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Celtic Center Construction 2014

Amazing building progress in 2014 When we kicked off fundraising for our building project at the Celtic Arts Foundation Scotch-tasting Gala in May of 2012, we honestly had no idea that it would turn into such a huge project.  So many people have helped us along the

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Littlefield Celtic Center Construction Update

by Skye K. Richendrfer, December 15, 2014 More than once this holiday season, I’ve had occasion to reflect on the fact that we started this project in May of 2012, with the strong desire to find a permanent office space.  At the Celtic Arts Foundation Scotch-tasting held

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Paying it forward! CAF Winter School Scholarship awarded to US Soldier

by Skye K. Richendrfer, September 18, 2014 Of the many positive things that go on here at the Celtic Arts Foundation, I’d have to admit that my favorite is when a student donates to a CAF scholarship fund; “paying it forward,” if you will.  A great example

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Winter School 2014 Survey Results

So What Did You Think? by Skye K. Richendrfer, March 13, 2014 The post-Winter School surveys were sent out to 99 participants, and 73 folks responded.  So right off the bat, having such strong response is a terrific indicator of how strongly people feel about WinterSchool!  I

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The Spirit of Giving

by Skye K. Richendrfer, November 14, 2013 We have spent the better part of the past 18 months actively engaged in raising funds for the new Littlefield Celtic Cultural Center (LCCC) here in Mount Vernon, WA. Along the way, I’ve been amazed by the generosity of so

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Overhead by Skye K. Richendrfer, October 20, 2013 “Overhead” seems like such an unglamorous label to affix to my roll at the Celtic Arts Foundation (CAF).  But no matter how you slice it—that’s me.  While it is true that my work might be more eloquently explained as

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Jeremiah MacKay Memorial Scholarship Announced

Jeremiah MacKay Memorial Scholarship Announced by Skye K. Richendrfer, May 3, 2013 It is an all too sad and familiar story; a deranged killer in a single moment performs some heinous act, leaving behind devastated family, friends and loved ones.  By all accounts, San Bernardino County Sheriff

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But what difference will it make?

– by Skye K. Richendrfer As a fundraiser, the truth is you have to develop something of a thick skin, as seeking financial support for big projects is something like driving the “bi-polar express!”  Sure there are incredible ups when that “ask” is responded to with a

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Inspired by genius

“You go too fast, you go too fast!” exclaimed F. Murray Abraham in his character of Antonio Salieri, while taking musical dictation from Mozart.  It’s a powerful scene from the movie Amadeus for a couple of reasons; first Mozart (as played by Tom Hulce) is on his

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Celtic Arts building for the future

The Standing Stones Campaign If you’ve been to Ireland or Great Britain, you’ve probably seen Celtic standing stones—either in dramatic groups like at Stonehenge, or as solitary sentinels standing vigil over the countryside.  So as plans took  shape late this spring for the Celtic Arts Foundation to

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