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Imagine yourself among highlanders this weekend, with stone throwing contests, and giant poles being thrown through the air. You immerse yourself in kilts and haggis', perhaps you catch a snooze in a grotto to the tune of harps, hoping that when you open your eyes you will in fact be in Scotland. I'm planning on it!
The Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is a great way to expose the kids to their heritage. My children are Scot-Irish with a smatter of Welsh. I've been wanting to take them to the festival for years, but like everything something always comes up! But, not this weekend, this weekend we will be dreaming of Scotland.
The festival we are attending is in Florence, Massachusetts located at Look Park. The kids can have haggis, taste over 11 varieties of Welsh cookies, hang out with sheepdogs and dance with the highland dancers. They also have a pub, with mead. Did mention that I love mead? Yeah,I do.
Our heritage history
Many clans will be represented at the event this year. Our clan is clan Donald, Macgregor is not going to be represented. They are available to get involved with, and it's a great way to start learning more about your family heritage.
Clan Donald, is one of the largest clans in Scotland.
Clan Donald's website states:
See! It's great to connect culturally at these fairs. I can't wait to have the kids sign up for celtic dance.
What can you expect if you attend?
By attending you are keeping culture alive, just by your mere presence.Yes, we live in a blended country, but it is still very important to teach our children about the culture of their ancestors and close living relatives.
So even if you aren't Scottish, come to the festival July 15th 2017 and learn something new. Who knows maybe you'll meet a bonnie lad there and kilts might soon become your thing!
Videos of last year's festival thank you Youtube!!
#review to come later!
Why I ventured to the mutton and mead festival Montague, massachusetts.
Come hell or high water as they say, I was bound and determined to make it to the Mutton and Mead festival in Montague, Massachusetts on Sunday. Well, I made it and I was not disappointed. I go to get back to my historical/fantastical needs. I'm a living historian, and also a mother of four-so there are limited times to indulge myself in my history fix. I of course, write and publish but Ren fair time is the best concoction for my imagination. It gives me the fix that I need to keep going especially when working on copy that is, shall we say-less than entertaining at times?
I've been to several fairs in my time, and loved every minute of them. This fair in particular was interesting because it is a different horse altogether. In fact, they base the fair on common folk, and their lives. Of course, Robin Hood is a very interesting common person to attach the fair too, so they do. Going to Ren fairs are the perfect way to experience lighthearted, bawdiness with activities to keep the children indulged.
mead-when you need it
Yes,the mead here is heady. At the fair there is a long line for it, and you have to wear a lime green band saying you can drink at the fair. That was different, waiving a flag to say you are allowed to partake. No matter, it's the line that takes forever. For $5.00 you get a dixie cup. Just a little disappointing, and perhaps something that might be changed in the future.
Mead is an elixir that has an illustrious history, going back to the vikings of yesteryear. Drink it from a horn, or a dixie cup no matter, it's the liquor that saves your sanity. I had to drive, so unfortunately I vicariously lived the drink through a friend who was able to imbibe.
When you wish it were an actual joust
At the end of the day, i was inspired for book three-nameless, and set in the 1940s.
If you didn't know this, I am a published author, and freelance writer.
I've published several books, Now, I am getting back to a place that is calling-1940s. The book is based largely on the Ardennes Offensive, bloody and soul saddening- thousands died trying to break through dragons teeth that were not going anywhere save to stamp out the allied offensive. As history tells, the allies were able to break through, my story follows them from Bastogne, to Dachau. There is time travel, there has to be. Oh and a smite of Romanian witch, and Aryan occultism. Hope to have it completed by the middle of next month.
For more writing by colette visit #historysmistress.wordpress.com
Augusta Chiwy was one of the main characters that I had to include in my most recent book. I thought you might enjoy this tidbit! Until later lovies...
Wiki had a great little excerpt-DON"T USE IT FOR ANY REAL RESEARCH!
On 16 December 1944, the day the Germans launched their offensive, Chiwy returned to her family in Bastogne for Christmas. At that time the town seemed safely in American hands, but within days was surrounded by German troops advancing into Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. Chiwy attended to civilian and military casualties with her uncle, a doctor, until 21 December, when she volunteered to serve as a nurse at the first-aid station of the 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division, commanded by Dr. John Prior. Chiwy worked at the aid station in the Rue Neufchateau, and even donned an Army uniform in order to go out into the field to collect the wounded while under fire.[
On 24 December 1944, the first aid station was hit by a German bomb, killing over 30 wounded men and another volunteer nurse Renee Lemaire. Chiwy was with Prior in an adjoining building and was blown through a wall, but survived unhurt. She continued to assist the American forces until the siege was finally lifted two days later.
It don't mean a thing if it AIN'T' got that swing... how to experience the 1940s in western massachusetts.
Get some grub at miss flo's
Operating since the 1940s, this place is a standard in western massachusetts. People consistently rave about it, and it's a must for anyone looking for an authentic vintage atmosphere and diner. Have to check it out!
NOrthampton's west coast swing
Each week, Northampton Massachusetts West Coast Swing group hosts dance lessons.
Every Wednesday! Swing Dance Lessons 6:30 & 7:30 pm; Dance from 8:30 onward
Location: Dance Northampton Studio, 492 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA
Join us every Wednesday night (with a couple of exceptions) in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Have to check it out.
Before and after of old main street in springfield ma might take a walk there!
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