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2nd Friday Irish Ceili Dance in Salem

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  • Julie S. Cutler
    A crispness in the air, the crunch of leaves underfoot, a breath of summer s waning warmth...and mischievous sprites EVERYWHERE! Come take shelter from the
    Message 1 of 12 , Sep 5, 2010
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      A crispness in the air, the crunch of leaves underfoot, a breath of summer's waning warmth...and mischievous sprites EVERYWHERE! Come take shelter from the madness and celebrate the changing seasons in the Irish way at Salem's 2nd Friday Ceili dance and social mixer to be held on September 10th, 2010 at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR.


      No partner? No problem. We'll find you someone to dance with. You say you've never done Irish dancing before. Well, it's about time! If you can move your feet and follow simple directions, you'll do just fine. Don't know your right hand from your left? You're not alone. There isn't a dancer among us who hasn't at one time or the other heard the dread words, “No, your OTHER left.” Always said with a teasing smile or a chuckle, of course.


      And for those unfamiliar with the tradition, Irish Ceili (pronounced Kay-lee) and set dancing are forms of social dancing similar to contra and square dancing. Many of these traditional country folk dances have a follow-the-leader pattern which is easily learned by new dancers. All dances are called and walked through before they begin and good-natured assistance is readily available from the more experienced dancers.


      Providing music for the September event will be the popular duo of Felim Egan on button accordion and Brendan Fitzgerald on the fiddle. These two talented performers share a special rapport that shines forth in their collaborative efforts. At once ebullient and melodious, their music weaves a perfect backdrop for dancers and listeners alike. Stay still if you can; your feet may be of a different mind when the lively Irish tunes spin forth to wrap you in toe-tapping magic.


      Phil Meehan will be calling the dances and expertly keeping the festivities moving along.  Come join the spirited Salem crowd and get your weekend off to a great start.



      When: Friday, September 10th, 2010

      Time: 7-8 PM Lesson; 8-11 PM Dance

      Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

      Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

      Contact: info@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org

    • Julie S. Cutler
      Bheag (Cheers)! Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover. A greeting that s Irish as Irish can be. It means you are welcome a thousand times over. Wherever
      Message 2 of 12 , Oct 2, 2010
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        Bheag (Cheers)!


        Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover. A greeting that's Irish as Irish can be. It means you are welcome a thousand times over. Wherever you come from, whosoever you be. And a warm, exuberant welcome is what you can expect when you join us for the rousing adventure that is Salem's 2nd Friday Céilí dance to be held on October 8th, 2010 at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR.


        Dance the night away on the VFW Hall's delightful sprung-wood floor while enjoying the sprightly tunes of traditional Irish music and the joyful company of friends both old and new. And if you're unfamiliar with Irish social dancing, be at ease. Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee) dancing is similar to contra and square dancing with many of the dances having a follow-the-leader pattern which is easily learned by new dancers. All dances are called and walked through before they begin and good-natured assistance is readily available from the more experienced dancers.


        Brad Johnson will be leading the musicians for the October gala. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Brad has been a well-known participant in the Irish music scene for over 20 years.  Joining Brad on stage, Roy Rowland will be plying his fiddling skills in a lyrical counterpoint sure to please listeners and dancers alike. Previous collaborations between Roy and Brad have never failed to produce a lively harmony guaranteed to lure the weariest feet back into the dance.


        Sam Keator will be calling the dances while skillfully keeping the sometimes rowdy Salem crowd in line.  Come and get your Irish on, learn a jig step, and share the fun of Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí dance. Who knows, you may just catch a glimpse of a party-loving leprechaun out of the corner of your eye. The evening begins with a complimentary dance lesson from 7-8 PM followed by the Céilí from 8-11 PM. All ages are welcome. No partner or experience is necessary. This is a great mixer for singles; a no-stress way to meet the dancer of your dreams.



