Nov 06

Guy Fawkes Night

It’s that time of year again, and this one promises to be a great turn-out!  Join fellow HAGGIS members at the Kula farm starting at 4pm for socializing and potluck, then stick around for the traditional bonfire, effigy burning, and fireworks starting at 6pm.  Contact a council member for directions.

Sep 20

Upcoming event, all about Scotland!

Though the world’s attention has been on Scotland in recent days, few Midwesterners realize Scotland’s influence close to home. Sir Walter Scott never visited the United States yet left a lasting legacy on the landscape. From the states of Ohio to Nebraska, towns christened Waverly (named for a fascination with Scott’s best-selling Waverley novels) burgeoned forth between 1830 and 1880, including Waverly, Iowa. The New York Times noted last year that these novels were more influential than those by Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Herman Melville.

 

In recognition of the bicentennial of Waverley, the first of these wildly popular novels, a series of lectures and a celebration of literature, music, and dance will take place in Iowa City from October 1 to October 5Sunday’s literary and musical program features bagpipers Robert Gray and Ed Raber, Scottish fiddler Jeremy Kittel, soprano Jennifer Macfarlane Haworth, tenor Kevin Hanick, guitarist Jack Stapleton, and the Iowa City Crescendo Children’s Choir.  Scottish dancers hail from Iowa and Kansas.  Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and Ida Beam Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, will narrate the story of “Sir Walter Scott’s Legacy in Iowa,” held in conjunction with the UNESCO Iowa City Book Festival.

 

An author, teacher, and poet, Alan Riach has been an active participant in debates for Scottish independence, both on BBC Radio and in numerous publications, and his recent book Arts of Independence argues why Scottish culture should be at the heart of the independence debate. He will also be giving lectures for the public (see below).

 

Please consider attending any or all of the events, particularly the 3:30 lecture on Thursday afternoon and the Sunday performance at the Englert Theatre!

Wednesday, October 1

Lecture for undergraduates (and open to the public):  “Why Scottish Literature Matters”

3:30-4:45, 304 English-Philosophy Building

 

Thursday, October 2

Lunchtime program with the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council: “Reflections on Scottish Literature, Nationalism, and the Recent Referendum and Elections” 12:00-1:15, Congregational Church, Jefferson and Clinton St.

For more details see: http://icfrc.org/about/.

 

Thursday, October 2

Public lecture:  “Scottish Poetry and Paintings: Politics and the Arts of Resistance”

3:30-4:45, 304 English-Philosophy Building

 

Friday, October 3

Brown-bag discussion with graduate students in the Department of English: “How Poems Work: A Reading of a Selection of Poems and Reflections on Their Purpose and Power”

1:00-2:30, 304 English-Philosophy Building

Sunday, October 5

Literary and musical performance free and open to the public:  “Celebrating Sir Walter Scott’s Legacy in Iowa”

3:00-4:30, The Englert Theatre, 221 E Washington St, Iowa City (see http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/200th-anniversary-of-sir-walter-scotts-waverley-novels/

 

And many thanks to the generous sponsors for these events:  The University of Iowa Department of English, Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professorship, International Programs, and Scottish Highlanders Alumni and Friends; the Hawkeye Area Grand Gaelic Isle Society (H.A.G.G.I.S.); and the Preucil School of Music.

Jun 28

Celticfest THIS SUNDAY at Squaw Creek Park

It’s almost time! It’s here! CELTICFEST IS IN TWO DAYS!

We’ll all be there, and we know you will be as well. Know who else will be there? These guys!

 

Time

Main Stage

Children’s Stage

10:00 AM

Blackhawk Pipes & Drums

11:00 AM

Lilywren

11:30 AM

Champagne Irish Dance

Orkes & Trolles

12:00 PM

Grand March

12:30 PM

Kilt Pleating Demo

1:00 PM

Knobbly Knees Contest

Pass Four Productions

1:30 PM

Wylde Nept + Ashley H.

2:30 PM

Stapleton Highland Dance

3:00 PM

Orkes & Trolles

Pass Four Productions

3:30 PM

Blackhawk Pipes & Drums

4:00 PM

Kilt Pleating Demo

Storytelling

4:30 PM

Orkes & Trolles

5:00 PM

Wylde Nept

 Join us at Squaw Creek Park!

Jun 04

Membership dues

We still have a number of people who have not paid their dues for this year yet.

Jun 03

Monthly ceilidh reminder

Don’t forget!  This Saturday is our monthly ceilidh at 6pm at Dublin City Pub.  This month special event lecture by Anne Stapleton on Walter Scott’s connections to Waverly, Iowa.  Plus, all the usual fun!

Jun 03

Second Call to Volunteer!

I have received lots of offers to help with set up, and for pouring beer, but I still have need of 2-hour shifts filled for parking, ticket booth, info booth, childrens area, garbage patrol, Highland Games liason, as well as volunteers to help with clean up and more food for the athletes (particularly fruit and cookies).  Remember, volunteering gets you in to the festival for FREE!

May 20

Calling All Volunteers!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!

Volunteers are essential for a successful CelticFest! In addition to the adoration and appreciation of your fellow HAGGIS members, all volunteers receive free entrance to the CelticFest AND a really awesome button!

