As is usual for this time of year, we find ourselves with our annual Celtic Festival on the horizon: the 2015 Celtic Festival is scheduled for April 25th. For those of you who may not have gone through this before, the attached materials should explain everything you need to know about this year's festival. If you know of any other Celtic-related organizations that might want to in participate this year, we'd be happy to hear from them. The same goes for past participants who may have missed hearing from us (letters and e-mails have been known to vanish into thin air; you know how it goes).
Our layout for the clans and organizations should be similar to last year's, but may undergo some changes based on the number of clans and organizations that attend, so be prepared for some possible (but mild) differences; our hope is always to, at the same time, identify the spots that didn't work as well as we planned and make adjustments. This year the spaces should remain the same size as they were in 2014.
Please make sure to have your representatives sign the clan applications, as they double as our "hold harmless" forms. If you have two persons in charge of your tent, please make sure that both persons sign the enclosed clan/organization form, as this directly affects your liability and the Celtic Cup award. Also, if you have interest in purchasing advance tickets, this must be done through the CSSM website; if you have any questions about this, please contact me directly. As always, the rental of a space includes two tickets and one parking pass.
The CSSM is still trying to move our registrations over to an internet method (we're already doing so for dance, piping, and athletic competitors). If this occurs during the application process, I will, of course, let everyone know.
This year, please return your signed application to me by April 1. After that, I cannot guarantee you rental of a tent, table, or chairs.
As usual, we are looking for sponsors for groups to underwrite trophies and awards in the various competitions; we seek sponsors for trophies, for the dancing, clans, piping and band competitions. We have sponsors for the Celtic Cup and living history awards, and we hope others will follow their example in becoming regular event sponsors. Information on the trophies is on the application sheet. If you're interested in larger sponsorship, we have a sponsorship committee that can help you be a higher-level (including corporate) sponsor.
If you have any connections to living history groups, please feel free to mention us to them. We provide a small token stipend as a "thank you"; and don't forget the 4:00 battle.
I am attaching a copy of this letter and the clan application; we will send you an electronic copy of the flyer and the program advertisement application will be sent to you as soon as it's been completed. As always, you can contact me at this e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Should you think something is amiss (haven't heard from me, etc), please e-mail or call me as soon as you can.
Geoffrey Davis, Clans Steward