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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
2016 North American Manx Association Convention Workshops
$15 for Manx Culture and History Workshops; Pricing for other events varies | 703-717-0074
The Manx -- the people of the Isle of Man, between Britain and Ireland -- are coming to Annapolis. The biennial convention of the North American Manx Association will bring people of Manx descent from all over the U.S. and Canada to O'Callaghan's Hotel. The convention features an afternoon of public workshops on Manx culture, history (think Vikings), language (Manx Gaelic), crafts (kids & adults) and traditional music June 25, from 1-4 pm. Come learn about this unique people, place and culture!
All workshops free to NAMA Members,
$15 per adult for non-members
SCHEDULE / SKEDJAL
1 p.m. Failt Erriu dys Ellan Vannin! Kelly McCarthy of Port St. Mary, Isle of Man
and Alexandria, Virginia introduces her beautiful native home and what makes it
unique. Learn about famous Manx and Manx-Americans and the heritage the Manx
brought with them to North America.
1: 30 p.m. Vikings – From Mannin to Maryland. The Isle of Man was once the center
of a great Viking kingdom that stretched from Irelandto the Orkneys in Scotland. Learn about Manx
Vikings and a chance to be a Viking right here on the Chesapeake Bay — if you're
2 p.m. Manx Gaelic in 30 minutes! Bill Cassidy introduces the Manx
language, Gaelg, a sister tongue of Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Learn a bit
about the history of Manx Gaelic and pick up some important phrases. We'll have
a braew braew time and you'll soon have Manx dy liooar, whooiney!
2:30 p.m. Gow Arrane: Learn
Manx Songs.Manx singers are making a big
impression these at festivals all over the Celtic world and beyond. This is
your chance to learn a few songs in Manx. We’ll lead you through a few simple
song or two line by line and word by word until you’re ready to sing.
3:15 p.m. Room 1: Henry Collister: Maryland's Colonial Manx Naturalist. Dr. Ellen Lawlerintroduces us to Henry Callister, a Manx
immigrant who arrived in Oxford, Maryland in 1742. Callister was a profuse
letter writer, a merchant, musician, and a pioneering Colonial-era naturalist.
3:15 p.m.-5 p.m. Room 2: Manx Crafts for All Ages — Come build and create with us as Chicago's Margie Martinson-Brezina
leads adults and children in a crafts workshop. We will build Manx-style
thatched cottages for birds and decorate home decor with Manx themes. Supplies
4 p.m.-5 p.m.Room 1: Manx Traditional Tunes and Session — Join Ed Bradshaw and Bill Cassidy in
this hands-on workshop on Manx traditional instrumental music. We'll learn a
few Manx tunes and perhaps get a chance to play for our supper (or at least a
pint). Bring your instrument(s)!