The Penultimate Ceili?

At the Annual Meeting it was discussed whether or not the Portland Ceili Society should continue to exist and hold dances, there now being so many other local & regional options for both Irish and other kinds of dancing and activities. We decided to put it to the best test of all, a dance! The September ceili (usually not well attended) will be our litmus test to see if there is sufficient interest to continue with monthly dances, continue on a more limited schedule, or gracefully close the doors.

We are asking you to attend this dance as a vote saying "Yes, I want the PCS dances to continue."

Regardless of the outcome, we will be holding a grand (costume) ceili for October, with special guest, Andrea Wild.

Annual Meeting

We have just wrapped up another great season of ceili dancing! Thanks to everyone who participated in the dances. To cap off the season we will be having our Annual Meeting at 1 P.M. on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at 3973 NE 7th Ave, cross street Shaver. We'll have to discuss some hard decisions for the Society, including possible changes in venue and frequency. Everyone interested in the organization is welcome to attend, members or not.

May Ceili

Third Friday Ceili (Last Ceili until September)

Friday, May 15th, 2015  8:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M., with just enough of a lesson to get by at 7:45 if you are completely new.

Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, crossed at Couch Street

$12 General Admission, $8 Members or Students (this is an incredible price for even the music alone)

The Band: Dale Russ, Tom Creegan, Joe Root

Called by Sam Keator

April Events

Third Friday Ceili

The Time: Friday, April 17th, 2014  8:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M., with just enough of a lesson to get by at 7:45 if you are completely new.

The Place: Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, crossed at Couch Street

The Price: $12 General Admission, $8 Members or Students (this is an incredible price for even the music alone)

The Band: Eddie Parente, Mike Beglan, Peter Yeates

Called by Maldon Meehan




Gathering To Honour The Memory of Patti McCallig Bates

April 18th Saturday

The Ainsworth House and Gardens http://www.ainsworthhouse.net for directions

From 2:00 to 4:30

This will be an informal gathering of Patti’s friends. A time to share memories and stories of Patti.

March Ceili - Special Early Family Ceili

This month we are having a special family ceili, with easy dances for ALL ages between 6:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. And then the usual, progressively more complicated dances starting from 8 on.

The Time: Friday, March 20th, 2014  6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., the Family Ceili
8:00 pm to 11:00 p, the Usual Ceili

The Place: Norse Hall, NE 11th Ave and Couch Street

The Price:
Before 7:30 P.M. (Half Price) $6 Adults, $4 Kids (or $20 a family) (This is a special price for families with younger children, who might not be able to stay the whole night, or if you just want to try a little Irish social dancing)

After 7:30 P.M. (Regular Price) $12 Nonmembers, $8 Members/Students (If you plan to dance a good portion after 8, this is the price for you)

The First Band: Nancy Jarrell, Mark Roberts and Other Miscreants

The Second Band: Django Amerson, Sean Ernest, Seamus Egan

Passage

With a heavy heart and a sad mind we have to make the announcement that our long term member Patti Bates has succumbed to her stage four cancer and has left us this Saturday. She has been a regular dancer at our ceilis for a long long time and she will be sadly missed both as a friend an as a dancer.
In her honor, the PCS will dedicate our next ceili (Friday the 20th) to her.
We will have a little book there where people can leave some notes about her which we then will give to her sister who accompanied her in the last stages of her life.
Please come and help us remember her.
(We will have a separate 'official' announcement for the upcoming ceili shortly.

December Céilí

Friday, December 19th, 2014.
Doors open after 7pm.
Music and dancing start at 8pm.
A bit of a lesson occurs at quarter 'til 8.
The band: Geraldine Murray, Mike Beglan and Nancy Conescu
Special guests during the break!