        When: Friday, October 8th, 2010

        Time: 7-8 PM Complimentary Lesson; 8-11 PM Dance

        Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

        Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

        Contact: info@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org

      • Julie S. Cutler
        Bealtaine solas grá agus gáire ar do laethanta (May love and laughter light your days)! The ghosties and ghouls have come and gone and Thanksgiving feasting
        Message 3 of 12 , Nov 6, 2010
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          Bealtaine solas grá agus gáire ar do laethanta (May love and laughter light your days)!


          The ghosties and ghouls have come and gone and Thanksgiving feasting is but a dream to make you drool – oh, what to do in the middle of Samhain (November). Fear not lads and lasses. Escape the darkening drizzly days with an Irish party guaranteed to lift your spirits. Come jig with us at Salem's 2nd Friday Céilí dance and social mixer to be held on November 12th, 2010 at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR.


          For those unfamiliar with the custom, an Irish Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee) is a merry social gathering for the purpose of enjoying music, songs, dancing, and refreshments.

          During a Céilí, a traditional Irish band will play lively tunes while a caller leads everyone through the dances (much like square and contra dancing). Each dance is walked through before the music begins, so even the newest dancer can maneuver like a pro. And if you get confused, as we all occasionally do, there are plenty of helping hands to guide you along the way.


          Back to enliven the evening with his spirited accordion playing, Felim Egan will be leading the musicians. Highly accomplished on the button accordion, Felim masterfully draws forth the rich musical heritage of his native Ireland to find the perfect blend of exuberance and whimsy. Whether dancing or just listening, you'll be enchanted by his deep understanding of Ireland's magic.


          Sam Keator is making a return engagement to call the dances and keep the festivities moving along.  Now is the perfect time to sample the unique flavor of Irish culture through one of its most popular and enduring traditions.  All ages are welcome. No partner or experience is necessary. This is a great event for singles; more than a few romantic adventures have sprung from a magical Céilí night.




          When: Friday, November 12th, 2010

          Time: Doors open at 7 PM; Complimentary Lesson at 7:30 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

          Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

          Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

          Contact: info@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org

        • Julie S. Cutler
          Beannachtaí (Greetings): Live music, dancing, refreshments, and a silent auction to boot! Where else can you find so much entertainment and fun bundled
          Message 4 of 12 , Dec 4, 2010
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            Beannachtaí (Greetings):


            Live music, dancing, refreshments, and a silent auction to boot! Where else can you find so much entertainment and fun bundled together than at an Irish Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee)? And luck is smiling on you, my friend, because the Céilí of the Valley Society is once again hosting Salem's 2nd Friday Céilí on December 10th, 2010 at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR. Come and enjoy the vibrant, energetic melodies of traditional Irish music while dancing on the VFW Hall's delightful sprung-wood, shock-absorbing floor.



            For those unfamiliar with the custom, an Irish Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee) is a merry social gathering for the purpose of enjoying music, songs, dancing, and refreshments.

            During the Céilí, a traditional Irish band will play lively tunes while a caller leads everyone through the dances (much like square and contra dancing). Each dance is walked through before the music begins, so even the newest dancer can maneuver like a pro. And if you get confused, as we all occasionally do, there are plenty of helping hands to guide you along the way.


            Brad Johnson, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, will be leading the musicians for the December event.  Joining Brad on stage, Roy Rowland will be plying his fiddling skills in a lyrical counterpoint sure to please listeners and dancers alike. Previous collaborations between Roy and Brad have never failed to produce a lively harmony guaranteed to lure the weariest feet back into the dance.


            Elisa Chandler will be calling the dances, ensuring that both novice and experienced dancers have a wonderful time.  The monthly 2nd Friday Céilí is all about having fun, renewing old acquaintances, and making new friends.  All ages are welcome. No partner or experience is necessary.  This is a great event for singles; come find that special someone to warm the winter months ahead.




            When: Friday, December 10th, 2010

            Time: Complimentary Lesson 7-8 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

            Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

            Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

            Contact: info@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org

          • Julie S. Cutler
            Bealtaine do chroí a fhios ag an-áthas ar a mheaitseáil foirfe (May your heart know the joy of its perfect match)! Twinkling eyes and laughing smiles,
            Message 5 of 12 , Feb 6 2:30 AM
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              Bealtaine do chroí a fhios ag an-áthas ar a mheaitseáil foirfe (May your heart know the joy of its perfect match)!



