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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

TOP 10 VAMPIRE MOVIES!!

   I’m a big fan of horror movies, and especially of a good vampire movie. While there are tons of cheap crap vampire movies out there, there are is also a wide array of great vampire movies that, best of all, vary greatly from one film to another. The trouble with making a top ten list for vampire movies is that some people like vampire comedies, others like the strange surreal vampire films, while others want blood and guts and the scariest movie they can find.
   So for this list, my top ten vampire movie list is focusing on ten great, diverse vampire movies. This list is the top ten for variety among vampire movies. This list will show you the wide array of types of vampire movies, put in no particular order (since taste and preference and the differences between these movies makes it impossible to compare them on the same lines).



10. John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)
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   John Carpenter’s Vampires is one of the better recent vampire movies that actually takes the effort to be a vampire movie, and not an action film disguised as a vampire movie. James Woods plays the role of the main protagonist, a vampire hunter who is obsessed with wiping out vampires with his team after he witnessed his parents murdered by vampires when he as a child.
   He discovers that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy the vampires before they find a crucifix that would give them the power to walk in the day.
   After destroying a nest of vampires, Valek, the vampire master, comes after Jack and his team, leading to a fast paced action based movie that still focuses mostly on vampires against the human vampire hunter. A great action paced film that is mostly action based, but definitely has its moments of out right terror.



9. Lost Boys (1987)
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   This is a favorite among many vampire movie fans, and will almost always pop up on a top ten list of vampire films. This Joel Schumacher film is also pop culture famous because it featured the two Coreys at the height of their teenage heart throb popularity in the late eighties.
   Don’t let this scare you away, this is good for a vampire movie, and it is a very traditional story in a modern setting, mixing the two well without bastardizing either. A single mother and her two sons move to a small coastal California town. There are some mysterious deaths, as well as a pesky motorcycle gang. The younger brother makes friends with imaginative boys who claim to be vampire hunters. The older brother falls for a beautiful girl and then begins acting stranger and stranger while exhibiting all the classic signs of vampirism.
   Wanting to save his brother, the younger one joins his friends the vampire hunters to search for the head vampire and to destroy it in order to return his brother to normal. An excellent modern vampire tale that is a delight to vampire movie fans.



8. Interview with a Vampire (1994)
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   Interview with a Vampire is based on the best selling novel by Anne Rice. This novel, and the movie that follows it rather closely. This is what you would consider the “high end” or “high art” type of vampire movie. Literary, and based on story and theme rather than general genre considerations.
   Interview with a Vampire is about a plantation owner named Louis who lost his brother and his will to live, but a vampire named Lestat likes the man and offers him the chance to become a vampire. Louis accepts, but finds that he hates being a vampire and he refuses to take human life. The two of them end up turning a little girl into a vampire, and she becomes the reason for Louis to continue to live, as the two live together as family through the centuries that follow the 1700s.
   The interview comes as a young journalist finds a man who tells him he is a vampire who is over 200 years old, and he tells his story of life as a vampire. The movie is like the novel, following the philosophy and reflections of this vampire who refuses to take human life. This is a very different, change of pace vampire film that will find its fans, and was critically acclaimed for good reason.



7. Dracula (1958)
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   The 1958 version of the film Dracula was ground breaking in many ways, and is the first of eight movies in the “Hammer” series. Christopher Lee plays Dracula in nearly all of these films, and the “Hammer Series” of Dracula films remain classics among vampire fans. In this first film, the protagonist, Jonathan Harker, attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany). He fails, and Dracula travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker’s fiancĂ©e. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. Van Helsing, Harker’s friend and fellow vampire hunter.
This movie was directed by Terence Fisher, and it is a British film that was released n the United States as “Horror of Dracula.” While fairly tame by today’s standard, this film was ground breaking for its combination of romance/sexuality, and what was an unprecedented amount of gore.



6. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
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   This film reintroduced Dracula to a modern Hollywood audience, and is one of the first vampire films to have a huge Hollywood budget. With an amazing cast of actors and a great director (Francis Ford Coppola), this film won a large number of awards, especially for technical achievements. This is a visually stunning movie, and even Keanu Reeves’ iffy acting can’t bring down the overall film.
   This version of Dracula is closely based (for a Hollywood film) on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of Eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina’s closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy’s friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away, and a final confrontation is inevitable.
   This was the ninth highest grossing film worldwide in 1992, making over $215 million dollars, and it was not just a U.S. success, but worldwide. This is one of the best vampire movies ever made,



5. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
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   Robert Rodriguez directs this vampire movie, which was co-written by Quentin Tarantino. This is celebrating one of the best “pulp” vampire movies, complete with sexy half naked women vampires, a modern situation, a vampire “nest” and a mass feeding, with the innocent heroine who you know will somehow make it through, but only after kicking vampire ass!
   Seth Gecko and his brother Richard are in hiding after a bloody bank robbery in Texas. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. They just have to survive ‘from dusk till dawn’ at the rendezvous point, which turns out to be a strip joint that, unbeknownst to them, is also an active vampire nest.
   The Gecko brothers are fugitives, and are on the run after a very interesting bank robbery. They kidnap the Fuller family, and drive to a Mexican bar to meet with other on-the-run criminals. The two fugitive brothers at gunpoint get an ex-minister and his two children to take them across the border into Mexico. They drive to a Mexican biker bar to meet with the other crooks, but the vampires go nuts, and the survivors must fight their way out to morning. This is the epitome of a pulp vampire film.



4. Blade (1998)
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   Blade is the first transition of a comic/graphic novel into an action based series. This is as much an action film as a vampire film, and shows where the next evolution of the modern vampire film may be going, as the later film Underworld proves that the trend is likely to continue.
   The movie begins with a pregnant woman being admitted to a hospital, bleeding from the neck. Paramedics think she was attacked by some type of animal. Doctors perform an emergency C-Section, and her baby (a boy) is born alive just as she dies. This is the birth of Blade, played by Wesley Snipes, who is half vampire and half human, so he can walk during the day, and hunts vampires.
   Blade works with his mentor, Whistler, to hunt vampires. With the help of a young woman, bitten, who Blade saves from a vampire attack, Blade is forced to fight a vampire Deacon Frost, who is attempting to unlock an ancient ceremony in order to turn from a vampire into La Magra, the Blood God. Blade fights La Magra, and the battle takes place to see whether the day walking vampire can defeat the blood god or not. This is a great action flick, and there are plenty of very good vampire scenes throughout the film.



3. Underworld (2003)
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   This movie embraces the idea of the Vampire-Werewolf rivalry, and in this film this rivalry is an all out war, with the werewolves finding new weapons to attack the vampires, and the vampires realizing they need to catch up. This war is brought into the modern day, and this is once again a comic book based movie that is as much action movie as it is a vampire and werewolf movie.
   The vampire Selene, who is also one of the top werewolf (called Lycans in the film) hunters, finds out about a terrible secret hidden from most of the vampires by the elders, and after finding a legend about a human who can somehow be both werewolf and vampire, making it a nearly unstoppable power, she must decide where her loyalties really lie and what this means for the war and her people.
   This film has a very modern dark and gothic feel to it, with every single scene taking place at night. This is a great action flick that has some really good werewolf to vampire combat taking place. This is a very quick moving film that will find fans even among viewers who generally don’t like vampire films.



2. Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
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   This movie is another spoof from the mind of Mel Brooks. This time he’s out to poke fun at the Dracula myth and vampire films in general. Leslie Nielsen, master actor of spoof films, is in this one as Dracula, with Mel Brooks playing his greatest nemesis, the famous Dr. Van Helsing. This film has the usual Mel Brooks spoof, with plenty of singing and dancing while poking fun at vampire movies.
   Mel Brooks fans tend to like this film, while vampire movie purists don’t, but as far as having a list that shows the wide variety of vampire films out there, the list wouldn’t be complete without this one, and a laugh is a good way to end a terrifying marathon.



1. Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Gravens (1922)
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   This is the grandfather of all vampire movies, a movie that never should have been made. This film is a black and white silent picture that stars Max Schrek as the creepy Count Orlock. This film was an expressionist film that remains extremely popular today, but for a weird reason: half the people who still watch this film find Nosferatu extremely creepy and scary, while the other half find it campy and hilarious.
   This is one of the earliest vampire films, and after it’s release, Bram Stoker’s widow sued the director, saying this was a blatant rip off of her late husband’s novel: Dracula. The court found in her favor, and every negative of this film was supposed to have been destroyed, but pirate copies kept cropping up all over the place. Once the copyright to Dracula wore off (copyrights last 70 years after the author’s death), the movie was re-released in DVD format and is now available on DVD. Whether this movie hits you as very creepy or hilarious, it’s worth seeing.

SECRET RECIPE: CHICK-FIL-A LEMONADE, OOOHHH SOOO GOOOD!




   Next to Pepsi, my next favorite drink is lemonade.  Always refreshing and always a thrist quencher for me.  This recipe comes from www.realmomkitchen.com .  I hope you enjoy it.


   Summer and lemonade go hand in hand. To celebrate summer it is lemonade week here at RMK this week. My personal favorite lemonade is from Chick-fil-a. Recently, my BBFF (best blogging friend forever) Melissa from Stockpiling Moms had the opportunity to visit the Chick-fil-a corporate headquarters and learn how to make their lemonade. When I found out she had the recipe, I had to try it and figured it was the perfect way to begin lemonade week.

I personally order the diet lemonade from Chick-fil-a which is made using Splenda. The original lemonade is made with good old sugar. Either way you make it, it is delish! Thanks for sharing with me Melissa!




Ingredients
  • 8-10 Sunkist lemons (that is what Chick-fil-a uses)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (or Splenda for the diet version)
  • 5 1/3 cups water


Instructions
  1. Juice lemons so you end up with 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice.
  2. Add lemon juice to a pitcher and whisk with the sugar until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add water and whisk until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate until nice and cold. Enjoy!
  5. Serves 4-6.

HIGHLAND GAMES FROM SCOTLAND!!




    Highland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centred on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.
    The Cowal Highland Gathering, better known as the cowal Games, held in Dunoon, Scotland every August, is the largest Highland games in Scotland, attracting around 3,500 competitors and somewhere in the region of 15–20,000 spectators from around the globe. Worldwide, however, it is dwarfed by two gatherings in the United States: the 50,000 that attend Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina and the even larger gathering—the largest in the Northern Hemisphere—that has taken place every year since 1865 hosted by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco. This event is currently held Labor Day weekend in Pleasanton, California.






    The games are claimed to have influenced Baron Pierre de Coubertin when he was planning the revival of the Olympic Games. De Coubertin saw a display of Highland games at the Paris Exhibition of 1889.

History

    The origin of human games and sports predates recorded history. An example of a possible early games venue is at Fetteresso, although that location is technically a few miles south of the Scottish Highlands.
    It is reported in numerous books and Highland games programs, that King Malcolm III of Scotland, in the 11th century, summoned contestants to a foot race to the summit of Craig Choinnich (overlooking Braemar). King Malcolm created this foot race in order to find the fastest runner in the land to be his royal messenger. Some have seen this apocryphal event to be the origin of today's modern Highland games.





    There is a document from 1703 summoning the clan of the Laird of Grant, Clan Grant. They were to arrive wearing Highland coats and "also with gun, sword, pistill [sic] and dirk". From this letter, it is believed that the competitions would have included feats of arms.
    However, the modern Highland games are largely a Victorian invention, developed after the Highland Clearances.

