The video games can be afoot on the Altamont Fairgrounds on Saturday.
It’s the forty fourth 12 months for the Capital District Scottish Video games, hosted by the Schenectady Pipe Band. The video games, which function dwell music, dancing and competitions, will run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Historically, the occasion is held over a complete weekend however due to the pandemic, organizers determined to host it solely on Saturday, and lower down on among the particular person competitions. Nevertheless, there’ll nonetheless be loads of Celtic music, dancing, caber tossing and different traditions all through the day.
“We nonetheless have the band competitors and we nonetheless have all of the stage bands,” stated William Munro, an organizer and longtime Schenectady Pipe Band member. “We’ll have highland dancing exhibitions. The athletic competitions will happen, [including] the caber toss and the sheaf toss. . . So it’s going to look very very like the video games do yearly.”
Munro has been a member of the band for 54 years.
“My grandfather got here from Scotland and he performed bagpipes. He died once I was 7 however I actually liked him and liked listening to him play bagpipes. In order that acquired me into studying how you can play them,” Munro stated.
The instrument, which has 9 notes, takes observe and endurance to be taught to play nicely.
“It’s a comparatively easy instrument however since you blow air into it and it blows continually, there’s no pause in music so we use numerous gildings between notes and people gildings take some time to be taught. Then it additionally takes some time to get the bodily dexterity of with the ability to blow the bagpipe, hold it regular and stress on the bag, which forces the air to undergo all of the reeds,” Munro stated.
There’s a vibrant bagpipe group within the Capital Area and it’s a part of the explanation why Munro helped to start out the Capital District Scottish Video games in 1978. Organizers wished to host high-level competitions for space bands, and people exterior of the world as nicely.
“The primary 12 months we did it, I believe our funds was like $14,000 and we figured if we acquired unhealthy climate and we misplaced [money] then we’d be marching for the subsequent three years making an attempt to repay no matter we needed to spend however we had been lucky to have actually good climate for the primary two or three years, which gave us jumpstart,” Munro stated.
Since then, it’s continued to develop and in years previous, upwards of 46 bands have come from so far as Texas and Scotland to compete. They’ve additionally added increasingly more programming through the years.
“We’re in a position to do numerous issues that we wished to do and we’re very pleased with the result now,” Munro stated.
One of many traditions they’ve needed to adapt this 12 months is the mass pipe band efficiency, the place all of the bands featured come collectively to play.
“. . . due to the virus we determined that that’s in all probability not factor to do to have all these pipes subsequent to one another enjoying. So we’re going to have a march cross as a substitute of a mass band however that’ll be fairly thrilling too,” Munro stated.
That’ll happen at midday on the grandstand. There will even be performances by bands like The McKrells and The Brigadoons all through the day. Highland athletics competitions start at 9 a.m. and highland dancing can be featured all through the day, from An Clár College of Irish Dance and The Braemar Highland Dancers and the Boland Irish Dance College, amongst others.
There’s additionally a Scottish children zone and competitions for younger athletes.
The Capital District Scottish Video games will happen on the Altamont Fairgrounds. Normal admission tickets are $18 and up prematurely and $22 on the gate. Youngsters ages 12 and underneath can enter without spending a dime. For extra info go to scotgames.com.
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