              Twinkling eyes and laughing smiles, strutting boys and flirtatious girls, feet stomping and skirts awhirl, 'tis the Irish version of a Valentine's Ball.  So come ye laddies grab a girl, and on the dance floor give her a twirl at Salem's 2nd Friday Céilí and social mixer on February 11th, 2011 to be held at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR. 



              You say you've never done Irish dancing before. Well, it's about time! If you can move your feet and follow simple directions, you'll do just fine.  And there's plenty of help available if you get confused.  Don't know your right hand from your left? You're not alone. There isn't a dancer among us who hasn't at one time or the other heard the dread words, “No, your OTHER left.” Always said with a teasing smile or a chuckle, of course.  "But I don't have a partner!"  Okay, now you're just making excuses.  Unattached dancers abound at the céilí; if you want to dance, you'll dance.  So come dance with us.  



              Brad Johnson will be leading the musicians for the February event. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Brad's skills encompass the guitar, concertina, bodhran (Irish drum), mandolin, penny whistle, and accordion.  Fortunately, he doesn't attempt to play them all at the same time, though we're waiting, with great anticipation, for the day that he tries.  Adding his own spritely strains to the mix will be Roy Rowland on fiddle.  And weaving the final strands of this lively tapestry of sound, Gary Burman on uilleann pipes and penny whistles will be rounding out the trio of traditional Irish musicians.



              Maldon Meehan of Maldon Meehan's Dance Studio in Portland, OR will be returning to call the dances and cheerfully keep the sometimes rowdy crowd in line.  Relaxed and playful with an impressive repertoire of dances at her command, Maldon easily guides new dancers through the dances while still finding ways to challenge those having more experience.  Maldon is a performer, teacher, and scholar of the “old style” percussive solo dancing known as Irish Sean-nós. She is one of only a handful of teachers trained in this increasingly popular style of Irish dance. For more information about her classes, visit Maldon at www.maldonmeehan.com or call (503) 206-9311.



              Come and sample the warmth and amiability found at Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí dance. Though you might arrive a stranger, by night's end you'll leave a friend.  The evening will begin with a complimentary dance lesson from 7-8 PM followed by the Céilí from 8-11 PM. All ages are welcome. No partner or experience is necessary. This is a great event for singles.  Take a chance, you might just meet your perfect valentine.



              When: Friday, February 11th, 2011

              Time: Complimentary Lesson 7-8 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

              Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

              Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

              Contact: info@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org

            • Julie S. Cutler
              Cén Ghaeilge atá tú? (How Irish are you?) In this month of March, under St. Paddy s watchful eye, all blood is tinged with a wee bit o the green. So come
              Message 6 of 12 , Mar 7, 2011
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                Cén Ghaeilge atá tú? (How Irish are you?)



                In this month of March, under St. Paddy's watchful eye, all blood is tinged with a wee bit o' the green.  So come all you lads and lasses, shed your stodgy genealogies and get your Irish on at Salem's 2nd Friday St. Patrick's Céilí and social mixer on March 11th, 2011 to be held at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR. 



                Dance the night away on the VFW Hall's delightful sprung-wood floor while enjoying the sprightly tunes of traditional Irish music and the joyful company of friends both old and new. And if you're unfamiliar with Irish social dancing, be at ease. Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee) dancing is similar to contra and square dancing with many of the dances having a follow-the-leader pattern which is easily learned by new dancers. All dances are called and walked through before they begin and good-natured assistance is readily available from the more experienced dancers.



                The lively trio of Brad Johnson (guitar, concertina, and bodhran), Roy Rowland (fiddle), and Gary Burman (uilleann pipes and penny whistle) will be providing the music for the March event.  While Bruce Kenny of Portland will call the dances.



