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2nd Friday Irish Ceili Dance in Salem

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  • 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 1 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 2 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 3 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 4 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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