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9/18/2013 – Celtic Arts Foundation receives $500,000 grant to build 3000 square foot  Littlefield Celtic Cultural Center in Mount Vernon.

7/8/2013 – All volunteers for the Skagit Valley Highland Games are invited to attend the Volunteer Orientation Meeting at Edgewater Park, this Thursday, July 11th, from 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm.

7/7/2013 – The Solo Piping and Drumming Competitor Order of Play for the Skagit Valley Highland Games has been posted on our website here.

THE GAMES WILL GO ON! The recent bridge closure on I-5 will be repaired in mid-June, according to local news sources. No worries about getting to the Skagit Valley Highland Games! There’s even free parking and free parking shuttles every 15 minutes! More info here (at bottom of page).

PS: Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation get in free!

5/20/2013 Advance tickets now available for the Skagit Valley Highland Games, July 13th and 14th, on our ticketing page here. CAF members get in free! We think of it as a kind of “Scottish 3-ring circus;’ with a wide range of activities for young and old alike, including featured music concerts, massed pipe bands, Heavy Athletics, Sheepdog Trials, the Children’s Tent, the Fiddle/Smallpipe Session Tent, The Harp Tent, the Culture Tent, the Whisky Tent, dancers and more! Whew! Lots to see and do!Dogs are welcome!

5/18/2013 The 10th Annual Scotchtasting Gala fundraiser helped to raise over $20,000 for Foundation operations! Many, many thank you’s to all CAF members, volunteers and friends for your loyal and generous support!

4/ 19-21/2013 – CAF volunteers and staff spotted at the Celtic Arts Foundation booth at the Tulip Festival Street Fair, Mount Vernon, WA.

3/27/2013 – Piping competitor, drumming competitor and athletic competitor registration forms available here on the CAF website.

3/15/2013 – Third annual St. Patricks Day “Ceilidh-bration” at Hillcrest Lodge.

2/1/2013 – Our Masters of Scottish Arts concert at Benaroya Hall was the very best one EVER! Video will be available on our concert page here.

1/26/2013 – 2/6/2013 – Two “off the charts” sessions of Winter School were thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff! Winter School info here. Also, check out Winter School pictures posted by students on our Celtic Arts Foundation page on Facebook.

12/9/2012 – The CAF, members, supporters and friends all CELEBRATE at the Skagit River Brewing Company with a fun-filled afternoon of food, music, dance and community!

12/5/2012 – Thanks to over 100 supporters, the CAF completes it’s Standing Stones Capital Campaign and raises $200,000 for the purchase of a new office building!

11/27/2012 – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced Celtic Arts Foundation grant award for $20,000.  Here is the NEA Press Release on the grant award.

11/1/2012 – We are at 85% of our fundraising goal! Come join us on Thursday, November 15th, at Skagit Station, in Mount Vernon, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm for cake, coffee, tea and an explanation of our new Celtic Cultural Center design plans, presented by HKP Architects.

10/1/2012 – The Celtic Arts Foundation closes on its first office building, in downtown Mount Vernon, WA.

10/4-7/2012 – The second annual Autumn Smallpipes Workshop was held at The Firs retreat center in Bellingham, featuring instructors, Fred Morrison and EJ Jones.

07/14-15/2012 – Our 18th annual Skagit Valley Highland Games were a huge hit! Over 10,000 people came and celebrated with us. We launched our Standing Stone Capital Campaign over the weekend!

06/10/2012 – Jenny’s Scottish Ale tapped in preparation for the Skagit Valley Highland Games.

05/07/2012 – The CAF booth will be at the Bellingham Highland Games (June 2nd and 3rd). Stop by and say hello!

05/01/2012 – Save the date reminder cards for the 9th Annual Scotch Tasting Gala sent out.

04/15/2012 - Vendor forms for the Skagit Valley Highland Games (July 14 & 15) are now available!

03/20/2012 – The Celtic Arts Foundation’s 15th Anniversary! Read the positive and encouraging feedback we received from our members/friends/supporters!

03/16/2012 – The CAF held it’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Ceilidh-bration. Attendance was up and folks had a great time enjoying excellent food and fantastic music!

02/4/2012 – 02/15/2012 – Celtic Arts Winter Schools, Session One for smallpipers and fiddlers and Session Two, for Highland pipers and drummers, were held at Seabeck Conference Center, in Seabeck, WA.

02/10/2012 – The Masters of Scottish Arts Concert, at Benaroya Hall, in Seattle, WA, was the best one yet! Photos and Video can be seen on our MSA page here.

01/28/2012 – The CAF holds its first Theo Chocolate and Scotch pairing event in Ballard, WA.

01/06/2012 – The CAF had great attendance at the Annual General Meeting in Mount Vernon, WA. The Foundation is strong and growing with lots of great support from our members!

11/30/2011 – Happy St. Andrew’s Day! Learn about who he was and why it’s the main national holiday of Scotland!

11/30/2011 - Deadline for receipt of Winter School scholarships applications.

11/16/2011 – the National Endowment for the Arts is recommending an award to our Celtic Arts Foundation in the form of a $15,000 grant for our 2012 programs!

11/12/2011 – Student, Alexander Schiele wins the 2011 US Junior Solo Piping Championship. Way to go Alexander!!

10/30/2011 – New, long-sleeve t-shirts with our new logo are available at our store.

10/15/2011 – Masters of Scottish Arts concert tickets at Benaroya Hall are available!

10/06/2011 – The October Smallpipe/Reelpipe program was a huge success! Thanks to all out students and instructors.

09/01/2011 – Registration forms and scholarship applications for Winter School 2012 now available!

08/31/2011 – New website goes live.

07/27/2011 – Website updated with 2012 dates and events. Planning for the October Smallpipes/Reelpipes Program is underway.

02/04/09 – Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies interview on KPLU. Click here to link to KPLU and hear the interview aired 02/04/09.

04-05/2008 – Piping Today article: Pipes and Drums in Seattle (reprinted with permission of Piping Today and The National Piping Centre in Scotland.

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