Milwaukee Highland Games

We had a successful day at the Milwaukee Highland Games (Scottish Fest) on June 3rd at Hart Park in Wauwatosa.  Caledonian Scottish Dancers had many dancers competing in both morning and afternoon competitions, with dancers winning places in Primary, Beginner, Novice, and Premier categories.  For two of the dancers this was their very first competition!  Way to go dancers!


Also a first for the group this year participating in the festival with a Caledonian Scottish Dancers booth in the clans area!

Thank You!

We’re a little overdue for a post, but better late than never. We want to thank everyone who volunteered, donated, and attended our first annual Tartan Day Tea.

Thank you to those who performed:
Gary Bottoni and members of the Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipe Band
Ian Day
Milwaukee Scottish Pipe Band
Larry McNaughton

Thank you to our huge list of generous donors:
Rishi Tea
Walkers Shortbread
Pick ‘n Save
Milwaukee Art Museum
Destiny Chocolates
Jay Carroll
Beverly Wenzel
Margaret Vissers
Dawn Majewski
RJ Bast
Rebecca Nguyen
Sustar Woodworks
Massage Envy
Romy Ayer
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care
Kay Bollmus
Sally’s Sweete Shoppe Too
Oona Lee
Kimberly Casmer/LuLaRoe
Melissa Wilishowski/Norwex
Shana Horne
Kettle Moraine Honey
Milwaukee Admirals
Milwaukee Wave
Wisconsin Athletic Club
Milwaukee Food & City Tours
Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee County Zoo
Deb Pipkorn NewHeartDesign
Jennifer Brown
Jason Joyner, Twisted Bistro
Andrew Slater Photography
Mary Todd-Krueger & Dean Krueger
Maggie Fortmann, MaryKay
Peig Myota Wholistic Health Consulting
Julie Ranieri

This event was a huge success for the dance group and we hope to see everyone again next year!

Six days left until our Tartan Day Tea Party Fundraiser!

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes for our dance group you may not know about. To help maintain our dance group as well as continue promoting Scottish values and traditions, this Tartan Day, April 9th, we will be holding a tea party fundraiser at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center!

All proceeds will go towards:

■ providing dance lessons at low cost,
■ providing costumes to dancers who don’t own their own yet,
■ purchasing new group costumes,
■ mitigating costume cleaning and storage costs,
■ purchasing learning tools for the studio such as practice swords and mirrors,
■ purchasing marketing material so that we can ensure the future of the group,
■ reducing dancer cost for future trips the group may take!

So, come visit us for tea, cookies, and sandwiches, plus traditional Scottish entertainment, including live music and dance! Also, anyone who wears tartan to the event will automatically be entered in a special raffle! To purchase tickets in advance, either get in contact with one of our dancers directly, click the ‘Register Now’ button on the countdown widget, or click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Update: thanks to generous donors, possible raffle items now include:

■ Tickets to the Milwaukee Art Museum,
■ Starbucks coffee and mugs courtesy of the Muskego Starbucks,
■ Tickets to German Fest,
■ Tickets to Milwaukee Wave Games for the 2017-2018 season,
■ Gift cards to the Wisconsin Athletic Club and for Milwaukee Food and City Tours,
■ A Lakefront Brewery Beer Box,
■ Tickets to Irish Fest,
■ Milwaukee Admirals ticket vouchers,
■ Horse riding lessons,
■ Party Lite candles,
■ A 60 minute massage from Massage Envy.

Update: Thanks to generous donors, we will now be serving:

■ Shortbread from Walkers Shortbread,
■ Madeleines from Donsuemor,
■ Tea from Rishi Tea,
■ Bread for sandwiches from Breadsmith.

Update: Our entertainment line-up will now include:

■ A dance performance by our own dancers, accompanied by Gary Bottoni of The Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipes & Drums,
■ Small Pipes “muzak” by various members of Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipes & Drums,
■ A Scottish tartan fashion show, showcasing some of the costumes we wear, narrated by Larry McNaughton,
■ Ian Day,
■ A pipe performance by Milwaukee Scottish Pipe Band.

Doors open at 1:00 p.m.
Program starts at 1:30 p.m. and runs until 4:00 pm

Ticket Prices
Adults: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Children (12 and under): $14 in advance, $15

Irish Cultural and Heritage Center
2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

The 73rd Annual Folk Fair International is just around the corner!

