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FEBRUARY 2019
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Iain Lundy



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The Caledonian Society
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P.O. Box 50092
Phoenix, AZ 85076
New address as of 9/1/2018

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480-252-0152

 
          

February Gathering - 2/14/2019
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER / TRAFFIC

Come along to our special Valentine’s night meeting on February 14 for a ‘sweet’ evening of fun and romance.

As our regular meeting coincides with Valentine’s Day, we’ve decided to go all out and celebrate what the date means to Scots around the world.

Whiskey Wine Chocolate

There will be a presentation about how Scots celebrate the day, and the opportunity to taste pairings of Whisky, Wine, and Chocolate. At our 6.30pm mix and mingle session, there will be bubbly and special Valentine goodies available.

If you have a favorite Scottish-themed romantic verse or piece of prose, please bring it along and  read it out – it will help get us all in the mood.
As well as the normal 50/50 raffle prizes, there will be Valentine baskets, a signed book by Diana Gabaldon, and many more.

The event will be held at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central Avenue, Phoenix. Admission is free to members, $10 for non-members..


Whisky TastingCasablanca Lounge, one of of Phoenix Scottish Games vendors, is holding a Scotch Tasting event on February 21.

Their location is:
The Casablanca Lounge
7134 East Stetson Drive
Scottsdale

Visit their ticket site to attend.

Use code: SCOTS for a $9.99 discount.

This is not a Society sponsored event.


Scottish Games Update

The highlight of the year is almost upon us. The 55th annual Phoenix Scottish Games takes place on March 2nd and 3rd; and the Society is hoping for an unforgettable weekend to mark the occasion. Every year the event attracts tens of thousands of visitors, some of Scottish descent and others curious to watch the pipers, dancers, heavy athletes, and everything else that goes into making the Games a huge success. 

55th Games badgeThe high points this year at Steele Indian School Park include music to suit all tastes, historical re-enactments, a clan section featuring more than 50 different Scottish clans, a genealogy tent to help you trace your Scottish ancestry, a vintage British car exhibition, and many more. 

For those who fancy a wee dram, whisky company Glenlivet will be sponsoring a Scotch tent, featuring a special Scottish ambassador. 

More than 120 athletes are set to compete in what has become an increasingly important and record-setting Games. Phoenix attracts both women’s and men’s A Class competitors with the winners going on to the national championships in the US, and the opportunity to qualify for the Worlds which this year will be held either in Norway or France. 

Pipe bands and piping soloists have signed up to compete again, a Rod Stewart lookalike and a barker will be among the entertainers, dancers are coming from as far afield as Canada, and there will be a variety of stalls and stands offering Scottish-themed goods and delicious food items. 

There is genuinely something for everything so don’t miss the event on 2 and 3 March. 

Games Chieftain Paul Bell said, “On behalf of the Caledonian Society we  invite you to join us in celebrating Scotland in the Desert and the celebration of our 55th Phoenix Scottish Games.” 

55th Anniversary pin  

Special pin badges to mark the event have been struck and can be bought from Paul at $5 each.

The pins depict a phoenix and an Arizona state flag on a blue and white Scottish saltire.

Around the edge of the design is a belt with a buckle at the bottom and the inscription ’55 years’ at the top.



Letter from the President
David McBee


David McBee     It is the month of romance and scrambling to bring the Games together for another great year.  The vendors are excited, athletes are pumping up, and the event chairs are going wide open.  Be proud of your Society having one of the best Highland Games in the West.

The Burns Dinner was well run and the entertainment was excellent. The food disappeared and the whisky must have evaporated. There were lots of smiles and a really great crowd. Congratulations and a huge thank you to the committee that pulled this off.

It is also that time of year to renew your membership. We look forward to seeing you at the events and hope you can get involved and enjoy the society.

Our next meeting will be on Feb 14th at the ICC castle and there will be chocolate and special libations involved for a special Valentine’s evening out. Red everywhere!

We are only 1 month away from our 55th Scottish Games on March 2nd and 3rd.  Please volunteer where you can and be a part of this momentous occasion. This will be the Society event for March as we will be recovering from all the work to put on the Games. 

April is a Tartan Day event.  More to come on that and it is thanks to Society efforts that the day has now been declared one of special observance in the state of Arizona.

Have a truly great winter in Arizona this year and take care not to hurt yourselves shoveling all that sunshine

Slainte. DAVID


Raffle by the Irish Cultural Center
ICC Raffle   The Irish Cultural Center is sponsoring a $10,000 Raffle at their St. Patrick's Fair.

There will be 1 winner of $10,000.00

The Irish Culture Center gets $20,000.00.

Only 300 tickets sold - a 1 in 300 Odds of Winning!!

Tickets cost $100.00 and can be split.

Drawing will be on Sat. March 16th at the St. Patrick's Faire - Great Hall

Winner need not be present to win!

This is not a Society sponsored event.




New Web Address for the Society Site

We have established a new address to reach this Society web page:

arizona.scot

It is shorter, easier to rembember, and features the new .SCOT domain - established to highlight Scottish heritage.

This new address automatically directs to our existing "arizonascots.com" site - and that web address will remain in use as weil.



Society Membership

Attention Caledonian Society of Arizona Members and Friends.
It's now time to renew, or to sign up for your annual membership.
Enjoy the many Benefits:
- help preserve Scottish culture in the Valley
- fun & camaraderie with fellow Scots (multi-generational)
- free admission to CSA Gatherings
- free monthly Desert Highlander newsletter
- free annual consultation session with Our Genealogist
- free name/clan badge
- volunteer opportunities galore!

Renew or join now - 2019 prices
- - $30.00 single and $50 Family (at the same address)
It's easy - just jump to the Membership Page for the form.



COMING EVENTS : Valley, State, Nearby


February 14 Whiskey, Wine and Chocolate
At the ICC
February 16 Queen Mary Scottish Festival
Long Beach CA
February 21 Scotch Tasting
Casablanca Lounge, Scottsdale
March 2-3 55th Phoenix Scottish Games


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