A weaving of daily thoughts by Susan, the owner of a small business, The Celtic Collection, a shop and The Cottage Room, an educational center.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tai Chi classes a hit

The Celtic Collection partnered with North Surburban Adult Services and The YMCA to offer classes in Tai Chi. That may seem like an odd class for a Celtic shop to be offering. But Mr. Harry Webb, who is the Scottish Gaelic teacher , is also a Tai Chi instructor. The class was a great success with 22 students attending. We were all surprised how good we felt at the end of each class. Harry was an excellent leader, making it possible for each member to enter into the exercise at their own pace. His sense of humor was also delightful. For those in the class, Harry recommended using google to get to the site "taiji.de " for the chance to see an expert performing what we just learned.The class is over for the summer but we will be offering another class in September.More information will be made available in The Celtic Collection's event calender in the future.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bagpipe instruction now available

As the owner of The Celtic Collection and mother of favoured son
Jonathan Shegog, I am proud to say Jonathan has graduated cum laude from The Citadel and will be joining us here at the shop for a short while.
Jonathan was the pipe major at The Citadel for two years. His responsibilities included instructing new cadets on the bagpipes, assisting with the merging of the pipe band and the regimental band for combined performances, and leading the pipe band in competitions and performances. Jonathan also represented The Citadel as a piper at events in and around the Charleston community for the 4 years he was there. On occassion, he flew back to perform for events in the Pittsburgh area. He also does performances with the Carnival Of Souls, a Celtic band from Pittsburgh, PA.

Jonathan is currently being interviewed by The Air Force Reserves and will become a pilot for them after he has completed his training. In the mean time, Jonathan will be in the Pittsburgh area and will be glad to offer bagpipe lessons at the Celtic Collection. If you think you would be interested in beginning lessons with Jonathan, please give us a call and we will be glad to set up an appointment.


The Celtic Collection
(412) 766-1044

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Celtic Collection gives The Dirk Award

For the second year in a row, The Celtic Collection has presented The Dirk Award to the cadet who has demonstrated leadership and dedication to The Citadel Pipe Band. The Citadel is a military college in Charleston South Carolina, founded in 1842 and well known for producing leaders . The Citadel has one of the few military Pipe bands that competes at Highland Games in the United States. It takes discipline to meet the critera of the school and devote time to the practice and extra activities required of the band members. This year the award was given to Cadet Captain Jonathan Shegog. Shegog is the only cadet to serve as the pipe major for two consecutive years in the history of the school. Pictured above is Captain S. James Dillahey, director of Piping for The Citadel, presenting the award to Cadet Captain Shegog on May 9th, 2009.