Killington Pipers' Gathering - 2010 Instructors

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Killington Pipers' Gathering - 2010 Instructors

Post by MarkS » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:26 pm

Dear Friends of the Pipers' Gathering,

We’re pleased to announce our instructor lineup for the 2010 Pipers’ Gathering. This year, the Gathering will be held from Friday evening, August 13th through Monday, August 16th in the Snowshed Lodge at the Killington Grand Hotel in Killington, Vermont. Our instructors and performers for the 2010 event include:

Border pipes: Dan Houghton, EJ Jones
English pipes: Jon Swayne
Northumbrian smallpipes: Ian Lawther, Anthony Robb
Scottish smallpipes: Dan Houghton, EJ Jones, Jim McGillivray
Uilleann pipes: Brian McNamara, Bill Ochs, Anthony Santoro
Flute: Laura MacKenzie
Whistle: Andrea Mori

Registration will open on May 1st, 2010. In the meantime, you can reserve your room at the Killington Grand Hotel. Be sure to mention the Pipers’ Gathering to get our group rates. Hotel information is available on our website at:

http://www.pipersgathering.org/LodgingGrand.shtml or
http://www.pipersgathering.org/LodgingOther.shtml

We hope your vacation plans this year will include joining us in Killington.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR GRANT APPLICATION

As everyone who attended last year's Pipers' Gathering already knows, we have applied for a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts under their Access to Artistic Excellence program. This means that we are in competition with more mainstream arts organizations for a share of a limited pot of money.

In the wider arts community, bagpipes are not generally known for their artistic excellence; in fact we are rank outsiders in this race. To help our cause we are asking YOU, who do know about the artistic quality of bellows blown pipes, to add a word on our behalf. We cannot lobby the NEA directly, but we ask that you send an e-mail to the Governor of Vermont, Jim Douglas, in support of our application.

Let Governor Douglas know that the Pipers’ Gathering takes place in Vermont, and enriches both the lives and the pockets of Vermonters. It is one of the few organizations in the United States dedicated to promoting and preserving these lesser-known kinds of bagpipes, and is worthy of his support for this NEA grant. The more people who say this, the better our chances are of being taken seriously.

Go here to contact the Governor of Vermont: http://governor.vermont.gov/contact.html

YOUR FEEDBACK IS WELCOME!

Please feel free to write any time with suggestions for what (or who) you would like to see at the Pipers' Gathering. Every year we send a survey to the participants following the event, but we'd also like to hear from those who have not attended about what would make the weekend more attractive to you. Write to us at info@pipersgathering.org.

Thank you for your continued interest and support,

The Board of Directors of The Pipers' Gathering, Inc.:

Richard Shuttleworth, Chairman
Mark Stayton, Treasurer
Dawn Littlepage, Secretary
Bill Gority
Judy Stayton

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The Pipers' Gathering, Inc., presenter of The Pipers' Gathering, is registered as a non-profit corporation in the State of Vermont and is recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization under the provisions of section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. Tax-deductible contributions are gratefully accepted by Mark Stayton, Treasurer, The Pipers' Gathering, Inc., 97 N. 3rd Ave., Royersford PA 19468 or at http://www.pipersgathering.org/Donations.shtml

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