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The purpose of the Caledonian Games Association is “to preserve and perpetuate Scottish social manners and customs” as sited in the 1899 Constitution of the Caledonian Society of Umatilla County; and to illuminate the city of Athena and its heritage. Our shared vision is to sponsor the Caledonian Games, a Scottish Heritage Festival with games, events, entertainment, music, food and dancing that are founded in the Scottish tradition.

Values:

We recognize that Athena City Park is a treasure. We prize the pleasent atmosphere of Caledonian Games, a gathering time and place where Scots may come together in friendship. We recognize the bond we have with our rich Scottish heritage and customs. We uphold the Caledonian Games festival with high standards and great esteem.

Goals:

To present a variety of informative and entertaining events in Scottish customs and traditions. To encourage respect of the Scottish tradition through knowledge. To promote a family-oriented festival with activities for spectators and competitors who come from around the Pacific Northwest and beyond. To generate and administer funds to support the offering of Caledonian Games.

"Robert Burns (1759-96) is revered as the Scottish poet who restored Scottish pride, dialect and history. He shared feelings simply and memorably."

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"The thistle is one of Scotland’s national emblems. It is because of the thistle that a battle was won. The story goes: some Scottish soldiers were asleep one night not knowing of a pending surprise attack. But when a would-be attacker backed into a thistle, he put up such a howl that he alerted the sleeping Scots and foiled the surprise attack."

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Loch is a Scottish lake."

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Robert the Bruce was inspired by a spider when he was in hiding in a cave. He was sought after for his fight for Scottish independence. He learned patience and persistence from a spider’s continuing efforts to spin a web. He became King Robert the Bruce."

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"The area of land of Scotland is 30, 414 square miles. (For comparison, Oregon’s area is 98,466 sq. miles, almost 3 times the area of Scotland. Indiana is 36,418 square miles for a comparison of similar sizes.) "

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Flora MacDonald helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape. He was disguised as Betty Burke. Flora is Scotland’s heroine. She came to America but returned to Scotland.
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− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Bonnie Prince Charlie thought he should be king. He raised an army that fought valiantly but was defeated at the Battle of Culloden.
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− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"The picture of George Washington on our $1 bill was painted by a Scotsman, artist Gilbert Stewart.
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− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

" The population of Scotland now is about 5 million people but there are at least ten times that many and more around the world who claim Scottish ancestry. Most of the Scottish–Americans are in the western United States and Appalachia.
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− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"X means the sign of St. Andrews cross. St. Andrews was the patron saint of Scotland. The St. Andrew’s flag is represented by an X on a blue background. In medieval times contracts were signed with an X when many could not read or write. The signer then kissed the X to guarantee his obligation. Nowadays, an X at the end of a letter still means a kiss. "

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Alba: the Gaelic name for Scotland"

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Flashes: The colored ribbon ends showing under the turn-over of Highland hose. Originally, ribbons were used as garters and the flashes were the end of the ribbons. Now they are usually attached to an elastic garter."

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"The first pedal-operated bicycle was invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan in Scotland in 1839. At first it didn’t have brakes!! By 1842 , presuming with that little matter fixed, Macmillan rode 40 miles in 5 hours. A local newspaper carried an account of that journey of which at the end, he had a mishap and knocked down a child. He was the first in history ever to get a ticket and was fined for a bicycling offense.
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− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Neeps and Nips: in Scottish recipes, neeps are potatoes and nips are turnips."

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

" A romantic tale has the beloved Queen of Scots, Mary, on the point of death from a chill caught while daringly riding horseback through a rainy night to meet her lover, Bothwell. Her French chef created a sweet concoction of quinces and oranges to tempt her appetite. She liked it so much that a dish was kept always at her bedside, and thus took the name “Marie malade” and now the modern word is marmalade. "

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Raincoats called Mackintoches were invented in 1823 by Scottish chemist Charles Mcintosh (1766-1843). He was anxious to protect the secret of his new waterproof cloth so he chose Highland workers to work in his Glasgow factory as they only spoke Gaelic. "

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

" Robert Louis Stevenson of children’s poetry fame comes from a family who built most of the lighthouses along the treacherous sea coasts of Scotland. Many of those lighthouses are still standing and working today.
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− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Boswell published the Life of Johnson, a diary of his walk across Scotland with the famous writer, Samuel Johnson in about 1773. It became a “best seller” of its time. Johnson was feisty and a master of cynical humor and the insult. Johnson published a dictionary and used quotes from Shakespeare’s plays to show how a word was used. "

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Edinburgh, Scotland’s capitol and second largest city, was the hub of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century, which saw Scotland become one of the commercial, intellectual and industrial powerhouses of Europe. "

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

" Scottish-American industrialist and steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie said, “Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” "

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

"Nicola Benedetti is “Scotland’s latest gift to the world” says In Tune Monthly Magazine, November, 2007. An award-winning classical violinist she made her recording debut in 2006 with the London Symphony Orchestra at age 17 and has made 3 major-label CDs.(nicolabenedetti.co.uk)"

− 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Know About Scotland and Being Scottish

Finding us:

Athena lies just off State Highway 11 between Pendleton, Oregon and Walla Walla, Washington. Taking I-84 from the east or west to Pendleton, take exit 210. Following the signs to Walla Walla will direct you to Highway 11 North. Athena is twenty miles from Pendleton. From Walla Walla, follow the signs for Pendleton south on Highway 11, through Milton-Freewater. Athena is approximately twenty five miles from Walla Walla. There are two exits off Highway 11 to Athena marked by blinking traffic lights. From Pendleton, the first exit becomes 3rd street on which the City Park is located. From Walla Walla, the first exit becomes Main Street. Continue on Main Street and turn left on 3rd, drive 4 blocks and the City Park is on your left.

Camping at the Games

Camping at Athena Caledonian Games: The Athena Experience

Available on Thursday night and the Games weekend.

First come, first served is what they say.

The elementary grounds are available for tent campers.   Camper trailers need to stay in the parking lot.  (There are some spots reserved for the sheep dog trials.) Just don’t run over the sprinkler heads!!  And pick up after yourself.

Camping is open to wherever you can find a spot—there are no reservations, no hookups, no electricity.  The elementary school has showers and flush toilets available for your use.  The school puts out a hose so that you can carry water to your camping site.  And all this for just $10.00 for the weekend.

It is great fun to camp—that is part of the Athena Experience, they say.   You are in the middle of a wheat field—NO CAMP FIRES.

The elementary school is located behind the high school on Main Street. Drive south on Fifth Street and turn left at the drive way at the end of the athletic field chain link fence.  A representative of Caledonian Games and the Gem Theater Project will call on you to collect the camping fee.

Camping Rules:

I:   Pay the lady.  $10.  And please buy our program—it helps us pay our bills.

II. Pick up your stuff.

III.   Quiet hours are to be observed while the sheep dogs are working in the competition.  They must hear the tiny whistle.  Please no loud generators or  motors. Barking dogs are distracting to the sheep dog trials too.

IV. No camp fires.

V. Adults:  do not fall off the monkey bars.  An adult broke his arm last year that way—no. No. No.

VI.  We are not responsible for lost or stolen valuables.    Otherwise, be safe and have fun at Caledonian Games.

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