Monday, January 16, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy!

It's a busy week here at the College!  Our Highland Pub Night, our annual Robbie Burns Fundraising Gala and a weekend of band practices!  I am exhausted just thinking about it!

Linda with her second place medal

Congratulations to Linda Robertson! Linda took second place in the Grade 3 MSR contest at the Midwest Highland Arts Fund Winter Storm contest in Kansas City this past weekend! Linda takes Skype lessons every week all the way from Bakersfied, California with the College's Principal, James MacHattie! Well done, Linda!


Our Highland Pub Night taking place here this Friday (January 20) at the College of Piping. Doors open at 6:30pm and all the fun will start at 7:15pm. There is a $10.00 cover charge. The night’s entertainment will be provided by the extremely talented Courtney Hogan and Keelin Wedge as well as College of Piping students and instructors. Come out for a toe tapping evening of fun, friendship and great music!


On Saturday (January 21st) we will be celebrating all things Robert Burns! The reception will begin at 6:30 pm with a traditional Robbie Burns Roast Beef Dinner at 7:00 pm. Entertainment will be provided by the faculty and the extremely talented students of the College of Piping. Tickets are $100.00 per person with a $75.00 tax receipt. There is limited seating available so get your tickets early. A complimentary shuttle service from Charlottetown to Summerside and return is available. This is the main fundraiser for The College of Piping so your support is appreciated to help us get through the year. As a non-profit organization, we are always looking for new and creative ways to raise the funds that will enable us to continue to provide educational programs, encourage students to learn and grow in their disciplines, and offer continued growth in the Celtic Performing Arts.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Finally, It's Friday!



Don't forget that there is a livestream today of the Winter Storm contest in Kansas City! It is brought to you free by Dojo University BUT donations are being accepted and encouraged to help with this endeavor. Good luck to all of the competitors today--especially to the College's students who are there taking part. Tomorrow night's concert will also be livestreamed. Here is the link to the livestream: https://livestream.com/dojouniversity/mhaf2017 and here is the link to the order of play for today's events: https://mhaf.org/2017-contest-order-play-announced/. Happy listening!


Next weekend is a big one here at the College! Friday night (January 20th) we have our Highland Pub Night which is taking place here at the College of Piping. Doors open at 6:30pm and all the fun will start at 7:15pm. There is a $10.00 cover charge. The night’s entertainment will be provided by the extremely talented Courtney Hogan and Keelin Wedge as well as College of Piping students and instructors. Come out for a toe tapping evening of fun, friendship and great music!


On Saturday (January 21st) we will then be celebrating all things Robert Burns! The reception will begin at 6:30 pm with a traditional Robbie Burns Roast Beef Dinner at 7:00 pm. Entertainment will be provided by the faculty and the extremely talented students of the College of Piping. Tickets are $100.00 per person with a $75.00 tax receipt. There is limited seating available so get your tickets early. A complimentary shuttle service from Charlottetown to Summerside and return is available. This is the main fundraiser for The College of Piping so your support is appreciated to help us get through the year. As a non-profit organization, we are always looking for new and creative ways to raise the funds that will enable us to continue to provide educational programs, encourage students to learn and grow in their disciplines, and offer continued growth in the Celtic Performing Arts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

From Left to Right: Kylie, James, Chris, Roger, Marielle and Sue

Happy Anniversary to our Drumming Instructor, Chris Coleman, on nine years at the College!  Thank you for your hard work, your dedication and your tireless work ethic.  You are appreciated by all of us here at the College--your students, your band mates and your co-workers.  Thank you so much for the amazing contribution you make to the College everyday!  Thank You!

So often we about what is terrible in the world.  The good news stories are usually few and far between or so it seems like lately.  I have to admit that it was absolutely refreshing to read about this feel good story.  An absolutely lovely story about Samantha MacKay's grandfather, Ross MacKay. Samantha is our Step Dance Instructor and her dad, Jamie MacKay was our Volunteer of the Year Award recipient in 2014. Ross MacKay is Jamie's father.  It is nice to know that kindness still prevails in a world so full of uncertainty.  To read about Ross and Samantha's story, please follow this link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-canadian-tire-ross-mackay-jamie-christmas-1.3927600. Warning:  you may find that your eyes get a little bit sweaty reading it!  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Highland Pub Night


THE COLLEGE OF PIPING HIGHLAND PUB NIGHT
On Friday, January 20, 2017, The College will hold a Highland Pub Night at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside. The doors will open at 6:30pm and the entertainment will start at 7:00pm. There is a $10.00 cover charge. The night’s entertainment will be provided by the extremely talented Courtney Hogan and Keelin Wedge as well as College of Piping students and instructors. Come out for a toe tapping evening of fun, friendship and great music!

Friday, December 16, 2016

College is Closed Today!

Due to the wintry conditions and the advisory from the RCMP to stay off of the roads, the College is closed today.  We are now closed until January 3rd when we will reopen at 9am.  Please stay safe and stay warm!

The College might be closed for the holidays but the College of Piping Pipe Band 50/50 Gold Rush draw will still take place.  If you regularly play your toonie at The College, please feel free to participate any one of our many locations around the island.  These locations are:

  • Kensington Food Basket
  • Gass's Store (New Haven)
  • Gallants Store (Rustico)
  • Race Trac Gas (Stanley Bridge)
  • Needs (Shell) (Summerside)
  • Wilson's Gas (Summerside)
  • Reids Corner Esso (Summerside)
  • Granville Street Esso (Summerside)
  • Griffin's Smoke Shop (Sobeys) (Summerside)
  • Lights Smoke Shop (Summerside)
  • Butcher Shop (Summerside)
  • Water Street Bakery (Summerside)
  • Credit Union Place (Summerside)
  • Downtown Convenience (Summerside)
Thank you for your support of our College of Piping Pipe Bands!  We really appreciate it!


Each year at the Christmas recital we award the Volunteer of the Year award.  The 2016 recipient is Brian Breneman.  He is a dedicated volunteer that spends every other Monday in the office and spent a lot of time this year working on our garden beds and planters.  He has a quick wit and a dry sense of humour, and is one of those volunteers that is always willing to help out.  Thank you Brian for all your hard work, we really appreciate all you do for us!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

That's a Wrap!


We celebrated our students this past Sunday at our annual Christmas concert! What a show!  In a just a few short months our students have learned so much and it was evident how much hard work has been done over the fall.  There were a lot of very proud friends and family in the audience!  Well done to all of our students!  Keep your eyes peeled to our website for photos from the awesome afternoon!  Classes will resume on January 3rd.  Have a great Christmas break!

A huge thank you for the support given to the dancer's and pipe band's silent auction, the highland dancer's bake sale, the donation boxes for the College and the non-perishable food donations that were brought in at the recital.  Thank You!!!

Marielle with the Adult World Highland Dance Trophy

Congratulations to our Highland Dance Instructor, Marielle Lesperance, on becoming a Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing adjudicator! Well done!

Friday, December 9, 2016

What Time is It?!


It's Christmas recital time!  The Christmas recital is THIS Sunday, December 11th at 2pm at Summerside Intermediate School (SIS).  Students are asked to be there at 1:30pm.  This is open to everyone, bring your friends and family and enjoy this fun show!  The Pipe Bands and Dancers will be holding a silent auction during the recital…there are always some great items, so be prepared to bid on your favourite(s)!  We would be grateful if you brought along a nonperishable item of food as the price of admission with all food donations going to the food bank.  A goodwill offering/donation would also be greatly appreciated at the recital with proceeds going to the operations of The College.  It is the season of giving!

And finally, it's Friday!  Can you believe that this has over five million views?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amNF_F6oeRU