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Littlefield Celtic Center

1124 Cleveland Ave, Mt. Vernon, WA

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1-(360)-416-4934

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Upcoming Events

Irish Music Session

Irish/Celtic

Join the Celtic Arts Foundation for our monthly Irish music session! This event is free and open to the public. Musicians and audience members alike are welcome. Please visit celticarts.org for more information on instruments, music, and session guidelines.

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• Sun 8/20/17 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celtic Genealogy Info Session

Class/Workshop

The Celtic Arts Foundation is pleased to partner with the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society for this exciting Celtic Genealogy Info Session! Have you always wondered if you have Scottish or Irish ancestors? Perhaps you do but haven’t quite figured out how to go about researching your Celtic roots. Join us on Saturday, September 16th from 10:00AM-3:00PM and learn more about the resources that exist in our community and beyond for researching Celtic heritage, including understanding different website subscriptions, DNA testing, local research options, and more! Participants will enjoy a day structured in five different segments. First, we will begin with an Introduction to Genealogy, going over the basics of how to do research, including recording information, questions to ask known relatives, and paper vs. digital record keeping. Next, we will transition into performing Celtic research in particular. Participants will learn about Irish and Scottish records and sources, some background on history and religion, and where to find online and “snail mail” records. After a one-hour lunch break, participants will receive information on websites, including what sites exist, free vs. paid subscriptions, and handouts on sites that are helpful for Celtic research. Finally, the day will conclude with information about DNA testing. Find out which DNA sites provide helpful information, which ones work best to find cousins, and how to interpret one’s ethnicity results. This info session will be presented by Barbara Gorham Johnson of the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society. Barbara has been researching her family tree for over 20 years and has taught Beginning Genealogy classes, How to Organize One’s Research, and DNA And Genealogy for several genealogy societies and other programs. She has a degree in Microbiology, has done research at the University of Washington, taught science with the Pacific Science Center, and is a retired Park Ranger. She lives in Mount Vernon and is a member of the Celtic Arts Foundation. Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation save 20% on tickets to this event! To receive the discount code, please call 360-416-4934 or email events@celticarts.org. Not a member? Join or renew today! Participants have the option of purchasing a boxed lunch to be brought to the Littlefield Celtic Center. Lunches include a generously sized deli sandwich, chips, pickle, cookie, and water bottle. For students who would like to take advantage of this option but have dietary restrictions, we ask that you please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org with your requests at least two weeks prior to the event. The Littlefield Celtic Center is conveniently located in downtown Mount Vernon and within walking distance to a number of restaurants for those who choose not to purchase a boxed lunch. We are pleased to provide participants with discounted lodging at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn. For instructions on how to take advantage of this discounted rate, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org. Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page. 

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• Sat 9/16/17 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Fred Morrison Concert

Irish/Celtic

Join us for a night of incredible piping with the world famous Fred Morrison! This event has historically sold out very quickly. We recommend purchasing tickets early! Fred Morrison returns to the Littlefield Celtic Center on Saturday, September 30th at 7:00pm for another spectacular performance! One of the world’s most skilled and celebrated pipers, Morrison’s mastery of the great Highland bagpipes, reelpipes, Uillean pipes, and low whistle is evident through his technical virtuoso and captivating stage presence. A living legend in the Celtic music world, Morrison’s music is firmly rooted in the tradition of the Hebridean islands of Scotland while also boldly exploring the technical and creative boundaries of Celtic music. He has developed a distinct and renowned signature sound in the piping community, and has won nearly all of the international prizes in the piping world. His exceptional talents and expressive style are immediately evident in his adventurous music.  His performances feature mostly his own original compositions, and whether a haunting slow air or an incredibly difficult reel or jig played with breakneck speed and skilled precision, Fred’s mastery of his instruments is completely apparent Celtic Arts Foundation members are offered a $5 discount per ticket from the regular purchase price of $30.  Not a member?  You can fix that easily enough on the membership page of our website (and help support all the things we do!). Please contact us at events@Celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 to receive the promotional discount code. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30PM. Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation enjoy discounted lodging at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn. For instructions on taking advantage of this discount, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at (360)416-4934 or events@celticarts.org. Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

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• Sat 9/30/17 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gaelic Language & Song Workshop

Class/Workshop

Join us on Saturday, October 14th for our Gaelic Language and Song Workshop! After the fantastic success of our first Gaelic Language and Song Workshop in April, we are pleased to announce that we will now have bi-annual Gaelic workshops at the Littlefield Celtic Center! Instructors Stacey Giermann and Rich Hill from Seattle-based Slighe nan Gaidheal have a great workshop planned to help beginners speak–and sing!–in Gaelic before the end of the day. This is a wonderful continuation for those who attended in April, complete with new content and vocabulary as well as refreshers, but is also completely suitable for first-time visitors with no previous experience with Gaelic. The workshop is designed as a beginning course for newcomers to the language; all levels of language learners are welcome, however. Participants will start the day with a quick introduction to what Scottish Gaelic is and a bit of the language’s history. Background information will help students wrap their minds (and tongues) around words that look like a jumble of letters, focusing on pronunciation and basic vocabulary. Students will begin talking with basic, beginning conversational games. After a lunch break, studetns will then learn about various types of Gaelic songs, including Puirt, waulking, laments, and more, as well as their purpose and significance in Celtic culture. Song sheets and pronunciation guides will be provided for students to sing along. Instructors will demonstrate each song and then teach it line-by-line. Recording devices are encouraged to assist students in later practice. This is sure to be another fascinating and fun workshop for those who want to learn more about Celtic culture and the Gaelic language! Stacey Giermann is a Gaelic language coach and speech teacher, and Rich Hill has 25 years of experience teaching Gaelic. Both have studied with some of the best Gaelic teachers and singers in the industry. CAF members may recognize Stacey and Rich from some of the events they have sung at, including the Traditional Scottish Breakfast. Students have the option of purchasing a boxed lunch option provided at the Littlefield Celtic Center for convenience. Lunches include a generously sized deli sandwich, chips, cookie, and bottled water. Please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 at least 10 days before the event if you would like to take advantage of this option but have specific dietary restrictions in order for us to investigate alternatives and make special arrangements if possible. The Littlefield Celtic Center is within walking distance from several dining options in downtown Mount Vernon. Workshop participants are able to take advantage of discounted lodging at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn. For more information on how to take advantage of this discount, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org. Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

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• Sat 10/14/17 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM