November events celebrate 'The Hunt' with Scottish flair

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The Bear Creek Hounds, under the watchful eye of huntsman Guy Cooper, these days primarily chase coyote in Coweta County.

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Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance and Bear Creek Hounds are planning for “Full Cry in Moreland: A Celebration of The Hunt” — two weekends focusing on the best of Scottish tradition and horse riding on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10.
Festivities Nov. 3 will include Scottish music and dancing, food and drink, at the Moreland Mill and Town Green. Then on Nov. 10, hunt riding season begins with The Bear Creek Hounds Opening Hunt and a “wee” Scottish Games competition featuring The Order of the Tartan of the Chattahoochee Valley.
“This combination of fun is called ‘Full Cry,’ a phrase from the sport of fox-hunting that signals an enthusiastic good time ahead,” says Carol Chancey, Moreland Cultural Arts Association spokeswoman. “Settlers from Scotland and the British Isles brought hunting and the surrounding pageantry to our area hundreds of years ago, and hunting is still a tradition in many local families. It all ties in with the celebration of our heritage in Moreland, and we decided to create a festival that all outdoorsmen would love.”
In addition to the fox hunt, the Nov. 10 Hunt Festival features exhibitions of masters of sports including falconry, sharp shooting, hunting dogs (hounds and retrievers), equestrian champions and fly fishing. The Order of the Tartans of the Chattahoochee Valley, a Scottish heritage society, will bring a “Wee Highland Games” and more Scot spectacle to the event.
“We expect this will become a new tradition of events leading up to our Opening Hunt and blessing of the hounds, a ceremony that dates back for hundreds of years,” says Hal Barry, master of the Bear Creek Hounds. “While hunters on horseback once chased foxes, today we chase that wily coyote at landowners’ requests. But even if you don’t ride, hearing the hounds in full cry is a sound that brings a thrill.”

“Full Cry in Moreland: A Celebration of The Hunt” is organized by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, an organization formed in 2011 to enhance and develop the museums of Moreland. Its mission is to protect, foster, and promote the cultural arts and heritage of the Moreland community and celebrate the writings of well-known Moreland authors Erskine Caldwell and Lewis Grizzard.

Proceeds from Full Cry in Moreland will benefit MCAA and Bear Creek Hounds Hunt Club.

The schedule boasts a list of activities, many of which are free. Go to www.fullcrymoreland.com for more information on additional activities and tickets.

The events on the two Saturdays include:

• Saturday, Nov. 3

WHAT: Fall Ya’ll Ball: An Evening of Meats & Merriment.

WHEN: 5-9 p.m. – Evening includes dancing on the green, “A Taste of the Hunt” (which includes game meat and Scottish fare), wine tasting, dramatic Scottish poetry reading and more. Meet Becky Holder, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team, and Patrick Smithwick, steeplechase jockey-turned-author who will be available to autograph copies of his books, “Flying Change” and “Racing My Father.”

WHERE: Historic Moreland Mill & Town Green, the charming heart of Moreland, Ga.

• Saturday, Nov. 10

WHAT: Bear Creek Hounds Opening Hunt & Festival.

WHEN:

•  8:30 a.m. – Stirrup Cup and Blessing of the Hounds.

•  9 a.m. – Fox Hunt. Spectators can follow the hunt across the scenic pastoral countryside from the comfort of talley-ho wagons.

•  Noon – Traditional Hunt Breakfast, a lavish brunch on the grounds of Bear Creek Farm in south Coweta County.

•  1 p.m.-6 p.m. – Hunt Festival featuring “Wee Highland Games” and exhibitions of Masters of Sports. Including: falconry, sharp shooting, hunting dogs (hounds and retrievers), equestrian champions and fly fishing.

WHERE: Bear Creek Farm, Moreland, Ga., the Coweta County home of Hal and Linda Barry and their beloved Bear Creek Hounds.



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