Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday!

The last week of May...where has time gone?!  Two weeks ago we saw snow flakes swirling in the wind and now this weekend Environment Canada is calling for hot, hot weather!  Spring in Canada is anything but predictable.  The end of May doesn't only bring warmer weather but it means that the Summerside Highland Gathering and the opening of Highland Storm are less than a month away!  Have you purchased your tickets for two of the most anticipated events on the island this summer?  If you haven't already done so, you can follow this helpful link and you can purchase your tickets from the comfort of your own home (it's that easy!):  https://boxofficepei.com/venue/college-piping.


If you would like to see Highland Storm for free or get into The Gathering at no cost, why not volunteer?!  If you volunteer for a minimum of four hours at The Gathering, you get a weekend pass at no charge to you...plus we'll throw in an extremely stylish volunteer shirt! Sign up NOW!!!  If you have already signed up to volunteer at the Highland Gathering and Highland Storm you are asked to meet on June 3rd at 6:30pm for the volunteer orientation meeting.  It will take place in the main hall at the College of Piping in Summerside. You will also be able to pick up your coveted (and very fashionable) volunteer t-shirt at this time. Thank you so much for your help as we couldn't do this without you!

Win this Jeep!!!

Once you've purchased your tickets for the Summerside Highland Gathering and Highland Storm, why not purchase a ticket for the 2013 Jeep Wrangler raffle?  You will be the envy of all of your neighbours (and the rest of the cars on the road) as you pull up to The College in your snazzy new vehicle.  There will be an Early Bird Draw of $1,000.00 to be drawn at the Summerside Highland Gathering on Sunday, June 30, 2013 – this ticket will then be placed back in the draw for the grand prize. The draw date for the Wrangler will be Thursday, August 22, 2013 at an event that will take place in the Mary Ellen Burns Amphitheatre at The College of Piping. There will be an elimination draw – first ticket drawn to receive $1,000.00, every 50th ticket drawn will receive $100.00, the third last ticket is for $300.00, second last ticket is $500.00 and the last ticket drawn receives the Jeep Wrangler. During the elimination draw process, we will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $100.00 and all proceeds are in support of The College of Piping’s educational mission …“Inspiring excellence in Celtic Performing Arts through quality educational programming.” 



Our Highland Dancers are holding a Run for Montreal this weekend!  It takes place this Sunday (June 2nd) and will start at 5pm at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside.  You have a choice of running 5km or 10km.  The fee to run is $10.00. Please call 439-5377 to register.  This run is in support of our highland dancers and their quest to compete in Montreal!   



A lot of hard work has already been done to the grounds of The College but there is more to do!  The amphitheatre stage has been torn up and a new one put down, gravel has been delivered and distributed and the Highland Storm set has been put up.  Phew!  That's a lot already done...but there's more on the list!  June 1st and June 8th have been scheduled as official field clean up days.  The jobs that will need to get done are as follows:


  • Half shell assembled in field
  • Cut back bush
  • Raking
  • Lawn mowing
  • Clean out buildings
  • Lots more raking
  • Lots more lawn mowing
  • Sides put on theatre
  • Concession Stand assembled in theatre
  • Depending on light and sound equipment, benches put back in place
Everyone is welcome!  The more the merrier!  Why not listen to the three College of Piping Pipe Bands as you work?  All three bands are holding practices on Saturday, June 1st.  If that's not enough to sway you to participate, there will also be a barbecue lunch for everyone that volunteers this Saturday.  How could you say no to that?!


On Sunday, June 9th, The College’s three pipe bands are holding a fundraising concert at the Carrefour in Charlottetown.  They will be joined by talented musicians such as:  Ryan MacNeil, Lucie Bauby, Sabrina Bauby, Trevor Profitt, Brittany Banks and the College of Piping Dance Company!  The concert starts at 7pm. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased from either the Carrefour (368-1895) or from the College of Piping (436-5377).  It’s a night of entertainment that’s not to be missed!  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Help Support Our Dancers!!!