Heavy Events

    In their original form many centuries ago, Highland games revolved around athletic and sports competitions. Though other activities were always a part of the festivities, many today still consider Highland athletics to be what the games are all about — in short, that the athletics are the Games, and all the other activities are just entertainment. Regardless, it remains true today that the athletic competitions are at least an integral part of the events and one — the caber toss — has come to almost symbolize the Highland games.
    Although quite a range of events can be a part of the Highland athletics competition, a few have become standard.







  • Caber toss: A long tapered pine pole or log is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor who balances it vertically holding the smaller end in his hands (see photo). Then the copetitor runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper (larger) end striking the ground first. The smaller end that was originally held by the athlete then hits the ground in the 12 o'clock position measured relative to the direction of the run. If successful, the athlete is said to have turned the caber. Cabers vary greatly in length, weight, taper, and balance, all of which affect the degree of difficulty in making a successful toss. Competitors are judged on how closely their throws approximate the ideal 12 o'clock toss on an imaginary clock.





  • Stone put: This event is similar to the modern-day shot put as seen in the Olympic Games. Instead of a steel shot, a large stone of variable weight is often used. There are also some differences from the Olympic shot put in allowable techniques. There are two versions of the stone toss events, differing in allowable technique. The "Braemar Stone" uses a 20–26 lb stone for men (13–18 lb for women) and does not allow any run up to the toeboard or "trig" to deliver the stone, i.e., it is a standing put. In the "Open Stone" using a 16–22 lb stone for men (or 8–12 lb for women), the thrower is allowed to use any throwing style so long as the stone is put with one hand with the stone resting cradled in the neck until the moment of release. Most athletes in the open stone event use either the "glide" or the "spin" techniques






  • Scottish hammer throw: This event is similar to the hammer throw as seen in modern-day track and field competitions, though with some differences. In the Scottish event, a round metal ball (weighing 16 or 22 lb for men or 12 or 16 lb for women) is attached to the end of a shaft about 4 feet in length and made out of wood, bamboo, rattan, or plastic. With the feet in a fixed position, the hammer is whirled about one's head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. Hammer throwers sometimes employ specially designed footwear with flat blades to dig into the turf to maintain their balance and resist the centrifugal forces of the implement as it is whirled about the head. This substantially increases the distance attainable in the throw.




  • Weight throw, also known as the weight for distance event. There are actually two separate events, one using a light (28 lb for men and 14 lb for women) and the other a heavy (56 lb for men, 42 lb for masters men, and 28 lb for women) weight. The weights are made of metal and have a handle attached either directly or by means of a chain. The implement is thrown using one hand only, but otherwise using any technique. Usually a spinning technique is employed. The longest throw wins.




  • Weight over the bar, also known as weight for height. The athletes attempt to toss a 56 pound (4 stone) weight with an attached handle over a horizontal bar using only one hand. Each athlete is allowed three attempts at each height. Successful clearance of the height allows the athlete to advance into the next round at a greater height. The competition is determined by the highest successful toss with fewest misses being used to break tie scores.






  • Sheaf toss: A bundle of straw (the sheaf) weighing 20 pounds (9 kg) for the men and 10 pounds (4.5 kg) for the women and wrapped in a burlap bag is tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar much like that used in pole vaulting. The progression and scoring of this event is similar to the Weight Over The Bar. There is significant debate among athletes as to whether the sheaf toss is in fact an authentic Highland event. Some argue it is actually a country fair event, but all agree that it is a great crowd pleaser.




  • Maide Leisg(Scots Gaelic meaning 'Lazy Stick'): Trial of strength performed by two men sitting on the ground with the soles of their feet pressing against each other. Thus seated, they held a stick between their toes which they pulled against each other till one of them was raised from the ground. The oldest 'Maide Leisg' competition in the world takes place at the Carloway show and Highland Games on the Isle of Lewis.

