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In This Issue:
Volunteer call for Irish Fair Booth
Important Dates for students
Find CIM at the Irish Fair this weekend!
CIM summer camps
Register for fall classes
CIM students competing in Ireland!


Celtic Line


Wednesday, August 7

Two Tap Trio performs at The Dubliner Pub in St. Paul, 9:30pm-12:30am.


Thursday, August 8

Todd Menton performs at Morrissey's Irish Pub in Uptown, 9pm.


Friday-Sunday, August 9-11

Irish Fair of Minnesota on Harriet Island in St. Paul....for a listing of CIM performances, see the article at right.


Wednesday, August 14

Todd Menton performs at The Dubliner Pub in St. Paul, 9:30pm-12:30am.


Saturday, August 17

Join the Twin Cities Ceili Band for tunes and dances at this Hawaiian Shirt and Tiki Bar Ceili!  From 7-10pm at The Celtic Junction.


Sunday, August 18

CIM Family Session runs from 2:30-4pm at CIM.  All current and former students are invited!


Two Tap Trio performs at The Dubliner Pub in St. Paul, 9:30pm-12:30am. 


Sunday, August 25

All are welcome to our CIM Open House from 4-6pm.  Meet our instructors, staff, and fellow students and register for fall classes! 


Wednesday, August 28

Two Tap Trio performs at The Dubliner Pub in St. Paul, 9:30pm-12:30am. 



This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all of the possible events within the Irish community in the Twin Cities.  For more listings, please visit the IMDA's Event Calendar, which is a great schedule of local events.  Visit the CIM Calendar for CIM Outreach Performances and the most up-to-date information on CIM classes, events, and recitals.
Calling all Volunteers for CIM booth at Irish Fair


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We are happy once again to be hosting an information booth at the Irish Fair of MN, the weekend of August 9-11th. We humbly request YOUR HELP to staff the booth, since each year the fair's hours get longer and longer! This is a wonderful way to share your enthusiasm for CIM with passers-by at the fair. We are located in the large merchandise tent with other vendors. This is a GREAT location for visibility and for recruiting new students.

We know our CIM community is busy during Irish Fair weekend. Please check your performance and dance schedules and then sign up for as many shifts as you comfortably can. We will provide water, snacks, and chairs for our volunteers...we appreciate you so much!



FALL TERM runs  Sept. 9-Jan. 26


August 15 - Financial Aid Deadline


August 25 - Open House, 4-6pm


September 2 - Registration deadline


September 8 - Parent meeting, 2pm


September 9 - First Day of Fall Term!


October 13 - Volunteer Party, 4-6pm, location TBA


October 31 - Closed for Halloween


November 14 - Give to the Max Day


Nov. 25-Dec. 1 - Closed for Thanks.


December 8 - FALL RECITALS 1-6pm


Dec. 23-Jan. 5 - Closed for holidays


Jan. 27-Feb. 2 - Make-up week for missed or rescheduled lessons from the Fall term.


All dates are subject to change.  The most up-to-date information is always posted on the CIM calendar.

The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

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As of August 5, we have 2,150 Fans!  WOW!  Become a fan of the Center for Irish Music on Facebook to share ideas, keep up-to-date on current CIM events, and share your love of Irish music with the larger Irish community! Please tell your friends.
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CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site.


As always, we welcome your feedback and comments.  Please feel free to contact us at any time at:
The Center for Irish Music
@The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
August 2013
Dear CIM supporters and students,

It's only 4 days until the Irish Fair of Minnesota down at Harriet Island! Come join in the FREE fun and take an hour or two to volunteer at the CIM booth. We welcome you to enjoy the music of many of our students and instructors at their Irish Fair gigs.  See Upcoming Events (left) and the article below for details.

Ensemble + instructors at IF 2012
Advanced Youth Ensemble & Instructors playing at Irish Fair

Fall classes are now open for registration.  
 Register online now 
and contact Erika to reserve your private lesson spot for the Fall term (which starts on September 9th).  Please remember to apply for financial aid by August 15th.  Also, check out (and spread the word about) the `Newcomers to Irish Music' 15% discount for beginner children's classes.

You are personally invited to the CIM Open House on August 25th from 4-6pm.  Spread the word and join us for tunes, beverages, and a chat.  Registration will be open and instructors will be available to answer questions you might have about lessons and classes.  

Finally, this year we will be holding an informational parent/student meeting on September 8th at 2pm to talk about practice techniques, how to help your child (or yourself) experience success and satisfaction along his or her musical journey, plus information on music competitions (including the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil taking place on May 9-11, 2014 in St. Louis).

I look forward to seeing you at Irish Fair, the Open House on August 25th, or some other time soon.

-Norah Rendell, 
CIM Executive Director
Join us at the Irish Fair of Minnesota, Aug. 9-11
Irish Fair poster 2013
We hope to see all of you this weekend at Harriet Island, across from downtown St. Paul, for the Irish Fair of Minnesota! The fair is FREE, it is FREE to get there via Metro Transit, and you get three full days of great Irish music, dance, and cultural activities. 

Friday 4:30pm - Angry Orchard Stage

Irish Fair Performance Camp & the Padden Family

Saturday 11:00am - Mainstage

IF Performance Camp students, Instructors and advanced teens.

Saturday 1:00pm - Children's Tent

IF Performance Camp students with Danielle Enblom

Saturday 5:30pm - Trisceill Tea Room

The Ragged Hanks Ensemble

Sunday 12:00pm - Pub Stage

The Open Sky Ensemble

Sunday 4:00pm - Children's Tent

IF Performance Camp students with Danielle Enblom for a ceili!

Be sure to also check out the performances and workshops being offered by our talented CIM instructors by downloading a detailed schedule here.


We will also have an information booth in the merchandise tent - please sign up if you are able - where you can ask questions about lessons, peruse our fall class offerings, and hear a tune or two!  

Watch for "teaser" posts about performances at the Irish Fair on our CIM Facebook page this week.  There are so many music and dance performances, instrument workshops, and even a "dueling ballads" event!

For detailed information about the fair, check out the Irish Fair of MN website


Register now for our last camp of the summer!


Playing Together (Aug. 12-16) - An Intro to Ensemble Playing and Arranging (ages 7-11).  For students who already play a traditional Irish instrument, come to this camp to meet new friends who share your passion and want to learn to play music in a group. This is a great camp to see if you'd like to join one of our ensembles this fall term.  Click here to register.


Liam and Connor  

Fall Term is Around the Corner

An Luan Performing
Register now for fall classes.  The term runs from September 9th through January 26th.  Contact us if you have any questions about which group 
best suits you!
Best wishes to our students competing at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013
Fleadh group 2013
CIM students & families at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil
in St. Louis in May
Three of our very talented students and their families are headed to Ireland this week to compete at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry.  These students qualified to compete at this fleadh by placing 1st or 2nd in their respective instrument categories in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in St. Louis, MO in May.  


We look forward to sharing photos from the competition and stories of our families' adventures in next month's newsletter.  Until then, you can find out all about the Fleadh at their website.  

Best of luck, competitors!