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Next Gathering on Zoom - Burns Night January 23

Burns statue in New York CityThe ongoing pandemic has ended our hopes of hosting a Burns Supper this year.

So instead we will be having a Zoom Burns Night on Saturday 23 January - just two days before the Scottish Bard's birthday.

The details are being finalized but there will definitely be poetry, music and possibly a little bit of speechifying to honor the great man, born in Ayrshire in 1759.

Watch for further information here or on our Facebook page for registration for this event.

Although he died at the young age of 37, he wrote hundreds of songs and poems and his work has had a considerable influence worldwide.


Phoenix Scottish Games Announcement

Members and Friends of the Caledonian Society of Arizona

With sadness we must announce the cancellation of the 2021 Phoenix Scottish Games, which were scheduled for March 6-7. Unfortunately - but understandably - the City of Phoenix cannot commit to our use of Steele Indian School Park in March. Even now, there are extensive requirements just to file a pre-application for any events of over 50 attendees. If such pre-application were to be granted, all normal permits and licenses would still be required; and under normal lead times, event and liquor permits would have been started by September.

The Society has investigated alternate sites, dates and scope for a Games event, but all options are faced with the same COVID related uncertainty and potential restrictions. Our athletes, dancers, musicians, performers and vendors are suffering from the lack of opportunity to participate and compete - just as the entire Scottish community misses the communal celebration of our heritage.

The Caledonian Society of Arizona is fortunate that our 2020 Games took place. Only one later event took place in Spring or Summer in all of North America, just a week after our Games. Very few small events – perhaps 5 or 6 - did take place in the closing months of 2020, with varying success. Many organizations like ours are now facing a second year without their signature event. However we are positioned to “stay in business” and plan even beyond 2021. Our March 5-6, 2022 date is reserved with the Park.

Your Society will continue to explore options for virtual or in-person events in 2021. Please follow us on our Facebook page and at our web site – arizona.scot. If you are not currently a paid member of the Society, your added support will help preserve our mission to represent the Scottish community.

In Kinship,

Caledonian Society of Arizona Board of Directors

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)

Society Membership

Membership News
We have re-aligned our membership year to coincide with the annual Phoenix Scottsh Games, thus MArch through February

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!

2020-2021 Memberships
- - $30.00 single and $50 Family (at the same address)
It's easy - just jump to the Membership Page for the form.

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