"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can."  Martha Graham

Fundraising can be a daunting task at the best of times and when that task rests on the shoulders of a small group it can be even more challenging.  The College Highland Dancers have been extraordinary in their fundraising efforts.  Eight of our highland dancers are competing (plus our highland dance instructor, Kearsney Smith) at the ScotDance Championship Series in Montreal and they have proven that when you set your mind to a goal, you can reach and conquer it!  They are almost there but there's still more fundraising to be done!


This weekend is a busy, busy, busy weekend for our highland dancers!  Today they start their barbecue at Sobeys in Summerside and will continue tomorrow.  The Friday hours are 4pm-8pm and Saturday they will be there from 11am-4pm.  Come out and support our highland dancers as they fundraise to compete at the ScotDance Championships in Montreal!   

 

Tomorrow (May 25th) the highland dancers are holding a yard sale at the College of Piping in Summerside.  It starts at 8am and runs until the early afternoon.  You never know what kind of treasures you will discover! Thank you to everyone who generously donated items for the sale!


The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada had some fabulous news this week!  Under the PEI 2014 Fund The College will receive $100,000 for our 2014 Highland Gathering.  To read all the details, please follow this link: http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2013-05-22/article-3254109/Province-announces-2014-funding/1.


It's that time of year!  It's Islander's Choice Awards.  Why not vote for two of the most spectacular events on the island?!  I'm talking about Highland Storm and the Summerside Highland Gathering!  We qualify for two different categories and you can vote as many times as you like.  Tell all of your friends!  To vote, please follow this link: http://ocean100.com/index.asp?mn=14&id=10556&cc=9.  Thank you in advance for your support!


In early May it's an island tradition to see the first boats out on Setting Day.  One of our talented pipers, Alyson MacLean, was part of that special occasion.  Alyson played her pipes as the boats sailed out on opening day of the lobster season.  Alyson hails from Springbrook and was there to wish her neighbours well in the new season.  


After raising over $80,000 dollars last year for their trip to Scotland, the College of Piping pipe bands know all about the trials and tribulations of fundraising for the trek across the pond to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships.  The six time world champions, the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, have taken a unique approach to their fundraising. They are taking online donations to help fund their trip.  If you are feeling generous and want to make a donation, please follow this link:  https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/aWAJ0. I bet you can't spot The College's Director of Education, James MacHattie, in the front rank!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday!

May showers bring June flowers?!  It's been a bit gloomy in the weather department lately but that's not putting a damper on the activity at The College.  Each week new summer staff are joining the ranks of the College staff.  If you stop in and don't recognize someone, please introduce yourself!  You'll recognize some returning faces and some new ones as well.  Don't be shy!

Kearsney after her big win

Team PEI

It's not always to compete at the best of times and taking time off and then getting back in to the swing of things can be difficult.  After a three year hiatus, our very own Highland Dancing instructor, Kearsney Smith, competed this past weekend at the 2013 Prince Edward Island Closed Selection Competition.  This was a qualifying event for the 2013 Canadian Championships and was only open to premier highland dancers.  Kearsney swept her class with four firsts and will represent PEI and the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Montreal in July.  Well done, Kearsney!  


The amphitheatre stage has been torn up and a new one put down, gravel has been delivered and distributed and the Highland Storm set has been put up.  Phew!  That's a lot already done...but there's more on the list!  June 1st and June 8th have been scheduled as official field clean up days.  The jobs that will need to get done are as follows:


  • Half shell assembled in field
  • Cut back bush
  • Raking
  • Lawn mowing
  • Clean out buildings
  • Lots more raking
  • Lots more lawn mowing
  • Sides put on theatre
  • Concession Stand assembled in theatre
  • Depending on light and sound equipment, benches put back in place
Everyone is welcome!  The more the merrier!


