The Caledonian Club was formed to promote Scottish Heritage in western Florida and to provide a social venue for anyone with Scottish Heritage or is interested in things Scottish

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The Caledonian Club of  Florida West

Welcome to our Website!

Bill for web2If you haven’t heard of us before, we’re glad you found us on line. If you’re already a member, browse through our site to see what’s happening, visit our past event page to see what we have been doing, or  follow the past newsletters link to view more information regarding our events and activities.

The Club also contributes greatly to Sarasota County by providing our unique collection of Scottish Tartans at a variety of functions. Our charitable Foundation also contributes funds for the preservation our community’s Scottish Heritage.

If you’re interested in things Scottish, the preservation of Sarasota’s Scottish heritage and good fun, I hope you’ll join us for our festivities and fellowship. Feel free to contact us directly anytime.

President, William Wallace

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THE GREAT ESTATES OF SCOTLAND AT THE SELBY LIBRARY

Inverary CastleAs you all know The Caledonian Club has initiated a partnership with Sarasota’s Selby Public Library to conduct a four-part showing of the “Great Estates of Scotland” series

January 20, 2016 is the first in the series.  Viewing will begin at 3:00 p.m. The film will be Inveraray Castle. For over 500 years Inveraray Castle has been the chieftain’s home for the Campbell Clan.

.  The Caledonian Club will preside at the screenings, introducing the films, conducting a Q&A session following the film with an “expert” (native Scot) from that particular area of Scotland and also provide a piper, piping in attendees, and a member in dress, passing out brochures on the series.  We hope to see you all there.

THE HIGHLAND GAMES ARE COMING SOON!

4519271-scottish-player-about-to-put-the-shotThe Sarasota Highland Games will be held on January 30th at the Sarasota Fairgrounds from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Caledonian tent will be functioning from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and we hope that everyone will stop by and see us. The Parade of Tartans will start by the tent at a yet to be announced time (please check at the tent for details) and we would like to have a sizable contingent of members to join us for this.

This year the Caledonian Club is again sponsoring the sheep herding demonstrations.  We will enjoy the presentations by Lucy and Stuart Craigmalloch. Lucy and Stuart along with their Border Collies, have a small flock of Blackface sheep and horned Dorsets in Grant-Vlakaria, Florida.

Tickets for the event may be obtained online at http://www.sarasotahighlandgames.com/. They may also be purchased at the following area businesses: Scots Corner, The British Corner Shop, 4 N Pastry Company, Chop Shop, Davidson’s Drugs, Irene’s Resort Wear, MacAlister’s Grill & Tavern, Charles Hager Construction, Inc., and Gastro Pub 32.

Don’t forget the Ceilidh to be held the evening before the games.  This traditional gathering will include music, dancing and food!  It will be on January 29, 2016 in the Potter Building on the Sarasota Fairgrounds from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON HAS COME AND GONE

This is our annual holiday celebration was held jointly with the Saint Andrews Society. On Sunday December 6, 2015 at The Heritage Oakes Golf and Country Club.

The DovePhotos are available to view on the the PAST EVENTS PAGE.

 

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MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2015

(Introductions for Barbara Driscoll and Chuck and Pat Borland)

THE CALEDONIAN CLUB OF FLORIDA WEST ALSO EXTENDS A WARM WELCOME TO THESE NEW MEMBERS

Lucia Dial, Nancy Ebersole, Mary Esposito, Pat Finnegan, Bob Howard, Sharon & Eric Johnston, Mary Boyle Kregelow, Charles & Dottie Peterson, Vivienne & Larry Sivak, Nancy Tsekou.

Old Membership Newsletters and membership lists are Posted on the “Members Only Page” in the information for members section.