MEMORY LANE


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From the October 1974 edition of The Quechee Times

Quechee was the scene of one of Vermont’s most colorful spectacles when the second annual Scottish Festival was held on September 14.

Fifteen hundred enthusiastic attendants constitute a joyous crowd when they gather in a small village, and that’s the number that came here from many parts of the country to see and hear bagpipers parade, Revolutionary War battles re-enacted, and feisty competition in sports peculiar to The Highlands.

The hundreds of visitors spent most of the day in Quechee and there was continuous color and action for them to enjoy. The spectacles and entertainment were provided by both whole groups and individuals knowledgeable about traditional Scottish games and music. “His Majesty’s 64th Regiment” and the “Second New York Coonials” – regimental groups from New York in authentic Revolutionary War uniforms – provided memorable thrills as they simulated battle. Among the individuals who drew rapt attention as they sang and played musical instruments was Hugh Laughlin, a native of Scotland and now living in Quechee. 
The lively day ended with a Tartan Ball and banquet at the Quechee Club. The festival was sponsored by the Quechee Council of Village Enterprises and Quechee Lakes Corporation. Visitors said they believed the Scottish Festival could become Vermont’s most colorful annual event. 
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