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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

57th Phoenix Scotttish Games

2022 GamesWe are enormously excited to announce that our Phoenix Scottish Games will return in March after the Covid-enforced break of 2021.

An immense amount of work has been done by the Games Committee to ensure the event will go ahead from 4-6 March. And we will be at a different venue this time around, Gilbert Regional Park at the south-west corner of Higley and Queen Creek roads.

So once again a small corner of the Valley will be filled with the familiar sights and sounds that make for a good traditional Games – the stirring music of the mass pipe bands; the lasses in their Highland dancing outfits; the groaning and straining of the heavy athletes; and the music, singing, and general enjoyment from the tents surrounding the main field.

Up to 50 clan tents, manned by representatives from a variety of Scottish clans, are expected. And there will be the traditional British Car show, a genealogy tent, and a host of food and merchandise tents. A booze tent will be open both days and there will genuinely be something for everyone.

A new event, a Twilight Tattoo, will be held on the Friday evening. Those in attendance can enjoy an amphitheater concert showcasing the sights and sounds of Scotland underneath the stars. Performers will include Celtic music, a military band, Scottish dancers, traditional pageantry and of course pipes and drums.

The official opening ceremony will take place on Saturday at 12:30 pm. We look forward to a grand show and a wonderful turnout. More specific details will be announced nearer the time, but always visit the official Games web site for up-to-date information.

Planned Burns Celebration

As our next Gathering, a Caledonian Society Burns Supper has been organized and will be held at Fibber Magee’s Irish bar on Elliot Road in Chandler on Saturday 29 January.

Fibber Magee's

Rather than attempt a large-scale event this year with Covid uncertainty still in the air, we have opted for a smaller, more low-key affair, but one which will hopefully live up to the best of Burns Supper standards.

We will have speakers reciting Burns poetry and providing the traditional Burns Supper toasts, as well as musicians and singers. And of course, there will be haggis, shepherds pie, good Scottish shortbread, and of course plenty of whisky to ‘wet our whistle’.

The venue will hold around 60 people and will be held in a room just off the main bar. The plan as it stands is to hold a cocktail hour from 5pm followed by the dunner with presentations, and then music and poetry to finish the evening. All this is currently subject to change.

Ticket prices have yet to be decided and more information will be made available on the CSA website and Facebook page.

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.

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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