    Many of the Heavy Events competitors in Scottish highland athletics are former high school and college track and field athletes who find the Scottish games are a good way to continue their competitive careers.
    Increasingly in the USA, the Heavy Events are attracting women and master class athletes which has led to a proliferation of additional classes in Heavy Events competitions. Lighter implements are used in the classes.





Music

    For many Highland games festival attendees, the most memorable of all the events at the games is the massing of the pipe bands. Normally held in conjunction with the opening and closing ceremonies of the games, as many as 20 or more pipe bands will march and play together. The result is a thunderous rendition of traditional favourites Scotland the Brave or Amazing Grace, and other crowd-pleasing favorites.
    It is, in fact, the music of the bagpipe which has come to symbolise music at the Games and, indeed, in Scotland itself. In addition to the massed bands, nearly all Highland games gatherings feature a wide range of piping and drumming competition, including solo piping and drumming, small group ensembles and, of course, the pipe bands themselves.
    But the pipes and drums are not the only music which can be heard at Highland games. Music at Highland games gatherings takes on a variety of forms. Many such events offer fiddling, harp circles, Celtic bands and other forms of musical entertainment, the latter usually spiced with a healthy amount of bagpipe music.










Dance

    People dance there. There were several traditional dances that were danced along to traditional music.

Secondary Events and Attractions

    At modern-day Highland Games events, a wide variety of other activities and events are generally available. Foremost among these are the clan tents and vendors of Scottish related goods. The various clan societies make the Highland games one of the main focus of their seasonal activities, usually making an appearance at as many such events as possible. Visitors can find out information about the Scottish roots and can become active in their own clan society if they wish.
    At modern games, armouries will display their collections of swords and armour, and often perform mock battles. Various vendors selling Scottish memorabilia are also present selling everything from Irn-Bru to the stuffed likeness of the Loch Ness Monster.
    Herding dog trials and exhibitions are often held, showcasing the breeder's and trainer's skills. In addition, there may be other types of Highland animals present, such as the Highland cattle.
   Various traditional and modern Celtic arts are often showcased. This could include Harper's circles, Scottish country dancing, and one or more entertainment stages. In addition, most events usually feature a pre-event ceilidh (a type of social event with traditional music, dancing, song, and other forms of entertainment).
   Various food vendors will also offer assorted types of traditional Scottish refreshment and sustenance.









Major events in Scotland

LocationNameDetails
Burntisland, FifeBurntisland Highland GamesSecond oldest in the world
Ceres, FifeCERES HIGHLAND GAMESOldest Free games in the world
CrieffCrieff Highland Games
DunoonCowal Highland GatheringBiggest Games in Scotland




Major events outside Scotland






Canada

LocationName
Calgary, AlbertaCalgary Highland Games
Cambridge, OntarioCambridge Highland Games
Grande Prairie, AlbertaGrande Prairie Highland Games
Coquitlam, British ColumbiaBC Highland Games
Victoria, British ColumbiaVictoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Antigonish, Nova ScotiaAntigonish Highland Games
Almonte, OntarioNorth Lanark Highland Games
Cobourg, OntarioCobourg Highland Games
Maxville, OntarioGlengarry Highland Games
Sudbury, OntarioSudbury Celtic Festival & Highland Games
Montreal, QuebecMontreal Highland Games

