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PHOTO GALLERY: Jamaica Plain Hosts Scottish Olympics

Team Scotland trounced the Boston Brits in sports such as caber-tossing, Scotch Egg racing and the Yard of Beer Drink-off.

A picture-perfect spring day was the backdrop for the JP Scottish Olympics on Saturday, hosted by Hyde Square's restaurant and pub. Haven owner Jason Waddleton was the master of ceremonies as his Scotland Team faced off against the Boston Brits. A whimsical riff on traditional Scotland Highland games included caber tossing (basically, throwing a big wooden pole), a Scotch egg toss and relay, Haggis hurling, a big yellow boot toss and a yard of beer drink-off, featuring the just-released Haven Scotch Ale, the 70 Shilling Special. A talented bagpiper provided the soundtrack for the day of family fun and amusement. 

The games were part of The Haven's celebration of , which included a Scottish quiz night, Scottish live music, a showing of the classic bagpiper flick "Tunes of Glory" and plenty of deep-fried Mars bars. 

The celebration wraps up today with an art show, "Haggis," by Brendan Killian.  The Haven commissioned the art, which draws on a love of Scotland in general and sheep in particular.

Karla Vallance April 10, 2011 at 06:53 PM
I missed this event -- and hope they do it again next year; I'll plan for it. And Kate, if you've got any photos of the art exhibit, do share.
Kate Mason April 11, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Karla- I didn't snap any photos of the exhibit, but it's still up and well worth a visit to the Haven to check out. Sorry you missed the games on Saturday. The Haggis hurling was amazing. :)
Karla Vallance April 11, 2011 at 02:51 PM
I NEVER want to miss haggis hurling :) I did mosey down to The Haven last night for a peek at the sheep paintings.
Erin April 11, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Video of the event here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qI1DudRMRM

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