Considering the title of this post, one may think that I am just referring to my family, but oh no. I’m talking about a diverse group of people who come from all over the world, but trace their ancestry back to the borders of Scotland, back to the mighty Clan Scott.
A couple of weekends ago I traveled to Estes Park, Colorado to attend the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival where Clan Scott Society held their Annual General Meeting. Clan is means family, or a group of closely related families, and is usually used in reference to groups of Scottish families.
The Clan Scott AGM happens every year at different places throughout the US. This is the first time that I have been able to attend one and fully participate.
First, I want to discuss the festival itself. It is so much larger than the one that we have locally. The location is so much bigger and there are so many more places to go and things to do. It was hard to figure out where I wanted to be because I wanted to be everywhere at once.
There were some awesome vendors and I was able to get a lot of cool stuff that I wouldn’t have been able to get had I not been at this festival. There was also a ton of great food. The Scottish barbecue was incredible. I also enjoyed being able to walk around and see different events going on around me. There were bagpiping competitions, highland dancing competitions, the traditional Highland athletics, and many other entertainment opportunities.
One of my favorite parts of seeing all of the events was being able to see some awesome new bands that I had never heard of before. I really enjoyed the music from The Elders and Albannach. The Elders have a kind of Irish Folk/Rock vibe, and Albannach has a Scottish primal sound. I don’t know if that makes a whole lot of sense, So I’ll link to a couple of videos to show you guys what I’m talking about at the bottom of this post.
Now, back to the Clan Scott AGM part. I enjoyed being able to participate in this. The actual meeting part was kind of boring, it was great to meet so many other people who are part of Clan Scott, as well as seeing a different and bigger Clan Scott tent setup than what my family puts up at local events. (My dad is comissioner for Clan Scott Society in our state, so we go to the local festivals and set up an information tent, and we never see this many members of Clan Scott drop by.) Here’s a picture of the tent with just a few of the people who were there visible:
I was one of the youngest participants, and part of the meeting discussed attracting younger members. Due to this, I may be helping the Clan to expand their social media presence. This is exciting for me because it will give me experience and it gives me a way to be a bit more involved with the clan overall.
The biggest takeaway I experienced from this trip was to meet with others who are as passionate about their heritage as I am. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many people who care about keeping their heritage alive, and not only Scottish heritage in general, but that of my clan. Now I have a greater feeling that I am a part of something bigger than what I see on a daily basis. I feel that I can see the “bigger picture” a bit better now and that I’m a part of a community that I hadn’t really felt like I was a significant part of before.
I’ll probably be posting a Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival haul video in a few weeks. Keep an eye out!
Here are those videos I promised earlier in the post: