January Newsletter

Greetings and Happy New Year from the Houston Highland Games Association. We hope you all had a very Happy Hogmanay! Please read our updates below to keep up with all our upcoming events.

1) Our first meeting of the year is THIS WEDNESDAY, January 8th, 2020, at 5:30 pm at

Lyndon’s Pit Bar-B-Q
5320 Hollister St
Houston, TX 77040
Fairbanks/Northwest Crossing

The meeting will start promptly at 5:30 pm. If you plan on eating, please go through the line between to get food prior to the 5:30 pm start time. There is no table service. Please note the earlier start time of 5:30 pm is due to Lyndon’s winter hours which means the restaurant closes at 7:00 pm.


2) We will be having our second annual Houston Solo Piping Competition on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at St. Thomas Episcopal School. If you are interested in competing, please fill out an entry form to register on our website. Registrations after January 18th, 2020, are subject to a late fee

3) If you are interested in serving on a site committee for our 2020 games, please e-mail our site coordinator, Ron Ammons at: txcambron@yahoo.com . Please review the detailed descriptions below:
 

Site Coordination Committees:

Grounds – “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 arranges for security, clean-up and such other services as may be necessary for the smooth operation of events on the day of the games.” 

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

 Clans and Societies – “This committee shall be responsible for arranging for clan and other Celtic societies to participate on the day of the games.” 

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


4) Mark your calendars! Our 2020 Houston Highland Games is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th at the Humble Civic Center Arena complex. 

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November Updates

Greetings from HHGA!

1) We are having a “mini” HHGA social a the Mucky Duck this Friday night! Clandestine is playing at 7:00 and EJ Jones and his Piper Jones band are playing at 9:30 p.m. If you buy tickets online, be sure to put in the notes section that you would like to be seated with HHGA (Heather Vacker). These shows will most likely sell out!

Here is the link for Clandestine Tix:
https://www.mcgonigels.com/Shows/Clandestine+-+November+1+2019

Here is the link for Piper Jones Band tix:
https://www.mcgonigels.com/Shows/Piper+Jones+-+November+1+2019

2) If you are interested in volunteering for a site committee for our September 2020 Highland Games, please contact our VP site, Ron Ammons, and let him know you’re interested. Site committee members can help with coordinating clans, vendors, entertainment, and other important aspects of the games. If you’re looking for an opportunity to volunteer or get involved, this is a great one! e-mail Ron at: txcambron@yahoo.com

3) Our November Membership Meeting is coming up on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at Lyndon’s Pit Bar-B-Q located at 5320 Hollister St, Houston, TX 77040. We will gather to eat at 6:00 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 pm.

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October Meeting & 2019 Houston Highland Games Survey

We’d like to thank all our athletes, members, judges, clan representatives, vendors, performers, and guests, for a successful 2019 Houston Highland Games! You can see plenty of pictures from the games on our facebook page. If you attended the games, please complete this survey to help us make next year better: 2019 Houston Highland Games Survey

Our October Membership meeting is this Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Lyndon’s Pit Bar-B-Q located at 5320 Hollister St, Houston, TX 77040. We will gather to eat at 6:00 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 pm.

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Houston Highland Games Schedule of Events & Upcoming September Membership Meeting

Greetings from the Houston Highland Games Association!

1) The return of the Houston Highland games is just 2 weeks away! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 21st, 2019, at the Humble Civic Center & Arena Complex located at: 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, Texas 77338. Come enjoy a one day Highland Games event with athletic competitions, clan tents, and vendors.

for more detailed information including athletic registration (athlete registration ends 9/15/19) , please visit our website: https://houstonhighlandgames.com/sept-21st-games/


Schedule of Events ***(Updated 9/17/19)***

8:30-9:00 am Athletes check in

9:30 Games begin- 3 stations simultaneously

Class A,B,C

Men

Masters Women

Masters

Novice

9:40 St Thomas Pipe Band

10:00 Gillian Thain School of Highland Dance

10:30 Houston Highlanders Pipes and Drums

11:00 Godfrey’s Rangers

11:30 Sisters-Ella Forel and Celia Homer

12:00 St. Thomas Pipe Band

Clan Parade

12:30 Godfrey’s Rangers

1:00 Royal Scottish Country Dancers

1:45 Houston Highlanders Pipes and Drums

2:15 Celtic Chorus 3:00 Sia Beaton

3:30 Clan Kelley School of Irish Dance

4:00 St Thomas Alumni Pipe Band

Dagorath medieval live action role play available throughout day
Children’s table with crafts and games.

