Photo of Irish Fair at sunset by E. Flagstad
Dear CIM Supporters,

Please join us for the Irish Fair of MN on beautiful Harriet Island, August 12-14th!  We are still looking for volunteers for the CIM booth at Irish Fair, particularly in the evenings. Please sign up for a couple of slots and thank you!

On Sunday, August 28th, we hope ALL of you will join us from 2-5pm for our Annual Open House at the Celtic Junction. Come play a tune, meet our instructors, attend a demonstration (all ages), see our space, and register for fall lessons & classes.

Registration for the fall term is open!  Take a look at our fall class offerings here.  The registration deadline for returning students to reserve their lesson time is August 19th.  After that date, lesson times will be open to new students.  The financial aid deadline is August 15th and the deadline to receive the 5% family discount is August 29th.  

Finally, I am very proud to tell you that CIM has two students traveling to Ennis, Ireland to compete in the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann the weekend of August 19th-21st. Please join me in sending best wishes to Adrienne O'Shea and Carmen Pasquerella as they travel to Ireland and compete at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann!

Adrienne will compete in Irish flute, tin whistle, Irish song, English song, and piano accompaniment
       Carmen will compete in Irish flute
       and tin whistle

Thanks for being a part of the CIM family! See you at the Irish Fair...

--Norah Rendell, CIM Executive Director


Please join us for the 
Irish Fair of Minnesota 
August 12-14 on Harriet Island!

An Luan Ensemble at Irish Fair 2014
Each year in August we celebrate all things Irish at the Irish Fair of Minnesota. We hope you will join us for a weekend full of family-friendly music, dance, crafts, sports, and fun with friends.  

We are asking for your help in staffing our information booth to spread the word about the Center for Irish Music's wonderful classes and programs!  Please peruse the schedule here and sign up for a time slot or two.  This is a wonderful way to meet fellow CIM students and families AND to share your enthusiasm for CIM with fair passers-by.  Thank you in advance for the generous gift of your time.

Plan on joining us all three days of the fair to hear great music from our ensembles and instructors - and to cheer them on!  

Friday 4-5pm
River Stage
Advanced Youth Ensemble
Friday 6-6:30pm
Tea Room
Young Adult Ensemble
Friday 6-7pm 
Children's Stage
Advanced Youth Ensemble - instrument demonstrations and petting zoo
Saturday 10:30-11:30am
Main Stage
Advanced Youth Ensemble
Saturday 12-1pm
Children's Stage
Advanced Youth Ensemble - instrument demonstrations and petting zoo
Sunday 10-10:45am (immediately after Mass)
Next to Main Stage
Open Sky Ensemble
Sunday 11:30am-12:30pm
Pub Tent
An Luan
Sunday 2-2:30pm
Tea Room
Young Adult Ensemble
Sunday 3-3:30pm
Tea Room

You can view the complete
performance schedule on the Irish Fair's website .  

Cathal, Ian, Irish Fair

Fallclasses**Register NOW for Fall Term at CIM**

CIM offers instrumental and singing classes for children, teens, and adults taught by world-class teachers - both  privately 
and in a  group setting.  Fall term begins Tuesday, September 6th and is 17 weeks long. 
You can register for group classes at the link, below.  For private lessons, please contact our administrative assistant Lorin
. Many of our instructors have full schedules, so we recommend reserving a lesson time as soon as possible.

For more information about classes and instructors, please join us at our open house on August 28th

MIM 2013
Teen song class taught by Daithi Sproule

We need YOU!

We depend on the expertise and talents of our community to enrich all of the events that we plan each year.  We are in great need of several lead volunteers for Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event.  Eigse, our fun night of dinner, an instructors' concert, and silent auction, takes months of planning to execute and run smoothly.  If you have time and talents to share, please consider joining the Eigse planning team.
  •  Do you have time in your schedule to help CIM?
  •  Are you organized, meticulous, and great with computers?
  •  Are you crafty, have a good eye for decor, or an artist?
  •  Do you have experience in the food industry and would be
     willing to lend a hand with menu and food prep?  
We are specifically looking for:   two volunteers to plan and lead kitchen coordination and one or two volunteers to plan and lead our silent auction.  If you are interested, please contact Emily Flagstad.

Saturday, August 6
Catch CIM instructors Cory Froehlich, Todd Menton, Cormac O'Se, and Daithi Sproule and several CIM student musicians/dancers perform in Kickin' it Irish as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.  7pm at the Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis.

Sunday, August 7
Catch CIM instructors and CIM student musicians/dancers perform in Kickin' it Irish as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.  2:30pm at the Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis.

Tuesday, August 9
Malarkey will air at a special time at 10am on KFAI with an interview with our own Todd Menton!

Thursday, August 11
Catch CIM instructors and CIM student musicians/dancers perform in  Kickin' it Irish as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.  5:30pm at the Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis.
Head out to  Augsburg Park in Richfield for a concert from Todd Menton at 7PM with extra-special guest Susan Esbjornson.  

Friday, August 12
Catch CIM instructors and CIM student musicians/dancers perform in  Kickin' it Irish   as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.  8:30pm at the Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis.

Friday, August 12 - Sunday, August 14
Please join us for all three days of the Irish Fair of Minnesota on Harriet Island, across from downtown St. Paul.  This FREE fair is a fun and family-friendly weekend of Irish music, dance, art, crafts, sports, food, and culture.  We hope to see you there! 

Sunday, August 14
Our own Todd Menton will be opening for Scythian at the Dakota Jazz Club at 7pm!

Monday, August 15
Applications for financial aid for our fall term are due today.  Click the link for detailed information and to download the application form.

Monday, August 22 - Friday, August 26
Children ages 8-12 are invited to take part in our 'Playing Together - An Introduction to Ensemble Playing' summer camp from 10am - 12pm this week.  Taught by Norah Rendell.

Friday, August 26
Head down to Wabasha to hear/see Norah Rendell & the Lost Forty perform at the 'Meet Me Under the Bridge' Concert Series!  Music begins at 7pm  in Heritage Park on Main Street West in Wabasha, MN.

Sunday, August 28
We hope you will join us for our annual open house from 2-5pm.  We will have instrument & class demos, an informal session, and crafts for kids!  Please come and meet our staff, tour our studio spaces, and register for fall classes.  We can't wait to meet you!

Monday, August 29 AND Tuesday, August 30
Be sure to catch We Banjo 3 at the Minnesota State Fair!  Performing at 3:30pm and 4:45pm on both days, this talented Irish group will wow fair-goers at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell!

Tuesday, September 6 - Sunday, September 11
Join us for our first week of classes for fall term!


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