CelticJackalope’s exclusive Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Celtic, Pagan and Magickal wares will be on display at the Seaside Highland Games at Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura California October 14-15, 2017. Come out and join us!
We’ll be showcasing many new Statues, Plaques, Sterling Jewelry and new Printed Apparel Designs.
Hightly detailed hand cast 925 sterling silver Scottish Wild Thistle Earrings. Each Thistle Measures 2″ in Height and Weight per pair 28.34 Grams.
The prickly purple thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland during the rein of Alexander III (1249 -1286). Legend has it that an Army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear.
As they drew near to the Scots it wasn’t the only thing hiding under the cover of darkness. For one of Haakon’s men unfortunately stood on one of these spiny little defenders and shrieked out in pain, alerting the Clansmen of the advancing Norsemen. Needless to say the Scots who won the day. The first use of the Thistle as a royal symbol of Scotland was on silver coins issued by James III in 1470.
Artist: Maxine Miller
About the event!
The Games uphold a Scottish tradition dating back into the mists of the past. The earliest Games were held more than a thousand years ago under the sponsorships of kings and clan chiefs. The Ceres Games in Fife, Scotland, claims to be the oldest continuous games, dating from 1314. However, the Braemar Gathering claims to have older roots, dating back to King Malcolm III of Scotland, who came to the throne in 1057.
Competition served a variety of martial, sporting and religious functions. The Clan Chiefs used them to recruit staff. Winners of races made excellent couriers and the strongest men made fine bodyguards. The athletes and wrestlers, retained by rival chiefs, were often matched in competition at important gatherings. Dancers and pipers were taken into the chief’s household, not just for entertainment value, but the glory their prowess would reflect on their masters on such occasions.
Down the centuries, the men of the villages gathered once a year – perhaps their only holiday – and passed the day exercising their strength in athletic competition and playing the bagpipes and performing traditional dances.
Today, Scottish Games are held in all parts of the world where Scots, by birth or ancestry, have made their home. Games are so popular now in the United States, that one or more Games can be attended somewhere in the country almost every week of the year.
October 13, 2017
Whisky Tasting & Scottish evening
5:00 pm til 10:00 pm
October 14-15, 2017
THE GAMES 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Large Men Throwing Stuff
Scottish Fiddling Competition
For more information on Entertainment, Tickets and lodging please visit the website for the Seaside Highland Games: http://www.seaside-games.com/
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