Cancelled April 13th Games

Update as of 2:00 pm, Thursday, April 11th

Our April 13th event has been cancelled by the city of Sugar Land. We are in the process of rescheduling the Houston Highland Games.

As advised by the City of Sugar Land: “Based on the detailed forecast… rain is likely Friday evening and all day on Saturday. Because of this, we will need to reschedule the Highland Games event due to weather safety concerns and also the potential of unreasonable damages to the site due to the event activities and/or parking of cars on the wet ground.“

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April Newsletter

Greetings from the Houston Highland Games Association!

From our Entertainment Committee: 
Our Highland Games on April 13th will include the finest Bagpipe bands, Celtic bands, and dancers from throughout Texas. A tentative entertainment schedule has been posted to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1912469502135874/  . Because of the festival seating arrangement, we are also requesting tables and chairs. If you can borrow tables and chairs from your church or another source, and have them transported. Then please contact Janice Rae at jrnice22@aol.com.

April Membership Meeting is Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Spaghetti Western 2. The address is 1951 W TC Jester Blvd, Houston, TX 77008. In order to cast your votes, please make sure your membership is up to date at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. You can renew your membership through our website here: https://houstonhighlandgames.com/join/joinrenew/

The Houston Highland Games will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land, Texas, starting at 9:00 a.m. This one day event will include athletics, clans, and vendors. There is also a schedule of entertainment including bagpipe bands, Celtic dancing, and Celtic music. Children’s events and Dagorath Live Action Role Playing will run throughout the day. This is a festival site, so please bring a folding chair or picnic blanket for your seating. Tickets are $5 at the door for anyone over the age of 13.

Thank you to Robin McLeod Ingram for making this great video featuring our participation in Houston’s 60th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Paradehttps://youtu.be/pWWOC8FkIEA

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March Newsletter (part 2)

Greetings from the Houston Highland Games Association! This month we are marching in Houston’s 60th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, we have a membership meeting on March 20th, and, we are still accepting entertainers, clans, and athletic participants for our Houston Highland Games on April 13th!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
We are a walking group in the 60th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade this coming Saturday, March 16th, 2019. We are in Section B, entry # 37. Please line up on Franklin between Congress and Bagby on the South side of the street by 10:30 am. Wear your Scottish pride with tartans, kilts, sashes, and tams! We look forward to seeing you there! If you would like more detailed information regarding the St. Patrick’s Day Parade or you’re looking for people to carpool with, please email Kelly Elliott at Kelly.Corrigan.Elliott@gmail.com

Another March Membership Meeting
As our Highland Games loom closer, we are having another membership meeting next week on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Spaghetti Western 2. The address is 1951 W TC Jester Blvd, Houston, TX 77008. In order to cast your votes, please make sure your membership is up to date. You can renew your membership through our website here: https://houstonhighlandgames.com/join/joinrenew/

Call for Entertainers
We have a nice line up for entertainment for the Houston Highland Games this year, however, we still have room for a few more performances or demonstrations. If you would like to come out to perform, or you have a friend who is a musician or dancer, then please contact Jean Pirtle at jeanpirtle1949@gmal.com or Janice Rae at jrnice22@aol.com. We look forward to seeing all of you on April 13th.

The Houston Highland Games Association will be participating in the Kemah Boardwalk Celtic Festival on March 30th & 31st, and we are looking for volunteers for our booth those two days. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Jean Pirtle at jeanpirtle1949@gmail.com

If you are interested in participating in sponsorship and fundraising activities for HHGA, or you are aware of any businesses which would be interested in sponsoring our events, please email Norm Crawford to join or notify our fundraising committee. Norm can be reached by email at nwcrawfordtx@gmail.com

The Houston Highland Games will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land, Texas. This one day event will include athletics, clans, and vendors. A more detailed schedule of events is pending. For more information, contact us by phone at 713-871-0061, or by e-mail at president@houstonhighlandgames.com

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March Newsletter (part 1)

Due to multiple conflicts with the first Wednesday in March, our “March” membership meeting is this Wednesday, February 27, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Spaghetti Western 2. The address is 1951 W TC Jester Blvd, Houston, TX 77008.

