General Information

CIMW Information

Cascadia Irish Music Week staff

Randal Bays, Artistic Director
Joe McDonough, Program Manager
Brendan Boyle, Supporting Board Member
John Blandin, Webmaster

The Evergreen State College

Guest Services (360) 867-6199
Main: (360) 867-6000
Address: 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia, WA 98505

Irish Music Week Schedule

Sunday Arrival

Please plan to arrive at Evergreen no earlier than 3pm on Sunday, August 7. If you are driving, please park in Lot F (see "Parking," below) on the north side of the campus, and walk over to Dorm A - 4315 Indian Pipe Loop NW (see Campus Map, below). Our staff will check you in at an outdoor table and show you where to find your lodgings.

For late arrivals, the Guest Services office in Building A, "check-in" on the campus map on our website should be staffed and have your room key and meal card when you arrive, so check there first.

The first group event will be Dinner at 5 p.m. on Sunday August 7th.

Orientation and Classes

Our first scheduled activity is dinner at 5pm in the Greenery, in the College Activities Building (CAB), followed by the Orientation Meeting at 6pm in the HCC building (see Campus Map). 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 (a weekly schedule, a daily class schedule and an evening activities schedule.) will be available at check in and will be your guide to what's happening when.

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.

You can change class choices during registration period on Sunday (first come, first serve) at the camp office.

Office Hours

We will have our camp office in 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.

Instrument Check-in

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


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.

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.

Campus Accommodations and Meals


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 $5.00 per vehicle/per day. Either single- or multi-day passes can be purchased at Guest Services in Dorm A (where we check in) with cash/check only, or at the parking kiosk in the F Parking Lot with credit/debit cards. Parking permits are only required Monday-through-Friday.


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 Dorm A for fresh linens as needed as well; they're staffed 24 hours a day.

Laundry is available on the bottom floor of Dorm A 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.

Meals, etc.

Please make note of the hours during which meals are served. TESC will provide you 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.


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.

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. Please remember to return your keys and meal card to the Guest Services Office (Dorm A) before you leave or they will charge us $125 each!


There is free wi-fi signal on the TESC campus. (Cell phone signal is sketchy for most service providers)

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: