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Welcome to the 2014 Bellingham Highland Games! Céad Mile Fáilte “One Hundred Thousand Welcomes” to the 2014 Scottish Highland Games! I would like to thank those of you returning again this year and welcome those here for the first time to our wonderful event, it is what it is because of you! From spectators to competitors and all the vendors and performers in between YOU are what make this event so great! I invite you to walk the easy grounds and take in all the sights, sounds and smells as we take you into the history and culture of Scotland. Our members and volunteers will help make it all a very memorable experience. I would like to personally thank the City of Ferndale and Mayor Gary Jensen, the Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Deptartment and Director, Michael McFarlane, Park Ranger Dennis Connor and the Staff of Hovander Homestead Park and Whatcom County Executive Jack Louwes for all the support they have given this and every year. With sun on your face, feet all a-whirl, the heaving of stone and the sound of pipes in the air enjoy your time here and take the memories with you!



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Welcome to the 2014 Bellingham Highland Games Thank you for celebrating with us at beautiful Hovander Homestead Park Vietam Memorial Wall

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Jr. Athletics & Kids Games Spinners & Weavers

Heavy Events Athletics


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Highland Games 2014 Chieftain- Brian Aronson I am very honored to be chosen as the Chieftain of the 2014 Bellingham Scottish Highland Games. My wife Nancy and I started as spectators as most people who help with the Games and we liked what we saw and experienced. We also first saw Highland Dancing at the Bellingham Games and our daughter Sarah started Highland Dancing in 1993. We found it a fun family event to watch and also make friends. Soon we were well established in the Highland Dance circuit and we also started volunteering at Dance Competitions and Games all through

the Pacific Northwest. We also traveled to Canada and belonged to the BC Highland and Fraser Valley Dance Associations besides our own Seattle Highland Dance Association. We do call Bellingham our home though and have been helping with Highland Dancing many years now. Currently we also help with the Whidbey Island Highland Games and have helped with many others over the years including the Pacific Northwest, Skagit Valley, Tacoma, Athena and the Douglas County Games. It has been a lot of fun and rewarding over the years and we have made a lot of friends we still see at the Games. Have a great day at the Bellingham Games today and be sure to visit other Games in our area. Blessings, Brian Aronson and Family

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2014 Clans & Groups CLANS

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Clan MacMillan

Clan Irwin

Clan Campbell

Clan Maxwell

Clan McFarlane

Clan Chisholm

Clan Menzies

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Clan Donald

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Judges & Officials Dancing

HIGHLAND DANCE CHAIR Karen Shelton-Johnson, Jackie Ochs SCRUITNEERS Joan Drabyk, Bob Collins and Donna Cooper

Junior Athletics 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.

Heavy Events

Pipes, Drums & Bands

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Bret Lathrop COMMITTEE CHAIR Jay O’Neill HEAD JUDGE Jeff McNeal JUDGES Ken Shaw, Ken Beck,Yvonne Sadtler, Mike Adams

CHAIR P/M Peter Rolstad CHIEF STEWARD Lynn Bullis SCRUITNEER Moira Mack
Stewards LEAD VOLUNTEER William Ueland VOLUNTEERS Alicia Forrester, Brian Spencer, Eric Chambers, Kim Chambers, Oban Chambers, Chandra Chambers


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.

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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 colors 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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Clan Donald Clan Donald, greatest and largest of the Highland Clans, begins its recorded history with Somerled, a descendent of Conn of the Hundred Battles and Clan Colla. Somerled’s defeat of the Norse King of Man in 1156 gained independence for southwestern Scotland that survived for over four centuries. The Clan takes its’ name from Donald, third Lord of the Isles and grandson of Somerled who lived until 1269. Donald’s son was the original “Mac”, (meaning “son of”). It was Donald’s grandson, Angus Og, 6th Lord of the Isles who sheltered Robert the Bruce at the lowest ebb of his career and leading a band of Islemen was instrumental in Bruce’s defeat of the English at Bannockburn. This battle won independence for Scotland. In recognition of Clan Donald’s part in the victory, Robert the Bruce proclaimed that the Clan would forever occupy the honored position on the right wing of the Scottish Army.

