Posted by: liamcassidy | May 26, 2012

Promoting the Mòd at Fair Hill Games

Gaelic activities sponsored by the Mòd and ACGA at the Fair Hill Colonial Highland Games, May 19, 2012.

The Mòd crew hit the road last week to raise Gaelic awareness at the Fair Hill Colonial Highland Gathering in Fair Hill, Md., near historic Elkton. For the first time, An Comunn Gaidhealach Ameireaga and the U.S. National Mòd had a presence at Fair Hill, conducting Gaelic language and song workshops, passing out information on the U.S. Mòd and launching another first, a raffle for a custom-made kilt to benefit the Mòd!

Kiltmaker Bonnie Heather Greene is donating a custom-made, hand-sewn Kilt and Kathy Park of Bonnie Toes a pair of custom Argyle Kilt Hose to raise funds for the 25th U.S. National Mòd, Sept. 21-23, 2012.

Raffle tickets are $10 or three for $25. Online ticket sales will be here soon via PayPal. More than $300 worth of tickets were sold at the Fair Hill games, and we will be selling tickets at the Ohio Scottish Games (June 21-23), Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (July 12-15) in North Carolina,  the Virginia Scottish Games (Sept. 1-2) and at the U.S. National Mòd and Ligonier Highland Games (Sept 22).

The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the Mòd Dinner and Cèilidh in Ligonier on Sept. 22 – but you don’t have to be there to win.

The raffle is part of a special fundraising drive for the 25th U.S. Mòd – a milestone for the Gaelic language movement in North America. We kicked off our fundraising effort with a special Mòd concert in Alexandria, Va., March 16 that raised more than $900. We’re hoping to at least match if not exceed that amount through the raffle. Get more information on the raffle here.

The Mòd crew at the Fair Hill games was led by Kathy Park with Erin, Sadie and Julius Park, Iain Grimaldi, who came down from New York for the event, Mòd Committee member Sherry Kreamer, fidder and Gaelic singer Doyle Raines and Liam Cassidy, who led language and song workshops. The Parks designed a wonderful tent and display with information about the Mòd, ACGA,  Gaelic and Margaret Fay Shaw.

Display on the life and work of Gaelic song collector and musicologist Margaret Fay Shaw by Erin Park.

We hope to return next year with more workshops, including storytelling, and a performance by Mòd singers on the main stage.



  1. It was a lovely day!!

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