Once notorious for her subterranean dwellings, the Loch Ness Monster later became famous for her bagpipe-infused electronica and her controversial, but high-concept, use of plaid. Celebrate the best of Scottish heritage with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two adult tickets to the Savannah Scottish Games on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (up to a $24 value).
The 35th annual Savannah Scottish Games celebrates the sounds, tastes, and sporting events of the Highlanders. Long before tatties-and-neeps-eating contests became popular, Highland competitions built up the endurance and celebrated the victories of Scottish regiments. Watch Scots hone their warrior skills by competing in amateur Heavy Athletics events, including caber toss and hammer throw. Dancers from all age groups compete in the Highland Dancing Southern Regional Championship with four traditional dances, including the fling, a complex, multistep jig that involves two participants tossing a lukewarm rutabaga back and forth. The bagpipe band and individual piper competition opens the games' ceremonies with a parade of pipers, and live music continues throughout the day with Scottish balladeer Alex Beaton along with Cynergy, featuring master fiddler Moira Nelligan.
Lads and lassies tempt their ancestral taste buds with traditional fare, including Scottish pies, from a variety of restaurant vendors. With Celtic art, kilts, bagpipes, pottery, and replica weaponry, the Scottish Marketplace provides the perfect place to find an audition outfit for Braveheart 2: The Passion of the Tartan. Wee visitors can start training with pint-size athletic events, including tug of war, sheaf toss, and haggis hurl. Reenactments by Clann Nan Con and General Oglethorpe will inspire potential Scots to trace their roots with the help of the Savannah Genealogical Association and by visiting Clan Row to discover the history of more than 20 clans.