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There were no festivals this year because of COVID-19, but did you come to our Language Village at the festivals the previous summer? If you did, we hope you enjoyed the language classes, songs and poetry, waulking songs, and just being in the village. We still need $1,000 to purchase a large tent for our Language Village at festivals in order to ensure that visitors to the village (hopefully this coming summer) are comfortable even if it’s raining or is really hot. Two organizations have already donated to the project, and we are very grateful for their support.
We are drawing close to our 4 – 6 December Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend, Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais – Gaelic in the Lighthouse (though we are online and not actually at the lighthouse this year) We are looking forward to a great event. There will be three classes (beginner and intermediate tracks) running with three great teachers, plus a Saturday night cèilidh, and three presentations focused on different aspects of Scottish Gaelic culture – The Faery Tradition, The Storytelling Tradition, and Religion in Gaelic Culture)
Due to the public health crisis
we are not actually at the lighthouse this year
BUT HAVE GONE ONLINE!
Cleachd agus fàs do chomas cànain Gàidhlig
Use and grow your Gàidhlig language skills
A Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay
Cleachd agus fàs do chomas cànain Gàidhlig ann an coimhearsnachd
Use and grow your Gàidhlig language skills within a community setting
[Please Note: Due to uncertainty surrounding the pandemic we are not requiring a deposit with your registration at this time. Please read the instructions on the registration form. Safety guidelines will be adopted for the site and must be followed by all participants.]
Registration for the immersion weekend is now full – but you can register to get on the waiting list
To register for the waiting list, write to email@example.com and we will send you the link for the registration form
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.
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.
Liam Ó Caiside For more information about Liam, click here.
Cisean teagaisg ‘s ro-chlàradh/Tuition & Registration
Tuition is $100 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 ($50) must be paid at the time of reservation. The remaining $50 must be paid by 1 November 2020. To register, write to firstname.lastname@example.org we will send you the link for the registration form
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, 4 December 2020
Check out: 11 am on Sunday, 6 December 2020
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 email@example.com
Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir is taking registrations for the 2020 – 2021 academic year, which starts in early September. An overview of the 2020-2021 academic year calendar is below. We hope you will join us. For a description of our teaching approach and curriculum, go to Learning with Us. For more information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
May you be safe and well.