March 22, 2017
Question: When is a Scot NOT a Scot? Answer: NEVER! A Scot is ALWAYS a Scot!!
OK, the one exception might be when he/she is participating in the Ventura St. Patrick's Parade . . . as we did with an amazing crew on Saturday, March 11, 2017 . . . and it totally paid off when we were named the "MOST IRISH" entry of the entire Parade!! Yes, we were considered the most Irish of the 80+ Parade entries this year (and this follows the honors of being named the BEST ENTRY of ALL in the 2016 Parade)! Perhaps our colorful kilts fooled them? Or maybe the beautiful Highland Dancers' dresses? Maybe Piper Steve Busch's beautiful bagpiping? Perhaps our excellent Ventura Celtic Players riding and playing aboard Doug Ingram's fine truck and trailer aka float? Donna Ingram's magical transformation of that trai . . . er, that is, Float was worthy of a first class prize for certain! It must have been the Mighty 805 Highland Heavies -- the big Scottish Athletes who so faithfully and personally passed Games cards to Parade Viewers all down the Parade route.
I KNOW it was clearly NOT the Chief riding in Mike McChesney's Kelly Green Alfa Romeo "Pace Car," driven so carefully and cleverly by Games Car Guy Paul Keener. Of course we DID have the Games Princess and her Consort riding high and waving to the throngs . . . .
OR, just maybe it was ALL of these elements rolled into one grand Seaside Games Parade Entry -- the largest conglomeration we have ever had for this Parade -- in the fifteen previous years! Rick LaVallee brought more athletes out to help and the result was this mighty collection of volunteers helping for these few hours to show Ventura County that we have an event every October worthy of their time and trouble to see and enjoy! We want to express our gratitude for all who participated and made this a successful Parade entry. Seaside is a welcome factor in Ventura, being the Number 2 Fairgrounds event after the Fair itself! And we all contribute to help keep it that way. Thanks, All. You deserve a little break now - at least until the Great Fourth of July Street Fair! We want you ALL back and raring to go for that fun time! Thanks and we love you every one.
John & Nellie
January 23, 2017
Here it is, 2017 already! Seems like we just met on the fields of Ventura to compete, eat, listen to music and just enjoy the famous Scottish hospitality known as the Seaside Highland Games.
We do hope to see you at our 2017 SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES October 14 & 15, 2017
Seaside Games organizers have always felt that the backbone of these, and any successful Scottish Festival, is the relationship with the Clans and Clan Societies. That was made abundantly clear when these Games were started fifteen years ago and remains a reality today. Seaside's "Clan Row" (aka Main Street on the Ventura County Fairgrounds), spread a full quarter mile from front to back is packed with the Clan and Organization encampments eager to welcome and to fête Games visitors with their own special brand of hospitality.
Bringing so many Clan contingencies to this special place on the Central Coast was a concern because so few were familiar with our beautiful Buenaventura environs. So, to ease these newbies into the Ventura County beach culture and to not simply turn them loose to forage for food on Friday's arrival, Organizers set up an all-Clan dinner and entertainment called "A Scottish Evening." A Scottish Evening consists of a fine buffet supper, live music by some of the weekend's entertainers and a Scottish Fashion Show. The Clans - and many locals as well - took to it as an absolute tradition and, although it was intended to simply be an "ice-breaker" for the first couple of years, shows no signs of fading, lo, these fifteen years later!
The friendly Seaside atmosphere starting on Friday and continuing throughout the weekend has brought a number of Clan Gatherings and Annual Meetings to our shores over the years. We have hosted Clan Officers and Boards and Clan Chiefs from here and abroad to grace the Games with their presence and to feel totally comfortable in doing so.
BUT, at no past Festival have we been blessed with the abundance being promised at these 2017 Games where no less than FOUR Clan Societies have promised their presence for annual AGM gatherings. Representatives of the Campbells, the MacLarens, Morrisons and Clan Ross are in negotiation to have their members attend and hold important business sessions at Seaside - and at least two of these Clans are bringing their Chief as a special guest of the Games! These dignitaries will take part in the Opening Ceremonies and Grand Parade and be celebrated in special Clan functions as well as an All-Clan Dinner being planned where ALL can take part in a "Meet and Greet" time--a time you'll not want to miss! This special event will be on Saturday evening of the Games in the magnificent Harbor View Room atop the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Don't miss it!
Look for further information here on the Seaside Games website (www.seaside-games.com) and on handouts throughout the coming months. Make plans to join in the fun and frivolity as well as the more dignified (but still enjoyable) Clan Society functions around the fairgrounds and throughout our wonderful town.
For more information watch the website or call John & Nellie @ 818-886-4968. See you in October!
Thanks and see you soon in Ventura...
Until we meet again on the fields of Ventura, California,