2013 Immersion Weekend, Phoenix AZ

2013 Immersion Weekend, Phoenix AZ, April 18-21, 2013

Ceud Mìle Fàilte
gu Arizona!
(100,000 Welcomes
to Arizona!)
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An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA) is pleased to be jointly sponsoring its 16th Annual Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend with the The Caledonian Society of Arizona (www.arizonascots.com). This will be the second ACGA Immersion Weekend held in Arizona, after a highly successful event last year in Flagstaff. The dates are April 18-21, 2013. A summary of the schedule is shown below.

The immersion weekend is a unique opportunity for learners of Scottish Gaelic to come together with more advanced and native speakers in both a classroom setting and informal gatherings. Whether you are a new learner with no experience or an advanced speaker, the immersion weekend will provide opportunities to speak Gaelic in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

We’ll likely have informal afternoon, or at least evening events on arrival day, Thursday, April 18th. We’ll have a full schedule of classes, workshops, and special events all day on Friday and Saturday, and morning sessions on Sunday, April 21. Extracurricular activities will include an evening events (banquet, ceilidh) on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Our Teachers


Advanced Class: Michael Mackay began studying Scottish Gaelic in 1997 and has become fluent through the help of ACGA-sponsored events and through the teachers and native speakers he has met through the organization.  He has appeared on the BBC Radio nan Gaidheal station for occasional news interviews on Aithris na Maidne and the Coinneach Mòr program, and contributes to the Internet podcast program Gaelcast, together with Liam Cassidy and Ed Bradshaw.  Michael has been teaching Gaelic to students across the country, both on behalf of ACGA and via Skype on the Internet. We’re especially proud of him, though, for his second-place finish in the Traditional Singing competition at the 2011 Royal National Mòd of Scotland.

Intermediate Class: Muriel Fisher has brought the Gaelic language into the lives of more than a thousand students using her lively style of teaching. She is a native speaker from the Isle of Skye, who founded the Tucson Gaelic Institute in 1983 and developed her own two year Gaelic language learning program — available on Amazon. Currently she teaches at the University of Arizona and at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s summer short course program. Muriel conducts classes online, as well. She works with the Linguistics Department at the University of Arizona on a National Science Foundation grant studying the intricacies of Gaelic. You may also hear her from time to time on BBC Reidio nan Gaidheal.

Beginning Class: Scott Morrison has been studying Gaelic for over eight years. His teachers have included: Nick Freer, Liam Cassidy, Michael MacKay, Angus MacLeod (of Cape Breton), and Gillebride MacMillan (of South Uist).

Mr. Morrison has been teaching Gaelic through the Atlantic Gaelic Academy for the past three years and has been teaching his four children Gaelic since he started learning. He also taught at this event last year. An accomplished musician, Mr. Morrison teaches percussion and Celtic Traditional music in his studio called Rimshots. In particular, he teaches the Bodhràn, the Tin Whistle, the Bones, and the Spoons. Mr. Morrison also sings many Gaelic songs (learned from Gillebride) and won the men’s traditional singing contest in the US National Mòd in 2011. Mr. Morrison has also won numerous awards at previous Mòds for Gaelic poetry writing, poetry recitation, and story telling including the coveted Argyll Cup for outstanding scholarship three times.

Our Venue:

Classes and workshops will be at the Irish Cultural Center. This pleasant building is the center of culture for all of the Celtic organizations in Phoenix.

Irish Cultural Center, Phoenix

The Irish Cultural Center
1106 North Central Avenue
Phoenix Arizona 85004

Our Official Residence Hotel:

It is recommended that attendees book rooms at the Phoenix Place Hotel & Suites. We have arranged special group rates here, and transportation will be provided between this hotel and the classes and other events. Call 602-604-4906 to reserve a room. Ask for the ACGA Gaelic Weekend rate ($79/room/night, multiple occupancy allowed). Contact the Registrar (see below) if you would like help finding a roommate.

 Phoenix Place Hotel & Suites

The Phoenix Place Hotel & Suites
3600 North 2nd Ave Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Phone: 602.604.4900
Toll Free: 800.726.9969
Fax: 602.604.4901

The hotel website (http://www.phoenixplacehotel.com/) also contains useful information about local attractions, events, transportation, etc.

Event Schedule

Attendees should arrange to arrive the afternoon or evening of Thursday, April 18. We will have some sort of informal evening event on Thursday for those who arrive early enough. Classes will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning, and workshops on Friday and Saturday afternoons. There will be a ceilidh on Friday evening, and a banquet/ceilidh on Saturday evening.

The banquet on Saturday will be provided by the Caledonian Society.

We will be offering workshops on Friday and Saturday on Scottish History, Ceilidh Dance, Celtic percussion and Gaelic song which will be open to the public.

Registering for the Event

You’ll find the registration form, including all costs and special arrangements, here.

For Additional Information

For other information about the event, the venue, the local area, etc., contact either of:

Materials Available for 26th ACGA Mòd

Register to receive materials for the 26th ACGA Mòd by PayPal.

