New Tent Hosts Represent Southwest Games
By Louise Turnbull
It has been just a year since Bill and Claudia Trimble talked Marty and I into being tent hosts for TCA in Arizona. We are ever so thankful that they sought us out, because this has been a truly remarkable experience for us.
We started out with absolutely nothing except some camping equipment, some sage advice from the Trimbles and many back copies of the Bullseye full of information we could pass on to others. It proved to be a little costly by the time we purchased a larger tent, an association banner, and a few pieces of tartan to accent our clothing. I made a banner to use in opening ceremonies and another for our tent showing Marty's genealogy going back to David Turnbull born 1760 in Torryburn, Fife, Scotland. As the year went by we pieced together books and maps and other informative information.
Our first highland games experience was in March 2012 at the Phoenix Caledonian Society Highland Games. We were quite nervous about our first experience being tent hosts, but everyone was so helpful and friendly that we soon started feeling like one of the family. The weather was beautiful all weekend, and the setting couldn't have been more lovely. The event was held at the Indian School Park in Phoenix. All of the clan tents were situated right next to the large park lake. We had such a wonderful experience at those games that we decided maybe this was something we would continue to pursue.
In April, we were invited to participate in the second annual Rim County Celtic Festival in Payson, AZ. Payson is a rapidly growing community in the foothills of the Mogollon Rim, 75 miles north of Phoenix. Marty and I drove up on Friday with our 5th wheel RV in tow and set up our tent in the appointed outdoor arena. Saturday morning we woke to an inch of snow all over everything! After some fast scrambling on the part of the festival director, people were moved into the nearby Elks Lodge banquet room. Because snow and slides had closed the main highway, Marty and I were the only clan to be represented at the gathering. We received lots of attention that day, and made several lasting acquaintances. Sunday was a nice day, so everything was moved back outdoors.
July 21st and July 22nd was the fifteenth annual Arizona Highland Celtic Festival. It was announced over the loudspeaker during the opening ceremonies that the Turnbull Clan was being represented for the first time. We were heartily welcomed by all. I think this festival was attended by as many or more folks as there were in Phoenix. Sunday afternoon, we were excited to meet Birget Turnbull from Glasgow, Scotland and her sister Hanne Karman from Pennsylvania. The two were visiting the area and had come to the festival in hopes of finding a Turnbull Clan Tent. We were so glad to be there for them.
Our last event of the year was the Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games held November 2nd - 4th. This was their 26th annual festival, the second largest in the state. By this time, we were familiar with many of the other clan representatives and it seemed like we were part of one big family. We have received so much good advice and information from everyone we come in contact with. We don't feel at all like strangers anymore and look forward to many more years of spreading the word about our Turnbull heritage and TCA!
2013 Prosser Scottish Fest & Highland Games
Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Prosser, Washington
By Bill & Pat Trimble
Bill and Pat Trimble, and Bill’s brother Kim Trimble hosted the TCA Tent at the Prosser Scottish Games. Dale and MaryKay Hilding, who usually host the tent, were unable to attend due to a prior commitment. Throughout the day we were visited by several Clan reps, vendors, performers, and visitors, including Jim and Kathy Turnbull of Yakima, WA, and Matthew Turnbull of West Richland, WA, who had never attended the Prosser Games before and were very interested in learning about the Turnbull Clan and the origin of their name! Hopefully, Matthew is now a member. We look forward to going again next year.
2013 Seattle Scottish Highland Games
July 26-27-28, 2013 at Enumclaw, Washington
The weather was sunny and very warm Saturday, then cool and breezy on Sunday--typical Scottish weather for the 67th annual Seattle Scottish Highland Games! Bill and Pat Trimble and Kim Trimble hosted the TCA tent, and were joined on Saturday by Dale and MaryKay Hilding of Pendleton, OR. Dale’s cousins, Jack and Donna Alexander, their daughter Joanne Zoellner, and grandaughter Alexandra Zoellner, of Carson City NV, spent Saturday with us, as did Pat and Bill’s daughter Stacy Epperly, her husband Jim, their son Mason and daughter Bailey of Kennewick, WA.
When it came time for the Parade of Clans Saturday afternoon, Bill and Kim led the TCA Delegation that included MaryKay, Jack and Donna, Stacy and Bailey, plus Lynn and Emma Lenz, Amy Trimble and her fiancé Patrick Lium, and our new ‘friend’ John Colton from Hood River, OR (whose mother is a Turnbull).
