Clan Letter

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Of Mid-Maryland, Inc.

 “A Charitable, Non-Profit Organization”

February 1, 2015

 Greetings Celtic Clans and Societies!

Our Society is pleased to invite you to participate in the 15th Annual Frederick Celtic Festival at the Mt. Airy Fire Dept. Fairgrounds, located at 1003 Twin Arch Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771, on Saturday, May 9th 2015, from 9:00am until 6:00pm. A Celtic concert that benefits our designated Wounded Warrior charities follows the festival.As many of you already know, our venue provides facilities to support every aspect of the festival. The following information is provided so that you and your fellow Clan members can enjoy the festival and related activities.

Check out the festival website at https://midmarylandcelticfestival.com/

Activities for Clans and Societies

Honored Clan The Honored Clan for 2015 is Menzies.

Parade of the Clans and Societies  Show off your Clan or Society tartan and banners in the Open Ceremony Parade—even Clan Woof-Woof joins in!

At about 11:45am the Drum Major will lead the pipe band through the Clan Village. Gather your fellow clansmen and follow the pipes and drums onto the field for the Opening Ceremony.

Best Clan Tent Each year a Festival Dignitary selects the Best Clan tent and the clan receives a most coveted prize. Will your clan tent be the Best?

First-Time Tent If this is your first time convening at our festival, please let us know. We are available to help.

Clan without a Tent? Perhaps your clan is just getting started and does not yet have a tent and people to support convening. No worries! We have a designated tent with tables and chairs just for you and others like you to share. Just let us know if you are interested.

Music

The festival will feature various types of music. Performing on the Main Pub Stage are Rathkeltair, Empty Flask, Kilmaine Saints, and Dublin 5. Again this year we will feature the Harp Acoustic Stage which features traditional Celtic music and where an afternoon session will be held. Come hear Craggy Island , Céol Anam Cara, Dileab Phriseil, Tanzania Ceili Band, and

Wild Irish Roses, and others.

I know clans have talented members. Here’s a chance to demonstrate those talents, have a chance to perform, stir up some good hearted clan competition, and support the festival. To organize and arrange performance times for this session, time permitting, please contact our entertainment chair, Joe Wiggington directly at joewigg@aol.com if you are interested.

Sponsor a Trophy: Please consider sponsoring a trophy for the Athletic competition. If you are interested please note the event you wish to sponsor and add the fee to your total. We really could use some help here.

Registration: The registration fee is $50.00 again this year. The Clan Registration Package: includes tent space 15’ x 15’, two name badges for two named Clan Representatives, access to the festival grounds (with badge), access to the Sponsor-Patron Hall (with badge) on festival day, and one parking pass for designated parking. The indoor Sponsor-Patron Hall features food, beverages, and indoor plumbing. See the Registration Form for additional Clan Representative Packages and other options.

Additional ticket options are available at https://midmarylandcelticfestival.com/tickets/   There is no admittance charge for children under 12.

Dogs: Your furry friends are permitted if they are on a leash, well behaved, and have tags validating they have had they required shots. Remember you must clean up after them. Doggie ‘poop’ bags are available.

Celtic Evening Concert: The concert starts at 7pm and 100% of the ticket sales from the concert benefit our designated local charity, Warrior 360. http://warrior360.org/   The $10.00 per person is donated directly to Warrior 360. Buy concert tickets at https://midmarylandcelticfestival.com/tickets/

We hope to have those Wounded Warriors and their families join us, at no cost, for a memorable and enjoyable experience. If you know of a Wounded Warrior who would like to join us please let us know.

Directions: The Mt. Airy Fair Dept. Fairgrounds are just off Interstate 270. Exit at route 27 north and proceed about a mile then make a right turn on Twin Arch Road followed by an almost immediate right turn into the fairgrounds. https://midmarylandcelticfestival.com/directions/

Parking: There is designated on-site parking for one vehicle per clan. You will receive one parking pass to display in your windscreen. There is additional close-by parking available for others. There are a limited number of Handicapped spaces available so please note that on your registration form if needed.

Setup: You may set up on Friday, May 8th between 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm; however (you are on your own as no festival staff will be on-site in the evening) and Saturday from 6:00 am – 8:30 am. On festival day all vehicles must be off the grounds 8:30am.

Lodging: Our Host Hotel is the Frederick Holiday Inn and Conference Center at the FSK Mall. To receive your Festival discount ($109 +tax room rate) please contact FSK directly at (301) 694-7500 and request “In House Reservations” Then provide them the discount code “CEL.”.

Sponsor-Patron Banquet: We will hold the 3rd Annual Sponsor-Patron Banquet at the Host Hotel. The Banquet features live entertainment (Rathkeltair), a buffet dinner, cash bar, and a special tribute to our honored guests.

If you plan to attend the Sponsor-Patron Banquet you must RSVP via the registration form. We must have an accurate count for the banquet in advance. No reservations will be taken after the registration deadline.

Please complete the enclosed registration form and return it before April 5th, 2015.

Or, you may pay on-line at: https://midmarylandcelticfestival.com/clanssocieties/

You must still mail the signed form.

Festival Information Package: We will mail your festival information package (e.g., general information, festival map, wristbands, parking pass, etc.) before the festival. Please contact me if you do not receive it.

We look forward to greeting you at the festival.

 

Yours Aye and le gach deagh dhurachd,

Charles R. MacFarland

St. Andrews Society of Mid-Maryland, Inc.

www.sasmm.com

Treasurer/Clan Steward

301-831-8279

Pharlane@comcast.net