The 3rd annual Clan na nGael SummerFeis was held at the Shamrock Club in Columbus, OH on July 12th, 2014.
First things first: this feis is outdoors. In Ohio. In July. This is not secret/privileged information. ;-) If the possibility of rain or humidity during a dance competition seems unappealing, this might not be the feis for you. However, if you are lover of all-things-summer, combined with all-things-Irish-dancing, this feis can be a fantastic experience.
This was the most organized feis committee we have encountered thus far. Communication via facebook was fantastic. The committee was upfront on both their website (http://www.clannnangael.org/summer-feis-2013/) and their facebook page about a $5 parking fee. In an age when some of us mostly carry plastic, I really appreciated knowing in advance that I would need paper money for parking. I’m not a fan of the surprise parking fee that leads me to wander around an unfamiliar city searching for an ATM. This feis filled very quickly and the committee was right on top of things, releasing stage assignments WEEKS before the feis. That deserves a shout out! Volunteers at the feis were friendly and very patient with those who were….weary (to be polite) from the humidity that day. The songs for the Treble Reel competition were also announced well in advance of the feis and divided up by age. Kudos to the committee for superior communication!