                Enjoy a little madcap Irish merriment amidst good company as we celebrate St. Patrick's in the most Irish of manners--with music and dance.  The evening will begin with a complimentary dance lesson from 7-8 PM followed by the Céilí from 8-11 PM.  All ages are welcome.  No partner or experience is necessary.  This is a great event for singles; more than a few romances have bloomed under a Céilí moon.


                When: Friday, March 11th, 2011

                Time: Complimentary Lesson 7-8 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

                Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

                Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

                Contact: info@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org

              • Julie S. Cutler
                Bí Chéasta. Ach má caithfidh tú a bheith droch, ná a bheith gafa! (Be Good. But if you must be bad, don t get caught!) Spring has sprung! The flowers
                Message 7 of 12 , Apr 3, 2011
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                   Chéasta. Ach  caithfidh tú a bheith droch, ná a bheith gafa! (Be Good.  But if you must be bad, don't get caught!)



                  Spring has sprung!  The flowers are blooming, the trees are blossoming, the rain has...not stopped.  But at least the sun is peaking through the clouds more often.  While it still may be  too soggy to play outside, inside the fun-loving spirit of the Irish will have you whirling, twirling, and kicking up your heels at Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí Dance and social mixer on April 8th, 2011 to be held at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR. 



                  Irish Ceílís (Kay-lees) aren't about dancing a perfect jig. They're about having a good time, meeting new friends, and socializing in a non-intimidating setting. While a traditional Irish band plays lively tunes, a caller leads everyone through the dances (much like square and contra dancing). Each dance is walked through before the music begins, so even the newest dancer will know what to do. And if you get lost, the more experienced dancers are always happy to lend a helping hand.



                  Back to enliven the evening with his spirited accordion playing, Felim Egan will be leading the musicians. Highly accomplished on the button accordion, Felim masterfully draws forth the rich musical heritage of his native Ireland to find the perfect blend of exuberance and whimsy. Whether dancing or just listening, you'll be enchanted by his deep understanding of Ireland's magic.



                  Certified céilí instructor Sam Keator will be calling the dances for the April event. Sam began teaching céilí dancing in 2001 and became a certified instructor by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland in January 2005. In addition to being a popular céilí caller, Sam teaches the weekly Tír Eoghain Céilí dance class in Portland and the Winds of Donegal dance class in Tualatin.



                  Whether you're drawn by the music, dancing, refreshments, or the welcoming smiles and boisterous camaraderie of other céilí goers, there's something for everyone at this traditional Irish event. Bring a friend or come alone; no one remains a stranger for long.  The evening will begin with a complimentary dance lesson from 7-8 PM followed by the Céilí from 8-11 PM.  All ages are welcome.  No partner or experience is necessary.  This is a great mixer for singles; a no-stress way to meet the dancer of your dreams.


                  When: Friday, April 8th, 2011

                  Time: Complimentary Lesson 7-8 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

                  Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

                  Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

                  Contact: info@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org

                • Julie S. Cutler
                  An féidir leat outwit ar leipreachán agus a óir bhuachan? (Can you outwit a leprechaun and win his gold?) The Queen, it seems, is in a mood to test the
                  Message 8 of 12 , May 8, 2011
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                    An féidir leat outwit ar leipreachán agus a óir bhuachan? (Can you outwit a leprechaun and win his gold?)



                    The Queen, it seems, is in a mood to test the cleverness of the human brood.  And so she issues a decree.  At the céilí dance will the fair folk gather to leap and twirl and jig up a lather.  And who shall flock to repair their shoes?  'Tis the fey, gold-guarding cobblers, unaware of the ruse.  Are you up to the Queen's challenge?  Come test your wiles and your dancing skills at Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí Dance and social mixer on May 13th, 2011 to be held at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR.  Capture an elusive leprechaun and win his gold! 



