Portal Irish Music Week 2016 in the Record Books

Fiddlers at the Portal Peak Lodge. Photo by David G. Barnes
Fiddlers at the Portal Peak Lodge. Photo by David G. Barnes
Portal was again congested with musicians.
Portal was again congested with musicians.

I am once again overwhelmed with the success of our camp. Democrats and Republicans come together every year and organize this thing. Our participants come in all political stripes and I want to say we can all get along. The people still have the power to do good things. Ignore the BS and relate to everyone as an individual.

I am so grateful for this camp and its continued success. Mitch and Loni, owners of the Portal Peak Lodge and Cafe, and their fantastic staff worked diligently and perkily to provide us with meals and a welcoming space to learn. The teachers at the camp continue to nurture and prod their students to be the best they can be. Marla Fibish, Brian Conway, Matt Heaton, Colin Lindsay, Pete Strickler, Isaac Alderson, and Brian Lanni were accessible and involved. They continue to push my dream of music for all, especially those picking it up later in life. And Burt was the friendly morning bird guide and afternoon hike attendant. We aim to provide a well rounded experience and Burt’s walks are a big part of the picture.

Thanks also to the people of Portal that help the show go on. Kathleen Talbot at the Library where we host public singing sessions. The Portal Rescue classroom that allows us to offer more classes. Barbara Roth’s whole house for instructors. Numerous friends that feed and print and errand run for us. We appreciate you all.

Now I’m pooped.

Here I am breaking my number one rule the first night of Portal Irish Music Week. Don't touch the wildlife.
Here I am breaking my number one rule the first night of Portal Irish Music Week. Don’t touch the wildlife.
Flute Class
Flute Class
2016 T-shirts.
2016 T-shirts.
Schedule
Schedule
Colin giving a private lesson.
Colin giving a private lesson.
Matt Heaton snapping photos during the staff concert.
Matt Heaton snapping photos during the staff concert.
Fiddle class with Colin Lindsay.
Fiddle class with Colin Lindsay.
Will has been to 5 out of 6 PIMW. Here he is sporting the first year's t-short ala Superman.
Will has been to 5 out of 6 PIMW. Here he is sporting the first year’s t-shirt ala Superman.

 

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3 thoughts on “Portal Irish Music Week 2016 in the Record Books”

  1. Thank you guys for bringing a wonderful group to Portal, to allow us to enjoy them and their music. It is always over too quickly from my perspective; maybe doubling the length would be welcome for all! Happy Trails To You……………

  2. I always laugh at that “congested” sign but in your photo, it really WAS congested!

    Bet Mitch and Loni are pooped, too! [and more]

  3. Will may be showing the shirt ala Superman, but the real superhero is you, putting on an Irish Music camp when you don’t even play Irish (still convinced that we’ll convert you). Fighting through the lean years, even the surgery year, and keeping everything running smoothly! Thanks to you and everyone in Portal for making the camp such a unique and wonderful experience! (But I’m not convinced that “perkily” is actually a word…)

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