Grandfather Mountain Highland Games 2002
The weather was "all of the above" from cold and windy, to rain and fog (and cool), to a pretty nice day on Sunday. Saturday, which is the normal big day, was plagued with rain and at times, a very heavy fog. Many of the clans packed up and left early in the day. Clan Sinclair was there until about 4:30pm and then we packed everything and headed for the motel to dry out. The forecast for Sunday was for steady rain but it only sprinkled for a few moments in the morning. We had a great day and met many people. Normally I try to get photos of the athletic events, clan tents, etc., but the weather really had an adverse effect.
Congratulations to Chris St. Clair who had a strong showing in the heavy athletic competition as a pro this year, after winning numerous contests in the past as an amateur. Congratulations to Mary Susan Sinclair, Atlantic International Champion, as she continues to take honors, winning several events including Dancer of the Day! Congratulations to Ron Sinclair as he made his debut at the Games singing the National Anthem on Saturday and Sunday as well as performing beautifully in the Ceilidh on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Sinclairs were well represented!
The Torchlight Ceremony
"Raise The Clans*
The expression "raise the clans" has a slightly archaic sound to our ears. It is surrounded by an aura of some long forgotten appeal to support noble causes or high ideals. From a historical perspective, it was used to summon the clans for battle. We have chosen to transform this ancient act to symbolize a different kind of call to the clans.
The saltire cross is recognized as Scotland's ancient symbol. A living cross of light is made up of a representative from all the clans and families who have come to participate. They come from the compass points to indicate the widespread migration of Scots. The clans give voice to their origins and take their place as a part of the gathering on this magnificent mountain. Together they share remembrances and offer thanks. As the torches burn brightly together in the gathering dusk, the haunting sound of pipes is carried into the night. The clans have come again to celebrate who they are.
The Torchlight Ceremony was created by Larry Long, the 1995 recipient of the Agnes MacRae Morton Award."
*"Raise the Clans" - as written in the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans program.
Now for the photos!
NOTE #1: Left to right, David Quarterman and wife Cathy (front of David), Lisa Burns, Heather and Claire Willingham, Sarah Stribling (Sinclair) and Robbie Burns, with Sallie Burns in front.
NOTE #2: Children, front row: Robbie and Sallie Burns, Kailey Sinclair, Alex, Caitlin, and baby Caleb Mason; Left to right: David and Cathy Quarterman, Heather Willingham, Lisa Burns, Claire Willingham, Sarah Stribling (Sinclair), Jenna Theodore, Thomas Sinclair, Kimberly Sinclair, Lynne Sinclair, Mel Sinclair, Mike Sinclair, Kimberly Sinclair (with baby Liam), Ashley Reber, Grandma Mason, Laura and Kevin Mason.
More Photos from our daughter, Kimberly's camera. There are two Kimberlys. Granddaughter Kailey's Mommie is our daughter. Grandson Liam is the son of our son Michael and DIL, who truly seems like our very own daughter, Kimberly.
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