Bliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh (& Join us for Gaelic in 2016!)

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh – Happy New Year to you all!
And Happy Hogmanay!

Below are scenes from Hogmanay around Scotland from last year for you to enjoy. May all your fires burn brightly throughout the year.

Something to think about: Scottish customs of the new year contain messages that can be relevant to how we think about entering 2016. While bonfires celebrate the lengthening of daylight and thus the “return” of the sun, in our own lives, we can use fire to call forth the light and passion within each of us, calling us to be our best selves in the months to come. By our own candles or fires, we can decide what goals for spiritual and personal growth we will set for ourselves, and link ourselves to our heritage and ancestors.

Hogmanay piper

And even the ancient custom of first footing – the belief that a tall, dark, handsome stranger coming to your door the first thing after midnight of the New Year brings good fortune to the household. The idea of first footing is that the first person who comes through your door indicates the character of your New Year. On the one hand, by offering hospitality to the visitor you begin your year with a generosity of spirit. On the other hand, we can  consciously choose what we admit through the front door, then open that door with great intention and greet it!

Hogamanay first footing

The joys and gifts of life lie in the world we open our doors to.

Am bi thu a’ dèanamh amas na Bliadhna Ùire gu ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig ann an 2016? Ceangail sinn!

Will you make a New Year resolution to learn Gaelic in 2016? Join us! The next Gaelic class is 6 January. Click here for the full schedule.

A typical Baltimore Gaelic School céilidh and class:

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New Name and New Location with the New Year

Càirdean,

Our little study group has grown so much over the last year that we decided we are now a bit more than a study group.  Consequently, we announce a change in our name from the Baltimore Gaelic Study Group

TO:

Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir

(The Gaelic School of Baltimore)

Teacher Scott Morrison recites “Ceithir Gaothan na h-Albann” (The Four Winds of Scotland) by Deòrsa Mac Iain Dheòrsa (George Campbell Hay)

ALSO:
As previously announced, we have a new location effective 13 January 2016.  We will be holding classes at the new Center for Neighborhoods at 10 E. North Avenue.  It’s fantastic to be just a block away from the Alehouse.  However, we have only one more class in the hidden recesses of Liam Flynn’s Alehouse that has been our home.

We’ll still gather at the Alehouse before and after classes, BUT

JOIN US FOR OUR FAREWELL TO THE ALEHOUSE CLASS:
Wednesday, 6 January 2016
6
:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Liam Flynn’s Alehouse, 22 West North Avenue.

$10 per class The text we will be using is Teach Yourself Complete Gaelic by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor  If you do not have the text yet and want to attend, don’t worry about the book, just come!

We are also using lessons from Taic.

All are welcome.  Classes are designed for beginners, but intermediate level speakers can be integrated in as well at their own level.
 
Check the schedule below for the 2016 schedule.  Hope you will join us.

Next Gaelic Class is 23 December – PLUS New Location in 2016

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Càirdean,

THE NEXT GAELIC CLASS IN BALTIMORE IS:
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
6
:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Liam Flynn’s Alehouse, 22 West North Avenue.

$10 per class The text we will be using is Teach Yourself Complete Gaelic by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor  If you do not have the text yet and want to attend, don’t worry about the book, just come!

We are also using lessons from Taic.

All are welcome.  Classes are designed for beginners, but intermediate level speakers can be integrated in as well at their own level.

NOW, SOME NEW AND GREAT NEWS!
We let everyone know previously that the class would have to change its location in 2016 and leave Liam Flynn’s Alehouse.  We very much wanted to remain in Station North so everyone could still enjoy the Alehouse before or after class (or both!).  Just recently we learned that the new Center for Neighborhoods at 10 E. North Avenue will accommodate us.  It’s fantastic to be just a block away from the Alehouse.
The last class at the Alehouse will be 6 January 2015, but  it’s fantastic to move just a block away.
Check the schedule below for the 2016 schedule.  Hope you will join us.