Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir Announces 2020 – 2021 Class Calendar

A bheil thu air a bhith ag ionnsachadh Gàidhlig?
Is urrainn dhuinn cuideachadh.
Have you wanted to learn Gaelic?
We can help.

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 sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com

Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir launches a new e-newsletter

Tha sinn a’ cur a-mach tòrr fiosrachaidh a-nis, agus is ’s e ar beachd gum bu chòir dhuinn am fiosrachadh sin a chuir ann an cruth cuairt-litreach ùire. Tha sinn an dòchas gun còrd i riut. Cha tèid a’ chuairt-litir fhoillseachadh ach bho àm gu àm airson an-dràsta.
A bheil thu airson an cuairt-litir fhaighinn?
A bheil an seòladh puist-d againn mu thràth?
Sgrìobh thugainn aig sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.
Gum bi thu sàbhailte agus gu math.
We put out a lot of information now, so we thought that we should put that information into a fresh newsletter format. We hope you like it. The newsletter will be released periodically as we settle into our publication routine.
Do you want to receive the newsletter?
Do we already have your e-mail address?
Write to us at sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

May you be safe and well.

Thig dhan Cèilidh An t-Ògmhios air-loidhne – Come to the Virtual June Cèilidh

Didòmhnaich 28mh An t-Ògmhios
Ceithir uairean feasgar –
Seachd uairean feasgar
Sunday, 28 June
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
It’s the close of the 2019 – 2020 academic year and we are celebrating (albeit at a distance)
Thigibh ann cuide ruinn!
Our céilidhean are rooted in the traditional Highland céilidh as an intimate, informal gathering where stories, poems, songs, and news, are shared; good food and drink are partaken of; and the craic is always good.
This one will be via Zoom!

To register, write to: sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com
Zoom access information will be provided upon registration

Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd dhuibh

Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais (Gàidhlig in the Lighthouse) – A Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir agus Gàidhlig Photomac

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Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais
(Gàidhlig in the Lighthouse)

A Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

DihAoine, 4mh An Dùbhlachd – DiDòmhnaich, 6mh An Dùbhlachd 2020
Taigh-solais An Rubha Geodha
Lusby, Maryland
Friday, 4 December – Sunday, 6 December 2020
Lusby, Maryland
Slighean tòiseachaidh is eadar-mheadhanach
Beginner and Intermediate tracks

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.]

To register, write to sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.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. Read More

B ’e feasgar àlainn a bh’ ann Cèilidh a’ Ghearrain

Tapadh leibh dha na daoine uile a thàinig gu Cèilidh a ’Ghearrain.
(Thank you to all  the people who came to the February Cèilidh)

Gaelic learners from Maryland and Virginia gathered for an evening of sharing food, songs, music, poetry, dancing, and camaraderie.

Our hostess took some videos of the evening, and we have included them below so our readers can get a peek at the gathering.

Those who attend our cèilidhean range from new to fluent Gaelic speakers.  It’s a space where everyone can use and grow in their Gaelic.

We hold a cèilidh in the traditional Highland style quarterly.
Join us next time around.

In the meantime, enjoy.

Of course all ages love the pipes!

Thig gu Cèilidh a’ Ghearrain – Come to the February Cèilidh

SUNDAY, 23 FEBRUARY
Didòmhnaich, 23mh An Gearran
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ceithir uairean feasgar – Seachd uairean feasgar

Laurel, Maryland

Thigibh ann cuide ruinn! (Join us!)
RSVP required – Write to sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com
(The cèilidh house is a private home.
The address will be provided to those who RSVP.
Please note that space is limited. RSVP early.)

Aig a’ chèilidh (At the céilidh)

  • We will learn traditional dances.
  • We will share Gaelic songs and poems, much as was done at the Language Village.
  • We will share food and drink, and great company. 
  • Whatever your language level, we encourage you to use your Gaelic. 

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

  • Bring a dish to share: Make enough for 8 – 10 people. Let us know in advance what you are bringing.
  • Bring your instruments
  • Bring a song, poem, story, or tune to share (Gaelic is, of course, great, but not required)

RSVP to sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com

Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd dhuibh

Beannachdan Geamhraidh dha na h-uile

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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.

