St. An­drew’s So­ci­ety of Utah

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Loren S. Adams & Brian Giles

In 1991, St. An­drew’s So­ci­ety of Utah was founded by a group of in­di­vid­u­als of Scot­tish de­scent to keep their her­itage alive and to cel­e­brate their roots with oth­ers of Scot­tish de­scent. As a non-profit, non-de­nom­i­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion, St. An­drew’s So­ci­ety is ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing Scot­tish cul­ture, tra­di­tions and her­itage and char­ity help in the com­mu­nity. As a fam­ily friendly So­ci­ety, St. An­drew’s main­tains that ed­u­cat­ing the next gen­er­a­tion is im­por­tant to main­tain­ing the rich his­tory of the Scots here in Utah.

Each month mem­bers (and non- mem­bers) gather to sup­port Scot­tish events, or if no Scot­tish event is on the cal­en­dar, mem­bers and their friends get to­gether for a pot luck din­ner and to explore Scot­tish tra­di­tions, cul­ture and/or his­tory. There have been pre­sen­ta­tions on fa­mous Scot­tish bat­tles, clan re­ports, song and dance or just good old fun and games. Mem­bers have been known to at­tend bal­lets, con­certs, sym­phonies bag­pipe con­certs and other events with a Celtic theme. Any rea­son to put on the kilt is a good one. We have or­ga­nized con­certs in past years with artist Steven McDon­ald and then Wicked Tin­kers.

St. An­drew’s char­ity projects in­clude do­nat­ing “Com­fort Crit­ters” to Payson City Po­lice De­part­ment, Tooele City Po­lice, Mur­ray City Cri­sis Work­ers and Shriner’s Hos­pi­tal to be used for sick, scared or in­jured chil­dren. St. An­drew’s mem­bers sup­port com­mu­nity events such as Utah Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual Burns Sup­per, Tar­tan Ball and their high­land games in June. In July, the Payson Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion’s Scot­tish Fes­ti­val as well as Kirkin’ O’ the Tar­tan ser­vices in June and Oc­to­ber.

At our 13th kilted golf tour­na­ment Au­gust 16, at The Ranches, there will be a piper on hand to pipe the play­ers on the course. That evening the an­nual Ceilidh (party or so­cial gath­er­ing) at Cougar Park in Kearns, is where fam­i­lies come to­gether for an end of summer pic­nic and ac­tiv­i­ties. All St. An­drew’s events are for mem­bers and non-mem­bers who want to learn and en­joy a lit­tle Scot­tish cul­ture and com­pany. There is a for­mal din­ner and fund rais­ing auc­tion in Novem­ber to cel­e­brate St. An­drew’s Day (Novem­ber 30) and the Christ­mas party is a fa­vorite with Santa mak­ing an ap­pear­ance with gifts for the wee ones.

In­for­ma­tion on St. An­drew’s So­ci­ety of Utah and its up­com­ing events can be lo­cated on our web­site at utah­stan­drews. org and on our Face­book page.

BRIAN G GILES

Scot­tish Santa was at the Payson Scot­tish Fes­ti­val with St. An­drews So­ci­ety of Utah.

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