Houston Highland Games Association

Our activities throughout the year are a family friendly celebration of the Celtic heritage

Operating as usual

06/04/2024

๐Ÿ“ฃ Exciting Announcement! ๐Ÿด

Join us for the next Houston Highland Games Association (HHGA) Membership Meeting on June 5th, 2024 (Wednesday) at St Thomasโ€™ Episcopal School (STES), 4900 Jackwood St, Houston, TX 77096. ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ

Here are the details:
๐Ÿ•ก Time: The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
๐Ÿข Location: Reserved Board Room at STES.
๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ Parking: Conveniently located across from the STES lobby entrance, accessible via Jackwood or Endicott Street.
๐Ÿ“ Check-in: Please check in at the STES lobby Reception Desk. Remember to bring a photo ID for entry.

Agenda Highlights:
๐Ÿ“„ Reports: Updates from the Officers and Committee Chairpersons.
๐Ÿ“‹ Nominations: Review the Draft Report from the Nominating Committee for elections at our Annual General Membership Meeting on Wed, July 10th. Nominations must be finalized prior to June 25th.
๐ŸŽ‰ Games Day: Discuss plans and strategies for our upcoming Games Day events on October 12th, 2024.

We will also have discussions on recent May events, including the Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Apr 6th-May 27th) and Decatur Celtic Festival (May 3rd-4th). Plus, get ready for our upcoming June event - HHGA Spirit Night on June 10th Tios Beechnut Restaurant.

Mark your calendars and join us for an evening filled with camaraderie and exciting updates. We look forward to seeing you there! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿด

Photos from Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games's post 05/19/2024

Any of our members there? Post yer pics

05/19/2024

Something to do this summer while on the beach

This is amazing ๐Ÿ˜

Via Steven Brown Art

04/08/2024

Did you know there is a solar eclipse tartan?

2024 Clan/Society/Vendor Forms 04/06/2024

Happy Tartan Day! As we prepare for our โ€˜24 games, get your space reserved now! We want to see you there

2024 Clan/Society/Vendor Forms Clans and Societies 2024 Cover Letter for Clans and Societies 2024 Application Form for Clans and Societies See This Link to process Clan/Society payment via PayPal Payments can also be made with Zโ€ฆ

04/06/2024

Happy Tartan Day!!
(From Heather - Clan Donald))
How about a calling out of the clans?
Slainte!

04/04/2024

๐Ÿด National Tartan Day! April 6 ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿด

Did you know that tartan is a traditional Scottish pattern that represents different clans and families? ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

On this day, we celebrate Scottish heritage and the contributions of Scottish-Americans to the United States. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด

Whether you have Scottish roots or simply appreciate the beauty of tartan, take a moment to embrace the rich history and cultural significance of this iconic pattern. ๐ŸŒŸ

Share a picture of yourself or your favorite tartan to show your support for National Tartan Day! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿด

Home 03/22/2024

๐ŸŽถโœจ **Exciting News Alert! Celtic Woman Live in Houston!** โœจ๐ŸŽถ

Get ready to experience the enchanting melodies and mesmerizing performances of Celtic Woman LIVE in Houston! ๐ŸŒŸ Mark your calendars for **April 29th** at the prestigious Playhouse Square, Smart Financial Centre. ๐ŸŽป

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ **Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE!** ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ
Don't miss your chance to witness this unforgettable musical journey. Secure your seats today at www.celticwoman.com or call the box office at **281-207-6278**.

๐Ÿ’ฅ Use promo code '**Irish**' for an exclusive discount! ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Gather your friends and family for an evening filled with timeless Irish classics, stunning vocals, and captivating choreography. Let's make memories together with Celtic Woman in Houston! ๐Ÿ€โœจ

Home The phenomenal Celtic Woman, about to embark on yet another world tour, is this year celebrating 12 years of success, with over 10 million albums and 3 million tickets sold worldwide.

PROF. DONALD MEEK TO PRESENT INAUGURAL SORLEY MACLEAN ANNUAL LECTURE - Sabhal Mรฒr Ostaig 03/08/2024

Mark ye calendars for an incredible series from the Isle of Skye. Just register to receive the link-

The inaugural Sorley MacLean Annual Lecture โ€“ ร’raid Shomhairle โ€“ will take place at Sabhal Mรฒr Ostaig in the Isle of Skye on Wednesday 20 March 2024

PROF. DONALD MEEK TO PRESENT INAUGURAL SORLEY MACLEAN ANNUAL LECTURE - Sabhal Mรฒr Ostaig The inaugural Sorley MacLean Annual Lecture โ€“ ร’raid Shomhairle โ€“ will take place at Sabhal Mรฒr Ostaig in the Isle of Skye on Wednesday 20 March 2024.