Dozens of visitors stopped by on both days, and we handed out several TCA Membership Applications. We had a great time, and everyone agreed to return again next year!
The 2013 Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games
The 2013 Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games were held the weekend of October 19-20 at the Richmond International Raceway. Friday afternoon we were joined by Bill and Pat Trimble from Washington State to help us set up our tent. Saturday’s cool and rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of the attendees, especially the 48 Turnbull Clan visitors to our tent. After sending emails to local Turnbull Clan members, many Turnbulls/Trimbles came from far and wide to attend the Games and TCA Annual Meeting.
Excitement filled the area around our gathering at the Turnbull Clan tent when families came together and began sharing their stories and heritage. Raymond and Donna Turnbull and sister Jeanette Turnbull Carroll and husband
Denis drove down from New York to attend the Games and have a family reunion with local relatives. The spirit of family was so evident as we shared stories and pictures of family. Though separated by generations and time, we could see family similarities. Other families who came together included Paul and Dee Forgette and their son Todd and wife Lauren.
We were blessed to have Wallace and Eleanor Turnbull with us as well as our Clan President Wally. Sadly, Betty could not attend, as she had to help care for son Andrew who had recently been involved in a motorcycle/auto accident in Haiti.
Claudia and I were also excited to have our own children and grandchildren who live locally attend and learn about their Scottish heritage.
The AGM on Saturday evening was held at the Hilton Garden Inn. We all enjoyed a time of fellowship as well as the meal. Wally announced this year’s Turnbull Clan Member of the Year Award, Dale Hilding from Oregon. In the seven years of hosting a Turnbull Clan tent both in Arizona and Virginia, this year’s number of attendees was beyond expectation. The excitement of renewing friendships (old and new), being with family and sharing the Turnbull spirit made for a refreshing weekend. Join us next year, same time, same place. Let’s carry this excitement to Scotland next July.
Orlando, Florida Games-By Bob Turnbull
2013 kicked off with record breaking crowds at the Orlando, FL Highland Games. Never before were food and beer lines so long. Credit is given to the movie Brave. The weather this year was more typical Florida weather than during the 2012 games which were very cold (for Florida) needing space heaters and a wee dram every now and again.
The Clan march was also record breaking for Clan Turnbull, having more march than in any past year. It was also a real treat to meet Colin Walker, lead drummer of Albannoch, whose grandmother was a Turnbull. He was very happy to meet up with Turnbulls at the games.
New Hampshire Games
By Karen Torrey
Once again, Mark Turnbull came up with a wonderful idea; to honor veterans at this year’s tent. And so “Bulls of War –
700 Years of Warfare” was born. At the center of the display was a tribute to Norman Turnbull, our beloved Shenachie who passed away this year. Norman served many years in the Royal Air Force. He was also remembered during the Sunday, Kirkin’ of the Tartans.
On display were medals, photos, and tributes to the many Turnbulls who have served and are currently serving their respective nations. Visitors were encouraged to share their stories about loved ones or themselves. I enjoyed recounting the story of four of my great uncles who all served in World War II. At the center of my exuberance for the games was my Aunt Nancy Turnbull, our family matriarch and her two sons from the Rossie NH Turnbulls. Turnbull visitors were in record numbers and included Randy Turnbull, Pam and Bruce Merrill, Dick and Joanne Turnbull, Bob and Cathy Turnbull,
John and Jay Meikle and others. Quoting VP Mark Turnbull, “It was an honor and privilege to give thanks for every Turnbull’s service to fight for the freedoms we have today and honor them and the families’ unwavering commitment to their beliefs, giving their time, dedication and all too often the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.”
My special thanks to my husband Michael and my four sons, Carter, Cameron, Cassidy, and Collin. Cassidy flew in from Arizonia and was the first Torrey boy to wear a kilt and present our flag at the opening ceremony.
Athena, Oregon Games
By Dale Hilding
We had a really good turn-out for the Caledonian Games in Athena this past July. Bill and Pat Trimble drove over from Tri- Cities WA to help us put on the Clan Booth. My son, Mike and his family (including our one-month old granddaughter) came out and some of them marched with us in the parade (about 1 mile thru downtown Athena). Our clan won First place for the Clans in the parade. We had a lot of visitors at the booth and gave out a number of Clan applications.