The Caledonian Club of Florida West
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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, 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, Robert Howard
THE THISTLE BALL WAS A HIGHLIGHT FOR THE SEASON
The Ball was held on March 25, 2016 at Palm Aire Country Club and a good time was had by all at this very special evening. We arrived to at Palm Aire and we greeted by a piper and directed to our tables by a welcoming committee. The tables were beautifully adorned with vases of thistle flowers on mirrors thanks to Caryn Johnson. Our meals were delicious and dancing to the music of Daniel Fugazzotto was one of the many highlights and certainly encouraged many to take to the dance floor. We also took time to honor our club member, George Graydon, with the “Second Annual Caledonian Award for Excellence“. George, a native Scot, served in the Merchant Marine Corps during WWII and was involve in efforts to supply Russia via the North Sea. You can read about this in the article written in the Sarasota Herald (George Greydon Article 3-31-17) published on March 31st. George was also presented with the Arctic Convoy Tartan. This commemorative tartan cannot be woven or sold without permission from the Russian consulate general in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thanks to Frank MacIntire and Mary Ellen McMahon and your committee for all the hard work in it took to organize this event.
PIPER IN THE PARK HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE EVENT FOR THE CALEDONIAN CLUB
Every Sunday evening before sunset, a “Bagpiper “, members of the Caledonian Club of Florida West, along with members of our local community, gather downtown at Bayfront Island Park beyond the marina and across from Marina Jacks restaurant to celebrate our city’s founding by the Scots. Please remember this takes place just before sunset and adjust for the fact that we are not longer on day light savings time.
This weekly event will allow us to educate our townspeople of Sarasota City’s historical Scottish past & allow them the opportunity to participate in our wonderful organization. Each week we will be able to inform Sarasota of our upcoming Scottish events.
Please plan to participate in Scottish attire with your club name badges and help let Sarasota know we truly are a “Scottish City”
If you plan on attending, meet at Bayfront Park front entrance (near O’Leary’s Restaurant) Warm up, proceed to “Sister Cities Walk” led by kilted Caledonian Club member waving Saltire or Rampant Lion Flag; play in grassy, open area 10-12 minutes; walk to Dolphin Fountain, across from Marina Jacks, 4 minutes prior to sunset. At sunset, play “Amazing Grace” through twice.
THE HIGHLAND GAMES HAVE COME AND GONE
Alice Flint our chairperson for the event dragged herself out her sick bed to set up the Caledonian Club tent and then sat in the background wrapped in a blanket while all our wonderful volunteers made sure all ran smoothly. President Robert Howard helped set up and was around and about all day. Nancy Tidrick spent hours at our table greeting all visitors. Jean Wallace whose husband, Bill joined her later as well as Bob Kradowska and his wife, Kathy also helped. Mary Thompson stayed the whole day helping any way she could. Numerous others stopped by after completing their other assignments.
A couple of special visitors came into the tent. One was an adorable Scottie dog wearing her little kilt and tam. She posed while Mary took her picture. Another visitor who sat and chatted with the volunteers was city of Sarasota mayor,Willie Charles Shaw, sporting his Sarasota Tartan tie which was given to him by Sister Cities of Sarasota.
We were also happy for and thankful to all members who particitaped in the opening ceremony parade.
THE CALEDONIAN CLUB OF FLORIDA WEST WELCOMES THESE NEW MEMBERS
Chris and Janice Webber, John and Terri Tumlin, Laura Kiah and her son Ryker, Lis and John Marshall, Sue and Tom Pound, Jennifer Meinert, Jackie and John Hall