It’s Time for Everything SCOTTISH!

It's Time for Everything Scottish

By Kathleen Wheeless

Come out the first two Saturdays in May and experience the fun at two local Scottish Highland Games events.

Highland Games are an exciting combination of traditional Celtic/Scottish activities. They are like old-fashioned country fairs – there is something for everyone! Enjoy bagpipe bands, highland dancing, and highland athletics (hefty kilt-wearing men and women who try to throw large, heavy objects higher and farther than their competition). Craft and food stalls showcase Scottish handicrafts and ethnic foods such as Scotch Eggs and Shortbread. Animal lovers will enjoy watching the Border collie demonstrations. Shop for that perfect Celtic gift at a variety of vendor stalls and learn about your own Scottish heritage and history at the Highland Clans information tents. Experts at each clan tent will help you find your clan. Once you do, you can walk with your “kin” in the Parade of Tartans.

Live entertainment starts the Friday night before each event. Parking is easy and free!

The Triad Highland Games ( will be held on May 6 starting at 6 p.m. at Greensboro’s Bryan Park (take the Reedy Fork Exit on Hwy. 29 North). A Celtic concert featuring the Barleyjuice and Syr bands and a torchlight “Calling of the Clans” ceremony starts the weekend off. The Triad Highland Games feature a beer garden with craft beer, the always popular “Bonnie Knees” contest, European Medieval Arts & Arms demonstrations, a Military appreciation ceremony, a longbow archery competition, and fun activities for the kiddies. One very affordable $5 ticket admits you to both the Friday evening concert and the Saturday games. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Activities continue until 5 p.m.

The 16th annual Bethabara Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival in Winston-Salem will begin with a Ceilidh (kay-lee) on Friday, May 13, at the Muddy Creek Cafe (5455 Bethania Rd) from 7-11 p.m.

Admission to the Ceilidh (music and dance) is $10, or $5 if you bring an instrument. The historic 1790s buildings and scenic gardens at Winston Salem’s Bethabara Park are a perfect setting for Saturday’s games on May 14. If you love traditional Celtic music, these games are for you! The Fiddle and Bow Society hosts live entertainment on stage throughout the day. Children’s activities include Colonial games and the children’s Scottish athletic competition.

Kilts will be available for the little ones at NO charge. These games are FREE. The park opens at 10 a.m. and the activities continue until 4 p.m. that afternoon.

Interested in learning more about your Scottish heritage? These websites will be helpful:

Would you like to find out if you have a Scottish ancestor? You can trace your family line using free library resources. The friendly staff at the North Carolina Room of the Forsyth County Public Library will be happy to help you get started.

Kathleen Wheeless lives in Winston-Salem and enjoys hosting the Clan Graham tent at our local games as well as at the grandfather of all highland games, The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of the Scottish Clans which will be held this year from July 7-10 near Linville, N.C. Kathleen loves celebrating the many contributions our Scottish ancestors have made to our culture and our way of life.


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