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Falling into Winter.....

Angela Soule

To say our Autumn was a busy one, would be an understatement. We had a great turn out for our Open House which welcomed both new students as well as players that might have been on a break for awhile. We are settling in with our new group and are excited for the season to come.

We’ve attended a few events as well, including the Elmvale Fall Fair and the Remembrance Day Service in Barrie. The ceremony on November 11th was especially important as not only was it the first service at the newly constructed Memorial Square and Meridian Place, but it was also the 100th Year of Armistice Day. We were honoured to march on the Colour Party, troops and veterans. If you missed the service, you can watch at https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/we-remember-ceremony-held-for-veterans-in-barrie-1.4172459

We also have photos posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/barriepipesanddrums/

Looking ahead, we have a busy Winter scheduled starting off with the Holiday Parades. Please check our Events page for all the listings, and we hope to see you out celebrating the Christmas season.

Another fun event we are looking forward to, is the Highland Christmas Tea & Market hosted by our friends at Miller School of Highland Dance. On December 9th it will be an afternoon of tea, coffee, desserts, highland dancing, pipe band playing and crafts - what more could you ask for?! Visit the event listing at https://www.facebook.com/events/1989399134442820/ for ticket information.

Save the date, January 26th will be our Annual Robbie Burns Night. Stay tuned for details as they will be coming out in the next few weeks.

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable fall, but before hibernating for winter, we do hope to see you at one of the community events!

Ang

 2018 Elmvale Fall Fair

2018 Elmvale Fall Fair

 2018 Remembrance Day Service.  Photo by Mark Wanzel  https://www.markwanzelphotography.com

2018 Remembrance Day Service. Photo by Mark Wanzel https://www.markwanzelphotography.com

If Not Now, Then When?

Angela Soule

 Performing at the Orillia Scottish Festival, July 2018

Performing at the Orillia Scottish Festival, July 2018

As we head into the last few days of Summer, it is hard to not look back at the summer and reflect.  Did we take enough time to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the little things, or were we still caught up in work, chores and running the kids back and forth from camp and soccer?  It's so easy to let time slip away and for us to forget to take a moment for ourselves.  With September knocking at our front door, this is when we feel a need for a fresh start.  Kids are going back to school, crisper mornings as we head out the door and Starbucks bringing back the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte.  So this, I ask you...the ones who have always watched a pipe band on parade and that voice in the back of your head whispering, "How cool would that be?".  Or maybe you've watched a local Highland Games and witnessed first hand the anticipation of a pipe band stepping onto the field for competition and battle over the day's trophy and thought, "What a team to be a part of!".  Maybe you played bagpipes or drums back when you were younger and they've sat in the closet for a few years.  For all of you, I say, if not now, then when?  Now is the opportunity to finally take time for yourself and listen to that voice in the back of your head and come see what we are all about.  Join us at our Open House, come meet our instructors and leaders see how we practice and learn how you can be a part of our organization.  We offer free, weekly bagpipe and drumming lessons.  And for those who are seasoned, we offer no membership fees and your uniform is supplied.  

If Not Now, Then When?

-Ang

#tbt Orillia Scottish Festival

Angela Soule

It's been a busy summer thus far with members competing at solo events at the Georgetown Highland Games, Cobourg Highland Games and the Kincardine Scottish Festival, our BPD Awards Night and celebrating a very warm Canada Day in Aurora.  One of our summer performances that we are most looking forward to is the Orillia Scottish Festival this Saturday, July 21.  It has been six years since we have participated in the festival, so we are excited to finally be a part of the biggest event closest to home! Join us at Couchiching Beach Park and enjoy the day with performances from many other local pipe bands, country Scottish dancing and many other events.  For more information, please visit http://www.scottishfestival.ca.  We will not only be a part of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, but we will be performing at 3:30 in the Beer Tent (it's like they know us or something??)

Following Orillia, we will be performing at the Uxbridge Scottish Festival, July 28th and the Alliston Potato Festival Parade, August 10th.  

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer and that we see you soon!

Ang

 

 #tbt to the Orillia Scottish Festival in 2012, parading under our former name, Kempenfelt Pipes & Drums

#tbt to the Orillia Scottish Festival in 2012, parading under our former name, Kempenfelt Pipes & Drums

 Marching to the field at the Kingston Scottish Festival, 2018

Marching to the field at the Kingston Scottish Festival, 2018

 Group photo at our 2nd Annual BPD Awards

Group photo at our 2nd Annual BPD Awards

 Aurora Canada Day Parade

Aurora Canada Day Parade