The Mòd materials are ready! Register now for ACGA’s 26th annual U.S. Mòd, to be held in Ligonier, PA on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd 2013. Your registration will get you all the songs required for you to compete in the Mòd in September. The materials are also provided for the mail-in Mòd, for those who want to try their skills at the written word! Please go to http://usmod.wordpress.com for further information and updates on the Mòd. We are very pleased that our adjudicator this year will be Catrìona Parsons from Lewis and Cape Breton!

You may register for these mod materials using PayPal or a credit card by going to http://payments.acgamerica.org.

Once we receive your registration we’ll email you with the link to the Mòd materials and the password to get in and download the sound files and documents.

We’ll also keep you on a mailing list to send you updates about the Mòd, including the forms needed to book rooms at the Antiochian Village, where we stay for the Mòd weekend each year, and for the Mòd banquet choices, as well as the most important thing – what competitions you’ll be doing! Please come register for the Mòd, take part, and help keep the wonderful tradition of Gaelic song and prose alive!

2012 U.S. National Mòd Information Available

The 25th Annual U.S. National Mòd is fast approaching – Sept. 21-23 in Ligonier, PA. Registration forms for lodging, the banquet/cèilidh, etc. are available here. The U.S. National Mòd will welcome two Hebridean Gold Medal-winning Gaelic singers this year, Catrìona Watt of Lewis and Glasgow and Niall Campbell of Benbecula.  Our adjudicator this year is Beathag Mhoireasdan from the Isle of Lewis.

Please come and help us celebrate our 25th Mòd in beautiful Ligonier, Pennsylvania!  Fill out the forms and mail them to:

Mike Mackay, Registrar
3860 Dumfries Road
Catlett, VA 20119

Any questions can be forwarded to Mike at mackay@progeny.net  We’ll see you at the Mòd!

Mail-In Mòd is a Special Opportunity

a Chàirdean ionmhainn,

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the US Mòd, and we have many special additions to the Mòd for this event, including a choir and even an art competition! This very important Mòd will mark an expanded presence of Gaelic song and story in the US, and we will be highlighting the strength of our efforts as supporters of the language and culture of our forbearers.

Because of this, the Mòd committee would like to invite all of you spending time and resources to learn Gaelic, to take part in our Mòd in any way you can! We’d also like to be able to show and promote just how many people here in the States are working diligently to acquire or recapture their Gaelic heritage, and one way is to represent yourselves at the Mòd, which is reported back to Scotland by the guests we invite, as well as the media, who we hope to have represented this year at the event in Ligonier.

Therefore, we’d like to extend an invitation to all of you to use this opportunity to enter the mail-in competition, try your hand at some translations and readings, and even composition of poetry if you would like. This will give you, as a learner, a goal to strive for, some challenging work, and adjudication and feedback on your progress in the language.

To sign up, please go to the web page http://payments.acgamerica.org to submit a paypal registration. You will be shown where and how to get the Mòd materials after your registration. Additional information can be found at http://usmod.wordpress.com/mod-bulletin-an-cuairtear-ceolmhor/.

Thanks for your time, and a big thank-you for all your hard work in supporting Gàidhlig in all the ways you do. Even if you cannot attend the Mòd in person or through the mail, the work you all do is noticed and appreciated here and in Scotland, where the native speakers and leaders of organizations like An Comunn Gàidhealach continue to be impressed by the dedication shown by our efforts.

Leis gach deagh dhùrachd,

Mike M, comataidh a’ Mhòid

Bonnie Kilt & Hose Raffle for 25th Anniversary ACGA Mòd

It is the 25th Anniversary of the US National Gaelic Mòd in 2012! Certainly something worth celebrating! You may have already heard about the first ever fundraising concert held during March in Alexandria, VA (http://usmod.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/singing-for-the-mod/).
There is another fundraising effort underway with a “Bonnie Kilt and Hose Raffle”.
Here are the details! (See below for other ways to help get the word out.)


The prizes:
1 Custom Kilt (up to 8 yds from any stock medium weight tartan from DC Dalgliesh, Marton Mills, Strathmore, House of Edgar or Lochcarron)
Kilt by Bonnie Heather Greene – http://www.bonniekilts.com/1 Custom pair of Argyle Kilt Hose to match any tartan.
Hose by Kathy Park of Bonnie Toes – http://www.bonnietoes.com/The kilt and hose do not have to be a set.
Drawing will be held at the Mòd Ceilidh at the Ligonier Highland Games, Sept 22, 2012.
You need not be present to win. Shipping outside of the US is included.Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25, or 6 for $50. Online ticket sales are available here: http://payments.acgamerica.org/!
By mail, please make check payable to ACGA and send to Kathy Park, 228 2nd Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460 and your ticket stubs will be sent
back to you!
Other ways to help!
-Join/Share/Invite the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/203781406409858/
-Post, share, and print the attached flyer.
-If you are representing ACGA at a Scottish games, or are a member of another Scottish society and would like to help by selling tickets directly contact Kathy (kathy@fastmail.net) and she will send you tickets to sell (along with instructions).
Thanks for your support in helping to make the US National Mòd extra special this year for the 25th Anniversary!