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In this Issue:

  October Movie Screening   Favorite Songs
  It Happened This Month   Old Blind Dogs Performances
  September Gathering   Snippets from Scotland
  Rosie McCaffrey's   A Word from our Advertisers

October Movie Screening

Mary Queen of Scots movie The Society is staging a special 'Afternoon at the Movies' event on 29 October at the Tempe Pollack Cinema in Tempe. The theater has agreed to stage a showing of Mary Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie specifically for members of the Society and other Scottish-related groups in the Valley.

The event will start at 2 pm at the theater, at 1825 East Elliott Road. Tickets are priced at $5 per person and advance sales are available from the Society website arizona.scot. Tickets will also be available at the door on a cash only basis.

We have invited a number of organizations to join us including the Irish Cultural Center; Brits in Arizona; British Expats of Phoenix; and the Daughters of Scotia lodges throughout Arizona.

The theater seats 270 people so there is plenty room, and we would love to see a good turnout. If the event is a success we hope to arrange more movie dates with Scottish-themed films in the future. So please come out and support this special event.

It Happened This Month - 1960

Elvid in Scotland Elvis Presley only appeared once in the UK – as far as people know. It happened on 3 March 1960 at Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire, Scotland, while 'The King' was returning to the US from his Army national service.

Not surprisingly, word got out and fans congregated at the small airport to greet their hero.

The following account of Elvis'’s brief visit is from the Scotsman newspaper. www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/pictures-when-elvis-presley-landed-prestwick-airport-1481453

September Gathering at Union Jack Pub

The pub meeting in Scottsdale aimed at expat Scots now living in the Valley went with what can only be described as a swing and a good old Scottish singsong. It also attracted several new Society members, and we hope to see them at future events.

Union Jack Pub Among those who attended at the Union Jack pub were expats from Glasgow, Dundee, Ayrshire, Oban, Falkirk, Aberdeen, and elsewhere. They were joined and given a warm Arizona welcome by many other members of the Society who pride themselves on their Scottish roots.

The Union Jack made a great job of catering for us, and several Arizona Scots have posted on the website that they were sorry to have missed the event - so perhaps it is something we can repeat in the not-too distant future.

In the meantime, start learning the words to your favourite Scottish songs so you can join in with Duncan from Oban who loudly regaled the company with his Scottish repertoire.

Rosie McCaffrey's

An Arizona institution has come to an end with the closure of Rosie McCaffrey's Irish bar in Camelback Road, Phoenix. The bar, along with Seamus McCaffrey's and The Dubliner, became a focal point of Celtic culture in the Valley.

A message by owner Seamus McCaffrey posted o the Caledonian Society website read, "I originally opened the first Irish Pub in Phoenix, Arizona (The Dubliner) almost 40 years ago. My American dream continued when I opened Seamus McCaffrey’s in downtown Phoenix.

"Throughout the years I worked hard to help expand the local Irish community, bring Guinness on draught to Arizona, and ultimately bring a little piece of home to the desert. I opened Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Pub over 20 years ago, which sadly has now come to an end.

Rosie McCaffrey's Pub "On behalf of myself and my family, we would like to thank all the great Rosie’s staff, bands, and the distributors we’ve had over the years. We also want to give a big thank you to all the loyal customers for making it possible to own this establishment. It has been such a joy and privilege to serve my community throughout the years through the charity work that I've been involved in. Owning this pub and your patronage has made it all possible. We are forever grateful for all the memories."

Favorite Songs

Sarah Holbrook, originally from Glasgow and now living in Scottsdale, had no hesitation when asked about her Favourite Scottish song. It is ‘Caledonia’, the song that brings a lump to the throat of every Scottish exile.

Sarah said. "Like all Scottish expats I am proud of my homeland. I have this feeling of pure joy when I hear another Scottish accent, it stops me in my tracks. I instantly feel the need to share stories of home. However, nothing gets me like the lyrics of Caledonia. The line 'Caledonia, you’re calling me and now I’m going home'.

The song totally captures the feeling of having Scotland in my heart. It is a very authentic little love song for the place where I grew up, maybe that’s why it pushes buttons in people.”

I don't know, if you can see, the changes that have come over me
In these last few days, I've been afraid, that I might slip away,
But I've been telling old stories, singing songs
That make me think about where I come from
And that's the reason why I seem, so far away today

Let me tell you that I love you, and I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me, and now I'm going home
But if I should become a stranger
you know that would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything, I've ever had

I have moved, and I have kept on moving, proved the point that I
    need proving
Lost some friends that I hated losing, found others on the way
I have kissed the ladies and left them crying
Stolen dreams yes there is no denying,
I have travelled hard times with conscience flying, somewhere in
    the wind

Now I'm sitting here, before the fire, the empty room,
    the forest choir
The flames that couldn't get any higher well they’ve withered now
    they’ve gone
But I'm still thinking my way is clear,
And I know what I'll do tomorrow
When the hands are shaking and the kisses flow, well I will disappear

Dougie McLean Here is "Caledonia' sung by Dougie MacLean
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Old Blind Dogs Performs

Old Blind Dogs One of Scotland's leading folk music bands is playing four dates in Arizona during October. Old Blind Dogs formed in 1990 and their lineup has featured leading Scottish musicians such as Jim Malcolm and Carmen Higgins.

The Arizona gigs are in Yuma (12 October); Tucson (14 October); Flagstaff (15 October); and Prescott (16 October). Ticket details are available on the band's website www.oldblinddogs.co.uk/tour-dates. Tickets for the Prescott show are being sold at the door only.

Snippets from Scotland

Snippet from The Scotsman

One of the students who 'stole' the Stone of Destiny from London in 1950 has died aged 97. Tributes have been paid to Ian Hamilton KC who was the best known of those who returned the historic stone to Scotland.

Snippet from The BBC

Attempting to climb Britain's highest peak Ben Nevis has become so popular that a registration scheme has been launched to control congestion.

Snippet from The Press and Jouornal

A massive tree-planting effort is to be undertaken in Scotland in memory of the late Queen. She visited often to stay at Balmoral Castle and environmental bodies will become the custodians of the trees in the Queen's name.

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