It’s Time For The Greenville Scottish Games!

May 3, 2014 by

The Greenville Highland Games are calling and Aye must go!

Join me in Greenville, South Carolina on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-24, 2014,  for some awesome Scottish games, events and the world’s BEST KILT CONTEST! 

 

 To quote Dee Benedict, Board chair and Wild Eyed Southern Celtic woman:

In the finest tradition of marauding Scots, we are taking over Downtown Greenville and points north.  We are re-branding the whole kit and caboodle into one fabulous word, GALLABRAE, which is a mash up of two Gallic words meaning “Something bold and daring” and “beautiful highlands.”  That’s us!  Bold and daring Scots in the beautiful Highlands of the Upstate!

Some of the EVENTS:
5/23 Great Scot! Parade 6:00 pm
5/23 The Bagpipe Challenge! 7:00 pm
5/23 The Ceilidh! 7:00 pm
5/24 Demonstrators 8:30 am
5/24 The Greenville Scottish Games 8:30 am
5/24 The British Car Show 9:30 am
5/24 RAPTORS! 9:30 am
5/24 Opening Ceremonies 10:30 am
5/24 Celtic Jam 6:30 pm
11/16 Miss Greenville Scottish Games 7:00 pm

I will be hosting Rocking the Kilt, a new and fun contest to crown the man who who rocks our Celtic socks off in his kilt!

Open to ALL men in a kilt, between ages 18 and 100–claymores and dirks allowed, but not required, y’all.

 

 

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We’ll have everything from wood faeries to border collies, hot Celtic music from Seven Nations to bagpipes and belly dancing with Cu Dubh, Southern fried haggis to traditional Scottish dishes and MUCH more.

Our featured clan this year is the wild and mighty Clan Kennedy, led by their hereditary Chief, the Marquess of Ailsa, Earl of Cassillis.

To purchase tickets and see the full schedule of performers and events, go to Gallabrae.com.

 

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You can read the online version of The Dirk, the official newsletter of the Greenville Scottish Games, by clicking HERE.

See you in Greenville, beautiful Celtic people–Alba gu bràth!

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We Are HAPPY In The Celtic Realm!

Apr 13, 2014 by

 

Clap along if you’ve heard American singer Pharrell Williams‘ tune Happy, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album, a pop song that has become a huge success here in the US and internationally.   The song is written, produced and performed by Williams and has spawned more than 1000 covers on YouTube from cities around the globe, where happy locals dance along to the extremely catchy song.   There’s a multitude of happy people in the Celtic realm, and they’ve posted their own videos to prove it.  In fact, Oprah Winfrey will feature a Happy Donegal video in an upcoming special show ( Sunday night, 04/13/2014) with Pharrell Williams, a  decision sure to please the Donegal tourism board.

So, get your dancing shoes on and clap along–I guarantee you won’t be able to sit still–with the happy Celts in these fun videos.

Sebastian, from the travel site OffthePath.com, dons his kilt and dances through the streets of one of my favorite cities, Edinburgh, Scotland.  He’s also the very first video Kilted Hottie of the Day on the WESC Facebook page.

 

 

How about clapping along with a few happy Dubliners?

 

 

Dancing kilts in Glasgow makes me HAPPY!

 

 

Beautiful Celtic Brittany is so happy in Lorient!

 

 

Here’s the Donegal video Oprah will feature on her show.  *Trivia: can you identify the guitar player statue seen in this video?

 

Still need to dance?  Click HERE to find other cities who want to share their happiness with you, including Cork and Galway.  I didn’t find a Welsh city, but I’m sure they’re happy, too.

 

* The life-sized bronze statue is of Rory Gallagher, a famous blues-rock musician born in Ballyshannon, Donegal.  The statue is in the town square;  Ballyshannon holds an annual Blues Festival in Rory’s honor.

 

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