Re: Kilts, Clans, Ft. Defiance, & King's Mt.

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Posted by Diana S. on July 12, 2000 at 11:05:00:

In Reply to: Re: Kilts, Clans, Ft. Defiance, & King's Mt. posted by MMMMarcia on July 12, 2000 at 10:19:33:

: : : Gosh, Diane! If I'd known you were going to the Games, I would have gone! I opted to stay at home and work because I didn't have anyone to go with and I have already been to two Games this year. We could have met at one of those clan tents! Did anyone get married up there this year? Did you get to see the calling of the Clans Thurs. night? (My favorite event)

: : : Got your note about Ft. Defiance & will respond in email. I love to go down there; congratulations to you for finding it! It's a bit out in the boonies even today. Did you also seek out Tom Dooley (Dula's) grave? My Irish ancestors settled in those mountains you can see from the yard at Ft. Defiance; most of my paternal kin settled in Caldwell County.

: : : I just saw tonight's History Channel "Frontier" episode which was the Battle of King's Mountain. I wondered if any of our reenactor friends were in any of the scenes shown. Anyone know of anyone who did that series?

: : Hi Susan,

: : No, no weddings this year, although there was an article on last year's wedding in the program guide. As I e-mailed to Stephanie, dummy-me should have posted that I was going, for Jordan and I would have loved the company!

: : Which other two games have you gone to? Are there others planned this year that are worth a trip? The GMHG are a veritable visual and auditory buffet! I had to gasp at the impact of the mass bands (bagpipes and drums) crossing the field in the opening ceremony. The sound of literally hundreds of bagpipes playing in unison in the foggy morning mountain air, marching right at you was breathtaking! Folks say they always have good "Scottish weather" for the games, must be someone sneaking in a wave of the old MacLeod Fairy Flag, huh?

: : And for all us girls that "don't mind" looking at fellows in kilts, well, I only saw about 1000 of those magnificent creatures parading around! WOW! NC mountain weekends, a couple of weeks apart, with all the breechclout-wearing and kilt-donning a girl could ask for. It is more stirring to my blood...well, you know!

: : I did not catch or know about the calling of the clans, but will be sure attend that part next year. Regarding Tom Dooley's grave, we went when I was a child so I do not remember much! And I did notice the BEAUTIFUL mountains in the distance from the front porch of Fort Defiance. Driving through the Yadkin river valley was like going back in time a little. What a great day we had! We'll make it a group venture next year, OK?

: : Diana

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: Men in kilts? Bagpipes?? Blood-stirrings???? WAAAAAAAAAAAH! I wanna go, too!! *sniff* Down here, I'm surrounded by Old Men in Speedos, rappers, and Iron-Poor Blood. It jest don't seem fair, do it?


True dat Miss,

That does sound like a pitiable state of affairs. I don't reckon you'd want me to go on about the wrestling events and how these guys which range from HUGE and burly, to LEAN and fine, grab and wrestle and grunt and toss and roll around in only kilts. No shirts, no shoes...just kilts! And before you ask...what about their, ummmmmm? Sorry ,most wore shorts underneath their kilts since a few were separated from said garment (Now THAT was a pitiable state of affairs).

Marcia, if you ever find a few extra days after the Gathering, you should try to attend, you'd love it. Awwww Heck, just go on and move up here!


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