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Alma Highland Festival and Games
The Alma Highland Festival: Music, Dancing, Competition and Much More!
The Alma Highland Festival and Games takes place in Alma, Michigan in May of each year. It is a wonderful celebration of Scottish Heritage set on the campus of Alma College, a small Presbyterian school with Scottish ties.
We Owe it All to Them
Guile Graham, Ken Jones & David McKenzie
Guile Graham, Ken Jones and David McKenzie are responsible for bringing you the Alma Highland Festival and Games. Back in 1968, after much discussion and planning among the 3, the Alma Highland Festival was off the ground and running.
My father, Guile Graham, partnered with Ken Jones and David McKenzie to create the festival. Dad's Scottish background (the Graham's of Montrose) and his position at Alma College as Vice President made him a valuable asset to the group.
Here is my father, Guile Graham, in the middle. This was taken about the time he would have been working on the festival.
In 1994 he was inducted into the "Alma College Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service" for his long history with the college including: Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations through the early 1950s, Director of Development from 1961-1968 and Vice President for Institutional Relations until 1986. According to the college, "His enthusiasm and energy was exceeded only by his integrity. While he headed Alma's fund-raising efforts the gifts to the college totaled more than $46 million."
Plus, he was a REALLY nice person. His motto for his staff was "Anything is possible as long as no one cares who gets the credit."
That's my dad.
David McKenzie - David is nicknamed "Father of the Festival"
David McKenzie played the pipes and served a vital role in the group of 3 who created the festival.
Official Website / Alma Highland Festival
- Alma Highland Festival
Welcome to the 42nd Alma Highland Festival and Games. We are pleased you stopped to visit our new website. On the following pages you will find information about our wonderful festival, what it offers, and how you can get involved.
More Festival Info
- Throwing Heavy Stuff at the Alma Highland Festival & Games : Michigan in Pictures
Photos of the Great Lakes State including "Throwing heavy stuff at the Alma Highland Festival & Games" May 24, 2007 Caber Toss, photo by BearlyWorking This photo is part of a set of 2006 Alma Highland Festival photos.
- Bagpipe Related Events - Piper's Den - Bagpiper Community Bagpipes Resources
The Piper's Den is the bagpiper community & bagpipes site for bagpipe players, pipers, drummers, musicians and music fans.
Get Yourself Ready for the Games - Train, read up and eat up.
Alma Highland Festival Massed Bands - Awesome
The mass gathering of Highland Bands, for me, is such an inspiring show and sound.
Have you ever heard a live gathering of Highland bands and how did you like it?
Piping is very hard work!
Taken at the Alma Highland Festival
Add life to your party! Invite a bagpiper. If you don't know a real one, try this full-size cardboard guy in a kilt.
You can have your very own bagpiper in a kilt! The only problem is that you can't lift it to see what's underneath.