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Desert Highlander

The Desert Highlander
Newsletter for

JUNE 2022
is now on-line

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There will be no July Newsletter

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
of Arizona

P.O. Box 50092
Phoenix, AZ 85076


Phoenix Scottish Games Update
by Society President David McBee

Our 2022 Phoenix Scottish Games were a belt-tightening games with a shot at the survival of this heritage event in spite of lockdowns and evaporating funding. Many comfort items and areas were cut out this year just to be able to hold the event. Board members reached into their own pockets to deal with new funding surprises from various suppliers to our Games. It was a little scary at times.

The risk was rewarded with a very well received and attended event that raised much needed funds to operate on this year regarding our 501c3 responsibilities and to also have funds on hand to finance next year’s Games.

The Games will be held in 2023 at the Gilbert Regional Park again from 3/3/2023 through 3/5/2023. Setup will be on March 2nd, load-in on March 3rd, and tear down on the 6th.

We will have the funds for guest comfort items such as tables and chairs, possibly more shade options and a larger portion of the park with the return of some of our regular areas from the past. Much was learned about holding an event of our size at this location and it will be included in our planning for 2023.

My Clan chief’s comment was that this year’s event was simply beautiful. Nearly half of the attendance came from our new location, we think. and had never been to a Games before. That alone is a very good thing.


Society Membership available through February 2023

Our new membership offer lets you join anytime after December 1, 2021 for the usual one-year rate, but covers you until February 28, 2023.

Your support is appreciated.

Membership News

We have re-aligned our membership year to coincide with the annual Phoenix Scottish Games, thus March 1st through February 28th.

Enjoy the many Membership Benefits:

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

Please join or renew your Membership now

  • $30 Individual
  • $50 Family (persons at the same address)
2022 Membership


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.

Please confirm any listed discounts, which may have ecpired since we have had this posting since Spring 2021

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

Ring Weaver Chains - Chains, bracelets, purses

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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