McMinnville Scottish Festival .. We’re putting the “Mac” back in McMinnville
McMinnville has grown to be an internationally recognized city in the heart of Willamette Valley known for its best small town main street, its place in the rich Willamette Valley wine industry, early UFO sightings, and the resting place of the Hercules (Howard Hugh’s Spruce Goose).
With all this attention it seems few have pondered why it bears the name of McMinnville? Did anyone of importance in city history have that name? Are there Scottish or Irish roots?
As it turns out, no one in the city’s history was named McMinnville. The city’s founder William T. Newby (1820–1884), an early immigrant on the Oregon Trail, named the city after his home town McMinnville, Tennessee. He must have cared for his home quite a bit to establish a city across the country with the same name.
McMinnville does indeed have Scottish roots however; McMinnville, Tennessee was named after Governor Joseph McMinn (1758-1824). His grandfather, Robert McMinn (1690-1757) emigrated from his home in Perth, Scotland, to make a home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
By importing the name of his hometown, William Newby intentionally, or unintentionally, brought a bit of Scotland to our city, McMinnville.
The Celtic Heritage Allicance is going to build on that Scottish connection and bring the “Mac” back in McMinnville in 2019 with the McMinnville Scottish Festival! Join us June 8th & 9th at Linfield College.
Celtic Heritage Alliance Board Profiles
As the current President of the Celtic Heritage Alliance, Chris welcomes you to the first annual Scottish Festival and Highland games in his home town of McMinnville. Community leadership is a passion for Chris as he actively serves as past chair of the Board for the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, Chris has spent over the last 6 years at Oregon Mutual Insurance Group as their Government Affairs and Project Manager. He enjoys getting outdoors with his family, fishing, camping, and playing golf. Chris lives in McMinnville with his wife Niki and three children, Lauren (15), Ava (13), and Davis (11).
Vice President/Athletic Director
Ray, a MacLaren and McLean, is the Vice President of the Celtic Heritage Alliance, the non-profit organizing Scottish events in McMinnville this year, including the McMinnville Scottish Festival. A Scottish Heavy Events athlete, he has competed in over 80 highland games in the US, Canada and Scotland. He has won championships in Palmer, Homer, and Sitka Alaska, Victoria BC, Prosser Washington, and Portland, Athena and Winston Oregon. Ray is a graduate of Oregon State University, a Professional Engineer and a manager with the Oregon Department of Transportation. He has been blessed with two daughters currently 14 and 17.
Dave is currently an IT Specialist who works for Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions in McMinnville. In addition to volunteering as Treasurer for the Celtic Heritage Alliance, he serves on the board of directors for the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, he and his wife Naomi own and run an IT consulting Firm (My System Shield LLC) and a property management company (Mahn Property Management LLC). When Dave isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his wife Naomi and three boys Isaiah, Gabriel, and Corban.
Gretchen enjoyed attending Highland Games as a spectator before being dared in 2012 to go to her first practice and was immediately hooked. She was honored to attend the 2014 World Masters in Inverness, Scotland. She has been an Athletics Judge for 3 years Originally from Boston, her Scottish roots go back to Middle Ages and also include connections to each of the six Celtic Nations.
Chris is Celtic Heritage Alliance’s marketing aficionado. He is the mastermind behind the festival’s website, social media presence, and ongoing promotions for CHA sponsored events. When Chris isn’t buried at his office on 3rd St fighting the gods of Google and social platforms to help put the “Mac back in McMinnville,” he is setting up at other festivals around the state offering a plethora of delicious treats from his own line of food trucks at Durig Catering. Chris enjoys wine barrel woodworking, playing on his tractor, and traveling with his wife Niki, and 5 children.
Tony has lived in McMinnville since 1997, moving to McMinnville after getting out of the Marine Corps. After seeing ads for the Highland Games he always thought it would be something he would love to try. It wasn’t until 2015 he was invited to a practice by an old High School friend who was competing in the games, that he came out to try it. That was about all it took, he checked out the Newport Celtic Festival, and Portland Highland Games as a spectator but couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer. He competed in the last 4 games of the 2015 season and has competed in as many games as possible from Northern California to Northern Washington every year since.
Like many people, Andrew Anderson grew up in McMinnville, left during his youth, and in 2009 returned to McMinnville. Andrew is a Funeral Director with Macy and Son Funeral Home and has been developing personal relationships with families for over 20 years. Prior to coming back to McMinnville, Andrew served the families of the Salem/Keizer area. Andrew feels that serving our community is a ministry and is honored to help people through the most difficult times of their lives. He is compassionate, caring, understanding, and very dedicated to his profession. “I’m most proud of the fact that people have had the confidence in allowing me to serve their families – and, by doing so, helping them create meaningful tributes to fully honor their loved one,” Andrew said.
Andrew’s past community and civic involvements have included, Rotary Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association Board, Chamber of Commerce, Senior Center, American Red Cross Executive Board, Oregon Funeral Directors Association Board, City of Salem Community Police Review Board, and most recently the Celtic Heritage Alliance Board. Andrew finds great joy in learning and celebrating his Celtic Heritage.
Andrew lives in McMinnville with his wife, Lisa (Dollar), and two young daughters, Alexa and Haley. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys golfing, college sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.
After realizing Rick couldn’t make it in professional bowling he started his cooking career in Salem. Moved away to the Midwest. Continued his obsession with providing friends with fresh, approachable food and well prepared drinks. Skip ahead a few years and one day he realized his heart was calling him back to Oregon.
Started searching for his ideal location to share his combined passion for food and drinks and stumbled across a business on McMinnville’s historic 3rd Street. With the help and support of a fantastic group of people he created 411 eatery into what it is today: Four walls that house a restaurant and a cozy lounge to stop by after work for a couple drinks with life long or newly found friends, then bring your significant other back in for a memorable dinner. I truly treasure every person (well most everybody) that comes through my doors.
Heck, he was even lucky enough to have met his beautiful bride and new mother to be Katelyn(Flora) while she was sitting at his bar top sipping a cocktail. Rick says McMinnville has truly become “my” hometown. Still to this day you can find him in the bowling alley in his off time. He also loves spending time with his oldest daughter Mena. Stop by, I’d love to pour you a whisk(e)y and begin a new friendship.(ask about the gold shoes)