Following this year’s ASGF elections, a fine group of ladies have recently assumed the reins of the Association of Scottish Games & Festivals. COSCA is delighted for the opportunity to work with the ASGF on goals common to both of our organizations. We know that there is a wonderful and very effective synergy between Scottish clan & family societies and Scottish games and festivals. We hope that we can open a new dialogue that will explore that long tradition of working together to ensure strong games and strong clans and determine how to maximize both in the 21st century.
Speaking of working together to achieve common goals, ASGF recently noted the need for a greater presence and coverage of Scottish heavy athletics in mainstream American sports media. YES! Of course who wouldn’t love to sit back in their living room, flip on ESPN and check out the caber toss at Loon Mountain covered live by excellent commentators who really understand what is happening in the sport! OK – We’re in. Where do we write? Sounds like a big project but these are the kinds of things we can begin to work together to achieve. COSCA is looking forward to helping where we can.
COSCA Prepares For Battle! UPDATE …
The 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn that is …
Despite not having an international gathering of the clans to occupy our time in 2014, plans are shaping up to offer some great experiences in Scotland in 2014. Of course, tops on the list is the Bannockburn 700 celebration. Famous historians and archaeologists are making films about it, re-enactors are battering each other in preparation for it, the visitor’s center is reputed to be excellent, the virtual 3D experiences incomparable. Sgian Dubhs were unsheathed for a good buffing. And to top it off, Pipefest Stirling 2014 gives us all a cause for a good old march and parade on the evening of June 27th. For one brief shining moment, it did seem that Stirling, Scotland was our kind of town.
Then came the news that it wasn’t just we thousands of ancestral tourists coming to to an intimate warm welcoming Stirling to celebrate our heritage at the end of June 2014. Due to a convention bureau on steroids at Stirling Council, we will be joined in Stirling by tens of thousands of well wishers for the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces Day National Celebration. For a range of reasons, one suspects that the Armed Forces folks might not care so much about our Bannockburn 700 celebrations so we don’t expect much commonality there. And of course, ancestral tourism will now be joined by referendum tourism as Stirling Council has invited politics along with Armed Forces to Stirling next June.
Well we have a great old saying in the United States at times like these: “Whatever“. COSCA and the clans will be on the field at Bannockburn on June 28, 2014 and we are going to be having a great time. We hope to see many of you all there celebrating in equal fashion. We’ll have a dram and some shortbread for you so stop by our pitch. And look – the news is not all bad.
In a recent exchange of correspondence with the Scottish Government, COSCA and our friends at the Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada (CASSOC) and the Scottish Australian Heritage Council (SAHC), expressed our concerns about the additional strain brought about with the Armed Forces celebrations on lodging, food and other services in Stirling during next year’s Bannockburn events. We have been assured that steps have been taken to make the best of a potentially crowded situation at Stirling next year. Indeed, we understand that lodging, restaurant and other hospitality vendors in the area have been specifically encouraged to adopt and maintain a fair and friendly approach to next summer’s business. The best news is that COSCA has received many encouraging and welcoming notes from inn keepers and restauranteurs in and around Stirling and once again it appears that we can count on the Scottish people to help deliver a wonderful Scottish experience.
Scottish Clans have been invited to take part in Pipefest Stirling! Marching from the gates of Stirling Castle to mark the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and joining over 1,000 pipers and drummers, Scottish Clans are all welcome to take part in this international event. The Parade will be led by the Atholl Highlanders – Europe’s only private Army! If you are in Scotland on June 27, 2014 you won’t want to miss this! Put it in your plans and Register now.