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Samhain Celtic New Year Festival

A day of festivities at our second annual Samhain (SOW-in) Celtic New Year Festival.  A celebration of culture of the seven Celtic nations through live music, dance, children’s activities, demonstrations, vendors, and workshops.



   The start of transforming 9 yards of tartan  fabric into a Scottish kilt.
The 9 yards of tartan fabric almost transformed into a Scottish kilt.




The Welsh Chorus



Event Announcements

Announcement of events from Ceili of the Valley’s Tuesday class.  Announcements-website

KMUZ- Celtic Music Hour Celtic Calendar.  Celtic Music Hour airs on KMUZ Friday nights, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. and is hosted by our very own Ann & Beth.  KMUZ rebroadcasts on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. if you miss the Friday night show. If you can’t listen on the radio you can stream them at

Enjoy the Celtic Calendar! Celtic Calendar Jan.19, 2018

Samhain Festival Soup Recipes

As promised, below are the yummy soup recipes from our Festival.

RECIPES for 50

Bubble and Squeak (Welsh)

12# chicken meat

9# potatoes (cooked & diced)

10 quarts chicken stock

8 cabbages (chopped=24 cups)

12 cloves garlic (diced)

2# onions (diced)

10# cooked diced ham

3# bacon (cooked & chopped)

4# cooked turnips (chopped)

2-3 cups water ( if needed)

Salt & pepper

—-adapted from cookbook; Celtic Folklore Cooking by Joanne Asala (1998)

Cock-a-leekie Soup (Scottish)

12# chicken meat

10 quarts chicken stock

36 leeks (chopped)

5 cups rice

5# pitted prunes

5 cups chopped parsley

3-5 cups water if needed

—adapted from cookbook; Celtic Folklore Cooking by Joanne Asala (1998)

Potato Soup (Irish)

1# butter

5 cups diced onions

5 cups diced scallions

15 cups peeled, diced potatoes

5 tsp salt

2 leaves of bay leaf

5 sprigs of each: fresh thyme, rosemary, parsley

4 1/2 quarts vegetable stock

5 cups whole milk

—-adapted from cookbook; The Ballymaloe Cookbook by Myrtle Allen (1989)

Samhain Celtic New Year Festival

The Céilí (Kay-lee) of the Valley Society hosted its inaugural Samhain (pronounced SOW-en) Celtic New Year Festival with an evening concert on October 22, 2016 in Salem, Oregon. The small, but mighty family-friendly festival highlighted crafts, music, dance and culture from the six Celtic Nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and Isle of Man). We hope to make this an annual Salem event.

Thanks to all the community members that attended, vendors, instructors, and demonstrators. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing volunteers. Special thanks to Marion-Polk Food Share in letting us use their wonderful kitchen to prepare our soups.

Céilí of the Valley Society received support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Samhain Festival was partially funded by the following Granters:

  • Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation
  • Marion Cultural Development Corporation, and
  • William S. Walton Charitable Trust Grant

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5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Walkabout

A small and mighty clan braved the elements on Salem’s 5th annual Saint Patrick’s Day walkabout through the park and Salem downtown. The event was 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.



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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