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Desert Highlander

The Desert Highlander
Newsletter for

SEPTEMBER 2021
is now on-line

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Newsletter Editor
Iain Lundy



Visit our Membership Page
to Join or Renew

FOR HALF PRICE FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2021

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



Scots Hotline

480-788-6694

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The Caledonian Society
of Arizona

P.O. Box 50092
Phoenix, AZ 85076


Don Finch

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden passing of Don Finch.

Don Finch

Don, most recently our Vice President for Membership, served as President of the Society for many years; and also had been instrumental in all aspects of planning and managing the Phoenix Scottish Games for over 10 years.

A memorial service wsa held on Septemebr 17 at the Arizona Community ChHurch in Temps.


Four Peaks Brewery Tour

Those who attended the Society's tour of Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe enjoyed a treat - and not just the tasty fish and chips.

Four Peaks tour

Carter NackeFour Peaks and its flagship Kilt Lifter Ale is a well-established city business, having opened in 1996 on a site that was once home to a creamery and ice factory.

Our host Carter Nacke was a fount of knowledge about the history of the site, first developed by Borden Milk Company in 1892, as well as something of an expert on all the in-house beers.

As well as Kilt Lifter, the company's other brews include Peach Ale, Winter Wobbler, Leroy Brown, and Pumpkin Porter (which is in season and went down well with the Society members).

Carter made sure we were well topped up with a "wee refreshment" but he made it clear that if you are afraid of ghosts then steer clear of the place. There seem to be dozens of them and if you don’t believe him just ask the old gentleman with the well-ironed white shirt - if he makes an appearance

Four Peaks are the most recent sponsors of our annual Scottish Games and it's always a pleasure to link up with them.


Phoenix Scottish Games

Plans are under way in the hopes of organizing a Scottish Games in the early part of 2022. However, there are difficulties involved given the issues arising from Covid.

President David McBee said, "The Board is concerned about the rise in cases caused by the Delta variant of the Covid virus. Several other outdoor events planned for this fall in the Valley have been cancelled. We are continuing to look at our options for a 2022 event and hope to make an announcement soon."


Society Membership at HALF PRICE for the remainder of 2021

Thank You
Thanks to the following for either Renewing their dues, or becoming a new Member: Cynthia Coniam; Carla Dunlap; Jennifer Kitchens; Diane Nunez; Jennifer Cucharo and Gloria Vredenburgh .

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. 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
at HALF PRICE for the remainder of 2021.


  • $30 $15 Individual
  • $50 $25 Family (persons at the same address)

Membership drive


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


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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