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    Campbell Highland Games and Post Games BBQ

    The 2007 Campbell Highland Games

    Last year I went to my first Highland Games ever, in Campbell California. The weather was 90+ degrees everyone felt a bit wilted. I was still pretty much a newbie to X Marks the Scot and the whole Scottish thing, and you know what… I had a great time!

    This year the weather turned during the week from broiling to pleasant and I and my family returned to the Campbell Community Center for another Highland Games. This time with the whole family clad in “Loud Macleod” kilts. We joined the MacLeod Clan Association and marched in the clan parade with them. We joined our friends and fellow X Markers to watch Alan H. and Tim C. Even though they didn’t have the most successful day at the Heavy athletics, we still cheered and saluted them for their efforts. We enjoyed the hospitality once again of the Clan MacNaughton. We marched through the games behind PiperGeorge playing a brave tune to present Gene and Ruth of Clan MacNaughton with a declaration of friendship from the Nor Cal Rabble of X Marks the Scot for their friendship . The F-H.C.A.G. and I watched our Scottish Country Dance Class perform a wonderful demonstration set . After which we were delighted to join in for some dancing with the rest of the audience (and wee little Xena!) . There were drams lifted and toasts made. Wonderful new kilt related things were purchased and enjoyed.
    Haggis were tossed and lovely delectables were consumed.

    In attendance at the Games were Tim C. and the lovely Damaris, Alan H. and the Luminous Joan, Bunchdescendant and the Lovely Chris (and the Little Celtic Dancer!), way2fractious, Walkerk and the Amazing Madalyne, Thomsec and his charming family, Michael Steinrok and the lovely Nancy, Kiltimabar (who we weren’t expecting but were delighted to see), Captainjak, Monkey @arms, PiperGeorge and the lovely Gwenlass, and of course The F-H.C.A.G. with Xena and Sinbad and yours truly Panache in tow.


    Afterwards Gene, Ruth, and many of the Nor Cal Rabble gathered at the home of The Flame-Haired Celtic Amazon Goddess and myself to enjoy a post games BBQ where we were joined by Gryphonaire and the enchanting Ginger.

    It was a great day.

    Here are a few pictures but hopefully there will be more to come.



    The F-H.C.A.G. and Xena in matching Mcleod sharing a pineapple shaved
    ice that matched their tartan.



    Walkerk bravely upholding the MacNaughton Clan Chief Crest.



    Panache ready to March with Clan Macleod



    The Mighty Sinbad (who was happy to see Charlie's son again)




    Alan preparing the throw the caber



    Tim gives it his all

    More to come...
    Last edited by Panache; 17th June 07 at 09:49 PM.
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    Can you spot the Macleods in these pictures? The Lovely Flame-Haired Celtic Amazon Goddess and Panache enjoy a little bit of Scottish Dancing




    Bunchdescendant, Walkerk, Monkey @arms, Thomsec, and Kiltimabar



    A very nice kilt pin that Jake helped me pick out, I thought it a most appropriate pin...



    Michael Steinrok, Nancy, w2f, and Monkey @arms enjoying a bit of a rest after a fun day at the Games.

    To be continued ...
    Last edited by Panache; 18th June 07 at 09:37 AM.
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    A' la Maison du Panache



    "Hi I'm Jake and I have very good taste in beer..."



    In case you were wondering why she is called the Luminous Joan...



    Kiltimabar



    Ginger, Walkerk, and Gryphonaire

    To be continued...
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    How we slice watermelons at the home of the F-H.C.A.G. and Panache... (I may have just possibly watched Highlander one time too many...)






    Bunchdescendant





    The Little Celtic Dancer (you just have to love her taste in shirts)



    If you were curious how Panache holds his liquor...



    More pictures to come from other X Markers!

    One last thing...

    The Mulberry Street Business Association of Fretwell Falls extend their thanks that so many great people could join the festivities after the Games.

    Cheers



    Jamie
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    More pictures

    Aye, he's a tall one!



    WalkerK and Monkey@Arms


    AlanH reading the Proclamation of Friendship honoring Gene and Ruth of Clan MacNaughton for repeatedly hosting the X-Marks rabble.


    Proud recipients

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    Always lots of activity here.


    A toast to the Chief of Clan MacNaughton


    Who forgot to sweep the pleats?


    Relaxing at Panache Manor

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    Great pics, commemorating a great day. Thanks so much for your warm hospitality, Panache and the F.H.A.C.G. I believe Alan and Tim both took part in the final event of the Heavy Games, tossing the empty kegs of Moylan's Kilt Lifter Ale for distance, tossing the empty bottles is more my speed.

    Best regards,

    Jake
    Last edited by Monkey@Arms; 18th June 07 at 10:23 AM. Reason: Usual typos
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    What a feast was had!


    Panache dispatching the watermelon


    It appears Panache is also a railroad barron.


    The fabled town of Fretwell Falls - just a flag stop far off the main line.


    A close-up reveals the town is holding a celebration!

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    Ladies and gentlemen, an absolutely wonderful pictorial! Thank you for sharing!
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    A splendid photo thread - Highland games, Scottish country dancing, Kilted barbecue, Model trains; all the ingredients of a perfect day out.
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