Annual Meeting and New Season

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at 3973 NE 7th Ave., Portland (at 7th and Shaver). Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We will discuss our regular dance season as well as some special events, like a kid's ceili.

The first ceili dance is Friday, October 15th at 8 P.M. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont Street. Sam Keator is calling. Johnny Connelly and Cary Novotny are playing.

Upcoming Dances

Have a great summer! See you in October for more dancing.

All dances held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont Street

Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 8:00 P.M.
Caller: TBD
Band: TBD

Year End Report

Year End Report
The 2015 and 2016 season has been challenging for the Portland Ceili Society. Dances have been unprofitable and though the move from the Norse Hall lowered our overhead, we still need better attendance to break even. Hopefully, a month or two of a full hall will keep the doors open for a slower month.
The grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust has been completed and all paperwork submitted. The needed fillings for the state has been sent, insurance for the current season purchased, and our dances booked for January, February, March and April 2017.
Invite your friends and have a party. The kitchen area at St Barnabas has been a great gathering place between dances and allows the less than frantic dancer to visit and relax.  Brook no excuse and make it to the ceili, and if you do there may still be a ceili to make it to in the future.

November Ceili

The next dance is at our new home of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (2201 SW Vermont St.) There is plenty of easy parking. The dance starts at 8 P.M. (doors open at 7:30 - if anyone needs it, they can come by 7:45 and we'll walk you through the basic steps). 

The Band: Elizabeth Nicholson, Bob Soper, and Jake Grieco

New Season - New Venue - Starting October 21st

We will start this season at a new hall, the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on 2201 SW Vermont St. There is plenty of easy parking. The dance starts at 8 P.M. (doors open at 7:30 - if anyone needs it, they can come by 7:45 and we'll walk you through the basic steps). October is traditionally our costume ceili, so feel free to attend as someone you are not.

Season Comes to a Close

Thanks to everyone who came out for a dance or contributed to the Portland Ceili Society this year. We will be back in October at a new venue with better parking!

April Events

The Third Friday Ceili

It's an early ceili this month! Unfortunately, it is also the last third Friday ceili until October. We're cutting some of the ceilis which don't traditionally make enough to cover expenses. We are also critically short on personnel to run the ceilis. So we'll take a bit of a break to recharge our batteries.

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm (come a bit earlier and we'll walk you through the basics)
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave (at the corner of 11th and Couch Street)
The Band: Elizabeth Nicholson and Bob Soper

Portland Revels International Family Dance
Saturday, April 16th, 2016 6 – 9 PM
Kells Irish Pub
112 SW 2nd Avenue
Do you love to dance, and to learn about international culture? Join folk dance teacher Heidi Vorst and fiddler Betsy Branch, with Mark Douglass on piano and Bill Tomczak on clarinet, for a night of music and dance on April 16th at the Kells in downtown Portland. Heidi will be teaching dances from all over the world, including France, Italy, Romania, Russia, Bolivia, Columbia, Japan, Israel, USA, and more! Our family-friendly dances are a great way to enjoy an evening with friends of all ages. The Kells has food and drink for sale, and a dedicated parking lot across the street.
12 and over $10 ($12 at the door)
Children 4 to 12 years $5 ($6 at the door)
3 and under free

Patrick O'Dea Irish Set Dancing Workshop

Patrick O'Dea is returning to Portland and will be teaching a set dancing class on Monday, April 18 at 7pm.  The location will be 2201 SW Vermont St., which is the parish hall (Grafe Hall) of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.  There is a lovely wood floor, plenty of space, and ample parking, so please come and bring your friends. There will be a party afterwards at Betty's house, 2912 SW Arnold St.  There will be some food and wine, but potluck snacks and drinks are welcome. $20 recommended donation/tuition.