The Caledonian Club of Florida West
Welcome to our Website!
If 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. You can also go to our past event page to see what we have been doing. You can also 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, Allan McIlraith
Caledonian Club Statuary Re-dedication
Our “Corinthian” Column Statuary” has now been re-dedicated and sits comfortably in the small park at the corner of Gulfstream and Main Street close to the place where Sarasota’s early Scots originally landed.
The stones for the statuary were a gift from the City of Glasgow, Scotland; to commemorate the 1886 arrival of Scottish settlers in Sarasota. The statuary was originally dedicated in Sarasota as part of the City’s hundredth anniversary celebration. Due to urban changes, it became necessary to move it from its original location outside what was Patrick’s Restaurant to its new home.
Yesterday’s (December 6, 2013) re-dedication of the statuary was a memorable occasion. We had clear skies and a light breeze on the bay front setting; a perfect scene for the event. A few passers-by stopped to look and listen as well.
Mayor Shannon Snyder welcomed everyone and introduced several City personnel and leaders of the Scottish community in Sarasota.
Master story teller Bill Wallace, related the history of the stones from a dream presented in Glasgow in 1985 until the new location today. For your Enjoyment: THE STORY OF THE STONES as Bill tells it.
Charlie Murray played Scottish several inspiring selections on the bagpipes before, during and after the ceremonies.
Refreshments were served and many people lingered long after the ceremony to share amusing stories about past Caledonian Club accomplishments while dining alfresco in the park.
For those of you who would like to view some photos of the occasion, here is a link City of City of Sarasota Flickr Social Media Events.
Also, there will be rebroadcasts of the half hour segment Chuck England did on WLSS talk radio (930 am radio) Chuck Englund.
The Sarasota Highland Games are Coming
SAVE THE DATE! February 1, 2014
The Sarasota Highland Games will be coming to the Sarasota County Fairgrounds on February 1st 2014. It will be a fun day for all and don’t forget to stop by the Caledonian Club tent. Caledonian members will be there to meet and chat with. Non-members come and get to know us. Members stop by for a visit with your Caledonian friends. The Scottish Heritage Society of Sarasota sponsors these games annually.