Middle Tennessee Highland Games Returns to The Hermitage

Middle Tennessee Highland Games Returns to The Hermitage

By MP&F Staff

Highland Games Discover Celtic culture and ancient traditions at the Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President.

“The theme this year is ‘Year of Discovery,’” said Howard J. Kittell, president and CEO of The Hermitage. “The theme and games combined is ideal for the setting at The Hermitage. Visitors can discover the Celtic heritage of Tennessee, more about their own roots and Andrew Jackson’s Celtic heritage.”

Some highlights for the festival include:

  • Music: Renowned musician Laura McGhee will perform and serve as the Lassie of Ceremonies.
  • Athletics: Braidy Miller, the World recordholder for the caber toss, will demonstrate athletics. There will also be a full Highland Games athletic competition.
  • Entertainment: Two stages will feature highland dancers, bagpipers and various music bands performing both traditional and modern Celtic rock. The Nashville Celts will headline the Highland Games.
  • Vendors: Food, beverage and craft vendors will be on-site for guests to enjoy.

This unique festival will give Middle Tennessee residents the opportunity to explore their Celtic background and history while learning about different family clans’ heritage. Also, new to the festival this year is a separate children’s area that will include educational activities and miniature athletics for the kids to try. Visitors are invited to bring their dogs for the day’s events.

Pre-purchased tickets for the games begin at $13 for adults and $5 for children. For a small additional fee, guests may add the Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm exhibit to their ticket purchase.

A portion of all ticket proceeds for this event will benefit Operation Restored Warrior, a not-for-profit organization that helps soldiers re-enter life after returning home from combat.

About Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened as a museum in 1889, it is one of the nation’s oldest presidential sites, drawing more than 192,000 visitors each year. Located 12 miles northeast of downtown Nashville, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 restored buildings, 12 dating to Jackson’s ownership, including his 1836 mansion and tomb, slave cabins, garden, and the church he had constructed for his beloved wife, Rachel. In the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center, guests can experience Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, a new interactive exhibit about the life and profound impact of our seventh president on the history of the United States. Admission is free for active duty military. For more information, visit www.thehermitage.com.