New News on the Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

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Space for overnight participants in
Gàidhlig
 san Taigh-sholais (Gaelic in the Lighthouse) is now full.

Effective 5 March 2019 we are accepting only:

  1. Registrations from those who can commute to and from the site.  The full course of study and all meals are available to commuters.  If you would like to attend and can commute, please use the normal registration form and note on it that you will commute. Click here for the registration form.
  2. Single day registrations from those wishing to attend the Saturday session only.  While we prefer to have participants take part in the entire weekend of sessions, we have made this option available because of the interest in the program. Meals on Saturday are included. Doors open on Saturday at 8:00 am.  The Saturday-only session is $60 per person. If you would like to attend Saturday only, please use the normal registration form and note on it that the registration is for Saturday only. Click here for the registration form.
  3. Names of people who wish to be put on a waiting list for any overnight space that may open should a current registrant have to drop out.  These spaces will be offered on a first come first served basis. To have your name put on the waiting list, please write to sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

Click here for a full description of the immersion weekend.

Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais
(Gaelic in the Lighthouse)

A Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

DihAoine, 31mh An Céitean – DiDòmhnaich, 2na An t-Òg-mhìos 2019
Friday, 31 May – Sunday, 2 June 2019
Cove Point Lighthouse in Lusby, Maryland
Pre-registration is necessary
Beginner and Intermediate tracks

Use and grow your Gàidhlig language skills within a community setting

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Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais: A Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

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Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais
(Gaelic in the Lighthouse)

A Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

DihAoine, 31mh An Céitean – DiDòmhnaich, 2na An t-Òg-mhìos 2019
Friday, 31 May – Sunday, 2 June 2019
Cove Point Lighthouse in Lusby, Maryland
Pre-registration is necessary
Click here for the registration form

Beginner and Intermediate tracks

Use and grow your Gàidhlig language skills within a community setting

On a spit of land at the narrowest part of the Chesapeake Bay in full view of the Calvert Cliffs we will form our own little temporary Gàidhlig-speaking community as we learn together in a beautiful setting. The immersion weekend is only two days, but it will be packed and we  hope you leave having had an extraordinary experience that strengthens the Gaelic you use at home.

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The weekend will include interactive learning, dialogue, workshops and possibly a field trip.  You will be speaking Gaelic in a variety of settings: workshops, meals, singing, walks outside, and casual home-style gatherings. Study will focus on grammar and conversational skills, punctuated by discussions on the underlying beauty of the language, and promote correct pronunciation, proper idiom, and development of vocabulary.  Our aim is to foster conversational ability and fluency, so the focus is on contemporary Gaelic, as used in modern-day daily life.

The setting is incomparable, Each day you will wake to and spend your day right next to the Chesapeake Bay and one of the many historic lighthouses that have been so important to the maritime culture of the area.

An Làrach/The Site

The oldest continuously operated lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, Cove Point Lighthouse was built in 1828.  It sits on seven acres right next to the Chesapeake Bay with a view of Calvert Cliffs.  Still fully operational electronically, it is now part of the Calvert Marine Museum.  The immersion session will be based in the keeper’s house. The site is fenced and has beach access. Some tourists may be on the grounds as the lighthouse is open to the public from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm each day.

An Luchd-teagaisg/The teachers

Scott MacIlleMhoire (Morrison)  For more information about Scott, click here.

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Liam Ó Caiside  For more information about Liam, click here.

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Cisean teagaisg ‘s ro-chlàradh/Tuition & Registration

Tuition is $80 per person.  The cost of the weekend per person is much higher, but we are committed to making study accessible to as many as possible and are applying for funding to underwrite the rest of the costs.

The tuition includes lodging, all study materials, and the following meals: Friday night light fare; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast.  We encourage you to bring any other beverages, snacks, and foodstuffs you may need.

One-half of the tuition ($40) must be paid at the time of reservation.  The remaining $40 must be paid by 1 May 2019.

To register:

  • Fill out the registration form by clicking here. Once you are registered we may have additional questions to help us place you in the right learning track.
  • Make your payment(s) by check or money order.  Make the check out to Scott Morrison, note that it is for “Immersion Weekend”, and mail it to 7824 Butterfield Drive, Elkridge, Maryland 21075. 
  • If you have any other question please email us at sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

Àiteachan-fuirich/Accommodations

Originally a 1 ⅓-story house, the lighthouse keeper’s house was enlarged to a 2 ½-story duplex in 1925 to accommodate two keepers and their families.  Each side of the house contains three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half-bath, a kitchen, a dining room, and a living room with a pull-out sofa. Participants will have limited use of the refrigerators.  Washer dryers on each side are available for use.

Beds will be allotted on a first come first serve basis and by need.  After the beds are distributed other registrants may end up with air mattresses. So, reserve your space early.

Mion-fhios eile/Other Details

Check in:  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm on Friday, 31 May 2019
Check out: 11 am on Sunday, 2 June 2019
Pets: Per the regulations of our rental contract, no pets that are not registered service animals are allowed.
Swimming: The waters off of Cove Point have a RIP TIDE and no lifeguard on duty. You may not swim in the water. The beach is for combing for sharks teeth, sun bathing, etc. but NOT swimming.
Children: Please note that there are no learning tracks set specifically for children in this program, nor will there be childcare or children’s activities.
Meals: Tuition includes Friday night light fare; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast.  We encourage you to bring any other beverages, snacks, and foodstuffs you may need.
Alcohol:  B.D.A.F. (Beir an Deoch-làidir Agad Fhèin)
Céilidh on Saturday night: Bring your instruments, songs, poems, and stories.
If you have questions concerning logistics, or about the Gàidhlig language or the curriculum, write to us at sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com

Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd dhuibh!