Sack race contest: 10:45 am

Rope tug of war contest : 1:45 pm


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2) September Membership Meeting

Our September Membership Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Lyndon’s Pit BBQ located at: 5320 Hollister St, Houston, TX 77040

Please note that because Lyndon’s closes at 8:00 pm, we have moved up the meeting time. We will gather and start eating at 6:00 pm and our meeting will start promptly at 6:30 pm

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Election Results and August Meeting Information

Greetings from the Houston Highland Games Association!

1)At our recent July Membership meeting, we elected officers for 2019-2021. The results are as follows:

VP site coordination 2019-2021 – Ron Ammons
VP Ways & Means 2019-2021 – Robin McLeod Ingram

Membership Secretary 2019-2021 – Jeanette McBee-Douglass
Treasurer 2019-2021 – Michelle Belanger
Director-at-large, Position #1 2019-2021 – Max Triola

2) Our August Membership Meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at Lyndon’s Pit BBQ located at: 5320 Hollister St, Houston, TX 77040

Please note that because Lyndon’s closes at 8:00 pm, we have moved up the meeting time. We will gather and start eating at 6:00 pm and our meeting will start promptly at 6:30 pm.

3) Rescheduled Houston Highland Games
The 2019 Houston Highland Games have been rescheduled for Saturday, September 21st, 2019, at the Humble Civic Center & Arena Complex located at: 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, Texas 77338. Come enjoy a one day Highland Games event with athletic competitions, clan tents, and vendors. Entertainment schedule TBD.

for more detailed information and for Athletic registration, please visit our website: https://houstonhighlandgames.com/sept-21st-games/

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July Meeting and Elections

July Membership Meeting and Election
Our July Membership Meeting and Annual Elections will take place on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019, at

Lyndon’s Pit Bar-B-Q
5320 Hollister St
Houston, TX 77040
Fairbanks/Northwest Crossing

The meeting will start promptly at 7 pm. If you plan on eating, please go through the line between to get food prior to the 7 pm start time. There is no table service.

Our nomination committee has been hard at work and our slate of nominees is listed below. Additional nominations can be made from the floor at the meeting with prior approval from the nominee. To vote in the election, you must be a current HHGA member for at least 24 hours prior to the beginning of the meeting. There is no proxy or absentee voting. For more information on election bylaws, please see the HHGA Bylaws available on our website: https://houstonhighlandgames.com/hhga-bylaws/

HHGA 2017-2019 Board positions nominated for 2019-2021:
·         Vice-President for Site Coordination 2019-2021 – Ron Ammons
·         Vice President for Ways & Means 2019-2021 – Norm Crawford
·         Membership Secretary 2019-2021 –  Jeanette McBee-Douglass
·         Treasurer 2019-2021 – Michelle Belanger
·         Director-at-Large, Position #1 2019-2021 – Max Triola

Rescheduled Houston Highland Games
The 2019 Houston Highland Games have been rescheduled for Saturday, September 21st, 2019, at the

Humble Civic Center & Arena Complex
8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, Texas 77338

Come enjoy a one day Highland Games event with athletic competitions, clan tents, and vendors. Entertainment schedule TBD. This event was rescheduled from April 13th due to weather.

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Humble Civic Center Arena & Expo Building – 21 Sep 2019

A contract with Humble Civic Center Complex was signed on 24 May 2019.   Our contract is for Saturday, 21 September 2019.  HHGA will utilize both the Humble Civic Center Arena & Expo Building, at 8233 Will Clayton, Parkway, Humble, Texas 77338  http://www.humblecc.com/arena.html

This is a re-scheduling of our rained-out April 13th event.

 

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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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