03/06/2024

Enjoying an evening of the Sounds of Scotland... the annual Showcase put on by St Thomas Episcopal School. 5th thru 12th grade students participate!
And what a treat to see the reigning Jr novice world champion drum corps! Houston is blessed to have so much talent!! (Truly impressed by their B Band!! Wow! Love that they are competing more. STES has such depth of talent!!

03/05/2024

ONLINE TICKET SALES for the 46th Annual Savannah Scottish Games on May 4, 2024 at Bethesda Academy. Tickets are available at a discounted rate. Buy early and save!
Adult (18 and over): $17.50 in advance / $20 day of the Games
Student (11-17): $5.00 in advance / $10.00 day of the Games
Children (10 and under): FREE!
We offer an Active Duty Military/First Responder discount ticket ($15) at the gate on the day of the Games only (not online). Thank you for your service!
General admission parking is FREE.

Come one, come all, and celebrate all things Scottish with us!

https://www.savannahscottishgames.com/purchase-tickets

A Scottish Night to Remember 03/02/2024

A Night to Remember for a Great Cause

A Scottish Night to Remember Join us atย A Scottish Night to Remember, as Scottish companies display their cultural goods and technologies, and exhibitors from all over of the world showcase their technologies. In addition to a dynamic exhibition, there will also be Scottish foods and entertainment, including music and ...

02/19/2024

Save the Date!! (And message me if you want to get in a volunteer committee!)

Photos from Houston Highland Games Association's post 02/07/2024
02/02/2024

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ **Exciting News for Highland Games Enthusiasts in Houston! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ**

Hey Highland Games family! ๐ŸŽ‰ Mark your calendars because something incredible is coming your way! ๐Ÿ“† The Houston Highland Games Association is gearing up for an epic meeting, and we want YOU to be a part of it! ๐Ÿคฉ

๐Ÿ—“ **Date:** February 7
๐Ÿ•” **Time:** 6:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ **Location:** St. Thomas Episcopal High School, 4900 Jackwood St.

โœจ **Why Attend?**
Get ready for an evening filled with camaraderie and exciting plans for the future of our beloved Highland Games! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Whether you're a seasoned participant or a curious newcomer, your presence and input are invaluable.

๐Ÿ† **Agenda Highlights:**
- Recap of past Highland Games events ๐ŸŽช
- Sneak peek into upcoming games and festivities ๐Ÿฅณ
- Membership updates and perks ๐ŸŽŸ
- Opportunities to get involved and make a difference ๐Ÿ’ช

๐Ÿ“ฃ **Spread the Word!**
Tag your Highland Games buddies, share this post, and let's make sure every enthusiast in Houston knows about this exciting gathering! The more, the merrier! ๐Ÿค—

๐Ÿ‘‰ **RSVP:** No need~ Just show up!
๐Ÿ“ง **Questions? Contact:** [email protected]

Let's come together to celebrate our shared love for Scottish traditions, athleticism, and good times! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๐Ÿ’™ Can't wait to see you there!

Timeline photos 01/17/2024

Aye, thereโ€™s a wee dram in Scotland ye say? ๐Ÿค”

Did you know 53 bottles of Scotch Whisky are exported every second across the globe?

According to a new report by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), in 2022 alone the drink amounted to 77% of Scotlandโ€™s food and drink exports, which is 26% of all UK food and drink exports.

In fact, the Scotch whisky industry brought ยฃ7.1bn (GVA) into the UK economy in 2022!

To be called Scotch Whisky, legislation states that the spirit must be distilled and matured in oak casks for at least 3 years in Scotland. Single Malt Scotch whisky must also be bottled in Scotland.

This means, 75% of the total GVA of the Scotch Whisky industry is generated in Scotland, equating to ยฃ5.3bn annually.

Today, around 22 million casks lie maturing in warehouses across the country โ€“ that's around 12 billion 70cl bottles for the future.

In other words, we make a LOT of whisky!