The highland dancers are holding a yard sale on May 25th at the College of Piping in Summerside.  It starts at 8am.  They are accepting donations on Thursday evening between the hours of 5pm-9pm.  If you can't make it out to the sale but have items that have been cluttering up your basement, we will gladly accept them! 
Help support our highland dancers and their quest to compete at the ScotDance Championship Series in Montreal!  

Picture courtesy of Susan Topping

If you are working out back in the field, you may have noticed that we now have some furry mascots at The College.  Living underneath one of the sheds we have a fox family.  Three little balls of fur to be exact.  If you are curious and want to take a peek, please do not disturb them or their proud mother.  Another sign of spring!    

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Friday!

Happy May Long weekend!  The last chance to relax before the busy summer is upon us. In just over one month we'll be enjoying the music of Ryan and Boyd MacNeil, Fiddlers' Sons, Celtic Rant and Sprag Session.  Have you marked your calendar with one of the most important dates of the year?!  The Summerside Highland Gathering is on June 28th, 29th and 30th.  You don't want to miss out on this fantastic event.  June 28th will also see the opening of our highly anticipated show, Highland Storm.  You can purchase tickets for both events through this link:  https://boxofficepei.com/venue/college-piping.  If you would like to volunteer at these prestigious events, please follow these links: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/highlandstorm.php and http://www.collegeofpiping.com/gathering.php.  Volunteer early and you will have your pick of times, activities and venues at The Gathering and if you fill a minimum 4 hour shift you will receive a weekend pass! There will be an information training session in early June to let you know just what you will be doing.  Volunteer NOW!!!


The Highland Dance barbecues that were scheduled for this weekend have been postponed until next weekend (May 24th and 25th) due to the unseasonably cool weather we are currently experiencing.  They will still take place outside of Sobeys in Summerside. The Friday hours are 4pm-8pm and Saturday they will be there from 11am-4pm.  Come out and support our highland dancers as they fundraise to compete at the ScotDance Championships in Montreal!   


The cribbage tournament is still a go on Sunday, May 19th.  The highland dancers are hosting it at the St. Eleanor's Lions' Club.  It starts at 2pm and it's $20 to enter a team. There will be Acadian food, bar service, a 50/50 draw, raffle tickets and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Pre-register your team now by calling 436-7926 or 436-6740.  It promises to be a time! 


If you found yourself eating too many barbecued hotdogs and hamburgers at the fundraising barbecue, why not burn off those extra calories at the Run for Montreal?!  It takes place on Sunday, June 2nd and will start at 5pm at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside.  Depending on how many tasty treats were eaten the weekend before, you have a choice of 5km or 10km.  The fee to run is $10.00. Please call 439-5377 to register.  This run is in support of our highland dancers and their quest to compete in Montreal!


If you anticipate that you'll lose a few pounds while training for the Run for Montreal, why not donate your used clothing to the yard sale?  The highland dancers are holding a yard sale on May 25th at the College of Piping in Summerside.  It starts at 8am.  They are accepting donations on Thursday evening between the hours of 5pm-9pm.  You never know what kind of treasures you will discover!


While you're at The College why not purchase a ticket for the car raffle?!  Or more specifically a 2013 Jeep Wrangler!!!  There will be an Early Bird Draw of $1,000.00 to be drawn at the Summerside Highland Gathering on Sunday, June 30, 2013 – this ticket will then be placed back in the draw for the grand prize. The draw date for the Wrangler will be Thursday, August 22, 2013 at an event that will take place in the Mary Ellen Burns Amphitheatre at The College of Piping. There will be an elimination draw – first ticket drawn to receive $1,000.00, every 50th ticket drawn will receive $100.00, the third last ticket is for $300.00, second last ticket is $500.00 and the last ticket drawn receives the Jeep Wrangler. During the elimination draw process, we will be providing entertainment. All proceeds are in support of The College of Piping’s educational mission …“Inspiring excellence in Celtic Performing Arts through quality educational programming  


Good luck to all of our highland dancers who are competing at the PEI selection competition this weekend.  This is a qualifying event for the 2013 Canadian Championships and is only open to premier highland dancers.  Good luck!  We know that you will represent the College of Piping fabulously! 

