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This past weekend I had a great opportunity to support a great programme and as I see it, a cause.

Pierre held his 10th Annual Canadian Celtic Celebration, and after some previous work with him he had asked that I participate.  It’s always been part of my hope to build a sort of “Highland Heritage Society” in town.  So often we all work individually, but rarely as a concerted group.  There are plenty of Italian societies, Finn, First Nation and whatnot, but nothing for the celts.

Well, I think Pierre has done an awesome thing in bringing a bunch of great musicians together with the sole purpose of sharing.  Our own pipe band has made it a near centure [next year, 2012, marks our official centennial] only because of the fact that we ‘share’ it as much as possible.  Our free instruction I think is a testament to that.  However, we’re still not as open as we need to be.

Part of the weekend involved a concert and it was nice, although limited, for me to make some other contacts with the people I performed with – I want to find ways for us to all work collaboratively together more often, and I’d like to thank Pierre for that opportunity and give us a glimpse of what that could look like.

Additionally, I was pretty nervous performing.  I’ve competed before, and played at the Auditorium, but never as a ‘solo’ in front of such a crowd.  That lineup of musicians was absolutely stellar, and I can’t believe I was allowed to even be considered to be a part of it.

It’s just ironic how in the past few years my work life has centred on the community partnership models, and it’s not something that has really sunk in for the organization I’ve been in for almost 2 decades.

And… it’s kinda sad that the vision wasn’t caught much by others in my ‘community’.  As a person related to me, don’t be so surprised that less and less people come out to our fundraising events if we can’t also support our fellow groups.


And for those of you keeping count it’s 43 biked days out of a possible 54 = 79.6%

Just realized it had been a week since I last posted on here.  Figure I should post ‘cuz I like to keep track of my biking at least, and tomorrow I might not be able to [going to go and meet the new p2p and/or it’ll rain]

Had a great last after business, good food – and it’s nice to have it off the shoulders for a while.

Finished up our busier season of some gigs.  Got eaten alive at the Relay For Life.  Next year we’ll be re-evaluating how we’re going to do that gig.  Too often it feels as though they are trying to ‘fit us in’ and do us a favour by letting us play.  Well, we’ll talk next year.

Had a nice father’s day [oh and birthday].  My mom had a huge dinner for us.  Those oreo truffles were really good.  [and to top it off our favourite German chocolate fairy dropped off more chocolate – I’ll donate these to you mom]

Other than that… not much on the major horizon – which is good.  I have the Canadian Celtic Celebration this weekend I should finish working on my curriculum for it [probably way over thinking it as my handout so far is 26 pages].

I have Minocqua coming up, which should be a great treat for us.  4 parades in one day will help the coffers out a lot, meaning we won’t have to do as many.  Rory wants to go a day early to go shopping, but I just realized I said I’d play a wedding.  Hmm… go shopping, or earn some cash.  I do want that eeePad.

38/49 = 77%