Virtual events provide a taste of the Glengarry Highland Games, as organizers prepare for a full comeback in 2022
The Maxville Fairgrounds may be empty the last weekend of July of this year, but that doesn’t mean there’s no way everyone can still enjoy a taste. from the Glengarry Highland Games. Whether online or in person, there are still opportunities for people to don their kilts and play t-shirts to celebrate their Celtic heritage.
Organizers have hosted a number of events in 2021, both during the regular games weekend in late July and early August. There are also plans to hold events later in the season.
Below are some of the planned live and virtual events. All virtual events will be streamed online through the Zoom platform and links will be posted on the Glengarry Highland Games Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlengarryHighlandGames.
This year’s virtual lineup will air during games days, Friday July 30 and Saturday July 31, as a combination of old and new will be presented. Anyone who missed last year’s virtual games concert will have another opportunity this year to get the whole clan together for a little ceilidh and watch the show. The token toss and the highland fling club will be back, along with some clips of past heavyweight heroes.
Pipers compete online
The new features released in 2021 will be of interest to fans of previous games. For anyone missing out on the sound of the bagpipes, the Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO) is hosting a Glengarry Highland Games online competition for bagpipe and drum solos. The competition is open to all PPBSO members. The final results of the competition will be broadcast live at the traditional time of the mass closing groups on Saturday, July 31.
Scottish fiddlers entertain
On July 18, many of Glengarry’s best fiddlers gathered at the Metcalfe Center in Maxville to host a Scottish Violin Concert, which will premiere on Saturday, July 31. Watch this show to hear some of your favorite fiddlers, plus a performance bonus from the Glengarry Massed Fiddlers. You will recognize some of your friends and neighbors while enjoying the show. The concert organizers also promise some surprise guests.
Just a little dram tasting
What would the Highland Games be without a scotch tasting? This year, the organizers are offering a virtual scotch tasting. Everything will be on Zoom except the Scotch – which will be delivered to participants by game volunteers before the tastings. Frank McDonald, a well-known scotch tasting expert, along with guest presenter Steven Rankin – live from Scotland – invite you to enjoy a virtual scotch tasting on Saturday, August 7 at 4 p.m.
For $ 40, attendees will taste six different expressions of Gordon and McPhail belonging to the Urquhart family of Benromach and learn more about the history of the company and the background to each sample. The seats are limited. Check out the Games’ social media for more details.
Get your memories
As COVID-19 restrictions decrease in Stage 3, there will be more opportunities to come together and celebrate the Glengarry Highland Games and our Celtic heritage. For those who need to update their gaming gear, memorabilia will be available at the Maxville Fairgrounds every Saturday and Sunday. Sales have been strong so make sure you get there early as sizes can be limited and everyone will want to look their best for the Games return in 2022.
Play a round of golf to support the games
The annual Glengarry Highland Games golf tournament will begin in 2021 on a new date. The event will take place at the Glengarry Golf Club on August 6, as a day of sport, camaraderie, food and fun. The course is in great shape and what better way to celebrate together than a friendly game of golf?
The price of admission is $ 120 per person, which includes golf and cart, lunch, special surprises and more. Many groups have already registered but there is still room. Remember to wear your tartan proudly.
Upcoming concerts, sports and more
The Glengarry Highland Games will provide more opportunities to participate during the month of August and the organizers are still working with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to ensure these events are delivered in a safe manner. Details will be released as soon as the green light is given to proceed.