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The Desert Highlander
Newsletter for

APRIL 2021
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Newsletter Editor
Iain Lundy

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We have reset the membership year to start with the annual Scottish Games.

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The Caledonian Society
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P.O. Box 50092
Phoenix, AZ 85076

Public Relations
Don Finch

Society News

Next Planned Gathering - via Zoom - April 15

Join us for our next Zoom meeting on Thursday 15 April for an evening that will get your brain cells working and keep you up to date on Scottish-related activities in the Valley as we gradually emerge from lockdown.

The first half of the meeting will be a quiz to test your knowledge of both Scotland and Arizona. So. bring a partner, remember two brains are better than one. There will be prizes for the top competitors, and perhaps even a special prize for the person who can best pronounce the Scottish place name Milngavie.

The pipers, dancers, athletes, musicians and others who normally delight us at our Scottish Games are also starting to plan events, so they will be given a platform to explain where and when you can them.

NOTE: Those who sign up for the Event will be sent the Zoom link through our Facebook Event, or the Caledonian Society Email List.

Hall of Flame In-person Tour

On Saturday 24 April Pat Schuller has organized a special tour of the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting in Phoenix. The museum is located in Papago Park at 6101 East Van Buren Street. The CSA tour starts at 10.30am, cost $8 for Society members, and last for approximately 90 minutes.

After that we are off to Rula Bula bar in downtown Tempe for some lunch. More details of both events will be posted on the Society Facebook page.

Queen Creek Harvest Festival - April 17

The Society is partnering with the Queen Creek Botanical Gardens to have Scottish performers - Dancers and Pipes - at their Spring Harvest Festival.

The Festival is open on Saturday April 17 from 11 AM to 9 PM with many activities and performances

The schedule for Scottish performances is:

  • Dancers – 11:30 - for 15-20 minutes
  • Pipers –-- 12:30 - for 15-20 minutes
  • Dancers –- 1:30 - for 15-20 minutes
  • Pipers –--- 2:30 - for 15-20 minutes
The Festival is also open on Friday April 16 from 5 PM to 10 PM

The Gardens are located at 25002 S. 206th St. in Queen Creek AZ.
(Riggs Road & Ellsworth Road)

Visit the Botanical Gardens web site at qcgardens.org to puchase tickets or for more information on the entire event.

Clans and Tartans - March 11 Gathering

Mach 11 Gathering

You can view the recent Clans and Tartans presentation at download the recording. It is an MP4 video file, 105 minutes in length. The file is almost 500 Mbyte (half a Gbyte) so it may take a while to download depending on your connection speed.l

Society Membership

Membership News

We have re-aligned our membership year to coincide with the annual Phoenix Scottish Games, thus March 1st through February 28th. Although we can't host a Games this year because of State and City regulations pertaining to Covid, we're looking forward to some kind of a Gathering later in the year.

Enjoy the many Membership Benefits:

  • help preserve Scottish culture in the Valley
  • fun & camaraderie with fellow Scots (multi-generational)
  • free admission to most CSA Gatherings
  • free monthly Desert Highlander newsletter
  • free annual consultation session with Our Genealogist
  • volunteer opportunities galore!

Use of your annual Dues:

Because of Covid, we’re unable to finalize plans for our two large group gatherings: the Phoenix Scottish Games and the Robbie Burns Supper. The resulting loss of Sponsor dollars and advance Vendor Fees means that Membership Dues are our only source of income..

Please renew your 2021 Membership now.

  • $30 Individual
  • $50 Family (at the same address)

Membership Drive

Visit the On-Line Membership page
where you can register and pay by credit card.

Burns Night January 23 Video

Follow this link to download the recording of the recent 2021 Burns Night Presentation. It is an MP4 video file, 90 minutes in length. The image below is a sample of how it will appear.


Burns Night 2021

Support our Vendors

In support of our vendors in these difficult times, we recommend that you continue to shop with them online if you can since they cannot attend any events for who knows how long. Tell them that you are a member of the Caledonian Society of Arizona and see what special treatment they may have in store for you.

Kilt Rental USA - high-quality authentic formal kilt rental services

Four Peaks Brewing - Order from the takeout/delivery menu.

Celtic Jackalope - Celtic Art, Shirts, Badges, Jewelry, Banners, custom work
   15% coupon with code "JACKALOPESTRONG15"

Ring Weaver Chains - Chains, bracelets, purses

Sweet Earth Art - Jewelry, Paintings, Clothing
   Call 602-460-0710 for $5 off shirts/hats; sarong & jewelry offers

Copper and Fire Jewelry - Copper Wire, Sterling Silver and Designer Jewelry
   10% discount to CSA members

Crafty Celts - Torcs, Earrings, Pendants, Brooches, Pins, Hair itens: more

Clan Inebriated - Promoting Scottish / Irish Heriage, merchandise

Celtic Raven Studio - Mugs, ornaments
   Coupon "PHXGAMES" for 10% discount

Celtic Cure - All natural ointments, balms, lotions, and holistic products

Irish Charm - Handcrafted Celtic design sterling silver jewelry

St. Croix Weaving - Handwoven tartan creations - apparel, table linens

Sean's Celtic Creations - Original Celtic jewelry, California tartan items

Zarpara Vineyard - An Arizona Farm Winery - 7 grape varieties
   Hand-delivered wine to SE Arizona, & Willcox/Tucson/Phoenix corridor
   Enter SCOTWINE for 10% discount, free shipping until 4/30 (then too hot)

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