Thank You Donna!

Over the past two years, as well as trying to learn the Irish language on my own, I have learned sign language. My teacher, Donna Leff, is retiring, and I will miss her so much! Watch this video to see some awesome American Sign Language!


49th Annual Highland Games

Every year the Calendonian Society of Arizona hosts a Scottish festival and highland games. In this video you will see competitions such as the Caber Toss, where competitors balance a large 100-200 pound pole and toss it into the air. The object of the challenge is to get the top end to land on the ground in front of you, and then the entire pole to fall forward in a perfect arch. You can see the disappointment in some of the competitors faces in this video as the pole comes falling back the wrong way, toward them.
Other competitions include the hammer throw, stone toss, sheaf tossing. Females also compete in the Highland Games.
Besides the athletics, the festival features food, a whiskey garden, a trebuchet, the SCA (The Society for Creative Anachronisms), and pipe band competitions.

It’s all plaid from here…

As this blog progresses it will house all sorts of information about resources that are available to Celtic enthusiasts all over Arizona. Check in regularly for updates about upcoming events, pictures and media covering past events, classes available for step dancing, bagpipes, and language, and insights into the Arizona Celtic culture!


If you happen to go to one of the events, send in your pictures and a story about your experience, I would love to hear what you think! Just shoot me an email or comment below.

Check out the upcoming events section at the bottom of this page, and don’t miss a single opportunity for haggis, welsh cakes, bagpipes, or kilts!