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YES!  Our Plan Is to Gather IN PERSON!

Despite the success of last year's virtual retreat, we have decided to plan for the best and prepare for the worst.  The "best" is clearly our gathering safely in person October 21st-24th for our 18th annual O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat at Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian, Texas.  In preparing for the "worst," if the pandemic prevents us from meeting in person, we will resort to a virtual event which we know how to do now.

Of course, we'll be paying close attention to the CDC and other federal, state and local health agencies as October approaches.  All predictions so far lead us to believe that it will be safe to meet.  We will follow CDC guidelines that are issued at the time, and the safety of our students, staff and instructors will remain our top priority.        

We already have made some changes in anticipation of future guidelines.  We have limited the number of classes by a third.  This was done because we only want to reserve classroom spaces that would accommodate six feet of physical distancing between students.  We are also considering modifications to our concerts and dining as well as capping student enrollment.  These decisions will be based on the science and data provided in the coming months.  By the end of summer, we will make any necessary adjustments.

We have already been asked if we will require participants to be fully vaccinated.  The answer is no because there is no legal way for us to verify if they do.  However, we will encourage people to get vaccinated, not just to protect themselves, but everyone else.  We know that some will still consider the risk too high, and we regret that you won't join us this year.  This virus has certainly taken its toll, and your concerns are valid.  For those that choose to come, we will celebrate Irish music together at last and perhaps with a renewed passion.  Until then, be safe and be well!

Our Instructors for 2021
We are very excited about our teaching lineup this year.  Some of the best players of Irish music today will be in the classrooms this October, including (pictured below left to right) Randal Bays (Advanced Fiddle), Michael Black (Singing), Seán Cleland (Intermediate Fiddle), David Curley (Guitar), Kara Doyle (Uilleann Pipes), Florence Fahy (Anglo Concertina), Shane Farrell (Tenor Banjo), Marla Fibish (Mandolin), Seán Gavin (Flute), Maeve Gilchrist (Harp), Jacob McCauley (Bodhrán), Eamon O'Leary (Bouzouki), Haley Richardson (Fiddle Fundamentals), Cillian Vallely (Whistle), Caitlin Warbelow (Intermediate Fiddle) and John Whelan (Button Accordion).  Fiddler Margaret Graham (not shown) will play melodies for the guitar classes.
Each year, we invite selected students and guests who attend the retreat to present workshops about which they are knowledgeable.  Based on our surveys, these workshops are highly regarded.  If you have an idea for a workshop and you plan to attend this year's retreat, go to APPLY and submit a proposal.  Please understand that we have limited slots and not all ideas will be accepted.  Workshop presenters are paid a small honorarium.
We are adding information to our website almost daily, and our goal is to have everything updated by May 1st.  Click on the photo above to be taken directly to our website.
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Mailing Address: 1320 Navaho Trail, Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: (469) 215-1840

Organized by the Traditional Irish Music Education Society (TIMES)
A Texas non-profit organization founded in 2005.

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