light and heavy hammer and the caber. The caber is the signature event which entails accuracy of the competitor flipping a large pole. Lathrop said the Sheaf competition is very popular also. This event involves a 16 or 20 pound burlap bag that is flung over a bar with a pitch fork and can go an average of 30 feet high. “The Class A men, and even some of the masters, will be launching a 16-pound hammer nearly 100 feet,” Lathrop said. Competitors are both men and women from their twenties through their fifties and include all sized frames from small to large former power lifters. Athletes come from all walks of life including fire fighters, ex-military, physician’s assistants, doctors, educators, sports and fitness professionals, trades people, IT professionals and others who

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share a love for the competition and their personal record. Each athlete at the Bellingham games is looking to throw further, higher and more accurately than they have before, said Lathrop. “Bellingham, because it’s the first PNW US game each year, is where many of us, including myself tried their hand at this crazy sport for the first time,” Lathrop said. “So it has extra meaning and a place in our heart.” Lathrop said the SAAA takes pride in assuring the games are officiated using consistent rules that are safe for the spectators as well as the athletes. This year, SAAA chief judge Chad Wilker is leading the judges. To qualify to be a judge a person must first pass a skills test on the rules of the sport as well as have a good foundation of personal experience in the games. This year’s judges include some who have judged all over the world and have been throwing since the 1970s and others who were throwers and are now giving back to the sport to help others. The role of judges is to confirm distances and heights and keep the rules enforced, but Lathrop said it goes beyond those basic responsibilities. “They spend critical development time with novice and newer throwers in giving them feedback and safety tips as they compete,” he said. The SAAA was founded between 10 and 20 years ago with the steadfast goal of assisting the Highland Games heavy events. In the world of Highland Games athletics it is referred to as heavy events because throughout Scotland and US festivals there can also be more traditional track and field running events including soccer, hurling and shinty. Lathrop said there is a projected number of between 75 and 90 athletes who will be competing at the Bellingham Highland Games this year.

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Traditional Storytelling Accompanied With Custom Harp Music

Members of the Bellingham Storytellers Guild will be performing stories for all audiences at this year’s Highland Games in Ferndale. We will be continuing the tradition of performing with the Harpers in the Harp tent. Traditionally Storytelling and harp have blended together to create entertaining and enjoyable performances for all. Although many of the stories will be of Irish and Scottish origins we will also be presenting stories form around the world and some of the tellers will be performing original material. This year we will have a special treat in that Storyteller, Doug Banner, will be performing an original story with music especially created for it by harpist Kathie Hardy. The Members of the Bellingham community have been enjoying stories performed by guild members every third Friday at the Fairhaven library for nine years. Stop by the Harp and Story tent to laugh, cry, and be regaled by this group of very talented people and the beautiful music of the harps. For more information contact Doug Banner at: bhamstoryguild@comcast.net or see our website at: www.bellinghamstorytellersguild.org

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The Celtic Harp Celtic harps come in all sizes, from small lap harps through full sized harps that stand on the floor. Celtic harps are sometimes known as folk harps or lever harps. (Celtic harps are constructed differently from the pedal harps seen in orchestras. Pedal harps have mechanisms to change keys connected to floor pedals.) A person who plays a Celtic harp is known as a “harper”, and a person who plays a pedal harp is a “harpist.”

“Clarsach” is the Gaelic word for harp, and in Scots Gaelic, you don’t “play” the harp, you “sing” the harp! A skilled harper was one who could cause the listeners to laugh, to cry, or to sleep. The harp is a symbol of the Celtic people, and over the centuries has decorated banners, coats of arms, coins, corporate letterhead and jewelry. Today the harp is most famously seen on the Irish flag, on Guiness beer, and on the Irish Euro coin.

For hundreds of years, harps were strung with gut, or wire. Today, gut strings are rare. Most harps are strung with combinations of nylon and nylon wrapped metal. Some harps are strung with wire only, and these “wire harps” have a distinctive sound which rings for a long time. Look for the Celtic harp signs at the Highland Games. We are sharing our tent with the Storytellers’ Guild, and there will be continuous entertainment throughout the weekend, with harp music and storytelling each hour. We’ll have times posted at the tent for “try your hands on a harp”. Performances will be given on nylon stung harp and the ethereal wire-strung harp.

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50th Anniversary Garden In 2010 Bellingham Highland Games Association asked landscape architect Paul George, owner of Cascade Design Group, to create a garden using a Scottish theme as a gift to the people of Whatcom County for their continuing support of the Highland Games. In order to provide season-long color, an existing planter in front of the Hovander Park office containing lace cap hydrangeas and a small dogwood, was supplemented with two varieties of heather, plus yarrow and globe thistle. Scottish Clans participating in the games were invited to donate to the cost and maintenance of the plantings. Cascade Design Group contributed the design work and obtained the various plants at a discount for us. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the planting. Information on Cascade Design Group is available at the information booth or at www.paul@cascadedesigngroup.net or (360)715-2119.

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