The power of the Clan survived and formed the backbone of the army of the Marquis of Montrose, fighting for the survival of the Stewarts in the 17th century and though divided it was an important factor in the Jacobite rebellions of the 1700’s. Clan Donald no longer controls the vast area of Scotland that once formed the “The Lordship of the Isles”. At the end of the fifteenth century Clan Donald lands were divided amoung its several branches. Over the succeeding centuries most was lost due to the adoption of lowland economics. Upon the death of the late Lord Macdonald in 1970, his son Godfrey inherited not only the peerage, but also the High Chieftainship of Clan Donald and became the Right Honorable Godfrey James Macdonald of Macdonald, Lord Macdonald. He also inherited the Highland estate on Skye on which is situated Armadale Castle, which is now a shell.

Angus Og’s grandson, Donald, 8th Lord of the Isles married the heiress of the Earldom of Ross and in 1411 fought the battle of Harlaw to keep his wife’s inheritance from being usurped by the Regent Duke of Albany. His army of 10,000 men included the forces of almost every Clan of the Highlands and Isles, all of whom were willing vassals of the Isles and of the MacDonald chiefs, whom they regarded as the heads of the ancient “Race of Conn”, and linear heirs of the ancient Kings of the Dairiadic Scots, going back to the 6th century and beyond. Donald of Harlaw’s son and grandson were both Earls of Ross and Lords of the Isles, controlling not only the Hebrides from Islay and Kintyre to the Butt of Lewis, but most of Argyll and the modern County of Inverness, along with the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland. The Godfrey Macdonald Earldom of Ross was lost in 1471, but the Isles were of Macdonald, the 8th Lord Macdonald not absorbed by Scotland until the middle of the 16th and High Chief of century. A McDonnell is still Earl of Antrim. Clan Donald.

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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 intricate 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. www.



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Ockham’s Razor is a Seattle based Celtic fusion band that blends influences of Celtic and Irish tradition with rock, pop, gypsy, punk, jazz, bluegrass, and folk elements to carve out a unique and indelible niche in the Celtic folk genre. Hailed as both “Turbo Celtic” and “Ethno Punk,” since 2006 Ockham’s Razor has performed with notable bands like Young Dubliners, Enter the Haggis and Paperboys, and has even performed alongside Irish music luminaries, the Chieftains. With two studio albums under their belt, their music has been featured on radio and podcasts in places as far flung as India and Australia as well as the US, Canada, and the rest of North America, England, Scotland, Ireland and the rest of Europe. They have been featured on the Portland OR based PDXPosed and Alaska Airline’s In Flight Entertainment Channel, Next Stop.


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Celtic Bands Schedule loney (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.

Our Mission 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 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. “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 Ma-

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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. The Members of the Bellingham community have been enjoying stories performed by guild members every third Friday at the Fairhaven library for ten 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: See our website at:



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The Celtic Harp

(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. 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.

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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Pipe bands are short on history, deep on culture

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band a mainstay of Bellingham Highland Games

Simon Fraser University Pipe and Drum Band 35 years ago.    While the band’s website biography puts the bands founding alongside the university itself in 1966, it wasn’t until 1981, when the university inBy Mark Reimers vited the Lee brothers, who were already in bands of their own, to take over that the band became a It’s all about the music for Jack Lee. world-wide competitive entity.    Lee, a professional piper and piping instructor in    The infusion of professional musicians helped British Columbia, started playing bagpipes when he jumpstart the band, as did the support of the uniwas just 5 years old and if there is one reason that versity, which, with an interest in preserving its stands out to him for what has kept him going for Scottish heritage, started providing piping and over 50 years, it’s the love of the music. drumming scholarships to potential students.    Jack Lee and his brother Terry helped found the    The university sponsorship doesn’t mean the 16

