Saturday, May 25, 2013

V H G HERITAGE TENT PRESENTATION SCHEDULE


The Victoria Highland Games May 18-19, 2013 Victoria BC

HERITAGE TENT PRESENTATION SCHEDULE 
Located on the Middle Field  

SATURDAY MAY 18TH 
photo-- Highland Games History Booth
10:30 - 11 :25 am HARPIST 
Alison Vardy (www.alisonvardy.com

11 :30 -12:30 pm WEARING THE KILT - HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT AND ACCESSORIES Steve Ashton (www.freedomkilts.com

1 :30 - 2:20 pm 
HIGHLAND REGIMENT HERITAGE IN CANADA: 78TH FRASER HIGHLANDERS Capt. Chris Hoskin, Vice Pres.l2lC, Fort Fraser Garrison, Vancouver (www.78thfrasers.org)

                           This was an interesting presentation in which Captain gave an overview of how a soldier in the
78TH FRASER HIGHLANDERS  spend his day in looking after his rife/musket and uniform. In describing the uniform, he showed how versatile it could be in dealing with weather conditions, carrying extra items, how their shoes were uni-shoes, that is no left or right shoe and which were wore on the alternate foot on a regular basis
He also showed the use of the janet, the hand knife or dirk, how to load the musket, how good the shot was, that it was basically impossible to hit an person or object beyond 50 yards. All combat was within 50 years and hand to hand, personal & up close, that casualties usually came from infections more than anything else.






2:30 - 3:10 pm 
GUTH NAN EILEAN, SONGS OF THE ISLAND: THE VICTORIA GAELIC CHOIR (www.victoriagaelicchoir.com)
                             The Gaelic choir from Victoria did a splendid job in their singing of a number of gaelic songs along with a few songs in english. This performance was to a full house in the Heritage tent and were competing with the pipe bans  just outside the tent in mid field.  The choir is made up of mostly seniors. We enjoyed their varied presentation

. 3:15 - 3:55 pm SCOTTISH WEAPONRY & SWORD FIGHTING F. Braun McAsh (http://theringofsteel.com
                 Although this presentation was in the Heritage tent, Rhoda & I only saw part of it. Nevertheless
all through the activities on Saturday & Sunday outside the tent the two individuals displaying the weaponry were giving various demonstrations on how to use the swords and shields in hand to hand combat scenarios. I watched them a few time and found them very knowledgeable. They also displayed a variety of swords, knife and dirks.








4:00 - 5:00 pm 
THE MYTHOLOGY AND HISTORY OF THE HIGHLAND CLANS Dr. James Acken (http://uvic.academia.edu/JamesAcken
      The weaponry demo & lecture ran over  its tine and about 4.20 pm Dr James Acken got into his lecture on the Mythology to a full house in the Heritage tent. he covered about 1800 years from 200 AD to 2000 in which he outlined the movement of the people in Ireland to Scotland as well as those of England. The movement of the Vikings over to the hebrides and down the coast past the isle of Skye as well as the norse invasion.

He outlined the development of the gaelic language, and a bit about Neil of the 9 hostages and Conn of a 100 wars.

Dr James did an excellent job on his outline, so much so that at 6.25 pm the games for the day were over and we were still in the tent listening the Mythology & History of he clans when we, about 50 of us in attendance were abruptly stop by the posers to be and told to leave the grounds as everybody else had gone home and they had to clean up the grounds.

Do James talked for a good 2 hours. His over all view was quite enlightening.

SUNDAY MAY 19TH 
10:30 - 11 :25 am HERALDRY IN CANADA: ASSISTING CANADIANS AND THE VICTORIA HIGHLAND GAMES IN THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERLY GRANTED COATS 
OF ARMS Christopher Mackie, U.E, L.R.H.S.C., Director of Communications Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (http://heraldry.ca/

11:30 -12:30 pm OF BODY SNATCHERS, FAIRIES, PIPE TUNES AND MURDER: 20TH CENTURY SCOTTISH FOLKLORE AND THEIR PASSIONATE COLLECTORS 
Theresa Mackay, Master of Letters (2016 expected), History of the Highlands & Islands 

1 :00 - 1:40 pm WHISKY 101 - HISTORY, MANUFACTURE & ENJOYMENT 
Graeme Macaloney PhD., Macaloney Distillers Ltd (www.MacaloneyDistiliers.com

1 :45 - 3: 1 0 pm TRACING YOUR SCOTTISH ANCESTORS Victoria Genealogical Society (www.victoriags.org)
 
                      This   was  the only event we saw on Sunday afternoon in the Heritage tent. It was put on by the Victoria Genealogical Society by Pat Acton & Scott, who between them gave an overview of the society and and guidelines on how to best research and document the journey when doing your family tree.  This outline ended up by a live demo into the Scotlands People web site and how to do searching there.
     
                      They ended up making a draw for a Society membership and also gave out some society info as some credit to use on the Scotlands People site.
                      the photo is of the Victoria Genealogical Society booth at the Victoria Highland Games





3:15 - 3:55 pm SCOTTISH WEAPONRY & SWORD FIGHTING F. Braun McAsh (http://theringofsteel.com

4:00 - 5:00 pm HARPIST 
Alison Vardy (www.alisonvardy.com

*Times and activities subject to change 

We throughly enjoyed the  the weekend at the Victoria highland Games. Saturday was a so so day with some heavy showers, Sunday turned out beautiful and the crowd was much much better.

Prince Andrew was a big crowd pleased and a hit. We got a good view of him. He looks like his father Prince Philip.

Prince Andrew unveiled a plaque honouring the 150th anniversary of the games.

He also gave out the plaque for the best booth display which went to the  Clan MacDougall/MacDowall both & presented to Fergus MacDowall the chief of the Clan MacDowall who we met.




Enjoy

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC
http://glengarrycounty.com

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