Winter Greetings to all

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Geamhradh Brèagha agus
Bliadhna Mhath Ùr air a h-uile duine
 
(A Beautiful Winter and
a Happy New Year to everyone)
Guma math a dh’éireas dhuibh le Bliadhna Ùir
agus a bhith blàth fad a’ gheamhraidh.
Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd dhuibh.

November Céilidh! Thigibh ann cuide ruinn!

Sunday, 18 November
DiDòmhnaich, 18mh An t-Samhain
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tri uairean feasgar – Sia uairean feasgar
We will be in a private home in Towson. Directions provided upon RSVP.

Tha am foghar ann a bheireas an samhradh gu crìch agus a dh’fhosglas an geamhradh. (The autumn is here which brings the summer to an end and opens the winter.)

Thigibh ann cuide ruinn! (Join us!)

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Aig a’ chèilidh (At the céilidh)

  • Gaelic Immersion session – Build your Gaelic through conversation.
  • A History of Halloween – A presentation and discussion by Scott MacIlleMhoire (Morrison) on the lore, origins, and history of what we today call Halloween.
  • Sharing of songs, stories, music, and poetry  – Learn some songs as we sing together and bring your own tunes, poems, stories or songs to share (in Gaelic or otherwise).  Some will reflect the time of year and the Gaelic traditions of the season.

Our céilidhean are rooted in the traditional Highland céilidh as an intimate, informal gathering where stories, poems, songs, news, and more are shared; good food and drink are partaken of; and the craic is always good.

If you are interested in Gaelic culture and language, we would love for you to come.  You do not have to be a participant in any of our study groups (though you are very welcome to join).  We will be practicing our Gaelic, but everyone will feel comfortable, whether you have any Gaelic or not.

Please RSVP to richard.gwynallen@gmail.com

Chì sinn uile aig a’ chèilidh sibh! (We’ll see you all at the cèilidh)

Join us for our autumn céilidh – 28 October

Cèilidh Oidhche Shamhna

Sunday, 28 October
DiDòmhnaich, 28mh An Dàmhair
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tri uairean feasgar – Sia uairean feasgar
We will be in a private home in Towson. Directions provided upon RSVP.

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Tha am foghar ann a bheireas an samhradh gu crìch agus a dh’fhosglas an geamhradh. (The autumn is here which brings the summer to an end and opens the winter.)

A new year in the Celtic calendar is upon us, and we are gathering with song, story, food, and drink to welcome Oidhche Shamhna (Halloween/Eve of November) in the warm, convivial environment.

Thigibh ann cuide ruinn! (Join us!)

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Aig a’ chèilidh (At the céilidh)

  • Gaelic Immersion session – Build your Gaelic through conversation
  • A History of Halloween – A presentation and discussion by Scott MacIlleMhoire (Morrison) on the lore, origins, and history of what we today call Halloween. What could be better as we approach Oidhche Shamhna and the veil between the worlds is thinnest?
  • Sharing of songs, stories, music, and poetry  – Learn some songs as we sing together and bring your own tunes, poems, stories or songs to share (in Gaelic or otherwise).  Some will reflect the time of year and the Gaelic traditions of the season.

Our céilidhean are rooted in the traditional Highland céilidh as an intimate, informal gathering where stories, poems, songs, news, and more are shared; good food and drink are partaken of; and the craic is always good.

If you are interested in Gaelic culture and language, we would love for you to come.  You do not have to be a participant in any of our study groups (though you are very welcome to join).  We will be practicing our Gaelic, but everyone will feel comfortable, whether you have any Gaelic or not.

Please RSVP to richard.gwynallen@gmail.com

Chì sinn uile aig a’ chèilidh sibh! (We’ll see you all at the cèilidh)

Oidhche Shamhna Shona Dhuibh
Happy Halloween to you all
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New Beginner Class in Scottish Gaelic Forming

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Sgoil Gàidhlig and Gàidhlig Photomac joint learning session at Carderock Recreation Area

A number of people approached our language tent at festivals this summer expressing interest in classes. In response, Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir (The Baltimore Scottish Gaelic School), is forming a new class of start-up students.  Always wanted to learn Gaelic? Now is your chance.  At this point we are recruiting. A schedule for the class will be set once we have determined interest.

Interested in what others in our community say about their path to learning Gaelic?  Check out the interviews at Gaels on the Chesapeake.

The classes are held once every two weeks for 1 and 1/2 hours each on Skype.  All the information regarding the classes, the schedule, and registering can be found here.

The new academic year calendar can be viewed here.  You can see that we group each ”unit” into three classes and the year runs across eight of these ”cycles” of classes.  All class materials can be obtained through a google file sharing process (except for the book which must be purchased separately).  We also have 6 levels of syllabi: New Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Advanced 1, and Advanced 2.  Each level runs one complete academic year.

As a Sgoil Gàidhlig student, you’ll also have access to many events planned for the near future including:
  • an immersion weekend
  • a language village experience at the local Celtic festivals
  • a music/poetry competition
  • ceilidhs directly tied into the syllabus
  • off-week conversation practice sessions, directly tied to the syllabus
Please join us, learn some Gaelic and become part of a unique community that we are building here in the Baltimore area (living IN the Baltimore area NOT required!! 🙂
If you have any questions about the curriculum, please write to Scott Morrison at sammallets@gmail.com.  If you have questions about registration, please write to Rick Gwynallen at richard.gwynallen@gmail.com.

Le gach deagh dhùrachd (With all good regards),