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Friday
May292015

Archery at The Gathering

While at The Gathering, take a few minutes and visit the archery display and let the experts show you more about this fascinating sport! You may even decide to try your hand at shooting your first arrows!

Long-bows, re-curves and compounds will take the field at the Gathering of the Scots in 2015!!  Under the expert guidance of long-time bowman Dave Green from Tobique Narrows and members of our newly-formed Twin River Archery Club in Perth-Andover, visitor to this year’s festival will get the opportunity to try their hands at this ancient sport of kings!

“Recent interest in the sport of archery has been encouraging”, says festival Events Chairman Rod MacIntosh.  “We have a popular new archery club in the area that has seen high numbers of participation.  The Gathering of the Scots has implemented their new archery venue to help introduce & educate festival visitors on some of the details of this exciting sport.”

Thursday
May282015

Get to bed!

You will need your rest because it all begins tomorrow! The games begin at 3:00 PM when the Masters and Amateurs begin to throw. And if that isn't enough, stop by The Castle Inn for the "PICAROON’S CASTLE CEILIDH". Music and more starting at 7:00 PM. The Gathering is upon us!

Wednesday
May272015

Birds of Prey

For what may be well be the first time in New Brunswick history, visitors to this year’s Gathering of the Scots festival in Perth-Andover will be introduced to the medieval sport of falconry with their new “Birds of Prey Show” scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Festival organizers are very excited about hosting this unique venue in 2015.  “For several years, the addition of a birds of prey show to the festival’s schedule of events has been a top priority” says Events Chairman Rod MacIntosh.  “After dozens of inquiries, we were fortunate enough to make connections with Falconry Environmental Services Inc. based in St. Lazare, Quebec.  Their biologists have agreed travel to Perth-Andover and perform 2 birds of prey “flight demonstrations” in May. In addition, visitors to the festival will be able to stop and see these majestic birds up close and ask questions at the Falconry Environmental booth on the festival grounds.”

Although nonexistent in New Brunswick, the art of falconry has a long and distinguished history recorded as far back in time as 722 BC!  In the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, falconry probably reached its zenith in the 17th century, but soon faded, particularly in the late 18th and 19th centuries, as firearms became the tool of choice for hunting.  Falconry in the United Kingdom experienced resurgence in the late 19th century, which undoubtedly led to its introduction to North America in the early 1900s.

Throughout the 20th century, modern veterinary practices and the advent of radio telemetry (transmitters attached to free-flying birds) increased the average lifespan of falconry birds and allowed falconers to pursue quarry and styles of flight that had previously resulted in the loss of their hawk or falcon.

The final lineup of birds performing at the Gathering is not yet confirmed but will include falcons, hawks, owls and possibly the brilliant colors of an American Kestrel!