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band requires participants to be students. In fact, Lee noted with some irony, he personally attended the SFU rival University of British Columbia.    Success almost instantaneously attended Lee’s participation in the band. In 1982, the band won the Grade 1 North American Championship.    Then in 1995, the SFU band won the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow, Scotland. Since then, the band has continued a run of intermittent dominance on the world stage, winning five more world titles, the latest in 2009.    By most estimations, the traditional pipe and drum bands are a relatively modern conception using some of the world’s most ancient instruments.    Lee agrees with that assessment, noting that the drum is, without a doubt, the oldest instrument while the pipes are also difficult to date.    The pipe and drum bands, however, likely originated with Scottish military units during the 1800, when drummers were already being used to signal tactical movements among troops.    Britain’s Queen Victoria was the first monarch to apply funds to officially employ pipers within the military.

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The popularity of the military pipe band didn’t stop with just the military, or with Scottish units. It wasn’t long before pipe and drum bands were present across the entire British empire. Police units also employed them as did other civilian groups.    The competitive nature of piping also came later. However, it is not surprising, since the tradition of the Highland Games is an ancient one. As Scots took that tradition everywhere they went in the world, the games gradually incorporated all the cultural marks of Scotland, including the pipe and drum bands of the modern era.    The Pacific Northwest, like many other regions, gained its fair share of Scottish culture.    “Our area of the world has been settled by people from everywhere, including Scots,” Lee said. “They brought their music and culture with them.We now get to hear that as a result.”    Lee said he had “the good fortune” of being born into a piping family. His great grandfather, John Ironside, founded the Seattle Pipe Band. Ironside was also instrumental in starting the Seattle Highland Games.    Lee, who has played the bagpipes for 50 years said it is common for novices to think they can’t learn to play truly well unless they start as young as he did. That, however, is a myth.    “Bagpipes are like anything else in life,” Lee said. “If you have opportunity to start young, it’s a little bit easier. I’m a professional and teach around the world via Skype. Those students are doing a great job and enjoying themselves. It’s just a wee bit easier if you


start young.”    The Simon Fraser Pipe and Drum Band has a lengthy itinerary of competitions to travel to during the busiest season. But the Bellingham Highland Games are the first one their list. As a result, it is a much-anticipated event for Lee’s players.    “We have never missed Bellingham to the best of my knowledge,” Lee said. “It’s a great early-year contest. We enjoy going. (Hovander) Park is terrific

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venue.”    The SFU band, while not exclusive to the university’s student body, does help draw students to the college, Lee said, due to its reputation for excellence.    With 25 pipers and 20 drummers, SFU runs on the large side of most bands. In addition to the grade one band, the organization also includes three other levels for less skilled players.    The youngest players are generally in the grade 5 group. The grade 4 group is currently the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band. They are a fully-organized youth program and will also compete in Scotland this year where they won it all in 2012 as a grade 3 band.    The final group is a grade 2 band which incorporates old and young just like the grade 1 group.    Still, teaching and playing in the SFU pipe band is a means to an end for Lee.

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   “I can only speak for my self, but I view it as privilege and responsibility to teach the music and culture,” Lee said. “We love the music itself and the opportunity to play it at a high level is a wonderful feeling.”


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


Free admission!

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

6:00 Sign-up & Check-in for Scottish Idol Talent Show


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

7:00 Breakfast - Ferndale Volunteer Firefighters - at west end of field and in the Food Court

8:30 Piping & Drumming Competition – in Orchard 8:30 Heavy Events Athletics sign in - at East end of field 9:00 Heavy Events Athletics Competitions begin 9:30 Dance Competition Beginner, Novice, Intermediate

& Primary -west end of field

Kids Games- Sign up begins Celtic Fiddles – in Barn

10:00 Celtic Music Stage by Hovander House - Maggie’s Fury & Ockham’s Razor Bellingham Scottish Country Dancer’s Whatcom Storytellers & Harp Circle - south of Barn

“Blue Ewe” Ale & Beer Garden *

All performances and times are subject to change depending on weather and travel ability ** All competitors check in at area administration or start times and line-up


