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Hear Ye … Hear Ye … Hear Ye!
The 2019 AGM here in Region 1 is happening! After a false start at another site, we are going to be enjoying the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival in St. Leonard, MD on April 27.
The festival is over 40 years old and is held at the Jefferson Patterson Park right on the Patuxent River. Although they do not have an “honored clan” tradition, they will announce Clan Hay in the welcoming remarks, since we will be holding our AGM there. The festival is not free, however, but getting tickets ahead of time will save a few dollars.
There are many interesting things to do in the area. Of course, April is still too cold for swimming but there are beaches where fossils, including sharks teeth can be found. There are several parks in the area featuring different flora and fauna.
Apparently, the park where the festival is held was a Native American summer fishing camp, is full of archeological sites, and has its own museum. The first settlements by English settlers are also in this area. I just want to alert those who have not lived near a shoreline, it will be breezy and cooler than you might expect. Come prepared!
We are going to be staying at the Holiday Inn Conference Center and Marina, which is in Solomons, MD about 10 minutes from the festival. We have a block of rooms waiting from April 25 through April 28 and I have it on good authority that the hotel is very nice and well equipped to handle large events.
From what I have been told, they have even heated up a haggis or two. (No exploding haggises here!) I will be making a trip to the area to check out eateries (it is a tough job but someone must do it) for Friday evening for those who will be on site.
We will be holding to the usual schedule -- Council meeting on Friday, festing, AGM and banquet on Saturday and wreath laying on Sunday. We will be holding the auction again, so start thinking about what you are bringing.
The nearest airports are in Washington, DC, but Baltimore is not too much farther away, if that is where the best deal is.
The festival has a website, although as of this writing, 2019 information is not up yet. Calvert County MD also has a nice website with lots of information about the area, including restaurants, activities, and sites of interest.
I am still wrapping up some details, but I know we will have a lovely event in Southern Maryland. Cannot wait to see you all there.
Bonnie H. Middleton
Region 1 Representative
Clan Hay Society
2019 AGM Schedule
St. Leonard, MD
April 26-28, 2019
(All Events Open To Everyone)
FRIDAY, April 26:
9:00am Hospitality Suite Open
1:00pm Council Meeting in the Hospitality Suite
3:00pm Workshop #1: For Conveners – What Works, What Doesn’t at the Hospitality Suite
4:00pm Volunteers to the Games field to set-up
6:00pm Dinner at a nearby restaurant (Dutch Treat)
SATURDAY, April 27:
7:00am Breakfast with our President, Dining Room
Clan Hay and the Future - Informal
Early Birds to the Games field to open up tents
9:00am LET THE GAMES BEGIN! (Open to the public from 9am-5pm.)
12:00am Line up for Parade of Clans and Opening Ceremonies
1:30pm Clan Hay group picture at the tent site
Annual General Meeting at the Clan Hay tent site
4:00pm Set up the dining room at the Holiday Inn (decorating tables, etc.)
4:30pm Prepare to dismantle tents and pack up
5:00pm Games Closing Ceremonies and massed bands
6:00pm Clan Hay Banquet, (cash bar starts at 6:00), Holiday Inn
SUNDAY, April 28:
7:00am Breakfast with our Vice-President, Dining Room
What does the Council need to know? (Share your ideas.) - Informal
8:30am Cars leave for Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony
9:00am Wreath Laying Ceremony begins
1:00pm End of planned schedule; please visit sites of interest, or shop in the area
Hospitality Room available from 5:00pm Thursday 9/15 through 1:00pm Sunday 9/18.
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING!
See you next year in Region 2
Note: Times listed may change slightly.