Ringgold To Host Celtic Festival And Highland Games Sept. 21

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Athletes will compete in a variety of events during the Ringgold Highland Games.
Athletes will compete in a variety of events during the Ringgold Highland Games.
- photo by Appalachian Celtic Festival & Highland Games

The Scots, Irish, Welsh and Appalachian folk will gather again in Ringgold for a day of music, culture, food and fun and games on Saturday, Sept. 21, on Emberson Drive in Ringgold.  The days events will include a variety of celtic themed music and traditional Scottish athletic competitions known as "the Highland Games."  

Dave Summer, the new athletic director for the festival said "[I'm] excited about being a part of the Appalachian Celtic group and expects a large number of athletes to compete."  The Highland Games features events such as the Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Sheaf Toss and more. According to Mr. Summers, "The Highland Games will also feature competitions by female athletes."

As for music, "Celtic band Highland Reign will be headlining the event again this year," said Richard Ball, festival board member and entertainment director.  Dulcimer band, Frettin' on Faith, will open the festival at 9:30 a.m.  Also scheduled is the Irish band Green Flag from Atlanta as well as a new group Pictus, and a local Ringgold band 6 String Suga Daddy.  Chattanooga Pipes and Drums will also make an appearance.   "We encourage participation," said Mr. Ball. "A picker's tent will be available for anyone who would like to come and play." 

Children's games will be ongoing all day.  Continuing a tradition from previous years the festival will hold a "Bonniest Knees Contest" and the Welsh Society will sponsor a "Welly Wanging Contest," as well.

Christina Ball, vendor and Scottish clan tent coordinator said, "[she] has several vendors scheduled for the festival such as celtic jewelry, celtic ironwork, medieval clothing, Appalachian pottery, and woodcarving." To give attendees a taste of celtic cuisine Ms. Ball said, "Food vendors will include Scottish, Appalachian, and American food." 

Hours for the festival will be from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Recreation fields on Emberson Drive. Admission is $5 for adults and 3 for children ages 6-12.  Children under the age of 6 will be admitted free. For more information go to http://www.appalachiancelticconnection.org/.

Two other special events are planned for the day as the Ringgold Convention & Visitor's Bureau will unveil a historical marker commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears near the Chief Richard Taylor Nature trail.  And following the event, attendees are invited to join the vendors and musicians for a Ceilidh (pronounced: Kay-lee) gathering at Acoustic Cafe in Ringgold beginning at 8 p.m.
 Traditional Celtic music will be featured throughout the day's events.
Traditional Celtic music will be featured throughout the day's events.
- Photo2 by Appalachian Celtic Festival & Highland Games

Chattanooga Public Library Receives Memorial Gift

Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century members of Prudhomme Fort Chapter  presented books to the genealogical reference section of the Chattanooga Public Library.   Reference books placed were Barbados and Scotland Links 1627-1877,  by David Dobson, 2005; and  Scots in the West Indies 1707-1857  (Volume II) by David Dobson, 2006.  ... (click for more)

Hotwater Road Closed For Slope Work May 2-June 10

The Hamilton County Highway Department reports Hotwater Road will be closed beginning Monday, May 2, for slope stabilization road work that is expected to continue until June 10. (click for more)

Truck Bursts Into Flames On I-75 Near Tunnel Hill; Traffic At Standstill For Hours

A truck burst into flames after wrecking with another vehicle on I-75 near Tunnel Hill on Saturday afternoon. There were injuries reported in the fiery accident in the southbound lanes. Traffic was at a standstill for several hours. Long lines of vehicles detoured onto Highway 41 into Ringgold. The wreck was just inside Catoosa County, Ga. (click for more)

Representative Jimmy Duncan Endorses Donald Trump For President

Representative John J. Duncan, Jr., one of the most senior Republicans in the House and the only Republican remaining in Congress who voted against the Iraq War today endorsed Donald Trump for president. Rep. Duncan said, “With only four percent of the world’s population, we buy 25 percent of the world’s goods. Every country wants into our markets. We have tremendous leverage ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Settle It With A Vote

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which I consider a pretty good authority on what words really mean, defines “freedom” in this way:  “The quality or state of being free: such as, (a) the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; (b) liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; (c) independence -- the quality or state of being exempt ... (click for more)