Back in the spring, I received a message at my work email address from a representative of the Middle TN Highland Games seeing whether I was able and interested in booking a booth with them. I had never heard of the event but figured I’d do some more research and see what information I could find out about it. Only a night or two later, I was at a gig playing back-up fiddle for a friend when a distinguished gentleman approached me and handed me a manilla envelope. Turns out this was the very same man who had emailed me about the opportunity! (Cue “it’s a small world after all…”)
Turns out that the Highland Games are held at the beautiful Hermitage grounds, the historical home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States! It was to be a single-day event and was a very reasonable investment that I figured I could fit in between the festivals I had already put on my growing calendar of dates. Yep. I signed up!
Weeks later when my traveling schedule started, Milwaukee whizzed by immediately and Appaloosa loomed right behind. I learned a lot and things were going well. It was so nice to have the local event next; after traveling over 8.5 hours away to arrive at both of my previous vendor events, I was beyond happy to have some relief in the driving department. ;)
On the whole, I would say that particular sunny Saturday turned out to be the most pleasant surprise of my Bard Craft summer. The weather was gorgeous with just a little bit of Autumn in the air. A good amount of the people there were wearing historically accurate Scottish garb so the slightly cooler temperatures were perfect. Some local friends ended up playing music throughout the day and I also had prime positioning right next to the ice-cream booth. (I was even able to sample their “Carmel Apple” flavor!!!!)
As a whole, the 2017 Middle Tennessee Highland Games definitely punched above it’s weight and was successful beyond my expectations - especially for a one day event! It was well attended, colorful and festive, with some other great booths and crafts. The Bard Craft booth had lots of traffic and yet, at the end of the busy day, I was still able to sleep in my own bed!
If you’re anywhere in the area, I would highly recommend you visit the games next year for some good local fun - and some leathergoods because I hope to be there again!