Many thanks to all who participated at the Games this year - competitors, musicians, vendors and attendees of all ages. It was a fun time! Now it is time to mark your calendars with next year's date - July 19, 2014 - as always, the third Saturday in July.
While you wait, there are a lot of local Scottish events this Fall and Winter that you will surely enjoy:
The new season and new location for Oregon Pipers Society starts on Saturday, October 19th. It brings a full evening of musical entertainment with pipes, drums and dancers! The new venue is at the Odd Fellows Hall (the historic "Pipers Pub") in downtown Milwaukie. This allows the audience to enjoy food and drink while being entertained by competitors and performers. Doors open at 4 p.m. for food, beer and wine. See all the details here and see what fantastic entertainment is coming up each third Saturday of the month.
Portland Highland Dance Association's Fall competition is on Saturday, November 23rd at Westminster Presbyterian Church in NE Portland. It is a great place to see dancers of all ages and levels compete. If you are considering Scottish Highland dance as an activity or sport for you child, this is where you also may meet the area teachers. See details about future activities and competitions here.
January is the month of celebrating Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland. There are several local Burns Suppers, organized by a variety of local groups and associations: The Portland Metro Pipe Band, the Heather Clan with The Portland Police Highland Guard Pipe Band, The Highland Stillhouse and for Portland State University's Burns Supper contact Donna Harris at email@example.com. These are fun events with pipe bands, whisky, poetry and other entertainment in the spirit of Robbie Burns and for "Auld lang syne." Contact each group for dates and details of the event.
Posted on October 8, 2013.
Congratulations go to Jerry Jepson of Hillsboro who won the "Vacation for Two to Scotland" raffle prize! The winning Raffle Ticket Number 1421 was randomly drawn on Saturday, the 20th, at the 61st Portland Highland Games.
The vacation trip for two to Scotland includes air allowance of $1000 each plus $650 each toward a land package.
Thank you to the many people that bought raffle tickets in support of the Portland Highland Games.
A special Thank You goes to our longtime sponsor, Willamette International Travel, for making the raffle possible.
Posted on July 21, 2013.
This year the Games is bringing back some of our most popular Celtic performers, Men of Worth and Cathy Speer.
We also welcome two popular local groups - new this year - New Shilling and Rose in the Heather, both most sought-after Celtic bands in the Pacific Northwest. New Shilling will perform both on the Entertainment Stage during the day and at the Ceilidh in the evening. In addition, we will have the "rock" band, Saturated Phats, performing Friday night at the pre-Games event.
View more about the bands here.
Posted on July 17, 2013.
This year Portland’s own Grade II pipe band, the Portland Metro Pipe Band, is the 2013 Guest Band. The Portland Metro Pipe Band was formed in 2006 as a competitive pipe band for serious musicians. The band is the only Grade II competitive pipe band between San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C.
The Portland Metro Pipe Band is made up of Grade I and II pipers and drummers from throughout the Pacific Northwest and is led by Pipe Major Mark Tomasetti and Drum Sergeant Andrew Finley. The band members have previously played with Maple Ridge Pipe Band, Abbotsford Police Pipe Band, Willamette Valley Pipe Band, Prince Charles Pipe Band and Keith Highlanders Pipe Band among others.
Portland Metro Pipe Band is a consistent prizewinner in competitions throughout the Western United States and Canada. Last year the band placed both at the North Berwick Highland Games and at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. The band will be returning to compete at the World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, in August 2014.
The Portland Metro Pipe Band participates at a variety of events throughout the year in the Portland metro area. The band has appeared with the legendary Irish band The Chieftains during its last Portland appearance. Additionally, the band sponsors a Burns Night Supper every January at the Governor Hotel in downtown Portland. The band wears the Muted Red Fraser tartan.
If you are interesting to learn more about the band or contact the band to schedule for an appearance, visit here.
Posted on July 17, 2013.
• Expand your knowledge and appreciation of Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
• Learn what contributes to its diversity and taste examples from several regions.
Hosted by the Northwest’s premier experts on whisky - Dr. Mick Secor of the Highland Stillhouse and Stuart Ramsay of Ramsay's Dram. Let them transport you from Highland to island on a whisky adventure.
By popular demand we added a third session this year. Reserve your spot now by email. Located at Mac’s Ceilidh Garden on the Main Field.
Session 1: 1:00 - 1:30
Session 2: 3:00 - 3:30
Session 3: 4:30 - 5:00
Each session is limited to 35 people. To preregister and to reserve your spot, please, email prior to Friday, July 19 Noon. You may also sign up on the day of the Games, depending on availability.
Check in and pay your registration fee at the Portland Highland Games Souvenir Tent on the Main Field. The cost is $35/person for all sessions; you must show ID and be 21 years or older.
Posted on July 15, 2013.