The Central Florida Scottish Highland Games (FL) was held on January 14-15, 2017 in Winter Springs, Florida. Blue skies and gentle breezes greeted the fifty-five clans participating and Clan Wallace was among them. Russ and Marcia Harper, along with Captain John Wallace hosted the Clan Wallace tent.
The parade of tartans was held at noon on Saturday and Sunday. We were honored to have a novice Piper Chris Lancaster and his family joins us, along with Marilyn and Neil Wallace, to join us in the Parade of Tartans.
The entertainment included the Albannach, Breakers, Off Kilter, Rathkeltair, Enter The Haggis, Guilane and Smillie, Men of Worth and The Kilted Creature. Rosie O’Grady’s Highlanders, Jacksonville Pipes and Drums, Harp & Thistle Pipe Band, Pipes and Drums of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and The Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drum bands played for us at the games. The Games included heavy athletics, Border Collies, Irish, Highland and Scottish dancing, Battle Ax Competition, Shortbread Competition, and Children Games.
Congratulations to society member Chris Lancaster for coming in first in the Novice Piping competition.
Thanks to all that came out and enjoyed the wonderful weekend with us.
The Florida Keys Celtic festival was held in Marathon Community park on January 7, 8, 2017. The Florida Keys beckon you to come as you are. The weather was 82 degrees with bright sunshine on Saturday. Sunday we were greeted with 40 mile an hour winds.
The event is sponsored by the St. Columba Episcopal church with the cooperation from Celtic Heritage Productions.
Entertainment was provided by West of Galway, The Screaming Orphans, Rathkeltair, Albannach and Marcille Wallis and Friends. The pipe band of the day was the Police Pipe and Drum Corps of Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Women athletes competed, our own Council member, Amy Jenkins was representing Clan Wallace in her Green Wallace kilt.
Clan Wallace, Clan Maxwell and Clan Donnachaidh shared their clan history with the folks of the Florida Keys.
Mrs. Anne Marie Lindig Wallace passed away Wednesday, January 4th, at the age of 85.
Anne Marie is survived by 2 daughters and one son: Jean Marie Kendall and husband Jon of Salado; Stephen Duke Wallace and wife Barbara of Pleasanton, CA; Jo Anne Wallace McIntosh and husband Jim of Austin; 8 grandchildren and sisters-in-law: Mary Lindig of Hye and Mathilda Lindig of Fredericksburg.
Anne Marie was born July 25, 1931 in Gillespie County, to Max Christian Lindig and Frieda Meier Lindig. She married Joe Perry Wallace November 23, 1957, in Fredericksburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and siblings: Else Preas, Ernst Lindig, Emilie Hansen and Theo Lindig.
She received a Bachelor of Science on May 25, 1953, and later in life went back to school to receive her Master of Art Education at East Texas State University on August 13, 1976. During her career as a school teacher, she taught in five different school districts, Waco ISD, Fredericksburg ISD, Howe ISD, West ISD and Killeen ISD, where she received many awards for her excellence in teaching. After retiring from teaching, she was a co-owner of the Kwik Kopy shop in Temple, Texas. She spent her life volunteering and serving others, including being an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Sherman, Texas, being a co-founder and lifetime achievement recipient of the Clan Wallace Society, and serving on the board of the Central Texas Area.
Graveside services for Ann Marie Wallace will be 10 a.m., Saturday, January 7th, in the Lindig Cemetery. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m., in Trinity Lutheran Church, with Rev. Percy Smerek officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.