Clan MacLaren will be the honored clan at these games!A valley with a river flowing through it and the beginning of fall color in the mountains is the setting of this yearís annual general meeting and clan gathering in Lincoln, New Hampshire at the Loon Mountain Resort. The New Hampshire Highland games this year will be held September 21, 22, 23.
Loon Mountain group photo by Jackie Lawrence
The New Hampshire Highland Games is the largest Scottish Festival in the Northeast. It is three days of music, dancing, mass bands, competitions, concerts, vendors, and food that will certainly delight the lover of everything Celtic. The clan village is set up between the grandstand and the concert tent, so you will hear the pipe bands, Albannach, Red Hot Chili Pipers, Brother, and more. There are usually more than 60 clans that set up in the clan village. The weather in the past has been either very warm, very cold, sunny, cloudy, or pouring down rain. Sometimes itís been two or more of those in the same day.
To make the games even more special, our Chief Donald MacLaren and his wife Maida will be attending as well.
Loon Mountain games photo by Cathy Galloway
Lincoln, New Hampshire is a small ski town located 83 miles north of the Manchester, New Hampshire airport
and 135 miles north of Boston Logan airport. There are scenic tours you can drive on your own
or you can take the tours that will show you the special places to find moose and other wildlife.
Remember to bring your camera for the many waterfalls and covered bridges scattered throughout New England.
If you like hiking, there are many trails on Loon Mountain and the surrounding area.
View from clan village, photo by Cathy Galloway
Getting to this area can be accomplished with the Boston Express Bus Service. This bus service can take you from Boston Logan Airport and connect with The Shuttle connection from Lincoln, New Hampshire. The Shuttle connection also goes to Manchester and Boston Airports.
The Beacon Resort is holding six rooms for our group. Since there is limited space it is suggested that you call to reserve your room soon as you read this article. There are other resorts, cottages, camping, and condos available right now to book for that weekend throughout the area. People are booking a year ahead for this event so places are going quickly.
We are still working out plans for the council meeting, Friday night reception, and Saturday night banquet. Further details will be provided by mid-summer.
We are excited and gearing up for a fantastic gathering of Clan MacLaren of North America and beyond at the 2012 Annual General Meeting in Lincoln, New Hampshire to coincide with the New Hampshire Scottish Highland Games at the world famous Loon Mountain Ski Resort. We are all looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. For information and questions please contact Cathy Botkin Galloway at 603-320-5177, or Catmermaid@aol.com