Annual General Meeting
2017 Annual General Meeting
New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival
Loon Mountain Resort
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH 03251
September 15-17, 2017
Hosted by Linda Williams
The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Clan Montgomery Society International will be held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire on September 15-17, 2017. This is one of the largest Scottish events in the country. As a result, hotel rooms are very hard to come by and expensive when you can find them.
Our host this year will be Linda Williams, our Vice President for the New England Region, and she has arranged for the Days Inn in Lincoln, NH to be our host hotel. She has negotiated a block of 15 rooms, so reserve them while they last. Reservations can be made by calling (603) 745-8118 and asking for Eileen, and and be sure to identify yourself as with Clan Montgomery Society International. The room rate will be around $144 a night. Linda will not be able to hold the block of rooms for a long time and will have to release them. Make your reservations now so you can be near the CMSI activities.
The Days Inn is located at 557 US Route 3, Lincoln, NH 03251-4128 and offers free WiFi, microwave, mini-fridge, flat screen TV, coffee and tea makers, onsite parking, and indoor or outdoor pool and hot tub.
The two closest airports are Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (also known simply as Manchester Airport) in Manchester, NH (88+ miles) and Logan Airport in Boston, MA (135+ miles). Manchester Airport is preferred. Upon your arrival at Manchester Airport, don’t forget to watch your feet getting off the escalator and at the same time you might notice that they were made by the Montgomery Elevator Company. It is a 1.5 hour drive straight up I-93 from Manchester Airport to Loon Mountain Resort. Car rentals can be made at the airport.
Only recognized guide or service dogs are permitted at the Games or the host hotel. Camping is not allowed on-site at Loon Mountain Resort. Children 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult admission. General admission parking is off-site within the town of Lincoln. Follow the signs to designated parking areas and ride shuttle buses to Loon Mountain Resort. Shuttle buses will run each day from 8:00am until 6:00pm (last bus timing will be extended as needed).
The games begin Friday morning and run 8am-5pm daily Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, even during the rain so come prepared for all types of weather. These are the largest games in all of New England. This past year they had Petur Gudmundsson, Thor Gjornsson, and Magnus Ver Magnusson judging the Heavy Athletics. All three of these gentlemen are World Record Holders in their own divisions. Some of the performers that played in 2016 were: Albannach, Skerryvore, The Brigaddons, Glengarry Bhoys, Searson, and local favorites John Carmichael and Charlie Zahm.
Tickets for the Games go on sale in late spring and may be purchased in advance on-line at the NH Highland Games website or by calling 1-800-358-7268. Weekend passes for the entire three days may only be purchased in advance. Daily tickets may also be purchased each day at the gate.
This past year (2016), the St. Andrew’s Society also had extra events such as Beer Tasting, Whiskey Tasting, Tartan Dinner Social Hour followed by a Tartan Dinner, and a Kitchen Ceilidh all on Friday.
The weekend will start off with check-in and registration at the CMSI hospitality suite on Thursday the 14th at the host hotel. Friday will be marked with various meetings: The Regional VP meeting and the Officers and Past Presidents meeting will be in the morning, with the AGM itself just after lunch followed by the Genealogy meeting. A special briefing on our updated website and its new Genealogy Database and Photo Album will also follow. Dinner and/or attendance at the evening Games will be on our own.
Saturday we trust that everyone will attend the Games in the daytime, enjoy our Clan Tent and march in the Parade of Clans at 11:00am. A piper will be coming around to collect the clans to march them to the parade grounds.
There will be a registration form for the Clan Montgomery events available soon, as well as further information about banquet plans and AGM meeting plans. Please fill out the registration form (above), send it off to our Treasurer LaDell Montgomery as shown on the form, and join us!