St. Andrews Cross Flag

Presentation of Colors

MacGregor’s Scots Guard

Anthems – words in program


Parade of Clans

Flower of Scotland O Canada Star Spangled Banner - release balloons

Invocation – Rev. Roland Middleton Flowers of the Forest - dove flight, Remembrance for those we lost

MASSING OF THE PIPES & DRUMS President’s Welcome Introduction of Dignitaries Present Chieftain of the Games Massed Bands – Salute the Chieftain Retire Massed Bands 1:00

Heavy Events Athletics Competition resumes Harps & Whatcom Story Tellers South of Barn Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers Celtic Music Stage by Hovander House


Pipe Band Competition -on Great Field Highland Dance Competition

Ockham’s Razor & Maggie’s Fury

Premier – west end of field

Kids Games – center field south

2:00 Celtic Fiddles – in barn 2:00

Medieval Weapons Demonstration at the Scotland’s Military Heritage booth

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SUNDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 7:00 Breakfast - Ferndale Volunteer Firefighters -at west end of field and in Food Court

8:30 Heavy Events Athletics sign in - at East end of field 9:00 KIRKIN O’ THE TARTAN Worship service at Celtic Music Stage by Hovander House

9:00 Heavy Events 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

Celtic Fiddles – in Barn Whatcom Storytellers & Harp Circle

“Blue Ewe” Ale & Beer Garden 3rd Annual Wine Garden & Tasting

Sunday Events Continued MASSING OF THE PIPES & DRUMS President’s Message – Jered Winchester Retire Massed Bands 1:00

Southeast end of field at Park Memorial

1:00 Heavy Events Athletics Competitions begin 1:30

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

Opening Ceremonies

Parade of Clans -

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

Premier’s - west end of field

Kids Games Harps & Whatcom Story Tellers So. of Barn Celtic Music Stage – by Hovander House Celtic Music Stage – on field Heather Turner Irish Step Dancers Mixie & Friends Celtic Music

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

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band Malcolm memorial Pipe Bands

2:00 Celtic Fiddles – in Barn 2:00

Medieval Weapons Demonstration at the Scotland’s Military Heritage booth


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The BHGA proudly presents the 2nd Annual Can-Am Spring Championship and Border Battle featuring a USA vs. Canada and overall championship.

Highland Games heavy event professionals and elite competitors travel to Bellingham this year for pride and prize. Team USA won a tight victory over Canada in the inaugural event despite an upset win in Sheaf by the Canadians. Who will reign supreme for bragging rights in 2014? Thanks to the generosity of the athletes and our major sponsor Mattress Ranch we’re going to find out! Photos By: official photographer Andrew Kolstad

Can-Am Spring Championship The Bellingham Highland Games marks one of the first competitions of the throwing season each year for the Scottish heavy events athletes! Often there is a special place in their hearts for “The BHAM” as it’s known to throwers, as many competed in Bellingham for the first time in taking up the sport. Don’t let the size, strength and grunting of Highland Games athletes fool you.Yes they love to throw heavy things on the weekends but their commitment to the Celtic festivals, to each other and to the fans who watch is filled with as much passion as they show on the field. Each year marks better and better competition and honoring those who have touched the games. “We stand on the shoulders of giants” as our favorite Highland Games sport podcast often says.

2013 inaugural Professional competition was a great success. Team USA 1 – Team Canada 0. The overall individual championship was won by Ryan Stewart of Draper, UT (who has family in the Bellingham area) The BHAM is known for great all around amateur classes also, including Women, Men’s Lightweight (under 200 lbs), Masters (over 40) and Novice for newbies just beginning from High School to Adult. Don’t hesitate to ask any of the athletes for a picture or questions. Just don’t do it while they are eating…you may lose a finger!

Team USA Greg Bell – age 38 from Issaquah, WA.

