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Cranking up!

June’s full Schedule When we actually slow down a bit and look around – boy is there A LOT going on!  The Celtic Arts Foundation hosted its annual Scotch-tasting gala fundraising event last Saturday (number 9, for those counting) with seventy-five people attending.  The final tally showed we

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Supporting an idea

Events and calendars—that’s what makes our world go around!  Starting with a Robert Burns dinner featuring the not-quite-yet world champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in 1991, a small group of us worked to create the first ever Skagit Valley Highland Games here in Mount Vernon in

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Alexander Schiele wins US Junior Piping Championship!

– by Skye K. Richendrfer Congratulations to our friend and longtime Winter School participant, Alexander Schiele, on his triumphant success winning the US Junior solo piping Championship on Saturday, November 12th!  The competition was held in Pittsburg, PA, and over the past few years, players from thePacific

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Autumn Smallpipes Workshop in Bellingham, WA USA

– by Skye K. Richendrfer The American president Harry S. Truman once said “it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”  As an organization in the teaching “business,” it may appear self-serving to expound on the virtues of learning in the context of the

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A Social Piping Model

– by Skye K. Richendrfer  “You play how you practice,” is an old saying in the competitive sports world. Through repetition, competition and experience, the story goes, “learning” occurs—success follows and with it, confidence, and perhaps the ability to play bagpipes at a high level while staying

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Get Reel!

One of the things that sets us apart as an organization is keeping our programming and events current and aligned with student and member interests.  Over the past three years, we’ve added an entire new Winter School Session for Smallpipes with two instructors, increased the fiddle faculty

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Alasdair Gillies in memoriam

Alasdair Gillies in memoriam

– by Skye K. Richendrfer He would start to laugh, and the shoulders would shake until his entire body seemed to effuse joy.  It was the same with his piping; when Alasdair Gillies started playing a 2/4 march, his music would engulf and envelop you—probably the best

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Winter School 2012 Expansion

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50 Cents a Lesson, Practice, and Stick with It

Hello and welcome to the new Celtic Arts Foundation blog! We’re excited to expand our web presence to include this forum for stories, videos, music, and, in particular, more interaction with you, our members and fans. This blog is not only about our stories, but about yours

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