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Our hopes were high thinking we could somehow pull off a small event celebrating our Celtic heritage, but, alas it is not possible. Please join us on July 17 & 18, 2021 for the next Arizona Highland Celtic Festival.

In the meantime, watch for information on our virtual Tea with Diana Gabaldon coming in October!!!!! Stay well!


To our Celtic community, be safe, be well. We plan to overcome this tragic pandemic like only Celts can, and celebrate Celtic style at the Jim Thomson US School of Piping & Drumming AND the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival this July!!!

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NACHS was founded in 1997. The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving Celtic culture. Our goal is to educate the public about the heritage, language, traditions, art, and history of the Celtic people both ancient and modern.

Dissemination of information and financial assistance to support Celtic-related events and opportunities is also a prime purpose of NACHS.

We are a non-profit, 501 (C)3 Corporation.

2020 Officers

  • President: Richard McKenzie
  • Vice-President: Kris Satterwhite
  • Secretary: Catie Blazek
  • Treasurer: Mike Casey

2020 Board Members

  • Cal Magness
  • Michael Satterwhite
  • Mark Benedict
  • Chris Place
  • Kim Floyd
  • Dakota Floyd
  • Nemo Floyd
  • Suzanne Tackitt

2020 Business Manager

  • Jude McKenzie

2020 Directors

  • Athletics: Erin Huizingh
  • Children's Activities: Bernie Whistler
  • Clans & Societies: Maria Marshall
  • Entertainment: Jude McKenzie
  • Grounds: Richard McKenzie and Cal Magness
  • Highland Dance: Lisa Scott
  • Historical Area: Bill Wilson
  • Memberships: Michael Satterwhite
  • Newsletter Editor: John McGregor
  • Piping: Jeannine Dobbins
  • Plant & Geology: John Mead
  • Tug o' War: Richard McKenzie
  • Vendors: Debbie Henson
  • Volunteers: Vicki Neary and Vicki Benedict
  • Workshops: Kevin Parkes

NACHS has meetings on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! Through the Covid19 pandemic, we will be hosting the meetings virtually instead of in person. If you would like to attend the meetings, please send an email and we will get you a link.

Upcoming Events

January 31, 2021 - Virtual Robert Burns Supper- 2:00 pm MST.

Join us for a virtual celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns on Facebook. There will be toasts, piping, poetry and haggis! If you are local, Uptown Pub is selling 2-ounce drams to go! To get us all drinking the same richness of peat and brininess, we’ll be selling Ardbeg An Oa vials to-go (2 ounces: i.e.: a hefty dram) for $8 each. The Ardbeg distillery on Islay is considered one of the peatiest producers of Scotch. It’s also a loamy, earthy type of peat that makes me feels like I’m standing on the island itself (especially after a few). It’s the closest distilled whisky that we can get at this time to where Robert Burns was born in Alloway.

We’ll also have numerous other bottles of whiskies available to-go as well. In the past, we’ve had hundreds to choose from, but 2020 put a wee hurting on our overall inventory. We’ll do our best to find you something to get in the proper spirit of things.

You can watch the Robert Burns Supper here.

2020 Festival has been cancelled.


2446 Ft. Tuthill Loop
Flagstaff, AZ  86005

More information as it developes


Arizona Highland Celtic Festival - July 17 & 18, 2021
For information on these events, contact Jude at (928) 606-6327


One of the primary goals of the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is to contribute to our local community and to the greater Celtic community. We are proud to say that we have contributed over $120,000.00 since our inception. Scholarships for Celtic related studies are a major part of what we do. For more info about our scholarship program please visit the scholarship page on this site. Our contributions have benefitted many individuals as well as the following:

  • Arizona Highlanders Pipe Band
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • City of Flagstaff
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music
  • Flagstaff Light Opera Company
  • Flagstaff Public Library
  • Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Heritage Square Trust
  • Irish Cultural Center
  • KNAU Radio
  • Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band
  • New York Pipes and Drums
  • Northern Arizona Food Bank
  • Prescott Highland Games
  • Toys for Tots
  • Tucson Celtic Festival

Would you like to apply for one of our scholarships? If so, then download the scholarship form, fill it out and send it to us.

Helping NACHS

The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting and preserving Celtic culture. One of our primary goals is to support all things Celtic. By helping NACHS you can know that you contribute to making Celtic events happen as well as providing scholarships for others to pursue Celtic studies.

Help NACHS by making a donation.


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