It’s already mid-November, which means that Folk Fair weekend is quickly approaching! We’ll be performing multiple times on Saturday, November 19th, and Sunday, November 20th, so there will be plenty of opportunity to see us perform! Note: if you order tickets in advance from our group, you’ll get a discounted rate of only $10.00 per general admission ticket! The tickets are valid for any one of the three days that the Folk Fair is running. To order tickets or for more information, contact us at

Performance times

Saturday, November 19th
2:00 PM at All Nations Theater
3:30 PM at All Nations Theater
4:15 PM at Tanzhaus Pavilion
6:30 PM at All Nations Theater
8:15 PM at Tanzhaus Pavilion

Sunday, November 20th
1:30 PM at Tanzhaus Pavilion
3:30 PM at All Nations Theater

Ticket Prices

$10.00: In advance from our group
$12.00: at the gate
$10.00: Senior Citizens (62+ with ID) at the gate
FREE: Military Personnel (with military ID)
$10.00: Children (6-12) at the gate
FREE: Children (5 and under)


State Fair Park Exposition Center
8200 West Greenfield Avenue
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214

Two chances to see us perform this week!

Our dancing group will be performing not once, but twice this week!

First, on Tuesday, November 1st, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, Tradizione Vivente, will be hosting its 4th Annual Festival di Danza e Cultura at the Italian Community Center and our dance group as well as several other local ethnic groups have all been invited to participate! Doors open at 6:00 PM and the program will start at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 & under. For more information on event as well as a list of the guest groups performing, please visit the Italian Community Center’s website:

Our second performance will be on the Tripoli Shrine Center on Saturday, November 5th, for the Tripoli Scottish Highlanders’ 43rd Annual Tartan Ball as part of the evening’s entertainment! Doors open at 5:30 PM and entertainment will start at 8:00 PM. Tickets for this event are $65 per person and must be reserved in advance. Please visit the Tripoli Scottish Highlander’s website for more information and to obtain a copy of the ticket order form:

What a busy Labor Day weekend!

Our small group of competitive dancers, ranging from beginner all the way to premier, competed this weekend at the annual Waukesha Highland Games and managed to bring home several trophies! Congratulations to each and every one of you who competed, we’re all so proud of you and your hard work!

Additionally, our group held a rummage sale fundraiser which by all measures was a huge success! A big thank you to those who patronized our rummage, to those who donated items for us to rummage, and to all those who volunteered their tables, chairs, and/or free time to make the rummage sale possible!

We’re having a rummage sale this weekend!

Planning on visiting the St. Martins Fair this weekend in Franklin, like getting a good deal, and/or have free time this upcoming Labor Day weekend? Then why not stop in at the rummage sale we’ll be holding this Sunday, Sept. 4th, and Monday, Sept. 5th to help us raise funds for our trip to Scotland!

Starting times

Sunday, Sept. 4th: 9:00 AM
Monday, Sept. 5th: 8:00 AM


11129 W. Church St., Franklin, WI 53132

Note: West Saint Martin’s Road will be closed due to the fair. Therefore, the best way to get to the rummage will be instead via South Lovers Lane Road, followed by turning onto West Church Street, and continuing onward all the way to the listed address.

A hundred thousand thank yous!

This year’s Milwaukee Irish Fest was ambitious for our group as we undertook reviving not one, not two, but three dances for this year’s show! This meant many long nights of dance practice and many sore muscles the next morning leading up to actual event, but based on all the compliments we received, it was well worth the effort! And even though the weather was not always in our favor—we got rained out Friday—, our Saturday and Sunday shows still went as scheduled and without a hitch!

So, thank you everyone who came out in less than ideal weather to come see us dance, thank you Billy Mitchell Pipes and Drums for learning new songs to accompany us while we performed, and thank you all our dancers for your hard work to make this show the best it could possibly be!

As an aside, we’re asking anyone who has any favorite photographs or videos of us from this weekend to either message us directly via our Facebook account or, alternatively, via our e-mail account with the media files as well as your express permission that we can use your media on our Facebook account and/or our website. Who knows, your photos and/or videos may just end up in the slide show below!


Irish Fest is this weekend!

We’re already halfway through August, which means it’s time for yet another Irish Fest! Come watch us walk the Festival grounds in the Irish Fest Parade and then perform a medley of Scottish Highland and National dances with original choreography under the accompaniment of the Billy Mitchell Pipes and Drums at the Crossroads Area!

Parade times:

Friday at 6:45 p.m.
Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

Crossroads times:

Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

For information about ticket prices, parking, and more information about festival activities, visit the official Irish Fest website

Our brat-fry & bake sale was a great success!

Despite a rather rainy start to our first fundraiser for our Scotland trip, we managed to sell almost all that we had planned to sell! A big thanks to all those who came out and supported us by buying our grilled brats and homemade desserts as well as to all our dance group members who volunteered food, equipment, and their Saturday afternoon to make this event happen!