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.
Athena Caledonian Games has had to cancel our dance competition. This is a difficult decision and there are many factors to consider. We will have a Dancing Demonstration that will be a wonderful "variety-show-like" program There will be lots of dancing and great fun. See you at 11:30 AM in City Park for Highland Dancing at Athena Caledonian Games.
Athena Caledonian Games will offer new and exciting events. Entertainment in the park Saturday features Barbara Nelson from Pendleton and "our" Anna Burgess, Celtic fiddler, pipe bands and sports on Saturday. Sunday following church service in the park, come and see a knight in full armor! See KnightTime in Medieval Scotland at 11:30 AM. You may write a poem to record all the Caledonian events you've seen at a poetry workshop with Oregon's Poet Laureate on Sunday at 12:30 PM. Paulann Petersen will encourage you to write the poem that you never thought you could. At 12:45 PM the Royal Athena Highland Guard, the band of Athena alumni pipers, will premier! Sunday also will feature an Apron Show. (New or old aprons may have a story but if like me, you can't remember its story, that's ok too.) Bring aprons for display to Katie at Athena Grocery. Athena Caledonian Games, July 12, 13 & 14 features sheep dogs, a parade (on Currant and Darwin Streets this year), piping, athletic competition, vendors, free entertainment, a benefit dinner, an outdoor concert with pipe bands. Bob and Deborah Johns are Chieftains of the Day. The progam goes on sale after July 4 and highlights Areta Barrett's story, an historic Athena and Caledonian lady. Catch it all in City Park.
We would like to thank all who attended and participated in this years games. We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year.
Bob and Deborah Johns