And finally, a Friday chuckle for a long weekend:

     

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday


Here's a little hump day wisdom to inspire you through the rest of the week.  With the summer competition season upon us, it seems pretty fitting:

"Don't be afraid to fail.  Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure.  Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge.  It's OK to fail.  If you are not failing, you're not growing."
H. Stanley Judd


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Just Dance!

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul."
Martha Graham

It's less than forty days to go until the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in Montreal!  This is the biggest highland dance competition in the world with over 1000 dancers participating.  It features the Canadian Highland Dancing Championship and the ScotDance Canada Open Championship.  Eight of our dancers and our Highland Dance instructor, Kearsney Smith, will be making the trek to Montreal to compete.  With a trip like this planned, it means a lot of time has been spent fundraising and there is still more to be done!  As Lord Byron once wrote, "On with the Dance!" 


This weekend will find our hard working highland dancers extremely busy.  Friday and Saturday will see them barbecuing outside of Sobeys in Summerside.  The Friday hours are 4pm-8pm and Saturday they will be there from 11am-4pm.  The May long weekend is the perfect start to barbecue season.  Why not have your first barbecued hot dog or hamburger of the year and support our dancers at the same time?!  


If barbecuing isn't your style, why not try your hand at some cribbage?  On Sunday, May 19th, the dancers are hosting a cribbage tournament at the St. Eleanor's Lions' Club.  It starts at 2pm and it's $20 to enter a team.  There will be Acadian food, bar service, a 50/50 draw, raffle tickets and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Pre-register your team now by calling 436-7926 or 436-6740.  It promises to be a time! 


The Dance Committee will also be holding a Yard Sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 25th at The College. While you are doing your spring cleaning, please set aside any items you would like to donate. You can bring your items to The College on Thursday nights only between the hours of 5pm and 9pm.  One person's junk is another person's treasure!  


A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped this past weekend.  A lot of hard work, elbow grease and love was put into resurfacing the stage, building picnic tables, putting up the Highland Storm set and the clean up in the back field.  Our fantastic volunteers are the reason why the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts is so successful.  Thank you!  

Monday, May 13, 2013

Don't Forget!


The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada is having its annual general meeting on Tuesday, May 14th in the main hall at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside.  It starts at 3pm and all are welcome to attend!

Friday, May 10, 2013

It's Ceilidh Time!


The sun is shining and the temperatures are starting to go up and it's the weekend!  What a fabulous Friday!  What would make it even better is attending our last ceilidh of the season until the fall.  It starts at 7pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.  It will be held in the main hall at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside. There is a $5 admission charge but once your inside there is FREE food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Come on out and support our College dancers and pipe bands!  Is there a better way to spend a Friday night?!


Important notice for all of those who have ordered lobster from our highland dancers. Due to the recent strike of the lobster fishermen, lobsters will not be available for this weekend. We wish the fishermen all our best as they fight for better prices, and we hope to be able to bring our lobster fundraiser back in time for Father's Day! Contact any of our Highland dancers, or the College directly, if you have any questions or concerns.



Next week, May 13th to 16th, we will be holding a pre-registration at The College of Piping. If you would like to have your child (or you) take classes at The College this coming fall we are encouraging you to register now. You do not have to pay until classes begin in September.  One good reason to pre-register is that you will know your child’s class time when you are planning their other activities.  Jane will let you know at the year end recital on June 16th when your child will be taking classes this fall.  She will also have enrolment forms ready for you to pick up at your child’s class next week.  We are asking that you return them within the next two weeks. Tuition prices will remain the same as last year.  If you have any questions, need more information or have any concerns, please contact Jane at:  jane.magee@collegeofpiping.com.  





Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Happy Days!

Happy May!  I'm almost caught up on the delinquent blogging from the past couple of weeks.  My apologies!  Things have been busy around here and it's not just the weather that's been warming up.  The College has been a hive of activity the last month and there is no slowing down in sight.  Read below to catch up on all of the details!


The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada is having its annual general meeting on Tuesday, May 14th in the main hall.  It starts at 3pm and all are welcome to attend!


Our next ceilidh will be held on May 10th starting at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. There will be a $5 admission to the event but there will be free refreshments and non alcoholic beverages once inside.  At the end of the scheduled entertainment there will be an open mic session for anyone who was inspired by the night's entertainment and wants to get up and perform themselves!  Everyone is welcome!  This is the last ceilidh of the year until the fall.  Watch this space and the blog for fall/winter ceilidh dates!  Thank you for your support throughout our ceilidh season.   



Stop the presses..er...I mean, The College has gotten a lot of great attention in the past couple of months and it hasn't slowed down yet.  This past weekend one of our pipers, Carsen Campbell, was featured in the Journal Pioneer as he was recently named to the 2022 Olympic training team.  To read about this awesome achievement, please follow this link:  http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports/2013-05-02/article-3232340/Campbell-takes-another-step/1.  While Carsen is taking a break from playing in the Grade 3 band this year, he still has a huge cheering section at The College.  Way to go Carsen!  Not to be outdone Grade 4 piper, Trevor Profitt, was recently featured in the La Voix Acadienne a French PEI newspaper.  The article describes Trevor's academic performance and how he has received a full tuition scholarship to UPEI for the fall.  It also talks about how Trevor is the main fiddler in Highland Storm this year and his success on the competition field last year.  To read more about Trevor, please follow this link: http://www.lavoixacadienne.com/New%20site/HTML/page%20suite%20article%203.htm. Congratulations Trevor!   Our very own piping instructors, James and Kylie MacHattie, were mentioned in a recent article on  the website pipes|drums.  The Southland Piping and Drumming Development Trust in New Zealand has created a relationship with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada and hopes to further strengthen that friendship.  To read that article, please follow this link: http://www.pipesdrums.com/ViewObject.aspx?sys-Portal=57&sys-Class=Article&sys-ID=19126.

Director of Education, James MacHattie, assisting an eager rugby player with the pipes

The College recently had a great visit from a rugby team from Ontario.  The group of young men were on the island to take part in a tournament in Charlottetown.  They made The College one of their must see destinations.  They were very keen and eager and took part in learning the first step of the fling while they were here.  To see video of that, please check out The College's facebook page.  Not only did they try their hand, I mean foot at the fling but they also tried the bagpipes and discovered it's not as easy as it looks!  For photos from this fantastic visit, please follow this link: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/photogalleries.php?id=518646c8150cb.  

Stellar employees Kristen Craig and Ashley Brockway

You may notice new and familiar faces at The College in the next month.  Summer staff has started to return in preparation for the extremely busy summer months.  It's great to see everyone back!  

Executive Director, Karen Hatcher and Summerside Police Officer, Lindsay Rogers

Lindsay Rogers recently stopped by The College as a representative for the Summerside Police Association.  He delivered a cheque to our Executive Director, Karen Hatcher, in support of the Summerside Highland Gathering!  A huge thank you to the Summerside Police Association as their support is very much appreciated!  

As the days and months start to get busier don't forget to check the blog daily!  There is also the Celtic Connection in the Journal Pioneer every two weeks (the next one out will be May 9th).  Keep up to date with all the happenings at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada!  

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog...

Alright...it's been a while since there was a new blog post.  It's been busy, busy, busy at the College and as the White Rabbit would say, "I'm late / I'm late / For a very important date. / No time to say "Hello, Goodbye". / I'm late, I'm late, I'm late."  This blogger is definitely late with the news.  So buckle up, this is going to be one long blog post!  Now, to figure out where to start...