Cèilidh na Samhna was a beautiful gathering – Join us next time around

  

Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir‘s autumn céilidh, Cèilidh na Samhna, was filled with excellent food, drink, and craic. There was too much to capture in a website post, but you can get a peek inside the gathering below – then join us at our next céilidh on the 9th of February.

Thank you to all the teachers and students who came and shared their songs, stories, poetry, and cooking skills. It’s a warm and beautiful little community.  Tapadh leibh a h-uile duine.

And, we had big stuff to celebrate!  Congratulations to our fearless leader, Scott Morrison, for earning his degree in Gaelic Language and Culture from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig college in Scotland.  Welcome on board to Robert Bingham as our newest teacher.  Co-là breith sona dhut, Rick Gwynallen.

Maraji Gwynallen opened the evening with a singalong warmup, a Scottish tune with  new lyrics honoring our three teachers and organizer

At the end of which our teachers got their specially baked (by Maraji) kilted gingerbread men:

Left to right: Robert Bingham, Liam Cassidy, Scott Morrison)  Click on their names to learn a bit more about these guys!

Fluent speakers and students shared songs, stories, music, and poems throughout the céilidh.

We were blessed to have two harpers at the céilidh. Maraji has been playing the harp for six years and is completing certification as a therapeutic musician.  Dan Hinkle has played harp for more than 30 years.

. . . and of course the harp enchants everyone

Tha sinn an dòchas gum faic sinn sibh aig a’ chèilidh sa Ghearran.
(We hope that we see you at the
cèilidh in February.)

Suas Leis a’ Ghàidhlig!

Cèilidh na Samhna

[23 September 2019: The cèilidh is now at capacity for the hosts’ home and we have to cut off RSVPs.  We are taking names for a waiting list.]

 

A charaidean,

We’ve had a lot happen in our little community this year – our first immersion weekend; our first Language Villages; our head teacher, Scott Morrison’s, graduation from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig; one of our founding members, Liam Flynn, getting married; our first faculty addition with Robert Bingham coming on as a new teacher – we want to celebrate all of that.  And we are going to do so in the first cèilidh of the new academic year!

Thigibh ann cuide ruinn! (Join us!)

Cèilidh na Samhna

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 in a warm, convivial environment.

SUNDAY, 10 NOVEMBER
Didòmhnaich, 10mh Samhain
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ceithir uairean feasgar – Seachd uairean feasgar

Laurel, Maryland
RSVP required – Write to sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com
(The cèilidh house is a private home.
The address will be provided to those who RSVP.
Please note that space is limited.
RSVP early.)

 

 

Aig a’ chèilidh (At the céilidh)

  • We will share Gaelic songs and poems, much as was done at the Language Village.
  • We will share food and drink, and great company. 
  • Whatever your language level, we encourage you to use your Gaelic. 

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

  • Bring a dish to share: Make enough for 8 – 10 people. Let us know in advance what you are bringing.
  • Bring your instruments
  • Bring a song, poem, story, or tune to share (Gaelic is, of course, great, but not required)

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

RSVP to sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com

Welcoming Robert Bingham

Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir is very pleased to announce the addition of Robert Bingham to our faculty for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. It’s an exciting hallmark in the growth of Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir that our student demand requires us to expand our faculty. It’s also an honor to work with Robert, who has a deep love of the Gaelic language and culture and a passion for the revitalization of the language.

Robert is a native of South Florida.  He graduated in 2003 with a B/A Honours in Celtic Studies from Saint Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada where he learned Gaelic with Dr. Ken Nilsen and Catriona Parsons, as well as with the local community.  In Cape Breton he had the opportunity to immerse himself in North American Gaelic culture.  Robert received the Angus L MacDonald Scholarship to travel to Scotland, which he did in the summer of 2003. He currently lives with his wife and four children in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Robert is teaching one of our New Beginner classes, but even if you are not studying with him you are sure to see him around area events.