April 30, 2007

What can I tell ya?  We're a bunch of slackers.  Actually, we were just SO busy in April it was ridiculous and no one really had time to write much. 

April actually started in March.  The 31st was the Oklahoma Solo Piping Debate over in OKC, organized on by our buddy Stew Joslin of Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums.  Another great contest this year.  June Hanley and Sandy Jones were the esteemed judges.  Lyon pipers did pretty well across the boards.  Vincent Moore won the Grade I, I was the sole Grade II competitor, and we had Nancy Love finish third in the Piobaireachd in the Grade IV Sr.  Lyon College, where the tenor drummers are prize winning pipers.  Gavin Stewart had a couple of seconds in the Grade IV Jr.  EXCELLENT prizes, and a very well run contest as always.

Friday the 13th saw the band headed for Minden Louisiana.  The weather was frightful.  It rained all the way there, and we hit the real severe stuff right around the AR/LA border.  There were warnings going off on the radio, the rain was coming down sideways, and the wind was whipping pretty good.  And that's all out there in the swampy woods.  Spooky.  We got settled into the hotel around 10:30 in the evening, and were up bright and early for breakfast at The Golden Biscuit on the way to the games.  It was pretty cool and overcast all day, but never rained on us.  The wind did blow though.  We did several shows throughout the day, and had a small solo competition judged by Mr. Bell.  Nancy Love was proclaimed the winner.  Here are a few photos courtesy of DM Hightower.

Here's Jimmy


Our home away from home

Vincent Moore on the boards


Kenton emulating his hero, Highlandman

Neil, with Jimmy topping it off

The following weekend was the BIGGIE on the Lyon Campus.  The 28th Annual Arkansas Scottish Festival.  We had a great time with the golf tournament, the USPF qualifier on Friday night, and solo and band competitions all day Saturday.  Many of our Lyon folk did well in solos.  Neil McCarthy won the Grade IV overall., and Will Boehm was the Grade IV Drummer of the Day.  Bass drummer Sarah Fendley was presented with the trophy for the Lenard Adler Memorial Scholarship for 2007.  We had visiting bands from TX, TN, OK, and MN, as well as the regulars from Arkansas.  A new band, Northeast Arkansas Caledonians came for the first time as a group. Our former bandmate Danny Vaughn is one of the ramrods for that posse.  Jimmy Bell won the Open qualifier for the USPF, and the Amateur I went to Nathanael Harvey of Wichita, KS.  There was much Saturday evening revelry at the Ramada, and out at the Timberridge Lodge.  Nancy and I learned to climb Sunshine Mountain with the Minnesota Polis.  And Sunday I won the Bonniest Knees competition in a field of 11 competitors.

Plenty more photos can be found here.

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