                    For those unfamiliar with the custom, an Irish Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee) is a merry social gathering for the purpose of enjoying music, songs, dancing, refreshments, and occasional leprechaun hunts.  While a traditional Irish band plays lively tunes, a caller will lead everyone through the dances. Both set dances and céilí dances will be called. Set dances are performed in a square formation and include reels, jigs, slides, polkas, and hornpipes. Céilí or figure dances involve from 2 to 16 or more dancers and were originally danced at house parties and corner road gatherings in the rural countryside. Many of these traditional country folk dances have a follow-the-leader pattern which is easily learned by new dancers.



                    A wonderful trio of multi-instrumentalists will be providing the Irish tunes for the May dance.  Brad Johnson will be leading the group on guitar, concertina, and bodhran.  Joining Brad onstage will be Gary Burman playing uilleann pipes and whistles with Chad Southwell rounding out the sound on fiddle, banjo, and mandolin.  You'll be hard-pressed to sit out a dance with this talented trio of musicians plying their magic. 



                    Maldon Meehan of Maldon Meehan's Dance Studio in Portland, OR will be calling the dances and expertly directing the fun. Maldon is a performer, teacher, and scholar of the “old style” percussive solo dancing known as Irish Sean-nós. She is one of only a handful of teachers trained in this increasingly popular style of Irish dance. For more information about her classes, visit Maldon at www.maldonmeehan.com or call (503) 206-9311.



                    Come and get your Irish on, learn a jig step, and share the fun of Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí dance.  And keep an eye out for those leprechauns.  Remember, the faerie Queen is watching!  The evening begins with a complimentary dance lesson from 7-8 PM followed by the Céilí from 8-11 PM. All ages are welcome. No partner or experience is necessary. This is a great mixer for singles; come and meet your perfect dance partner in a casual, neighborly setting.




                    When: Friday, May 13th, 2011

                    Time: Complimentary Lesson 7-8 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

                    Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

                    Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

                    Contact: info@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org

                  • Julie S. Cutler
                    Bealtaine solas grá agus gáire ar do laethanta (May love and laughter light your days)! The ghosties and ghouls have come and gone and Thanksgiving feasting
                    Message 9 of 12 , Nov 6, 2011
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                      Bealtaine solas grá agus gáire ar do laethanta (May love and laughter light your days)!




                      The ghosties and ghouls have come and gone and Thanksgiving feasting is but a dream to make you drool – oh, what to do in the middle of Samhain (November). Fear not lads and lasses. Escape the darkening drizzly days with an Irish party guaranteed to lift your spirits. Come jig with us at Salem's 2nd Friday Céilí dance and social mixer to be held on November 11th, 2011 at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR.




                      Refreshments will be served, good company abounds, and friends, both old and new, are waiting to be found at this traditional Irish event. Don't allow an unfamiliarity with ceílí dancing to hold you back. This is NOT the percussive step dancing seen in “Riverdance” productions. Céilí and set dancing are forms of social dancing similar to contra and square dancing. Many of these traditional country folk dances have a follow-the-leader pattern which is easily learned by new dancers. All dances are called and walked through before they begin and good-natured assistance is readily available from the more experienced dancers.




                      Back to enliven the evening with his spirited accordion playing, Felim Egan will be leading the musicians. Highly accomplished on the button accordion, Felim masterfully draws forth the rich musical heritage of his native Ireland to find the perfect blend of exuberance and whimsy. Whether dancing or just listening, you'll be enchanted by his deep understanding of Ireland's magic.




                      Maldon Meehan of Maldon Meehan's Dance Studio in Portland, OR will also be returning to call the dances and cheerfully keep the sometimes rowdy crowd in line. A popular addition to any Céilí, Maldon expertly guides both novice and experienced gently through the dances ensuring a pleasurable experience for all participants.

                       


                      Come and get your Irish on, learn a jig step, and share the fun of Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí dance. Who knows, you may just catch a glimpse of a party-loving leprechaun out of the corner of your eye. The evening begins with a complimentary dance lesson from 7-8 PM followed by the Céilí from 8-11 PM. All ages are welcome. No partner or experience is necessary. This is a great mixer for singles; a no-stress way to meet the dancer of your dreams.




