Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

Mar 2016 

in this issue
:: News
:: Upcoming Events
:: Featured Article
:: Scottish Humor
:: Video Clip
Last month's survey question:

If you are involved with a pipe band, are supplies and uniforms purchased by the band or by each member?  

-The band purchases all supplies and uniforms for members to use: 34.5%
-Each individual purchases their own supplies and uniforms: 5.5%
-The band purchases supplies, but individuals purchase uniforms: .9%
-The band purchases uniforms, but individuals purchase supplies: 16.4%
-Combination of band and individual purchases: 42.7%

This month's survey question:          
Which of these bagpipe parts do you think still could use some improvements, considering all of the currently available options on the market? 

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 Announcing the NEW Kinnaird Bagpipe Cases!

Available in a Backpack or Wheeled version. 
Purchase before March 17th to receive a $14 discount!   

Enter coupon code: KBCase


Also New Reduced Pricing on Practice Chanter Cases
Now Only $9.95 each, or $8.50 when purchased with any Practice Chanter or Deger.
Also a great option for carrying and storing your snare drum sticks!

The Lake Diefenbaker Pipe Band School is now accepting applications. This year, they will also be offering Highland Dancing.

Pipe Bands
Most products are eligible for quantity discounts!  Ask us for quotes!
Chanters, Drone Reeds, Drum Sticks, Highland Dress, etc.

US customers- Save Now! The exchange rate offers about 25% discount!
Ex.: Technopipes are $420 CAD, but with the conversion it is currently about $316 USD*!!
*Please note that the exchange rate is constantly changing and exact exchange rate at time of purchase may vary.

Canadian Customers-
Save now! Shopping in US currency means about 25% premium on all products. Landed Canadian prices, mean savings!
Technopipes from a US competitor are $399 USD, which is about $530 CAD!

Upcoming Events 

Mar 10 International Bagpipe Day

Mar 17 Saint Patrick's Day 

Mar 19-20 Arizona Scottish Gathering & Highland Games

Mar 25 Good Friday- Kinnaird Bagpipes will be Closed

Mar 26 Toronto Indoor Games

Mar 26 Winnipeg Scottish Festival

Apr 1 Hunt the Gowk/April Fool's Day

Apr 2 Dunedin Highland Games & Festival

Apr 5 Mudmen at Buds on Broadway

Featured Article

How to Be Authentically Irish on St Patrick's Day

March 17th is fast approaching. A day when a sea of green can be found in many pubs around the world, when Guinness and Irish Cream are the drinks of choice, and thousands of people line the streets to watch a parade and celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland. In order to properly celebrate the Saint and his achievements in Ireland, one must first know a little bit of history about Saint Patrick and how Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world.

Saint Patrick's real name was not Patrick and he was not from Ireland. Maewyn Succate, as his real name is believed to be, was actually born in a village called Bannavem Taberniae that is believed to have been on the south-western shore of Great Britain. As a teenager he was captured and forced into slavery, but eventually escaped. He became a Bishop in 432. St. Patrick succeeded in converting Ireland from Paganism to Christianity by speaking Irish Gaelic, understanding Pagan rituals and relating them to Christian beliefs. Two of the greatest myths about him are that he used the pagan symbol of the Shamrock to explain the Christian belief of the Holy Trinity, and that he drove all the snakes from Ireland. There is no evidence in his writings to support the shamrock story and scientists are sure that there never were any snakes in Ireland. The snake myth was likely due to symbolism, as serpents were associated with the Pagans.

Saint Patrick died March 17th, 461 at the age of 76. Before his death, he asked that his body be put on a cart drawn by two oxen and wherever they stopped was where he should be buried. His wishes were followed and his remains were buried where the oxen stopped, on Cathedral Hill in Downpatrick County Down, North Ireland.

The day of his death, March 17, became the day to celebrate the Saint in Ireland and across the globe. As people emigrated from Ireland, they took the celebration with them. Over 70 million people worldwide claim some Irish ancestry. A large group of these people live in Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand. Whether claiming to have Irish ancestry, or just wanting to take part in the festivities, here are a few things to do this March 17th to be Authentically Irish.

Continue Reading How To Be Authentically Irish on Saint Patrick's Day

Video Clip

Here's a good way to "Round up your Mates for a Guinness" on St Patrick's Day!

Irish Trivia

The Guinness Book of Records confirms that Sean's Bar in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, built in the year 900, is the oldest pub in Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales, and probably the World. 

Sean's Bar was built 300 years before Athlone Castle across the street and the building still contains a section of the "Clay & Wattle" wall it was originally built with.

Irish Humour

An Irish priest is driving down the road and is pulled over for speeding.
The officer smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle beside him. He asks the priest, "Sir, have you been drinking?"
The priest responds, "No officer, just water,"
The policeman asks, "Then why do I smell wine?"
The priest looks at the bottle and says, "The Good Lord! He's done it again!"

Product Reviews             

Taveners Caramints
"I love these delicious hard candies from the UK which combine the sweet, buttery flavor of caramel with cool, refreshing peppermint. They're perfect
after meals or as a midday pick-me-up and are made with all-natural ingredients and flavors."Taveners Candies

Taveners Fruit Drops

"Recently I recalled a wonderful hard candy I used to eat when I was a child 60 years ago, and fortunately one of my brothers remembered that they were called Taveners. I recalled only the shape, the fruit flavors, and the fact that the
y were packed with powdered sugar to prevent sticking. Imagine my surprise when I found them on the internet at a bagpipe supplier in Saskatoon! Anyway, after I was unable to complete my order online, Kinnaird contacted me and offered assistance and later even gave me free shipping for my troubles. The candies arrived, and they are just like I remembered, only now I can appreciate their quality better. They are remarkably smooth and even-tasting, as well as delicious!" 

Don't forget to submit your own product reviews on our website.
Let other customers know what you thought of the products we offer.

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