Summer School Package Offered at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts

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The Gaelic College with Cape Breton accommodation partner the Silver Dart Lodge host Gaelic Summer School Courses

The Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts with its Cape Breton accommodation partner the Silver Dart Lodge in Baddeck are offering the Silver Bough – Celtic Arts for a Celt at Heart Cape Breton vacation package available July 11 to August 15, 2011. In the beauty of St. Ann’s and nearby Baddeck, visitors experience first-hand the rooted culture of Cape Breton through a variety of disciplines including Great Highland bagpipe, Bodhran, Cape Breton fiddle and dance, Celtic harp and Gaelic language and song. Also featured are Highland dance, piano accompaniment, pipe band drumming, Scottish small pipes and weaving. Those purchasing the vacation package can choose which disciplines they wish to experience.

The Silver Bough – Celtic Arts for a Celt at Heart package includes five nights Cape Breton accommodation at the Silver Dart Lodge in Baddeck, daily breakfast, Gaelic College Traditional Cape Breton Summer School, lunch at the College and a Gaelic Welcome Pack. “This is the start of our progressive marketing plan to diversify our products and services to incorporate our partners and colleagues and to expand the level of services for our students. Giving our student an opportunity to stay at an upscale Cape Breton resort like the Silver Dart will help us attract a whole new demographic of student,” states Connie MacAskill, Marketing and Promotions Officer.

Packages start from $735/person double occupancy plus applicable taxes in an East Lodge double room at the Silver Dart Lodge. Rates may vary with room type selected.

For further information on the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts and its dedication to the preservation of Gaelic language, arts and culture, visit http://www.gaeliccollege.edu/. To book the Silver Bough – Celtic Arts for a Celt at Heart Cape Breton vacation package visit http://www.maritimeinns.com/en/home/silverdartlodge/default.aspx

About the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts
The Gaelic College is owned by The Gaelic College Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1937 to create a center to protect, promote and perpetuate the language, music, arts and culture of the area’s Scottish settlers. The Foundation is incorporated under the laws of Nova Scotia as a Registered Charity. The current mission statement of the College, which has not changed since its inception, is to promote, preserve and perpetuate, through studies in all related areas, the culture, language, music, arts, crafts, customs and traditions of immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland. The school is a multi-functional facility offering:

Summer School and March Break session, degree-credit courses and on-line Gaelic courses
Elderhostel Programs
Concerts, Céilidhs, Festivals
Hospitality services for various groups, events, conventions and meetings
Operating a Craft Shop that specializes in Scottish and local crafts and includes a sewing room for Scottish attire
Other culture oriented courses and workshops throughout the year
Great Hall of the Clans – Gaelic Heritage Learning Centre exhibit consists of eight interpretive stations

The Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts is a founding member of the Celtic Heart of North America Co-operative, a group of eleven Cape Breton businesses representing and preserving the Gaelic and Celtic cultural experiences on Cape Breton Island.

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