PO Box 765, Rapid City SD 57709
Volume 8 Issue 7 July 2006
Serving the Celtic Communities of: Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall (England),
Glacia (Spain), Brittany (France), Scotland and Ireland
You may contribute news and photos by email to Info@BlackHillsCelticEvents.org
July 20 7:00 General membership Meeting, TREA
p.m. Building, Rapid City
PROGRAM: Rosslyn Chapel
July 29 All Day Irish Fest in Sioux Falls, SD
Aug 3 7:00 Board Meeting
Aug 11-13 Montana Irish Fest
Aug 17 7:00 General membership Meeting, TREA
Don’t miss our exciting July program on the Rosslyn Chapel. It p.m. Building, Rapid City
has gained more visibility this past year with the release of the PROGRAM: Gathering of the Clans
DaVinci Code movie which features the chapel. Jim Marrs will be plans
presenting. Sept 1-2 Noon Dakota Gathering of the Clans;
Friday – Memorial Park, Rapid City
Saturda FREE ADMISSION … will be needing
y volunteers for this fun even
Sept 7 7:00 Board Meeting
Sept 21 7:00 General membership Meeting, TREA
p.m. Building, Rapid City
*TREA = The Retired Enlisted Association building, 1981 East Centre
Street, Rapid City
The Jun 17 Midsummer’s Night Festivities at the Knights was a
HUGE success. There were LOTS of activities and fun for all:
Fierce fighting Norweigian
Caber toss demonstrations and newbies got to try!
Wallace Sword – demonstrations by Mark Renken
Midsummer’s enchanting ceremonies burning various
woods for various wishes
REMEMBER the fun or See What You
MISSED with the photos below:
When you leave the
drawbridge down, Bill Knight
look who sneaks in. accommodated
Our favorite Gordon’s thirst
Norwegian Warrior, for a fight.
came suited up for a
Some Celtic Cuties… with our
hostess, Sally Knight on the right end.
All ages and sizes gave it a try…..
(the youngest ‘broke’ the caber –
Not everyone was willing to ‘try’ the caber don’t mess with him!)
toss. Many were content to watch.
Kirk Spell and Mark
Renken brought their ‘toys’
to share with others.
Mark Renken brought an 8# 3oz, 62-inch long Wallace Sword replica
One of ONLY 4 in the U.S.A!! with him. He recently became the 4th person in the U.S. to successfully
complete the Wallace Sword competition at Wakini, KS O’Beltene
festival this past May, by holding the sword out parallel to the ground
for 64 seconds! (It ‘might’ not sound that difficult to you, but just ask
the poor souls who did give it a try!
As the 4th person in the U.S. to
accomplish this task, he has now
qualified to be designated a
as that was what the individual
was called when he held the
sword in battle.
Gary and Darrel tried the
Claymore & the Coin (a ‘baby
Wallace version) at the Gillette
Hamiltons set up a Scottish Irish Festival at the Celts of America
Society booth at the Gillette Celtic booth. (Gary held 2nd place
Festival, June 24. UNTIL Darrel gave it a try!)
Pipers and dancers
were some of the
9) During August we will need to find shift work
volunteers for the Gathering. When asked, please
be ready to help.
This is your lucky month! It is 103 degrees outside Go to our website (BlackHillsCelticEvents.org) and
and I am sweating just sitting here at the keyboard. Brevity check out the Gathering schedule.
would seem wise. A reminder, if any of you have connections with an
organization or business that might help support this event,
My message his month; let’s be thankful for cool please contact a board member. We are soliciting vendors
breezes up the kilt. and clans. Donations and sponsorships are welcome.
Participating businesses and organizations will be credited in
Gary Hamilton various ways during our public ad campaign.
Contributions are tax deductible.