Switzerland

LocationName
St. Ursen, FribourgHighland Games Swiss Championships

United States


LocationName
Scottsboro, AlabamaNorth Alabama Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Eagle River, AlaskaAlaskan Scottish Highland Games
Camp Verde, ArizonaVerde Valley Highland Games
Phoenix, ArizonaArizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
Prescott, ArizonaPrescott Highland Games
Tucson, ArizonaTucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Batesville, ArkansasArkansas Scottish Festival
Bakersfield, CaliforniaBakersfield High Games
Santa Cruz County, CaliforniaScottish Renaissance Festival featuring the Loch Lomond Highland Games & Celtic Gathering
Campbell, CaliforniaCampbell Highland Games
Costa Mesa, CaliforniaUnited Scottish Highland Gathering
Fresno, CaliforniaFresno Highland Games
Livermore, CaliforniaLivermore Scottish Games and Celtic Celebration
Modesto, CaliforniaModesto Highland Games
Oakland, CaliforniaOakland Scottish Games
Pleasanton, CaliforniaCaledonian Club of San Francisco Highland Gathering
Salinas, CaliforniaMonterey Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Santa Cruz, CaliforniaSanta Cruz Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Ventura, CaliforniaSeaside Highland Games
Vista, CaliforniaSan Diego Scottish Highland Games and Gathering
Woodland, CaliforniaSacramento Valley Scottish Games
Elizabeth, ColoradoElizabeth Celtic Festival
Estes Park, ColoradoLong's Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival
Highlands Ranch, ColoradoColorado Scottish Festival
Sterling, ColoradoSterling Celtic Festival
Goshen, ConnecticutSt. Andrews Society of Connecticut Scottish Festival
Norwalk, ConnecticutRound Hill Highland Games
Scotland, ConnecticutScotland Highland Festival
Dunedin, FloridaDunedin Highland Games
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaSoutheast Florida Scottish Festival and Games
Green Cove Springs, FloridaNortheast Florida Scottish Highland Games
Ocala, FloridaOcala Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Panama City, FloridaPanama City Highland Games
Pensacola, FloridaPensacola Highland Games
Tallahassee, FloridaTallahassee Highland Games
Sarasota, FloridaSarasota Highland Games
Winter Springs, FloridaCentral Florida Scottish Highland Games
Zephyrhills, FloridaZephyrhills Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Blairsville, GeorgiaBlairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Chickamauga, GeorgiaAppalachian Celtic Festival
Anderson, South CarolinaLoch Hartwell Highland Games
Ringgold, GeorgiaRingold Highland Games
Savannah, GeorgiaSavannah Scottish Games and Highland Festival
Stone Mountain, GeorgiaStone Mountain Highland Games
Honolulu, HawaiiHawaiian Scottish Festival
Boise, IdahoTreasure Valley Highland Games
Oakbrook, IllinoisIllinois St. Andrew Society Highland Games
Springfield, IllinoisShamrock Games
Springfield, IllinoisSpringfield Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Columbus, IndianaColumbus, Indiana Scottish Festival
Fort Wayne, IndianaIndiana Highland Games
South Bend, IndianaCeltic Festival and Bryan Verkler Invitational Highland Games
Davenport, IowaCeltic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad-Cities
McPherson, KansasMcPherson Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Wakeeney, KansasTh' Gatherin' Fire Festival O'Beltane
Carrollton, KentuckyKentucky Scottish Weekend
Glasgow, KentuckyGlasgow Highland Games
Murray, KentuckyWestern Kentucky Highlands Festival
Jackson, LouisianaHighland Games of Louisiana
Minden, LouisianaTartan Day Celebration
West Monroe, LouisianaNortheast Louisiana Celtic Festival
Belfast, MaineMaine Celtic Celebration
Brunswick, MaineMaine Highland Games
Elkton, MarylandFair Hill Scottish Games
Frederick, MarylandFrederick Celtic Festival
Havre De Grace, MarylandStepping Stone Museum Highland Games
St. Leonard, MarylandSouthern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering
McHenry, MarylandMcHenry Higland Festival
Snow Hill, MarylandChesapeake Celtic Festival
Florence, MassachusettsGlasgow Lands Scottish Festival