I'll start with the most exciting news....We are holding a raffle for a 2013 Jeep Wrangler!!! There will be an Early Bird Draw of $1,000.00 to be drawn at the Summerside Highland Gathering on Sunday, June 30, 2013 – this ticket will then be placed back in the draw for the grand prize. The draw date for the Wrangler will be Thursday, August 22, 2013 at an event that will take place in the Mary Ellen Burns Amphitheatre at The College of Piping. There will be an elimination draw – first ticket drawn to receive $1,000.00, every 50th ticket drawn will receive $100.00, the third last ticket is for $300.00, second last ticket is $500.00 and the last ticket drawn receives the Jeep Wrangler. During the elimination draw process, we will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $100.00 and all proceeds are in support of The College of Piping’s educational mission …“Inspiring excellence in Celtic Performing Arts through quality educational programming.”




A huge thank you to everyone who competed at the Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge and attended the workshops with Jack Lee this weekend. A super huge thank you to Jack Lee for making the cross country trip to the East coast. An even bigger thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who helped to make this weekend a success! For results please check out our results page on our website: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/competitionresults.php.  For photos from the contest and the workshops, please follow this link:  http://www.collegeofpiping.com/photogalleries.php. A huge congratulations to Jack Lee this past week.  Not only is he one of the most decorated pipers in Canada and the world but it was announced on Monday that he and his brother, Terry Lee, will be receiving honorary doctorates from Simon Fraser University for their contributions to the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (six time world champions) and for building a state-of-the-art multi-band teaching program.  The Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Bands have seen over 2000 kids participate in the program.  Well done, Jack (and Terry)!  It is a most deserved recognition!


The week of April 21st to 26th was National Volunteer Week.  The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts relies on the kindness of volunteers to help with The Gathering, Highland Storm, field clean up, fundraising, maintenance, the list could go on and on.  The College is extremely lucky and privileged to have such fantastic support from our community and province.  It is the generous support that we have that makes a not-for-profit like ours succeed.  A huge thank you to all of our volunteers, new and experienced, that have graciously given their time to The College.  We wouldn’t be here without it!  As William Shakespeare once said, “I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks!” But...we still need your help!!!  This Saturday we are putting on the amphitheatre roof starting at 9am and June 1st and June 8th have been scheduled as official field clean up days.  The jobs that will need to get done are as follows:


  • Half shell assembled in field
  • Cut back bush
  • Raking
  • Lawn mowing
  • Clean out buildings
  • Lots more raking
  • Lots more lawn mowing
  • Sides put on theatre
  • Concession Stand assembled in theatre
  • Depending on light and sound equipment, benches put back in place
Everyone is welcome!  The more the merrier!



April 24th was Administrative Professionals Day.  On behalf of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada and those who grace our doors everyday or even occasionally, a big thank you to Jane Magee and Elaine Lyon for all of the hard work that they do at the registration desk.  From answering phones, ringing in sales, listening to positive and not-so-positive feedback, welcoming tourists and islanders to our facility and for every job that they do (it’s a pretty big list), thank you for your fabulous work.  We wouldn’t be able to succeed without you!  Thank you!


A huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Highland dancers at their pancake breakfast on April 20th at the Atlantic Superstore in Summerside.  Fabulous food, great service and good company and besides, who doesn't like pancakes?!  They're not done fundraising yet!  On May 25th our Highland dancers are having a yard sale at The College of Piping. If you have any items that you are looking to get rid of, you are more than welcome to drop them off with us. Once the roof of the amphitheater goes up (which is this weekend, May 4th), we will be accepting items on Thursday evenings, between 5pm and 9pm. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kearsney: kearsney.smith@collegeofpiping.com or call (902) 436-5377.