                      When: Friday, November 11th, 2011

                      Time: Complimentary Lesson 7-8 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

                      Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

                      Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

                      Contact: ceiliofthevalley@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org


                    • Julie S. Cutler
                      Athbhliain faoi (Happy New Year)! Are you feeling flabby? Have the post-holiday doldrums got you down? I have great news! The solution to your sugar slump is
                      Message 10 of 12 , Jan 7, 2012
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                        Athbhliain faoi (Happy New Year)!




                        Are you feeling flabby? Have the post-holiday doldrums got you down? I have great news! The solution to your sugar slump is but a jig and a reel away. Come dance to the spritely melodies of traditional Irish music at Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí dance and social mixer on January 13th, 2012 to be held at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR.



                        For those unfamiliar with the custom, an Irish Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee) is a merry social gathering for the purpose of enjoying music, songs, dancing, and refreshments. While most people equate Irish dancing to the step dancing popularized by the show “Riverdance,” this category of Irish dance is considered performance dancing, not the social dancing practiced at a Céilí.



                        During a Céilí, a traditional Irish band will play lively tunes while a caller leads everyone through the dances (much like square and contra dancing). Each dance is walked through before the music begins, so even the newest dancer can maneuver like a pro. And if you get confused, as we all occasionally do, there are plenty of helping hands to guide you along the way.




                        Leading the musicians for the January dance is Irish native Felim Egan, a virtuoso on the button accordion. Born into an accomplished musical family, Felim was raised in Co. Offaly, Ireland and began playing at the age of four. Tutored first by his father and then later by the legendary Irish musician, Dan Cleary, Felim spent his youth competing in numerous fleadh (festival) competitions on button accordion, the bodhrán (Irish hand drum), and ceílí drumming. At once ebullient and melodious, Felim's lively tunes will spin forth to wrap you in toe-tapping magic. Stay still if you can; go ahead, we dare you :) .



                        Bruce Kenny of Portland, OR will be returning to teach and call the dances and cheerfully keep the sometimes rowdy crowd in line.

                         


                        Let madcap Irish merriment and good company rescue you from the perils of Friday the 13th as we welcome in the New Year. The evening will begin with a complimentary dance lesson from 7-8 PM followed by the Céilí from 8-11 PM. All ages are welcome. No partner or experience is necessary. This is a great event for singles; come find that special someone to warm the winter months ahead.




                        When: Friday, January 13th, 2012

                        Time: Complimentary Lesson 7-8 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

                        Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

                        Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

                        Contact: ceiliofthevalley@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org


                      • Julie S. Cutler
                        Mora na maidine dhuit! (Top of the morning to you.) Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming, the trees are blossoming, the rain has...not stopped. But at
                        Message 11 of 12 , Apr 8, 2012
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                          Mora na maidine dhuit! (Top of the morning to you.)




                          Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming, the trees are blossoming, the rain has...not stopped. But at least the sun is peaking through the clouds more often. While it still may be too soggy to play outside, inside the fun-loving spirit of the Irish will have you whirling, twirling, and kicking up your heels at Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí Dance and social mixer on April 13th, 2012 to be held at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR.



                          An Irish Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee) is a merry gathering of music and dance. While a traditional Irish band plays lively tunes, a caller will lead everyone through the dances. Both set dances and céilí dances will be called. Set dances are performed in a square formation and include reels, jigs, slides, polkas, and hornpipes. Céilí or figure dances involve from 2 to 16 or more dancers and were originally danced at house parties and corner road gatherings in the rural countryside. Many of these traditional country folk dances have a follow-the-leader pattern which is easily learned by new dancers.



                          Providing music for the April dance is the duo known as D 'n' A. Multi-instrumentalist Doug Heydon, and violinist Amey Herman play traditional music from the Celtic lands and beyond. They are based in the vibrant musical community of Eugene/Springfield. Their first CD “Genetic Threads” traces celtic music from Europe to North America, following the musical journey of immigrants.