Greenfield, MassachusettsWestern Massachusetts Highland Games and Festival
Alma, MichiganAlma Highland Festival and Games
Kalamazoo, MichiganKalamazoo Highland Games
Livonia, MichiganSt. Andrews Society of Detroit Highland Games
Saline, MichiganSaline Highland Games
Farmington, MinnesotaMinnesota Scottish Fair
Moorhead, MinnesotaCeltic Festival
Gulfport, MississippiHighlands and Islands Games on the Gulf Coast
Jackson, MississippiCeltic Fest Mississippi
Buffalo, MissouriSouthwest Missouri Celtic Heritage Festival
Riverside, MissouriKansas City Highland Games
St. Charles, MissouriMissouri Tartan Day Festivities
Hamilton, MontanaBitterroot Scottish Irish Festival
Las Vegas, NevadaLas Vegas Celtic Gathering
Reno, NevadaReno Celtic Celebration
Lincoln, New HampshireNew Hampshire Highland Games
Albuquerque, New MexicoRio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Altamont, New YorkCapital District Scottish Games
Amherst, New YorkAmherst Museum Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Old Westbury, New YorkLong Island Scottish Games
Greensboro, North CarolinaTriad Highland Games
Hendersonville, North CarolinaFoothills Highland Games and Festival
Huntersville, North CarolinaLoch Norman Highland Games
Laurinburg, North CarolinaScotland County Highland Games
Linville, North CarolinaGrandfather Mountain Highland Games
Mint Hill, North CarolinaMint Hill Highland Games
Waxhaw, North CarolinaWaxhaw Scottish Highland Games
Winston-Salem, North CarolinaWinston-Salem Celtic Music Festival and Highland Games
Hartville, OhioBrigadoon Beltane Festival
Wellington, OhioOhio Scottish Festival
Tulsa, OklahomaOklahoma Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Yukon, OklahomaScottish Heritage Festival and Highland Games
Athena, OregonAthena Caledonian Games
Baker City, OregonEastern Oregon Highland Games
Gresham, OregonPortland Highland Games
Madras, OregonHigh Desert Celtic Festival and Games
Winston, OregonDouglas County Celtic Highland Games
Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaBethlehem Celtic Classic
Edinboro, PennsylvaniaEdinboro Highland Games
Ligonier, PennsylvaniaLigonier Highland Games
Manheim, PennsylvaniaCeltic Fling and Highland Games
Richmond, Rhode IslandRhode Island Scottish Highland Festival
Clover, South CarolinaClover Scottish Games
Greenville, South CarolinaGreenville Scottish Highland Games
Mt. Pleasant, South CarolinaCharleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
Rapid City, South DakotaBlack Hills Dakota Gathering of the Clans
Gatlinburg, TennesseeGatlinburg Scottish Highland Games
Jackson, TennesseeCeltic Fest
Arlington, TexasTexas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Bedford, TexasBedford Celtic Heritage Festival
Helotes, TexasSan Antonio Highland Games
Houston, TexasHouston Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Salado, TexasSalado Scottish Clan Gathering and Highland Games
Lehi, UtahUtah Highland Games
Payson, UtahPayson Scottish Festival
Delaplane, VirginiaVirginia Scottish Games and Festival
Leesburg, VirginiaPotomac Celtic Festival
Lanexa, VirginiaWilliamsburg Scottish Festival
Lexington, VirginiaLexington Scots Irish Festival
Mechanicsville, VirginiaMeadow Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Radford, VirginiaRadford Highlander Festival
Enumclaw, WashingtonPacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games
Bellingham, WashingtonBellingham Highland Games
Graham, WashingtonTacoma Highland Games
Greenbank, WashingtonWhidbey Island Highland Games
Kelso, WashingtonKelso Hilander Festival and Games
Mount Vernon, WashingtonSkagit Valley Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Prosser, WashingtonProsser Scottish Festival
Puyallup, WashingtonScottish American Festival
Spokane, WashingtonSpokane Highland Games
Bridgeport, West VirginiaNorth Central West Virginia Scottish Festival and Celtic Gathering
Milwaukee, WisconsinMilwaukee Highland Games and Festival
Waukesha, WisconsinWisconsin Highland Games
Gillette, WyomingWyoming Celtic Festival
Jackson, WyomingJackson Hole Scottish Festival