Planning Board chairs & committees:
Chairpersons – Gary Hamilton, Mike Lemay, Matt Murraine
Sponsorships/Donations – Carole Conrad
Venue/Grounds/Facilities – Bill Knight, John Burke
Highland Festival Publicity – Sabrina Shull
Athletics – Kirk Spell
Planning Vendors – Sandra Lassle
The festival board has been Entertainment/Events – Lemays
busy organizing the “Gathering Clans – James Marrs
of the Clans”. They continue to Pipes – Mark Rowland
meet every two weeks. Hospitality – Carole Conrad
By the time that you receive Children’s Activities – Matt Murraine, Janice Murraine
this newsletter we will be down Workshops - Open
to about six weeks for planning
and organizing the Gathering.
Some details are filling in, others are still in flux. The goal is
to have the planning complete by August 1 and begin final
execution of the plan during August.
1) Gathering Report:
2) We are seeking Vendors and Clans. Efforts include Courtesy of Carole Conrad
attending other festivals, handing out handbills,
postering around town and press releases. Nor were these Celts the barbarians that their Roman conquerors
3) Our current Clan count is 9 and Vendor count is 4 would make them out to be. The Brehon Law, finally written down
paid, 3 pending payment. We have several more in the 5th Century AD is said to have originated under Ollamh
who have expressed serious interest. We are Fodhla the High King of Ireland in the 8th Century BC. This rule of
following-up with letters and phone calls. law was not local, but was said to hold true throughout the Celtic
4) Our total break even budget is at about $7000 world from Galatia in Asia Minor to the West of Ireland. There
including services in kind. We are attempting to were both men & women administering the rule of law. Indeed,
finalize sponsor and donor pledges for about $1000 within the ruling caste of Druids there were also Druidesses. It
more to meet that budget. We have come a long seems that intellectual ability and personal presence was the ruling
way. criteria among this class & women were not excluded. They are
5) SIS members committed to raise about $600 thru said to have had equal rights to property and the right to divorce
fund raisers. We have secured a vendor that will their husbands without any negative social consequences.
make our event T-shirts. We have given exclusive
rights to the vendor in exchange for a percent of the
gross. Therefore, SIS will need to raise another
$250 to $350 by some other means. Celtic food is
a likely income source.
6) The Gathering is to be a 2-day event (Friday and
Saturday) pending change to our park use permit,
addition of at least five more vendors and $600
more in entertainment funds.
7) We still have some important positions to fill:
Entertainment Master of Ceremonies
8) Port-a-potties will cost much more than last year,
we are seeking the best quote that we can find but
this could have a severe impact on the event. Left: carved sandstone slab shows hunting scene with
horsewoman and 2 trumpeters. (800 A.D.)
Right: this strange piece of armour protected the faces of
horses that dew the war chariots of Celtic cheiftans.
Caesar wrote: “They did not deem it lawful to commit their
knowledge to writing because they would not have those who learn
them neglect the exercise of memory, since it generally happens
that owing to the safeguard of letters, they relax their diligence in
learning as well as memory. They did use Greek letters to record
their public and private accounts.” Words had great power.
“Truth” was the “word” and the word was a sacred thing not to be We welcome any Scottish or Irish trivia from any member. Please
dispensed casually or to be profaned by transcription. This central submit your thoughts to
belief in “Truth above all things” was the cultural glue that held
Celtic societies together. This belief in the power of truth was not Info@BlackHillsCelticEvents.org
limited to use by the Druids. In Ireland there existed the custom of or contact Pat Hamilton, newsletter editor.
the “troscad” – a person who felt he had been wronged or treated
unfairly by someone of higher social position would sit before that
person’s door without food until the wrongdoer agreed to make
things right, or agree to accept the arbitration of a third party.
Other accomplishments of the Celts: The first hospital in Ireland
was said to have been established in 377BC – this was almost 800
Aliyah Sanders has volunteered to update our story boards for
years before any such institution was seen in Europe.
display at events. If you have photos, graphics or suggestions
Archeologists are now finding that the sub bases of roadways still
please email to the SIS mail box:
in use in all parts of Europe were not constructed by Roman
Legions, but by the Celts! Some of the best Roman writers, Virgil Info@BlackHillsCelticEvents.org
& Cattalus among them, were Romanized Celts. We can see this
trend continue in our own age in the contributions of the Irish to
English literature. (Gaelic has many times the number of rhyming
schemes and rhythm patters in its poetry than does the English
language.) In ancient Ireland a hostel was provided for the weary
traveler. Here he could find food and lodging free of charge, this
service being provided by the local chieftain. Ireland forever!
