January 29, 2017

Highland Games

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Friends, Scots, Countrymen, lend me your ear. We're in the 2nd week of our 3 week stay in Scotland. This week we'll enjoy some Scottish Highland Games (both real and improvised). I'm so proud that many of you tried the Haggis last week, although I've heard through the grapevine that after eating a portion of Haggis, our own @RealFakeGator invented to "new" game called "Haggis Toss" as he ran outside to get rid of his haggis in a big hurry. Nothing a few drams of good Scotch Whiskey couldn't make him forget though. So, starting at 4pm EDT (9pm in Scotland) this Thursday, you'll have your chance to sample all the fun of the traditional Highland Games, anipal-style.

Don't forget that this weekend (Feb. 4 and 5th) we will also have a 24 hour pawty.  24 hour pawty.  The hashtag for that will be #NCWIS (Nipclub's Weeks in Scotland) because we get too many naughty visitors at our regular weekly hashtag. Please help our Sekurity team by Blocking and Reporting these pests when they pop up. 

We will also be staying over in Scotland for our weekly pawty on February 9th. There will undoubtedly be a lot of leftover food and drink (well, food anyway) to use up, so we'll have a Scottish Pub night. (Don't worry, I'll stock up the bar for that night). 

If you need special garb for Scotland, don't hesitate to contact @RealFakeGator of #NipClub Outfitters. But do it fast. They're very busy.  Scroll down to see what they have ready for you!


On a final note, while Nipclub Monthly is on hiatus, we may have quarterly or tri-annual 24 hour pawties tied into our #NipClub weekly themes. Scotland was fun, I'd love to hear where else you'd like to spend several weeks and open a new branch location. DM your ideas  to @TheNascarKitty


The Highland Games


Long ago, Highland games revolved around athletic and sports competitions.  The strength events of today’s games owe their roots to the Highland warriors who would keep in shape between battles by competing among themselves with everyday implements.  Back then, there were no gyms or fitness centers.  A stone, a blacksmith’s hammer, a tree trunk (caber) became tools for building strength for battle.  Test yourself, perhaps win bragging rights as #Nipclub’s modern day Highland Warrior.  Not so strong?  Perhaps the Haggis toss is more your style. 




For many Highland games festival attendees, the most memorable event at the games is the massing of the pipe bands.  Although bagpipe music has come to symbolize music at the Games, nearly all Highland games feature a wide range of piping and drumming competition,  as well as fiddling, harp & Celtic bands.  We’re sure our DJ’s will have plenty of Highland music along with your other favorites tonight.




Scottish Highland dancing is one of the oldest forms of folk dance and again has Highland Warriors at it’s roots.  Highland Dances were warrior dances performed over swords and spiked shield as a way for the old kings and chiefs of Scotland, and later, for military regiments to test and choose the best men.  Competitive Highland dancing started during Victorian times but was still for men only.  Ladies began competing only at the turn of the century, and today’s dancing is mostly performed by females.  Dances include the Highland Fling, Sword Dance & Reels.



Speaking of Reels, while drinks and noms aren’t an official part of Highland Games, they are part of #Nipclub, so are part of our HIghland Games.  Once again @SquirtTheCat and @TweetingTruman have hand picked menu items to help you build strength for the games and to make sure the only reeling you do is the dance, not from sampling too much Scotch.

Dress the Part

Need something to wear?  Let @TweetingTruman and @realfakegator know what you’d like!  Check out some of their past creations.  They are also happy to do a custom kilt or avatar for you.


Avatar samples from @Tweeting Truman 












Avatar samples from @realfakegator









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Drinks and Noms

 Shepard's Pie

 Steak & Ale Pie

 Venison in red wine

Whiskey Prawns

Baked Brown Trout

 Kilt Lifter Ale

Rob Roy Cocktail

Wee Heavy Ale

Drambuie

Whisky Toddy

 Sticky-toffee pudding

Dundee Cake

Don't forget to download your 2017 Calendar!
Courtesy of #Nipclub 


  
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