The Highland Games Book

The Highland Games Book
Book can be purchased at the Antigonish Heritage Museum

Author and compiler Danny Gillis has managed to capture the essence of the Highland Games in his new book called the Highland Games. The book was compiled to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the Antigonish Highland Games.

The Highland Games book was launched for the first time on July 9th, 2013 at the People’s Place Library in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Feedback from those who purchased it was resoundingly positive, and the book is still being published as demand seems only to continue growing.

The Highland Games, a full-colour 120-page coffee table book has been published to mark the 150th anniversary of the first Antigonish Highland Games. The book features over a hundred vibrant photographs that capture the colour and excitement of the Games as well as many historical photos and anecdotes that trace the development of the Games from 1863 to the present.

The hard-cover, glossy-paged book intersperses easy-to-read “Looking Back” sections with special full-colour features on each aspect of the modern Highland Games: the Athletics, the Highland Dancing, the Piping and Drumming, the Parade, the Kilted Golf Tournament and so on. Photography by such talented local shutterbugs as Archie MacLellan, Sandy MacIntosh, Peter Jowett, Bernice MacDonald and John Pellerin make the book a visual delight. History buffs will love the book for the charming stories and the many characters whose names and faces appear on the pages.

Published by the Antigonish Highland Society and compiled by Society member Danny Gillis, The Highland Games will make an ideal gift for friends and family and a surefire conversation piece in the home of any Antigonisher or Highland Games enthusiast.
All proceeds on the sale of the book will go the Highland Society to support its cultural programs. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy this limited edition book at the 2015 Games. Copies will be available at the Highland Society booth in the concession area.

Author: Danny Gillis, writer and compiler of this book, has a connection to the Highland Games that goes back to the age of 13 when he began playing the bagpipes with the Antigonish Legion Pipe Band. He later played with the Scotia Legion and Antigonish Highland Society bands, chaired the piping and drumming committee for the Games, and served two years as President of the Highland Society.

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