Last Saturday, the gathering of the clans took place as our Sarasota community held its Celtic games and music festivities. It involved bagpipe band competitions along with foods and crafts. There were contests for men and women testing their physical prowess. Many of these contests reflected the history of early communities of the British Isles. Performing bagpipe bands were in competition showing their colorful kilts and music of the pipes. It is told that Scottish armies would march into battle with the bagpipes playing. It is difficult to believe there was any element of surprise. I enjoyed it all but was fascinated by the wonderful variations of the kilts with their clan colors and the dress accouterments. Some were quite lovely and most were worn quite proudly. Would truly enjoy having one of those good-looking kilts in my family’s clan colors. After all, with a married name of Ferguson and my family’s name being Hamilton, I probably have love and admiration for the pipes in my DNA.