Published Thursday, November 08, 2012

Music, dance, food all part of Scottish tradition

By W. WINSTON SKINNER

winston@newnan.com

The Fall Y’all Ball in Moreland offered a celebration of culture, music — and food.

The event, held on Nov. 3, offered a foretaste of this coming Saturday’s Full Cry in Moreland — Celebration of the Hunt. The Y’all Ball offered Southern food, game dishes and Scottish fair.

Music, dance and pageantry from the Scottish tradition were also part of the evening’s program. The ball, held at the historic Moreland Mill, was sponsored by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance.

Members of the Order of the Tartan of the Chattahoochee Valley brought authenticity to the evening’s Scottish flavor. Michael Scott of the order led the presentation of Adrianna Barry as the hunt princess. She officially opened the Full Cry series of events and was present for various activities during the ball.

Barry, 13, is a student at Holy Innocents School in Atlanta and the granddaughter of Hal and Linda Barry of Moreland. Scott said the Y’all Ball is the first step in “an attempt to establish a tradition.”

Emmerick Suttles, 9, and his sister, Alaina, 6, were joined by their cousin, Lochlen Suttles, 9, in playing “Scotland the Brave.” Celtic Ties – Rusty Tate, Gary Pitts, Hollis Landrum and Tamara Grizzle – played for much of the evening in the community room at the mill.

Other musical groups entertained on the town green and on the pavilion behind the mill.

Food at the Y’all Ball included cock-a-leekie soup, venison stew, shepherd’s pie, chicken wings, barbecue and Southern style pimiento cheese dip with chips. There also was a wine tasting.

The greatest pomp of the evening, however, involved the procession and presentation of the haggis, a traditional Scottish dish made from seasoned sheep’s pluck — internal organs.

Scott played his bagpipes to lead the haggis procession through the meeting room. Following him were the hunt princess and then Anne Short bearing the haggis on a platter.

They made their way to the central hallway, where Brian Wilson recited Robert Burns “To a Haggis” in lowland Scots. After Wilson dramatically cut into the oval, Short served the delicacy on crackers.

Burns “loved his fellow men,” Wilson said. “He loved his country, and he did love the ladies.” Wilson said Burns was “a poet of the people” who wrote about daily life of Scots — and even their food.

“It is very, very delicious,” Wilson said of haggis. “It sounds strange, but it’s delicious.”

“Haggis is a wonderful meal,” Short added.

Smithwick signed copies of his books, “Flying Change” and “Racing My Father,” in the town hall, where he also visited guests. Then he and most of the other attendees gathered for a Scottish dance fest directed by Catherine Linz to complete the evening.

Full Cry events continue this Saturday at Bear Creek Farm. Information is available at fullcrymoreland.com. Free tickets are being distributed to Coweta County students for the Festival of Sporting Games and Wee Highland Games starting at 11 a.m.

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