UNFORTUNATE IMPACT OF COVID FOR 2021
Our MacDuffee Clan Society officers have been tracking the announcements and available state information for both the Grandfather Mountain (NC) and Loon Mountain Games (NH). The state of North Carolina has begun to loosen mask requirements but has only recognized an outside gathering of 200 people through June 1st and will then presumably announce larger gathering opportunity/requirement. The Loon Mountain Games have limited attendance to 4000 guests, reduced the number of Clans to 30 and have reduced the main entertainment performers. Both Games have made difficult decisions and we appreciate all their efforts. Unfortunately there is still too much uncertainty, reduced attendance, reduce entertainment, and no need to take unnecessary risks. Many of our members also drive a significant distance and we are sure that they want to absorb the full experience of these two outstanding Games not reduced programs. Therefore, we have decided to not sponsor a Clan Tent at either Game for 2021 and are looking forward to a full and special 2022 gathering. Individuals are obviously free to attend if they wish.
We, your officers, appreciate your understanding and hopefully you will join us in 2022 to celebrate our Scottish Heritage and the 60th year, 1962-2022, since our Clan first formally organized on Grandfather.
Thomas P. McDuffee FSAScot
President MacDuffee Clan Society of America, Inc.
Updated: April 30, 2021
With 2020 bringing new challenges, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games went virtual, and the MacDuffees answered the call. Technical Officer, Staci Ingram, and her daughter,
Kayla, created a video for the virtual call which can be found below.
To view all of the videos from the weekend, including the complete torch light ceremony, please check the official Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Online youtube page found here.
Possible Games For Your Consideration Include
May 15, Springfield Highland Games, Sangamom County Fairgrounds, 315 Birch St. W., New Berlin, Il 62670 centralillinoiscelts.com
July 8-11, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, MacRae Meadows, Blowing Rock Hwy, Linville, NC 28646 gmhg.org
Aug 14, The CNY Scottish Games & Celtic Festival, Long Branch Park, Long Branch Road, Liverpool, NY 13088 cnyscottishgames.org
Sept 4-5, Virginia Scottish Games & Festival, 5089 Old Tavern Rd, Plains, VA 20198 vascottishgames.org
Sept 11, Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Percy Werner Park, 50 Vaughn Rd, Nashville, TN 37221 midtenngames.com
Sept 18-20, Loon Muntain Games, Loon Mountain Resort, 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln, NH 03251 nhscot.org
Nov 13-14, Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival, 15321 County Farm Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503 mshighlandsandislands.org
Contact hotels early as the Games are held in smaller communities where lodging fills up quickly.
Cheers to another year from our president (right) and vice-president/treasurer (left)
David McDuffie and Tom McDuffee!