Look for this great event at Columbus Field on Friday.
Tir Nan Og, the Gaelic translation of “Land of Eternal Youth,” is an athletic and cultural day open to children ages five to 12 years of age.
Children can choose to participate in both the Athletic and/or Cultural activities.
ATHLETICS 8AM – 2PM *Participation bibs can be picked up Friday morning as of 7:30am
First thing in the morning, kids will have the opportunity to compete in Athletic events such as:
Mini-caber toss – Out of all of the Scottish heavyweight events, the caber toss is the most known and certainly the most popular. Attempt to “pick” (pick up) the mini-caber, run, and toss it so it hopefully lands straight out from you!
Standing long jump – Stand at a line marked on the ground with your the feet slightly apart. Then take off and land using both feet, swinging your arms and bending your knees!
50 and 100-yard dash – Take off as fast as you can and try to beat everyone on either side of you until you are crossing the finish line!
Tug-Of-War – Pull against your age group. What team can get the centre ribbon on their side of the field!
An awards ceremony immediately follows the competition.
CULTURAL AND ARTS WORKSHOPS Presented by Central 9AM-12PM / 12PM-3PM
For the duration of the Friday, kids will also have an opportunity to participate in cultural activities and workshops to experience the Gaelic culture.
Such a truly diverse array of activities will be explored over the course of the entire weekend, starting on Friday, 8th, Saturday, 9th & Sunday, 10th of July between 10am-4pm as we look to expand upon what was previously only a couple of hours on the Friday afternoon of the Tir Nan Og festivities.
These workshops are meant to engage and inspire the local youth and their families to join us, most for the first time, in celebrating their Scottish heritage in a way they’ve never been exposed to.
In addition, by having dedicated tents for all Workshops on the Friday only, we will also be able to feature décor created by elementary students who study Gaelic as a second language in our local schools during May, Gaelic Awareness Month.
Workshops will include the following:
Gaelic song and Milling Frolic – An enjoyable session where songs, stories, and laughter are shared. Sit in at the milling table, and learn a few easy Gaelic phrases before getting into a traditional milling song, and trying your hand at “drubbing” the fabric.
Gaelic language and Storytelling – One of the oldest art forms, it stimulates the imagination and builds a sense of community between tellers and listeners. Many older stories are originally traditional folktales. They represent the richness of oral patterns of telling and are the product of a community experience, as well as the art of individual storytellers. Historical stories, legends and contemporary stories can also be the subject of the storyteller’s tale, and they too embody a strong element of community or collective experience.
The emphasis of traditional storytelling is as much on the telling as the story itself. Stories are recreated by the teller at each telling and passed on through generations.
Step Dancing – Kids and parents alike will get caught up in the excitement as traditional musicians and dancers introduce them to the types of tunes, style of music, and little nuances unique to this tradition. They may learn a strathspey, jig, or reel “step”!
Piping and Drumming – Learn all about the moving parts of the bagpipes and how to play the chanter, learn how to hold the tipper and drum on a practice pad.
Culinary – Oatcakes have traditionally been referred to as Scotland’s national bread. Indeed, history reveals that Oatcakes have been a staple diet since the 14th Century. When Scottish Clans were travelling, it is reported that each soldier carried a small sack of oatmeal. Mixing the oatmeal with water, they would use their shields as iron plates and cook it over an open fire. Historically, oats were the only grain to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the Highlands.
Brendan Hines from The Rolling Bricks will teach youth how to make them and send them home with a copy of his grandmothers’ recipe to make with their family.
In keeping with tradition by offering the Cultural Workshops,our Art Workshops will be facilitated by local professional Artists and Artisans in partnership with Antigonish Culture Alive between 12PM-3PM.
Youth of all ages will enjoy creating Scottish arts & crafts while discovering snippets of local history.
There is a $5 fee to participate in these Athletic and Cultural events and one parent may accompany the participating child / children.
Parents are required to pay $5 for access to the field for the whole day.
A Value Pass will allow entry to the Highland Games for 2 adults AND 2 children (ages 6-16) for:
Friday, 7th July – entry onto Columbus Field ONLY *Tir Nan Og registration fees NOT included
Saturday, 8th July AND Sunday, 9th July – entry onto Columbus Field
***For more information, visit our ticketing page in the coming days.
REGISTRATION FORMS will be available online in late-June as well as sent home with all parents with children in the local schools with their report cards.