๐Ÿฅƒ Discover more about Scotland's main whisky-producing regions and the associated brands over on our website: https://buff.ly/4aVxqZn

๐Ÿ“ธ Whisky casks stockpiled outside Bunnahabhain distillery, Islay.

01/16/2024

Add to the list

In the ten day lead up to Burns night I thought Iโ€™d post ten of the finer examples of the tartan โ€˜tattโ€™ Iโ€™ve lovingly crafted over the last decade.

First up this cute wee illustration of the first address to the haggis.
Fun to paint, I liked that the recital is being led by someone with an โ€˜honest Sonsie faceโ€™ with all the gravitas of Ronald MacDonald!

01/16/2024

If itโ€™s gonna be wintery in Texas, isnโ€™t it to much to ask that it look like this?! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

Strength - The Houston Highland Games. Dehancer Pro Test 01/14/2024

A wee bit of reflection this morning as we remember all the wonderful athletes and spectators at the HHGโ€™23 - thank you to JB McDougall for this wonderful video

Strength - The Houston Highland Games. Dehancer Pro Test Had a free day and decided to go visit my first ever Highland Games and do a little filming. Everyone was super cool and I got to watch some Incredible athl...

01/14/2024

If ye traveling east in May, stop by and say hello to yer fellow clansmen

๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟJoin us at the Savannah Scottish Games, while we celebrate our 46th Annual Savannah Scottish Games ! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰

๐Ÿ“… Date: May 4, 2024
๐Ÿ•’ Time: 8:30 to 5:00 pm
๐Ÿ“ Location: Bethesda Academy
๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ https://savannahscottishgames.com

Join us for a day filled with thrilling events, unique experiences, and a deep dive into Scottish history and culture. ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

โœ… What to Expect:
๐Ÿ† Traditional Highland Games: Witness incredible feats of strength and skill as athletes compete in traditional Scottish games.

๐Ÿ† Highland Dancing at its best! Grace and athleticism combined as world class Highland Dancers compete in the morning and pre-premier in the afternoon.

๐ŸŽถ Live Music: Feel the rhythm of the bagpipes and immerse yourself in the sounds of Scottish music.

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Scottish Cuisine: Indulge in mouthwatering Scottish delicacies and treat your taste buds to haggis, shortbread, and more.

๐ŸŽช Family-Friendly Fun: Enjoy a wide range of activities and entertainment suitable for all ages, ensuring a memorable experience for everyone. Childrenโ€™s activities including pint-sized heavy athletics, kilted run, crafts and passport.

๐Ÿ“š History come alive through re-enactments, clan tents and genealogy: Discover the captivating story of Scottish immigration and rich heritage.

๐Ÿ“ธ Capture your favorite moments and share them using the hashtag . Let's showcase the joy, excitement, and community spirit of this extraordinary event! ๐Ÿ“ท

๐ŸŒ Stay tuned for updates and additional details by visiting our website: https://savannahscottishgames.com .

โœจ Let's come together as a community to honor our history, celebrate our traditions, and create new memories at the Savannah Scottish Games ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

01/14/2024

As we brace for our day of winter here in letโ€™s take a moment to reflect on the beauty around us and in the motherland

A beautiful shot of Kilchurn Castle โค๏ธ

Instagram.com/scotland

01/10/2024

Time is running out- purchase your tickets by January 15. We look forward to seeing you there

Photos from Houston Highland Games Association's post 12/23/2023

Another โ€˜mark ye calendarโ€™ check it out and purchase your tickets now

https://www.stes.org/events

Click on the three lines in the upper left hand corner of the STE site. From there it allows you to purchase tickets

Walker's Shortbread 10/26/2023

A huge shoutout to Walkers Shortbread for their amazing support this year! Always a fan favorite

Walker's Shortbread Explore the world of Walkerโ€™s Shortbread! Discover classic Scottish cookies, shortbread, fruit cakes, tarts, oatcakes, and other sweet and savory treats.

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Big shout out to my newest top fans! ๐Ÿ’Ž Charlie Ammons, Dorothy Bartlett Hargrave, Todd Smith, Sharon K Jones, William Sc...
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!Music for Bagpipes... today's lesson - Piobaireachdhttps://bagpipelessons.com/what-is-piobaireachd/
SCOTS WEAR KILTS!!!(because you can't do this in pants!)

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