70 Great Reasons to Celebrate
In 1948, when the first Games organizers decided to revive the ancient Scottish traditions, little did they think that 70 years later, tens of thousands would still be trekking to Maxville on the long summer holiday weekend.
This year’s Games will celebrate those 70 years of producing the best celtic event possible and also salute all of those Scots who went before us to create this great country of Canada. With two reasons like these to celebrate, the Games have pulled together some special attractions to add to our traditional Scottish festivities and competitions. For some people it will be a trip down memory lane while for others it will be a deeper insight to why the Games are such a part of Glengarry.
A Heritage Village will showcase Glengarry’s rich history and heritage as well as 70 proud years of the Games. The Village will be open from 10 am to 5 pm each day and will also feature talks on topics related to our storied past. Join Glengarry’s popular historical groups and find out more about the reasons why Glengarry is indeed Where Ontario Began.
Outside the Heritage Village, militia groups who were part of Canada’s early defence will set up their encampment ready to tell the stories of their battles and their lives on the front. Join the Glengarry Fencibles, the 84th Regiment of Foot Royal Highland Emigrants, and the King’s Royal Regiment of New York (KRRNY). and the Glengarry Light Infantry (GLI) . These regiments span the years from 1780s to 1812 and included members from Glengarry and area. Also in the camp are the Loyalist Fifes and Drums who will add some heritage music to the air.
The Celebration Festivities start at the Tartan Ball where Sir John A Macdonald will put in an appearance and bring greetings from 1867. The Ball will have a Confederation theme and start off the 70th Games events.
Friday and Saturday, characters from Canada’s history will be found strolling the grounds and visiting the Clans and History displays. Sir John A and the militia re-enactors will be front and centre in the Clan Parade just before noon on Saturday. Cornwall’s Town Crier will be making himself heard as he announces news and events. Make sure to be there for the special Games tributes at the Friday night Tattoo and the Official Ceremonies.
The Highland Dancing Committee has some interesting historical features added to this year’s competitions. Join them in the Arena to see what they have planned. The Clans Displays are deep in information for people looking for their ancestry or curious as to what the clans are all about.
The Cape Breton Fiddlers Association have travelled from Eastern Canada to join in our celebrations and can be found along with Glengarry’s Fiddlers in the Arena both days as well as on the infield for the Massed Fiddlers on Friday evening.
Those who registered as attending the First Games in 1948 will be saluted and recognized during the Games. Photos have been collected by the Glengarry County Archives and will be shown in the Heritage Village.
More plans are in the works and will be released as details are finalized.
Special Events to Celebrate Our 70th Edition
|Thursday||Confederation Evening with Sir John A Macdonald at the Tartan Ball||Metcalfe Centre|
|Friday/Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm||Heritage Village Opens||Southeast of Large Tent|
|Friday/Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm||Military Encampment||Southeast of Large Tent|
|Friday/Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm||Presentations in the Heritage Village||Southeast of Large Tent|
|Friday/Saturday||Sir John A Macdonald (Welcome in Heritage Village at 11:00 am, Welcome in the Clans Tent, Friday night Tattoo, Saturday Clan Parade with Militia re-enactors)||throughout the grounds|
|Friday/Saturday||Cornwall's Town Crier (Welcome in Heritage Village at 11:00am)||throughout the grounds|
|Friday/Saturday||Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association (See Fiddling schedule)||various locations|
|Friday/Saturday||Highland Dancing History Saluate||Arena|
|Friday/Saturday||Clan Displays and Presentations||Clan Buildings|