The Chieftain of the Day is chosen as someone who has made a significant contribution to the continuation of the Portland Highland Games through the years.
The chieftains are presented and honored during the welcoming ceremonies at the Games. The Chieftain of the Day represents the spirit of keeping the traditions of Highland heritage active in our community.
Mick and Tammy Secor
We are excited to welcome Mick and Tammy Secor as the Chieftains of the Day for the 64th Portland Highland Games! Mick and Tammy are the proprietors of the Highland Stillhouse, a Scottish public house in Oregon City, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Mick and Tammy’s involvement in the Portland Highland Games began long before the opening of the Stillhouse. Tammy grew up in the Gresham area and while in high school she attended the Portland Highland Games representing the McNair Clan. Mick’s Scottish heritage is linked to MacAdo near Oban.
Mick grew up with a great respect for whisky and even in college he preferred a little scotch rather than a lot of beer! Mick and Tammy met while they were both working in the medical field and it was then that they discovered their love of whisky. In 1988, they took their first trip to Scotland and since then, they have made many trips to learn more about whisky, Scotland and its culture.
A central part of Scottish culture is the public house or pub. It is more than just a bar or a restaurant. It is a place for folks, both young and old, to meet and share time together. Mick and Tammy decided to create a little bit Scotland in Oregon. When you visit the Highland Stillhouse you get the feeling that you are not in just any bar, but you are transported to Scotland with authentic Scottish food (including world famous fish and chips), fixtures and art from England and Scotland, and one of the largest whisky collections in the Northwest!
With the opening of the Highand Stillhouse, Mick and Tammy wanted to be a part of the larger Scottish community in the Northwest and they became more involved with the Portland Highland Games Association. It was a perfect fit since both shared visions to help promote our Scottish heritage in the Northwest! John Lewis, a long-time PHGA member, approached them and asked them to help support the Games and they quickly got involved.
This year marks the 5th year that Mick and Tammy have sponsored the Portland Highland Games Whisky Tasting Experience along with Stuart Ramsey from Ramsey’s Dram. Mick and Tammy met Stuart in the early 90’s at a Whisky Talk at Edgefield Manor. (You can read more about the Whisky Tasting Experience in a later article.)
This will also be the 6th year that the Highland Stillhouse is the sponsor of the Drum Major Competition. Dan Kelly approached them in 2011 to sponsor the Competition as a legacy for the long-time Drum Major, George Patterson. The PHGA Drum Major Plaque proudly hangs in the Stillhouse with the names of each annual drum major winner and, if you look closely, you will notice that the wood of the plaque is the same as the Purple Heart mahogany wood as the bar downstairs at the Stillhouse.
As you can see, Mick and Tammy are very special members of our Scottish community in the Northwest. Please join us in welcoming them as Chieftains of the Day for the 64th Annual Portland Highland Games - Slàinte mhath Mick and Tammy!
Previous Chieftains of the Day:
2015 John Young
2014 Mt. Hood Community College
2013 Pat and Jim McClean
2012 Past Presidents and Chieftains
2011 Bonnie and Colin MacKenzie
2010 Boy Scout Troop 419