Redgate Winery- March 19, 2016

Dancing in a beautiful setting at Redgate Winery with the best music! Can’t get much better, the Craic goes on!

20160319_135008_HDRThanks to Heather Pinney, George Penk, Eric Weberg, and Brad Johnson for cranking out the best Irish tunes.

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5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A small and mighty clan braved the elements on Salem’s 5th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, a wee bit before St. Pat’s day, sponsored by Céili of the Valley Society on Saturday- March 12th. Even as the sky dumped liquid sunshine, The Willamette Valley Pipe and Drums (formerly Oregon Defense Force Pipe & Drum Band)  led the crazy Green Bunch downtown from Riverfront Park.



March Madness Ceili

There was loads of fun for all at our March Céili & Céili of the Valley Society’s 10 year anniversary. Thanks to Sam Keator for coming to our rescue to call at our céili when our original caller had an emergency. We had super lively music from Cary and Hanz (which we were lucky since he will be moving to the East coast soon). Thanks all for coming and making March céili a party to remember.

We were treated to wonderful step dancing performances during our break.


Sean Nos Classes begin October 1

Maldon MeehanPut on your dancing shoes!

Maldon Meehan will be teaching a six-week session of Sean Nos (old style) Irish hard shoe dance classes at the VFW Hall, 630 Hood St. NE, beginning October 8.

Sean-nós literally meaning old-style is a highly improvisational, low to the ground, rhythmic dance form. Unlike Irish step dancers, Sean-nós dancers swing their hips and use their arms as forms of expressing the music. Traditionally a dancer danced solo on the hardwood of a half door or the round top of a barrel; as a result the steps are confined to a small space. In Sean-nós dance, the dancer is tied closely with the musician and the music. The dancer interprets the music.

Classes take place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Oct. 8 – Nov. 12.  Enough students have registered and class will begin October 8th.

Cost: $75 per person

Age: 9 and older

Pre-registration and payment is required. Deadline is Sept 30.

Click for Sean Nos registration

Complete the registration form above, and include a check made payable to Ceili of the Valley, PO Box 221, Salem, Oregon 97308.

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