Greenville Scottish Games 10 Year Anniversary Where has the time gone?
From our humble beginnings, we’ve continued to set the Greenville Games apart from others. We’ve worked to really set the Gold Standard for what a Highland Game and Festival should be.
I’ve been the Athletic Director for Greenville Games for the last seven years and wow have we grown and even more amazingly, how we’ve continued to change.
The first two years we had about 25 Athletes take the field. Since then we’ve exploded into one of the largest Groups of Athletes in the Nation.
In 2012 we hosted the Masters World Championships with over 110 Athletes.
Each and every year, we’ve continued to showcase more and more of our local and regional Athletes on one of the very best venues in all the US.Ask any athlete in the Southeast and they’ll all tell you, “Greenville is the Game you don’t want to miss”.
This year is also the Inaugural Season for the SGL, Scottish Games League. Greenville will Host the Southeastern Division Championships with the very best Athletes in all the Southeast Region.
The 2015 Great Scot! British Car Show will honor the automobiles of Jaguar as this year's featured marque.
Jaguar, based in Coventry, England, was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, originally making motorcycle sidecars before developing passenger cars. The name was changed to "Jaguar" after World War II to avoid the connotations of the “SS” initials
Jaguar made its name by producing a series of successful eye-catching sports cars such as the XK 120, XK140, and the Iconic E-type. The sports cars were successful in international motorsports, a path followed in the 1950s to prove the engineering integrity of the company's products. Jaguar also is known for its luxury and sporty sedans. Over the years, Jaguar has built some of the most recognizable and desirable cars in the world, and continues today with their luxury and sports cars.
Along with the Jaguars, the show will exhibit Austin Healey's, MGs, Triumphs, and other classic cars from the heyday of the British automotive industry. From the big, luxury vehicles of Rolls Royce, to the diminutive and sporty Austin Healey Sprite, there will be something of interest to everyone. Make sure to spend a few minutes of your time at the 7th Annual Great Scot! British Car Show.
In my 30+ years of piping, I’ve heard some doozies. Did you hear that pipes are argued to have been developed in Egypt by the pharaohs, or somewhere in the Middle East, and had been incorporated or copied from the Muslims during the crusades? Roman armies even used pipes while marching their troops to war!
Did you hear that Scottish Pipes are only Scottish if you have a tartan bag cover; otherwise they are Irish pipes? Who would of thunk it? Well I can say is, my pipes are over 700 years old and still play beautifully. Well, in cat years, that is!
But seriously, we love a good sounding pipe and regardless of the origin of the instrument it has been refined to its current state by passionate and innovative musicians who love this beautiful instrument.
I was hoping to find some folklore of bagpipes played in the Upstate way before the state was established as a colony, but not much was recorded. Pipers were either too busy staying alive or playing a relaxing tune around a fire hundreds of years ago than keeping a diary on the subject. So if you have any interesting historical or even comical rumors about the highland pipes, email me. I 'd love to discuss and might even add to my blog.
Above all, I hope everyone is getting excited for our 9th annual Scottish Games! On Friday night at the Phoenix Inn we have our Jimmy McIntosh Invitational, featuring the top tier professional pipers on the East Coast. And, of course, we’ll enjoy the solo and band competitions on Saturday May 24th on the beautiful Furman campus.
Oh, and by the way…I hear only the very best pipers can make the drones do a double-tone "wah wah” sound in sync with the beat of the tune they’re are playing!
Hope to see you there!