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General Information, Cascadia Irish Music Week 2018

Cascadia Irish Music Week staff:

Joe McDonough (Manager)  (808) 989-2123

Brendan Boyle  (206) 235-2061

Ann Delahanty (206) 484-1730

Randal Bays (206) 353-8743

(Cell phone signal is sketchy for most service providers)

The Evergreen State College

Telephone: (360) 867-6000 (emergencies only)

Address:  2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, WA 98505

Campus Map:

Arrival and departure

Park in Lot F on the north side of the campus, and walk over to Building A (see map).  Our staff will check you in at an outdoor table and show you where to find your lodgings. Please plan to arrive at Evergreen no earlier than 3pm on Sunday,  August 5th. Our first scheduled activity is dinner at 5pm followed by the Orientation Meeting at 6pm in the HCC building (see below).  Everyone must be checked out and departing the Evergreen campus no later than 11 am on Saturday, August 11th.


Our first scheduled event is dinner on Sunday at 5pm in the Greenery, in the College Activities Building (CAB, see Map), followed by the Orientation Meeting  at 6pm in the HCC. This will be an informal introduction to the teachers and the Ceol Cascadia committee, as well as our scholarship students.  Sessions will follow. Classes begin Monday morning (see the schedule). The schedules included in this packet will be your guide to what's happening when.  There's a weekly schedule, a daily class schedule and an evening activities schedule.

Lectures and discussions

Monday through Friday from 6 to 7 pm we'll have informal talks and intimate concerts in the HCC building featuring our instructors.   Don't miss these as they're a great way to get to know the people and the music in a relaxed setting.

An extra tune-learning session has been added during Session III; you can change class choices during registration period on Sunday (first come, first serve) at the camp office in Dorm P.


We will be using Parking Lot F on the north side of the campus (see map).  Those who plan to bring vehicles on campus must display a parking permit issued by the College.   Parking permits cost $3.00 per vehicle/per day and can be purchased in A dorm at check-in with cash/check only.  If you wish to pay via credit card you can do so in the F Parking Lot at the parking machine. Parking permits are only required M-F.


Sheets, towels, etc. are included, no need to make special arrangements.  Towels are available for daily exchange if left on the floor. You can also visit the guest services office in A Dormitory for fresh linens as needed as well.  Guest services is staffed 24 hours a day.

Laundry is available on the bottom floor of A dormitory as well as within the HCC Laundry room.  You must purchase a card and then load money to the card. They are not coin-op machines.

Office Hours

We will have our camp office in “P” dorm (one of our housing units.)  Someone will be at the desk most of the time during the days (but not during class periods).  Announcements will be posted in both the office and the HCC.


There is a free wi-fi signal at TESC.

Instrument Check-in

Since each lodging room has a locking door, we will not have an instrument check-in this year.

Meals, etc.

Please make note of the hours during which meals are served.  This year TESC will be giving people a plastic “meal card” with a magnetic strip. It has a hole punched in the top to hang from the key lanyard  There are coffee shops and snacks available during the day on the campus.

NO POTS/UTENSILS are supplied in the unit kitchens. The stoves and ovens are also turned off for the summer session. You may bring an electric tea kettle or coffee maker. If you plan on stocking your fridge with food, you’ll need plates, mugs, forks, knives, spoons etc.

Most restrooms on campus are unisex.  There are non-unisex bathrooms on the 2nd floor of the Greenery restaurant (CAB)

The residence units are NOT air conditioned. The buildings are in the tall trees, but a small electric fan might be useful.

The pool and gym are available M-F 12Noon to 8PM.  You will need to sign in at the front desk as being part of the Irish Week and be ready to show your housing key.


See the evening activities schedule for times and locations of organized sessions.  There will be both “guided” and “free-range” sessions in the evenings, led by our instructors.  Other spaces will be designated for open sessions including hopefully a quiet place for singing sessions.   Please don't play late in the sleeping areas, and be sensitive to those who are trying to get some rest.

Wednesday Dance & Ceili

On Wednesday we'll be joined by Portland's Nancy Jarrell, who will teach a class in the basics of Irish ceili dancing after dinner from 6-7pm.   Nancy will also lead a ceili dance that evening at 8pm, followed by set dancing led by our dance teacher Mairéad Casey.

Friday Night Concert

Your CIMW name tag will be your ticket for the Friday Night Instructors' Concert.  Members of the public may purchase tickets to attend this concert, so if you have friends who'd like to come,  check with the office to buy extra tickets. Note:  the number of tickets is very limited and it will sell out. This concert will be repeated on Saturday night, August 11 in Seattle. The Seattle concert is not part of the camp activities and tickets must be purchased if you’d like to attend. See the website for details.


Due to insurance issues and TESC policies,  we must ask that you not invite visitors to drop in on classes or evening activities.  We wish we could be more open to drop-ins but unfortunately we need to keep strict tabs on who is at the camp.  Visitors are welcome to purchase tickets for the Friday night concert, also for the Wednesday night ceili.  Tickets for the ceili are $5 paid at the door.

Saturday Departure

Breakfast will be served at the usual time on Saturday morning, and everyone needs to be moved out of the lodging no later than 11 am.

Quiet Hours

All resident guests are expected to be considerate of their neighbors at all times.  Thanks!

Alcohol, etc. - Evergreen State allows alcoholic beverages inside the lodgings, also we will have a banquet license allowing us to have drinks at our evening sessions in the HCC building and the session tent.  Other than those locations alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the TESC campus. In particular there's a strict no alcohol policy in the Longhouse, where the Friday night concert will be held.  We're counting on everyone to conduct themselves appropriately and please remember that there will be other guests at TESC besides our group.

Smoking is prohibited on campus . The only exceptions are areas with signage set aside for smoking, designated smoking rooms in housing, areas outside of the central core and outside of housing. For areas outside of the central core and housing, smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of a building opening, windows that open or ventilation intakes.

Also....although marijuana use is now legal in Washington State, it is still prohibited on the Evergreen State College Campus.

A full list of TESC's policies can be found at: