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P.O. Box 50092
Phoenix, AZ 85076

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St. Andrew's Day Soirée
St. Andrew's Day

Saturday November 23rd, 2019
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ICC, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

The Caledonian Society of AZ invites you to celebrate one of Scotland’s national festivals on November 23rd – a week earlier than the traditional November 30th - as Americans will be enjoying Thanksgiving that weekend.

In Scotland, and many countries with Scottish connections, Saint Andrew's Day is marked with a celebration of Scottish culture with traditional Scottish food and music. In Scotland the day is also seen as the start of a season of Scottish winter festivals encompassing Saint Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night. There are week-long celebrations in the town of St. Andrews and in some other Scottish cities.

This is an opportunity to dress up, meet up, snack up, drink up and then sit down and enjoy an evening of Scottish-themed music and dance. After nibbling on hors d’oeuvres, petit fours, pastries, coffee or tea, and perhaps something from the cash bar, we’ll be piped back in to the ICC’s Great Hall for the entertainment program.

Bagpiper - Michael Leone
AZ Academy of Highland Dance - Special Choreography
"The Story of St. Andrew"
Musical performance by Stoneybank

Tickets are $20.00 per person and available on-line:
- Or -
Mail a check for $20.00 per ticket to:
Caledonian Society of AZ, PO Box 50092, Phoenix, AZ 85076
Envelopes must be post-marked by midnight November 16th.
There is no Reserved Seating.

Also in November - RAF Cadet Memorial

The CSA will be presenting a wreath in memory of fallen RAF Cadets
Sunday November 10, 2019
Mesa City Cemetery
1212 N Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201
Please arrive by 10:30 AM - the service begins at 10:45 AM

During World War II, an airbase was constructed in Mesa for the training of U.S. and British fighter pilots. More than 2,000 pilots were trained at this airfield, Falcon Field, which today serves as a municipal airport. Twenty-three British cadets and one American pilot were killed in air accidents during Falcon Field's four years as a training facility, and these individuals are buried in a special section of the Mesa Cemetery.

RAF Cadet memorial

Located near the center of the Cemetery, the airmen's grave markers include rank, serial numbers, and the eagle crest of the RAF. A special Memorial Day service is held annually to commemorate the sacrifice of these individuals. The service is held on the Sunday before the observed Veteran's Day holiday, at 10:45 am. In addition, a monument in memory of all who served at Falcon Field was dedicated in 1991 at Falcon Field Park.

President's Letter
David McBee

David McBeeOur November meeting will be replaced by the Saint Andrews Social Evening. There will be a speaker on Saint Andrews, finger food and baby quiches, etc. for an after-dinner cocktail type of evening. A chance to dress up if you like and get a jump on the holidays spirit of things. (We are still behind those stores who are already into HalloThanksTurkeyChristmas sales... and more). November 23rd is the date.

Upcoming is also the Tucson Highland Games and Christmas at the ICC. A very special event if you have never seen it, is the RAF Cadet Memorial at the Mesa Cemetery on November 10. It is a meaningful ceremony for this corner of the world, a look back in time to a simpler yet dangerous time, and a special remembrance of young people that gave all they had. And there will be old bird fly overs…. There will also be a tribute by the MCPB.

The Games planning meetings have begun and everyone’s input is needed. We keep getting bigger and better. Come see.


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

November 1-3 Tucson Highland Games
Tucson AZ

November 10 RAF Cadet Memorial Service, 10:30 AM
Mesa City Cemetery

November 23 St. Andrew's Soirée

December 14 Christmas at the Castle
Irish Cultural Center

March 7-8, 2020 56th Annual Phoenix Scottish Games
Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix

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