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January 6
Piping at the Mansion
The McHenry Mansion
Modesto, CA

January 13
Robert Burns Supper
Mother Lode Scots

Jackson Rancheria
Jackson, CA 95642

January 27
Robert Burns Supper
St. Andrew's of Modesto

The Fruit Yard
Modesto, CA 95642

February 17-18
Queen Mary Scotsfest
Queen Mary
Long Beach, CA

February 22
Dublin Irish Dance
Gallo Center for the Arts
Modesto, CA

March 3-4
54th Phoenix Scottish Games
Steele Indian School Park
Phoenix, AZ

March 9-11
Sonora Celtic Faire
Mother Lode Fairgrounds
Sonora, CA

March 17
Murphy's Day Parade
Historic Downtown Murphys
Murphys, CA

March 24-25
Kern County 23rd annual
Scottish Games & Gathering

Kern County Fairgrounds
Bakersfield, CA

Tartan Day Scottish Faire

Ardenwood Historic Farm
Fremont, CA

April 28-29
Woodland Celtic Games & Festival
Yolo County Fairgrounds
Woodland, CA

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

May 19
Celtic Woman
Gallo Center for the Arts
Modesto, CA

May 26-27
Orange County Scottish Fest
Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, CA

June 9-10
Mother Lode Highland Games
Amador County Fairground
Plymouth, CA

June 23-24
San Diego Scottish Highland Games
Brengle Terrace Park
San Diego, CA

August 4-5
Monterey Scottish Games
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey CA

Frolic in the Glen
Highland Games

Rohner Park
Fortuna, CA

September 1-2
Caledonian Club of San Francisco
152nd Annual Highland Games

Alameda County Fairgrounds
Pleasanton, CA

September 15
Fresno Highland Gathering & Games
Kearney Park
Fresno, CA

September 28-30
KVMR Celtic Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, CA

September 29
Dixon Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Gathering
Dixon Fairgrounds
Dixon, CA

International Festival
Modesto Junior College
East Campus
Modesto, CA

October 6-7
27th Annual
Reno Celtic Celebration

Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Reno, NV

October 6
Big Trees Scottish Gathering & Highland Games
Roaring Camp Historic Railroad
Felton, CA

October 13-14
Ventura Seaside Highland Games
Ventura County Fairgrounds
Ventura, CA

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

Saint Andrew's Day Dinner


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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.