Thrill to the bourdon and skirl of the pipers and the cadence of the drums as talented pipers and drummers perform at the 43nd Annual Savannah Scottish Games. The Savannah Games was honored to have the following bands perform throughout the day around the grounds for the 2019 Games:
Meet General Oglethorpe
Our General Oglethorpe, Scott Hodges, is a native of Hodges, South Carolina. He has an intriguing family history in the “Old Ninety Six District”, dating back to the 1750’s. Scott has developed a series of Historical programs that he now offers to schools and civic organizations throughout the southeast.
For more information on his different portrayals, visit: www.historythroughalookingglass.com
Wee visitors to Children’s Activities can try their hand at several pint-sized athletic activities including the tug-of-war, sheaf toss, caber toss, haggis hurl, stone throw, welly toss and sack race. Hear stories from Celtic storyteller Linda Bandilier or dance and play games with mythical fairy Zethyr. There will also be face painting and coloring crafts. Kids interested in joining the kilted run should assemble immediately after the welcoming ceremonies at about 12:15 pm on the main field. Plenty of plaid material will be available to create ‘a kilt’ for this event so come and join the fun.
The Savannah Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, The Shire of Fourth Castle
The Savannah branch of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) will be having interactive demonstrations anddisplays of a variety of medieval European activities throughout the day. Stop by for armored combat, dance, juggling, and all sorts of arts activities.
The SCA is a practical history society, recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe. While dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, you can experience tournaments, royal courts, feasts, and dancing. You also have the opportunity to learn and practice ancient arts and skills — calligraphy, cooking, armoring, metalworking, carpentry, and needlework (to name just a few) — within an all-ages social group. We're an international non-profit educational organization with tens of thousands of members who attend over a thousand annual events held on five continents. Many Society events are free or have very small fees for materials or admission. To learn more about how you can get involved here in Savannah, visit savannahsca.org
We are proud that our games are a family friendly event. While the kids will enjoy the various other events, they will especially love the challenges within the children’s activities. The events will run throughout the day with the only competition being against your own results! All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
History of Piping - Ironically, bagpipes (correctly the “pipes”) are inextricably tied to two of Scotland’s historical foes, the Romans and the sassenachs -- primarily the English. The modern great pipes were developed in the Scottish highlands. Some historians believed that the pipes were used in Scotland as early as 100 AD. By the year 1000, the bagpipes were popular throughout Scotland and by 1500 AD every clan chieftain worthy of the name had a piper in his retinue. We honor this tradition with our Piping competition and Bagpipe Bands. Come listen to the sounds of Scotland!
Don’t miss Windy Knoll Farm's Master Trainer Bill Coburn Sottish Border Collies demonstrate their amazing sheep, geese, and duck herding skills. The dogs instant obedience to the trainer’s whistle and voice commands is one of the games most favorite events. These intelligent animals put on a show that’s fun for everyone.
Childrens Activities are sponsored by Mathnasium of Savannah!
The Sheep Herding event is proudly sponsored by Canine Behavior Consulting.