What a wonderful legacy the Celts passed on to us…a love and
Eireann go braugh! (Air-in go braw)
reverence for learning & mind development, an appreciation for the
art of language, the values of truth and honesty, a respect and
caring for all humans (not just the ones in power) as evidenced by
their public hospitals & legal system which included women as
well as men
A health to you, A wealth to you, And the best that life can give to
May fortune still be kind to you. And happiness be true to you,
And life be long and good to you, Is the toast of all you friends to
Your Input Needed & WELCOME!
This newsletter would be far more interesting with your
input: news, events, culture, history, photos, new Celtic
businesses, anything. Submit your articles in MS Word doc and
photos in jpg format. E-mail to info@BlackHillsCelticEvents.org .
Montana Irish Festival : If you need a bit more exposure to the
Irish, the Montana Irish Festival, Butte, MT, is Aug 11-13.
Telepsychiatry Award: Dr. Mark Garry, past member of S.I.S,
was recently honored for his work in using technology to provide
Holly and Mike Lemay have made it official and rejoined the psychiatric services to American Indian children from rural
Scottish Irish Society. They are familiar faces to most of us as are reservations. The Department of Health and Human Services
our entertainers (along with their son Ben and several of their presented the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Mark
talented friends) at many of our events. They have CD’s for sale in Washington, D.C. He was one of 15 honorees to receive the
and they are a real treat to listen to. award and one of 4 HIS employees honored at the ceremony.
Geneaology Gathering. Haggis, shepherds pie, pasties and bangers are all
The genealogy association meets every 3rd Friday of each month at possible.
the Canyon Lake Senior Citizen’s Club. Contact Nila Boone if you
have any questions. Aliyah Sanders volunteered to re-make our story boards for display
at SIS events. Many photos are outdated and the boards have
suffered handling and water damage. She will need new photos
John Burke volunteered to ask his wife, Nancy, to research Celtic
genealogy and history books to purchase for display at SIS events.
The Sons of Norway host dancing lessons at the Canyon Lake
Senior Citizens’ Center each Monday evening at 6:30. We’re
learning some Norwegian dances and are preparing to learn some
Celtic dances. Call John or Nancy Burke if you’re interested in
attending as their summer schedule may vary a bit.
President Gary Hamilton,
Vice President Bill Knight
Secretary Sally Knight
Treasurer Carole Conrad
Board Members Aliyah Sanders, Kerry Smith, Jim Byrne,
James Marrs, John Burke
PROGRAM: Midsummer’s night festivities @ Knight’s house Membership Open
Web Site Robert Millican with apprentices: Gary & Pat
MEETING CALLED TO ORDER @ 8:15 P.M. Hamilton, and Aliyah Sanders
Newsletter Pat Hamilton,
It was agreed that the meeting would be brief and summarized due info@BlackHillsCelticEvents.org
to the celebration of Midsummer Eve. If you would like to contribute an article or
story, list an event, submit a photo, etc. to the
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5th of each month.
Gary called the meeting to order by the backyard fire. Gary briefly
reviewed old minutes.
Gary requested that SIS members vote on the proposed festival
budget, which was unanimous by SIS members.
Wyoming Celtic festival: Gary asked for SIS members to attend
and volunteer this June 24-25.
Next program for July will be on Rosslyn Chapel.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 with continuation of celebration.
Sally Knight, secretary.
The July board meeting was held early, June 29, due to holiday
Megan Matsen of Promark presented a proposal to return 25% of
her gross receipts at the Gathering of the Clans for a free vendor
site and exclusive rights to sell Gathering t-shirts and other
promotional items. Motion passed.
Board discussed other fund raisers of SIS members for the
Gathering. The SIS will look into selling Celtic foods at the