On May 17, 2014-Save The Date
The 2014 Colonial Highland Games are dedicated to the
Colonial Highland Gathering's founder; Maclean Macleod
Mac, as he was known, arrived in America in 1956. He was the quintessential expatriate, intent on recreating his homeland. Three years after arrival in this country he gathered a small cohort of friends to plan the first Scottish games which were held at Delaware Park in August of 1960. In 1966 they moved the games to Fairhill where they have been held ever since.
Mac was a staunch advocate for piping in America and was bound and determined that piping in North America would be held to the same high standards and reputation as piping in Scotland. For his contributions to piping, promoting Scottish Games, developing amateur competitions and raising piping standards through the foundation of the Eastern United States Piping Association and the United States Piping Foundation, he was awarded the coveted Balvenie Medal at Blair Castle in Scotland in 1994. In 2010 he was inducted in the EUSPBA Circle of Honor here at the Fairhill Games.
Many will remember his soft lilting burr as he presided as “fear an tigh” or master of ceremonies for the mid day ceremonies for over 50 years. The conclusion of the mid day ceremonies are marked by a mournful lament as we remembered those who have passed on to Tir Nan Og, land of the ever young. Each year he would request that the audience “please be upstanding” as a lone piper on the parapet played the haunting melody, “Flowers of the Forest”. This year we will remember Mac, who set sail for Tir Nan Og, on September 21, 2013. Maclean Macleod died on September 21, 2013, five weeks short of his 90 th birthday.
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and Master of Cermonies - Bill Reid
Hope to see you this year!
City of Washington Band
FAIR HILL 2014 – GRADE 2 PIPEBAND CONTEST
The Scottish Games Association of Delaware, who sponsor the Colonial Highland Gathering at Fair Hill, MD, are celebrating the contribution to piping and pipe bands of Maclean Macleod, founder of these Games, by organizing a Grade 2 band contest including all five grade 2 bands within the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA).
The bands are: City of Washington, Great Lakes, New York Metro, St. Thomas Alumni and Stuart Highlanders. These 5 bands have never competed against one another in the same contest before. There will be two contests, a March, Strathspey and Reel (MSR) and a Medley. The competition will be decided by the aggregate score of both contests.
This unique competition has the full backing and financial support of the EUSPBA, who are bringing the ensemble judge from Scotland. The Games take place on May 16, 2014.