Chuck Kasson – ageless from Lincoln, NE Robin Knebel – age 32 from Roseburg, OR Duncan McCallum – ageless from the country of Texas Ryan Stewart – age 35 from Draper, UT

Team Canada Lance Barusch – age 44 from Kelowna, BC Adam Drummond – age 34 from Vancouver Island, BC Josh Goldthorp – age 26 from Langley, BC Greg Hadley – ageless from Antigonish, Nova Scotia Sean Langford – age 41 from Abbotsford, Alberta


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DESCRIPTION OF EVENTS THROWING THE WEIGHTS The competition consists of two separate events. Both are derived from ancient tests of military skills. The wait for distance contest uses a weight consisting of a ball and chain at 18” long. There are four standard weight divisions: 14 and 28 pound for women, 28 and 56 pound for men, 28 and 42 pound for the Masters men (over 40 years old), 14 and 21 pounds for Masters women. Each weight must be thrown with one hand. With the combination of balance, rhythm and power, and this is often considered a graceful athletic event. The second event, the weight over the bar, uses a 56 pounds for men, 21/28 pounds for women, or 42 pound for Masters men. The weight attached directly to a handle. Each athlete is allowed three attempts to clear a marked height before the bar is raised. The victor is the sole thrower who can clear the highest bar. PUTTING THE STONE This popular contest is derived from an ancient clan ritual. Each chieftain’s stone of strength was situated at the entrance of his castle. Before entry was granted, every visiting clansman was obligated to test his strength by throwing it for distance. This was perhaps to ensure that certain guests would be capable of the castle’s defense. If besieged, the successful stone putter it would be posted on the battlements, hurling large boulders down upon the attackers. The stone throw at many games follow the Braemar style. In Braemar competition, a stone, weighing 20 to 27 pounds is thrown from a stationary position. A second open stone, weighing 16 to 20 pounds, is thrown with an approach similar to the Olympic shot put. HAMMER THROWING The history of this event is much debated. Some suggest that, like throwing the weight, the hammer is analogous to the ancient mace. Others have claimed it derives from a simple contest between village Smithies. Whether of military or agrarian origins, it has grown into an internationally recognized Olympic event. Not to be confused with its all metal counterpart used in the Olympics, the Scottish hammer has a shaft made of cane or PVC, an overall length of 50 inches and comes in multiple weights: men’s light weight being 16 pounds, heavy weight being 22 pounds. 12 and 16 pounds for the women. Both are thrown standing style wound several times around the head and released straight behind the thrower.

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SHEAF Although farmers and clansmen of Scotland have pitched many a bundle of straw thatch in their work over the centuries, the Sheaf competition is a unique American addition to the beloved Scottish Heavy Events. Sheaf is a height event and has two important parts. The “Sheaf” a burlap bag, densely stuffed with twine and rope and a modified pitchfork 2 tines or 3 tines (although 3 tines are considered superior). Competitors have 3 attempts to clear each height before the bar continues upward. Women throw a 10 pound bag. Men throw either 16 or 20 pounds. THE CABER TOSS Historically, a felled tree trunk or caber was used to bridge deep, swiftly running rivers. Less inclined to wash out when laid at a right angle to the river, accuracy of placement was both a highly developed skill and a dire necessity if a man’s work was across the water. Today’s athletic competition is still judged on the accuracy rather than the distance of the throw. At 70 to over 100 pounds and often 17 to 20 feet long, the caber is held by the narrower end, while its thicker, more unwieldy end points skyward. Once lifted or “picked” by the athlete, the caber must be run forward and then heaved up end over end. If the perfect 12 o’clock toss is made the tree trunk will have landed dead straight ahead with its narrow end pointing away from the athlete.



by Ira Uhrig Presiding Superior Court Judge for Whatcom County

I have attended the Bellingham Highland games regularly for 30 years, the first time as the guest of it’s founder Bill Patterson. After our marriage in 1989, my wife and I began attending the Bellingham and the Santa Rosa/Pleasanton Games. In Santa Rosa, I was very much impressed by a display of various Scottish Military uniforms as well as the living history displays and historic reenactors. I was also a great admirer of the historic display of the Clan Anderson at the Bellingham Games. I began to acquire artifacts of Scottish Military history here and there, beginning when the late Catherine Snowden, from Scotland, gave me her Uncle’s Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders cap badge, which was nearly a century old. Slowly but surely and through a tremendous amount of luck and good fortune and a fair bit of detective work (which was much more challenging in the days before the internet) my collection began to grow. Most everything in my collection was acquired between 1989 and 1995. When I was Pipe-Major of the Bellingham Pipe Band, I decided to put my collection on display as part of the band’s booth, and I feel it was a great success, though it involved quite a bit of work. As my family grew, I no 24

