November 8, 2013
Dear Members of Irish Traditions Atlanta,
Congratulations on the launch of IrishFest Atlanta 2013! We had an excellent first experience and our model was a success. We have confirmed that combining music and dance workshops, performances, theatre, and other cultural enrichment programs appeals to all ages of our community and represent the Irish culture very well.
There are many that we owe thanks to for ensuring a successful launch! Let’s begin with the Irish Traditions Board! They are all ROCK STARS! And of course, our local musicians and teachers generously contributed their talents for our first year!
Tim Hogan, Barbara Joyce, Mike Simpson, Katherine Irwin Thomas, John Maschinot, Mary Ujda, Bella Issakova and Moira Nelligan
Our patrons who have ensured our financial success:
- TARA: Abrams, Davis, Mason & Long LLC/ Teresa & Foster Finley /Matt & Audra Ford /Oldcastle Materials /PWC
- Emerald: Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade / Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant / Irial & Deirdre Finan / Rí Rá Irish Pub
- Shamrock Patrons: Carvalho & Associates, PC / Christina Dowling & Kathy Bjorke / Julie & Mark Goldberg / Holly Greene / Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta / Irish Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta / Katherine & Russ Thomas / Bruce & Joanne Westbrook
And of course the amazing TRIAN and Shannon Dunne as our first featured artists produced an exciting opening concert and continued to share their talents throughout Friday evening and all day on Saturday. Special recognition goes to Paul Gleeson, our very own Consul General of Ireland! Paul has been instrumental in our undertaking…by doing what he does best…which is bringing together all the business and Irish cultural organizations together to support all things Irish!
And to the many other volunteers, performers, vendors and auction donors who have contributed to creating our first IrishFest Atlanta…we thank you!
We are well on our way to planning IrishFest Atlanta 2014 and we would love to have your input and your volunteerism. Please consider getting more involved. We are in need of skills and experience in marketing, grant writing, fundraising, and much more. If you are interested in stepping up in a major way and join Irish Traditions as a Board Member, please do not hesitate to contact me and I can help you understand the commitment and we can discuss your areas of interest.
Besides planning for 2014, Irish Traditions will be focused on:
- Renewing memberships over the next several months
- Launching the 2014 scholarship program
- Planning for the SCT Traditional Music Exams, to be administered by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in the early summer of 2014.
Our calendar will be published soon, but until then please circle the following dates on your calendar:
December 2nd: Irish Traditions Scholarship program will be launched with a due date for all applications to be submitted by January 31st, 2014. We expect to award the scholarships around March 1st, 2013 to kick of the St. Patrick’s Day season!
- December 21st & 22nd: Celtic Christmas at the Rialto…where many of our members will support this annual event.
- December 26th: St. Stephen’s Day Annual Irish Traditions Atlanta Gathering at RiRa. We are targeting 4:00pm – 8:00pm. You will hear from our 2013 scholarship winners! Bring your instruments and dancing shoes!
The holiday season is also a great time to attend some of the many events around town. Check our web page for updates!
Slán go foil, do chara
Board Chair – Irish Traditions Atlanta
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