Thank you to all the competitors and judges from our Solo Piping Competition on February 9th! A complete list of results can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yTpMXx2vB2pXRbCVlvr8PxT6MdsGpHlRUnzfDCN1_Jo/edit#gid=420858928

The Houston Highland Games Association will be marching in the Downtown Houston St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16th, 2019. If you are interested in walking in the parade with us, please e-mail Kelly Elliott at kelly.corrigan.elliott@gmail.com

The Houston Highland Games Association will be participating in the Kemah Boardwalk Celtic Festival on March 30th & 31st, and we are looking for volunteers for our booth those two days. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Jean Pirtle at jeanpirtle1949@gmail.com

If you are interested in participating in sponsorship and fundraising activities for HHGA, or you are aware of any businesses which would be interested in sponsoring our events, please email Norm Crawford to join or notify our fundraising committee. Norm can be reached by email at nwcrawfordtx@gmail.com

The Houston Highland Games will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land, Texas. This one day event will include athletics, clans, and vendors. A more detailed schedule of events is pending. For more information, contact us by phone at 713-871-0061, or by e-mail at president@houstonhighlandgames.com

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Solo Piping Contest Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019

HHGA’s solo piping competition is tomorrow, Saturday, February 9, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at St. Thomas Episcopal School.

Professional pipers will be competing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The professional portion of the competition is open to the public, so if you’d like to come see some great pipers, please arrive with plenty of time to be settled in your seat by 1:10 pm, at the latest.  We look forward to seeing you there!

The professional pipers competing include:
EJ Jones, Nick Hudson, Lyric Todkill, & Matt Pantaleoni.

St. Thomas Episcopal School
4900 Jackwood St, Houston, Texas 77096

St Thomas Map

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Upcoming Events

1) In January 2003, The Heather and Thistle Society raised a larger than life bust of Robert Burns in the International Commemorative Sculpture Garden at Hermann Park to commemorate Roberts Burns and to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its Society.  The project was totally funded by donations from members and friends of the Society. No corporate donations were solicited nor accepted, making this a true gift from the Scottish Community to our city.

Our local Burns Club invites you to join them at 12:00 PM Monday, January 28, 2019, at the Rose Garden, Hermann Park for a service celebrating the 260th anniversary of Robert Burns’s birth. Following the brief ceremony, the group will repair for lunch to the Red Lion Pub, 2316 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019  

2) February Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, at  Spaghetti Western 2, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The address is 1951 W TC Jester Blvd, Houston, TX 77008.

3) Houston Solo Piping contest on Saturday, February 9th, 2019, sponsored by the Houston Highland Games Association to be held at St. Thomas Episcopal School. This is a EUSPBA sanctioned event. Register via our website at: https://houstonhighlandgames.com/feb-9th-premier-piping-event-sign-in/

4) The Houston Highland Games will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land, Texas. This one day event will include athletics, clans, and vendors. A more detailed schedule of events is pending. For more information, contact us by phone at 713-871-0061, or by e-mail at: president@houstonhighlandgames.com

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April 2019 Highland Games announcement and January Membership Meeting

Greetings HHGA members and friends! We hope you had a very Happy Hogmanay.

The Houston Highland games is proud to present a Premiere Athletic Competition on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land, Texas. This one day event will include highland game heavy athletics, clans, and vendors. A more detailed schedule of events is pending. For more information, contact us by phone at 713-871-0061, or by e-mail at: president@houstonhighlandgames.com

January Membership meeting is THIS WEDNESDAY, January 9, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Spaghetti Western 2 at 1951 W T C Jester Blvd, Houston, Texas 77008. We look forward to seeing you there!

Save the date, February 9th, 2019, for the Houston Solo Piping and Drumming contest sponsored by the Houston Highland Games Association to be held at St. Thomas Episcopal School. We’re planning an EUSPBA sanctioned event – entry form should be available soon. We’ll post them as soon as they are.

In preparation for our upcoming event in April, Ron Ammons, our VP site is requesting volunteers for our site coordination committeesThe following committees are under the VP Site.  Each committee is needed for us to have a successful event.

Grounds Committee – This committee shall be responsible for overseeing the preparation of the games site, including setup of tents, equipment, stages, dance platforms, public address systems, first aid, and restrooms.  The committee shall allocate space, and arrange for security, clean-up and such other services as may be necessary for the smooth operation of events on the day of the Games. (This committee is basically in force now, but we could use some others to help.  Main help will be needed during the weekend of the Games.)

Special Attractions Committee – This committee shall be responsible for arranging for groups and individuals to participate on the day of the Games.

Clans and Societies Committee – This committee shall be responsible for arranging for Clan and other Celtic Societies to participate on the day of the Games.

Vendors Committee – This committee shall be responsible for choosing commercial enterprises and food concessions to participate on the day of the Games.

Please contact Ron Ammons at txcambron@yahoo.com  to lead or help with one of these committees. Remember, it takes engaged involvement from all our members to have a successful games!

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