longer had the time to devote to the display, so I kept it packed-away for a while. Then, at the request of Glen Winchester, I resumed putting on the display a few years ago and my family was a great help in setting it up and maintaining it, especially in 2011 when, due to Stage IV Lymphatic Cancer, I could barely stand and had great difficulty breathing. But the display was up and running again and better than ever before. My oldest son Jedidiah is an author, a natural storyteller, and shares my love of history and weaponry. He is currently a history major at WWU and these days he is the driving force behind the display. He can speak at length on the subject of military history and weaponry, and he also enjoys wearing his full suit of armor at the games to the delight of the lassies, especially. But each of our five children started attending the games in infancy, and have learned to take their place marching in the parade of clans, wearing their tiny kilts, as soon as they could walk. Each uniform on display is based on an actual historic uniform, usually from a photograph but in some case from a drawing or painting. Most of the uniforms are entirely Annual Bellingham/Whatcom Highland Games 2014

authentic, though I note that here do exist some variation of uniforms and uniform parts at various times in history, especially during times of war. This may account for certain minor discrepancies occasionally noted by a learned observer. The oldest uniform items are from the late 19th Century. Items from earlier eras are reproductions. The best moments are when veterans arrive at our booth and recognize a uniform that had great personal meaning to them. Recently we have seen the reduction, amalgamation, and near elimination of the proud and noble Highland Regiments. They will never again be what they once were,

and most of these uniform items will never again be seen in the line of duty. It is therefore my most sincere hope that this display will help people honor and remember the great highland warriors who have served for God and Country and have contributed so greatly to the cause of freedom. Especially in this -- the 70th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy -- we must remember that freedom is never free, and that the river of freedom runs red with the blood of those who unselfishly given of themselves and have purchased our freedom for us. Freedom is our inheritance from those who have gone before us. It must be our legacy passed-on to those who come after.

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Anthems Flower Of Scotland

The Star Spangled Banner

In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem, Defense of Fort McHenry. The poem was later put to the tune of (John Stafford Smith’s song) The Anacreontic Song, modified somewhat, and retitled The Star Spangled Banner. Congress proclaimed The Star Spangled Banner the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.

Flower of Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Flùr na h-Alba, Scots: Flouer o Scotland) is a Scottish song, used frequently at special occasions and sporting events. Although there is no official national anthem of Scotland, Flower of Scotland is one of a number of songs which unofficially fulfil this role, along with the older Scots Wha Hae, Scotland the Brave and Highland Cathedral.[1][2] It was written by Roy Williamson of the folk group The Corries, and presented in 1967,[3] and refers to the victory of the Scots, led by Robert the Bruce, over England’s Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.



Cover of sheet music for “The Star-Spangled Banner” [words by Francis Scott Key], transcribed for piano by Ch. Voss, Philadelphia: G. Andre & Co., 1862

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

1. O Flower of Scotland, When will we see your like again That fought and died for Your wee bit hill and glen. And stood against him, Proud Edward’s army, And sent him homeward To think again. 3. Those days are past now And in the past they must remain But we can still rise now And be the nation again! That stood against him Proud Edward’s army And sent him homeward To think again.

1. O Fhlùir na h-Alba, cuin a chì sinn an seòrsa laoich a sheas gu bàs ‘son am bileag feòir is fraoich, a sheas an aghaidh feachd uailleil Iomhair ‘s a ruaig e dhachaidh air chaochladh smaoin? 3. Tha ‘n eachdraidh dùinte ach air dìochuimhne chan fheum i bhith, is faodaidh sinn èirigh gu bhith nar Rìoghachd a-rìs a sheas an aghaidh feachd uailleil Iomhair ‘s a ruaig e dhachaidh air chaochladh smaoin.


