As we all know, areas of Houston were devastated by Hurricane Harvey this year. St. Thomas Episcopal School located in Bellaire area was hit especially hard as the entire first floor of their facility and church was flooded.
St. Thomas has always been the star of the Scottish-American community in Houston and a great friend to HHGA. Their Scottish arts programme has done Houston proud on a global level.
The board of the Houston Highland Games Association was pleased to donate $1,000 to the Scottish arts programme to help replace what was lost. We encourage you to make individual donations as you are able to make sure this programme continues to be the force it is.
A poster on a kilt Facebook page asked a question on how often he should dry clean his kilt, an interesting question with a complicated answer. That answer always begins with “it depends”. How often do you wear it? What are you doing when you wear it; competing in heavy athletics, attending a Burns Supper, participating in a festival?
Dry cleaning chemicals can take a toll on wool or any other fabric for that matter. So, you want to do it as seldom as possible with a reputable dry cleaner. Another deterrent to dry cleaning kilts often is it can be expensive because of the pleats. Ladies have known this for years. Get used to it, guys.
Generally, the rule of thumb is to take your kilt to the dry cleaner when you can’t spot clean or press (pleats, ugh), or when airing out the garment doesn’t freshen. That’s right, don’t put your kilt directly back in the closet when you get home. Give it an airing before you put it away. This is a really a good idea for all your clothes if you’re not going to clean them before the next wearing.
A valet stand is a posh answer for airing your clothes or use a hanging rack on the outside of your closet door. Someone told me they use a treadmill. So be it. No matter what your wife says, bedrooms are for living in, not waiting for Southern Living Magazine to knock on the door for a photo shoot of your house. If you’re really, really posh and likely to have a photo shoot you will already have a separate room sized closet complete with valet stand, shoe racks and drawers for all your bits and bobs. Now, back to the real world…. You’re the one who has to live with your wife, so use your best judgement when airing your clothes. And, try not to use the excuse of “it’s airing” when it’s still hanging on the back of the closet two weeks later.
It’s also a good idea to store your kilt in an airtight clothing bag to keep the moths away. This does not mean the plastic bag from the dry cleaners, folks. The chemicals in those bags (butylated hydroxyl tolune) produce a yellow pigment when exposed to moisture which can transfer to your clothes and weaken the fabric threads. Plus, these bags can choke children. It’s right there on the bag. Throw them away.
Your kilt is an investment. Take good care of it and it can give you many years of wear and pleasure. What are your kilt hacks for extending the longevity of your kilt?
Author: Becci Himes
UPDATE: STA Pipe Band placed third in Grade 2 of the World Championship Bagpipe Competition! You can watch their winning performance here.
Houston, TX based St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band has been in Scotland competing in various Highland Games. Now, they face the prestigious World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. HHGA wishes them much success and will be cheering them on from Houston.
Here is the link for the BBC online stream of the Grade 1 and 2 finals along with the march past/awards ceremony:
You’ll find a stream schedule there as well.
For our friends in the Central time zone:
Grade 1 MSR – 4:00 to 6:00 AM
Grade 1 Medley – 7:15 to 9:15 AM
**Grade 2 Final – 9:35 to 11:23 AM
**Should STA qualify for the final, they will be playing at approximately 10:29 AM Central.
Join HHGA for another in our series of Kilted Afternoons. August 26 we will be commemorating the birthday of one of the most iconic Scots, Sir Sean Connery. HHGA will be celebrating at Lucky’s Pub West 4 m to 6 pm with lots of fun activities, like a Sean Connery voice-a-like contest (start rehearsing!), a Sean Connery pub quiz and door prizes. No birthday celebration is complete without birthday cake.
Admission is free and open to the public. A cash bar and menu will be available.
Click here for more details and to RSVP.
HHGA General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 2nd 2017, 7:00 pm, at St. Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood, 77096. Open invitation to anyone interested in upcoming HHGA events/activities!
HHGA Board Meeting Wednesday, June 7th 2017, 7:00 pm, at St. Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood, 77096. Board meetings are open to all HHGA members.
JOIN US at The Flying Saucer
15929 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Come find out about progress on upcoming projects and opportunities to volunteer for events and leadership of the Houston Highland Games Association.
Members and non-members welcome! Cash bar. And, as always, kilts encouraged!