We have several needs, and I hope that you grab a friend or relative and sign up to help!

Here are the choices:

1) Saturday June 28th, we will need help setting up at the park from 12pm-5pm

Signed up so far: Nate and Susan, Matt and Paula

2) Early birds Sunday June 29th, 8am-10am, we will need help with finishing touches, possibly errand running, greeting and helping vendors and entertainers and seeing to their needs

Signed up so far: Nate and Susan, Matt and Paula, Erin S.

3) Clean up/take down June 29th, 6pm till finished

Signed up so far: Nate and Susan

4) Snacks for athletes, we are providing snacks to athletes this year and need folks to prepare and bring light sandwiches, fruit, water, things like granola bars and cookies, too.

Signed up so far:

5) Parking and transportation June 29th, we have a small parking lot at Squaw Creek and an overflow parking lot at the adjacent shelter reserved. We need folks with a vehicle able to transport and assist guests from the overflow lot to the ticket booth. We will provide signs for your vehicle and you will be needed to help folks understand where to park and to drive them back and forth to their parking space. (Especially any elderly/handicapped guests).

Signed up so far:
10AM-12PM, Roger and MaryAnn C
12pm-2pm
2pm-4pm
4pm-6pm

6) Beer servers, Back Pocket Brewery will be providing alcohol, but regulations do not allow them to serve. We will need persons (of 21 or older) to serve beer.

Signed up so far:
10am-12pm
12pm-2pm
2pm-4pm
4pm-6pm

(I have heard from Jim B, Tammy K, and Tracie W +Sienna willing to help with this, but no assigned time yet)

7) Ticket booth, persons responsible for greeting patrons and selling them their entrance ticket

Signed up so far:
10am-12pm
12pm-2pm
2pm-4pm
4pm-6pm

8) Info booth and T-shirt sales, persons responsible for assisting with any guest needs and selling festival t-shirts

Signed up so far:
10am-12pm
12pm-2pm
2pm-4pm
4pm-6pm

9) Children’s area, persons responsible for assisting with planned childrens activities

Signed up so far:
10am-12pm, Heidi H
12pm-2pm, Erin S
2pm-4pm
4pm-6pm

10) Garbage patrol, persons responsible for wandering grounds and maintaining cleanliness

Signed up so far:
10am-12pm, Paula M
12pm-2pm, Paula M
2pm-4pm
4pm-6pm

11) Highland Games liason, persons responsible for collecting waivers from athletes, making sure athletes have snacks available, and acting as a runner between the M.C. (Scott H) and the games to assist with making announcements

Signed up so far:
10am-12pm
12pm-2pm
2pm-4pm
4pm-6pm

Thank you all in advance!!!
Please respond with what you are able to help with!
Susan

Apr 21

Join us for Spring Picnic!

Just a reminder…there is no council meeting this week…but there is a spring picnic!  Come and join us for socializing, BYOB and meat to grill, something to share, you may also want to bring your own camp chair.  Saturday at Squaw Creek Park (Meadowlark shelter), at 2pm.  There will be lots of discussion about CelticFest, since we will be able to visit the festival site.  See you soon!

Apr 09

New Event Announcement!

Highland Games Practice Day, Saturday, May 31st, 10AM, at Lower Kingston Stadium

 

Ever wanted to know more about Highland Games? Ever wanted to give them a try? Now is your chance! Come and learn, come and try…without the pressure of competition. Experienced athletes will be there to help instruct you in this low-pressure event. Who knows? Maybe it will inspire you to become an athlete at the CelticFest and Highland Games the following month!

Mar 06

St. Patricks Day Parade-Details

St. Patricks Day is approaching and we are getting ready for our float. Here are the details on what we will be needing:

If you have volunteered to help decorate and/or ride/walk in the parade, please arrive at the staging area “A” which is on 4th Avenue, between 5th and 6th Sts, at 11am Monday. The parade starts at 1pm, so we will use this time to decorate the float.

Read the description of needs below, and let us know if you are able to bring any props. We will obtain any final needs based on what people already have.

We need 4 people willing to be on the “float” playing golf and looking like they are having fun doing it. We need a total of 5 people walking around and near the float as it makes its way in the parade. We need a Piper to lead the “float”.

Decorations: Since we are going with the golf theme, we need a green skirt to represent grass that goes on the outside of the trailer. The people on the float need huge and easy to see from far away golf clubs for 3 people to hold and swing. A bouncy ball or yoga ball to “hit” between them, and an oversized pennant style flag for the hole marker.

I would like as many St. Andrews Flags and Ireland flags as we can get as well. No Rampant Lions please. (the gold and red lion one).

Anyone that can show up Monday to help decorate will be very welcome!

Everyone on the float or walking in the parade needs to be kilted or otherwise dressed in Scottish attire please.

I am still talking about a banner for each side of the trailer that advertises our event. If that does no thappen we will need to make signs to say what we want to say. If I do not have the banners by the Friday before the Parade we will need to get the signs together quickly.
**Also, there is no parking along the parade route. You will need to find parking in a ramp or at a meter downtown, and walk in to the staging area.**
Thank you!!

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