“O Canada” is the national anthem of Canada. The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Théodore Robitaille for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony; Calixa Lavallée wrote the music as a setting of a French Canadian patriotic poem composed by poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The lyrics were originally in French and translated into English in 1906.


Bruce addressing his troops before the Battle of Bannockburn 1314 Blàr Allt a’ Bhonnaich Scottish Victory

O Canada! Our home and native land True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise The true north, strong and free From far and wide, O Canada We stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free O Canada! We stand on guard for thee O Canada! We stand on guard for thee. Annual Bellingham/Whatcom Highland Games 2014


O Canada! Terre de nos aieux Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux! Car ton bras sait porter l’épée Il sait porter la croix! Ton histoire est une épopée Des plus brilliants exploix. Et ta valeur, de foi trempée Protégera nos foyers et nos droits Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. 29



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2014 Officers & Volunteers Officers & Board: President: Jered Winchester Vice President: Evan Svedin Secretary: Maggie McKenzie Treasurer: Stacy Winchester Board Chairman: Ed Hambley

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.:

Highland Dance: Karen Shelton-Johnson Scruittners: Joan Drabyk, Donna Cooper, Jackie Ochs Volunteer: Shelton Highland Dancers, BC Highland Dancers Athletic Director Bret Lathrop, Committee Chair - Jay O’Neill, Committee Stephanie Lathrop, Angie O’Neill, Mike Adams, Dom Horgan, Jeff McNeal Volunteers - Cole Lathrop, Ray Mabey, Sue Gregg, Christy Dempewolf, Brandon Drye, Bobby Drye

Jr. Athletics: Justin Ghramm, Mack Ghramm and Volunteers

Rachael Dawkins

Kids Games:

Blu’ Ewe Ale & Wine Garden:

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.

Jered & Stacy Winchester, Evan & Patty Svedin, Ed Hambley, Casey Diggs, Jeff Zwiers, Jennifer Bonn-Zwiers, Karlene Winchester, Ed Bennett, Janet Lightner,Volunteers from Boundary Bay and Friends of the Games. Boundary Bay Ales, Honeymoon Mead, Members of Whatcom Winery Association

Celtic Fiddles: James Quist, Instructor Quist Students volunteer performers

Celtic Music Stage: Glen Winchester, Heather Turner

Clans: Don & Sylvia Hutchins

Food Vendors: Glen Winchester

Vendors: Steve Jeffers: Chair, Maggie MacKenzie: Chair Chris Lombardi, Josie Lombardi, Tanya Carter, Kathy Selnes Ray Selnes, Suzi Thompson, Tillina Cooper, Zach Cooper, Deanna Doeden, Jon Doeden, Alana Marshall, Patrick Marshall, Angela Burk, Russ Burk Field: Cameron LaVergne, Diana Howard, Coty Winchester, Mike, Glen Winchester and many hard working volunteers before, during and after the games

Scottish Idol: Stacy Winchester, Evan Svedin, Quinn Irving

Saltaire: Maggie MacKenzie

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

Piping, Drumming & Bands: P/M Peter Rolstad – Chair Lynn Bullis – BCPA Chief Steward Moira Mack – BCPA Chief Scruitneer William Ueland – Lead Volunteer

Program: Ferndale Record: Rachael Dawkins, Amanda Haslip, Mark Reimers. Noma Winchester, Glen Winchester, Jered Winchester

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

Computer & Web site: WISe Networks, Jered Winchester, Bret Lathrop

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 you throughout this weekend.

Friday Night Ceilidh/Kirkin O’ the Firkin: Stacy Winchester, Maggie MacKenzie, Rev. Ro, Friar Chris, Rev. Michael Quinn Irving, Karlene Winchester, Evan Svedin, Patty Svedin, Jered Winchester, Ed Hambley, Crazy Kyle Blevins our sound guy

Games Harp Circle: Kathy Hardy


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