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January 14
Solo Piping Competition
The McHenry Mansion
Modesto, CA

January 27
Robert Burns Supper
The Fruit Yard Restaurant
Modesto, CA

February 17
The Chieftains
Bankhead Theater
Livermore, CA

February 18-19
Queen Mary Scotsfest
Queen Mary
Long Beach, CA

March 2
The Five Irish Tenors
Gallo Center for the Arts
Modesto, CA

March 4-5
Arizona Scottish Highland Games
Steele Indian School Park
Phoenix, AZ

March 10-12
Sonora Celtic Faire
Mother Lode Fairgrounds
Sonora, CA

March 18
Murphy's Day Parade
Historic Downtown Murphys
Murphys, CA

March 18
An Irish Hooley
Gallo Center for the Arts
Modesto, CA

March 25
Kern County Scottish Society's 22th annual Gathering and Games
Kern County Fairgrounds
Bakersfield, CA

April 1
Tartan Day Scottish Faire

Ardenwood Historic Farm
Fremont, CA

April 8
Peter Daldry
MUMfest 2017

Gottschalk Music Center
Modesto, CA

April 9
Cooking with Turf
MUMfest 2017

Gottschalk Music Center
Modesto, CA

April 28
San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers
Freight and Salvage
Berkeley, CA

April 29-30
Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival
Yolo County Fairgrounds
Woodland, CA

April 29
San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers
Gallo Center for the Arts
Modesto, CA

April 30
San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers
Bankhead Theater
Livermore, CA

May 7
Kirkin O' the Tartan
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Modesto, CA

May 20-22
Victoria Highland Games
Topaz Park
Victoria, BC

May 27-28
Orange County Scottish Fest
Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, CA

June 10-11
Mother Lode Highland Games
Amador County Fairground
Plymouth, CA

June 24-25
San Diego Scottish Highland Games
Brengle Terrace Park
San Diego, CA

Picnic @ the Park
Tuolumne River Regional Park
Modesto, CA

August 5-6
Monterey Scottish Games
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey CA

August 12
Frolic in the Glen
Highland Games

Rohner Park
Fortuna, CA

September 2-3
Caledonian Club of San Francisco
152nd Annual Highland Games

Alameda County Fairgrounds
Pleasanton, CA

September 16
Fresno Highland Gathering & Games
Kearney Park
Fresno, CA

September 29 - Oct 1
KVMR Celtic Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, CA

September 30
Dixon Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Gathering
Dixon Fairgrounds
Dixon, CA

October 7
International Festival
Modesto Junior College
East Campus
Modesto, CA

October 7-8
25th Annual
Reno Celtic Celebration

Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Reno, NV

October 7
Big Trees Scottish Gathering & Highland Games
Roaring Camp Historic Railroad
Felton, CA

October 14-15
Ventura Seaside Highland Games
Ventura County Fairgrounds
Ventura, CA

Location TBA
Modesto, CA

October 29
Kirkin O' the Tartan
Trinity United Presbyterian Church
Reformation Sunday
Modesto, CA

November TBA
Saint Andrew's Day Dinner

Modesto, CA

2018 TBA
Solo Piping Competition
The McHenry Mansion
Modesto, CA

2018 January 27
Robert Burns Supper
The Fruit Yard Restaurant
Modesto, CA


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Who We Are

St. Andrew's Society of Modesto organized in 1980, with it's first meeting in 1981, was established to further GAELIC HERITAGE and CULTURE for the residents of Stanislaus and it's surrounding counties.

Through its activities, the Society offers a brief glimpse of the history, pageantry and customs of the past which still live in the hearts of many today. All Gaelic cultures, Scottish, Irish and Welsh, are represented.

Whether your interest is in the "swing of the kilt," the drone of the bagpipe or the eating of scones, shortbread, bangers or soda bread, you'll find it encouraged by this Society.

You don't have to be a Scotsman, Irishman or Welshman to participate. The only requirement is an interest in this colorful and unique bit of living history. We are glad to see you at our gatherings and will welcome you as a member.

If you would like to join the Saint Andrew's Society, please fill out the Membership Application and mail to:

St. Andrews Society of Modesto
P. O. Box  578653
Modesto, CA 95357-8653

The American Tartan

The tartan we used on this website is the American Tartan. The American Tartan was designed by John C. Cumming in 1975. It has an American copywright number GP121829 and the date of publication was 13 August 1975. It was presented in 1976 to the First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Betty Ford. Mr. J. C. Thompson F.S.T.S., a member of the Saint Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C., initiated the design of the American (St. Andrews) tartan. The design was modified by J. D. Scarlett F.S.T.S. and it too is dated 1975. It was conceived as a tartan for American St. Andrews and Caledonian Societies. The St. Andrews Society of Washington, DC voted to commission a tartan in 1975.

There are two distinct and different tartans both based upon the colours of "Old Glory". The former is the official American tartan.

District Tartans
Gordon Teall of Teallach and Dr. Philip D. Smith., Jr.

The Saltire Legend

According to legend, in 832 A.D. the the Picts and the Scots went to war against the Saxons. On the eve of battle, Óengus, the king of the Picts, vowed if given victory he would appoint Saint Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland. That night in a dream, Andrew appeared to Óengus, assuring him of victory. On the morning of battle white clouds, forming an X, appeared before him. In the first few minutes of battle, an arrow killed the Saxon leader, whose troops panicked and fled the field. The flag is based upon this legend.

Throughout history, fabric production has used natural dyes from plants, including indigo from Woad. The color may vary according to soil type and climate, creating shade variations. Woad dye variations have resulted in the flag ranging from sky blue to navy blue.