                          Maldon Meehan of the Stomptown Collective in Portland, OR will be returning to call the dances and cheerfully keep the sometimes rowdy crowd in line. A popular addition to any Céilí, Maldon expertly guides both novice and experienced gently through the dances ensuring a pleasurable experience for all participants. For more information about her classes, visit Maldon at www.maldonmeehan.com or call (503) 206-9311.



                          The monthly 2nd Friday Céilí is all about having fun, renewing old acquaintances, and making new friends. Newcomers to Irish dancing need have no fear of stepping in over their heads. The first hour of the Céilí (from 7-8 PM) is a complimentary dance lesson and, in addition, all dances are walked through before they begin. There's also plenty of help available from the more seasoned dancers who still occasionally confuse their right hand from their left.



                          When: Friday, April 13th, 2012

                          Time: Complimentary Lesson 7-8 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

                          Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

                          Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

                          Contact: ceiliofthevalley@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org
                            

                        • Julie S. Cutler
                          An féidir leat outwit ar leipreachán agus a óir bhuachan? (Can you outwit a leprechaun and win his gold?) The Queen, it seems, is in a mood to test the
                          Message 12 of 12 , May 6, 2012
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                            An féidir leat outwit ar leipreachán agus a óir bhuachan? (Can you outwit a leprechaun and win his gold?)




                            The Queen, it seems, is in a mood to test the cleverness of the human brood. And so she issues a decree. At the céilí dance will the fair folk gather to leap and twirl and jig up a lather. And who shall flock to repair their shoes? 'Tis the fey, gold-guarding cobblers, unaware of the ruse. Are you up to the Queen's challenge? Come test your wiles and your dancing skills at Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí Dance and social mixer on May 11th, 2012 to be held at the VFW Hall on 630 Hood ST NE in Salem, OR. Capture an elusive leprechaun and win his gold!



                            Whether you're drawn by the music, dancing, refreshments, or the welcoming smiles and boisterous camaraderie of other ceílí goers, there's something for everyone at this traditional Irish event. Bring a friend or come alone; no one remains a stranger for long.


                            For those unfamiliar with the custom, an Irish Céilí (pronounced Kay-lee) is a merry social gathering for the purpose of enjoying music, songs, dancing, refreshments, and occasional leprechaun hunts. During a Céilí, a traditional Irish band will play lively tunes while a caller leads everyone through the dances (much like square and contra dancing). Each dance is walked through before the music begins, so even the newest dancer can maneuver like a pro. And if you get confused, as we all occasionally do, there are plenty of helping hands to guide you along the way.




                            Providing music for the May event will be the popular duo of Felim Egan on button accordion and Erik Killops on the fiddle. These two talented performers share a special rapport that shines forth in their collaborative efforts. At once ebullient and melodious, their music weaves a perfect backdrop for dancers and listeners alike. Stay still if you can; your feet may be of a different mind when the lively Irish tunes spin forth to wrap you in toe-tapping magic.



                            Maldon Meehan of the Stomptown Collective in Portland, OR will be calling the dances and expertly directing the fun. Maldon is a performer, teacher, and scholar of the “old style” percussive solo dancing known as Irish Sean-nós. She is one of only a handful of teachers trained in this increasingly popular style of Irish dance. For more information about her classes, visit Maldon at www.maldonmeehan.com or call (503) 206-9311.



                            Come and get your Irish on, learn a jig step, and share the fun of Salem's 2nd Friday Irish Céilí dance. And keep an eye out for those leprechauns. Remember, the faerie Queen is watching! The evening begins with a complimentary dance lesson from 7-8 PM followed by the Céilí from 8-11 PM. All ages are welcome. No partner or experience is necessary. This is a great mixer for singles; come and meet your perfect dance partner in a casual, neighborly setting.



                            When: Friday, May 11th, 2012

                            Time: Complimentary Lesson 7-8 PM; Dance 8-11 PM

                            Where: VFW Hall, 630 Hood ST NE, Salem, OR

                            Cost: $10 general admission / $8 for CVS members / $5 for students / $30 maximum for families

                            Contact: ceiliofthevalley@... , (503) 383-9297 , http://www.ceiliofthevalley.org
                              

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