We went in search of our
roots on a lovely fall day.† Wink was
looking into the MacPherson roots of her
grandfather.† Mark went in search of his
grandmotherís father, Raleigh Dwiggins.† We found information on the MacPhersons but not the Dwiggins.† MacPherson means
son of the parson.† The venue for our
quest was the MacFest
Arrival at the Fair
One of the first things we did was head down to the clan tents and the Genealogy tent.† The MacPhersons were not represented this year.† They were represented the year before.† Maybe next year we will wear MacPherson tartans and get a clan tent!!† The men were wearing the kilts.† Maybe I could borrow Georgeís!† ††
Genealogy Tent with hand accordion in front
I hate to admit it, but the Genealogy Tent didnít live up to my expectations.† My thought was that they would have live internet with a Scottish database.† They did have a lot of books with Scottish history,but there was no way to get the information on our particular backgrounds that I expected to be available.† It seems like a simple relational database problem.† In spite of my significantly unrealistic expectations, it was fun.† They also had maps on the clan locations and books on the tartans.
We enjoyed the march of the
bag pipe bands.† There was a formal opening
ceremony on Saturday that we watched.†
Each pipe band marched in for a formal introduction.† I took video of each band.† Following the bands was a march of the
clans.† At the end of the march was the a concert with all of the bands playing together.† I recorded a good bit of that.† When I get the web space, I will post that if
there is interest.† There were bands from
March of the Pipe Bands
McPherson Pipe Band with the crest on their drum
At the end, there was a parade of the clans.† But unfortunately the MacPhersons were not represented.
March of the Clans
The one shortcoming of this festival was that the only beer they served was Root Beer albeit home made Root Beer.† The net result of this was that there was no requirement that the weapons be strapped down like there is for the Ren Fairs.† So there were many well armed people walking around with available weapons.† Wink didnít notice but Mark enjoyed it very much.† There were as many weapon vendors as music and jewelry vendors.†
We ate Highland Beef for lunch.† We both got the 1/3 pound burger and we liked
it.† It was very lean and
†it tasted just like a venison burger
to me.† The cattle were smaller than Wink
remembers from her trip to
Welcome to Oz!!
Scottish Highland Cattle
Scottish Highland Cattle
There was also a British car exhibit.† It was fun to see the antique cars.
Our last stop was to listen
to some Celtic music before we drove back to
All in all, it was a very
successful adventure. Couldnít have asked for better weather and were pleasantly
surprised to find a park with huge trees i.e. shade in
More to come.† Deer season in a week.
Wink and Mark