February Ceili

The crocuses (or croci, if you want to get all latin on me) are out, and the daffodils are coming. Spring is starting to make an appearance. Celebrate the return of light with Irish social dancing!

Friday, February 19, 2015 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: Teresa Baker (keyboards & whistles) and Conor O'Bryan (flute)

January Ceili

It is an early ceili this month, just in time to start working off those holiday desserts that you had a few too many of. We are still in Norse Hall for the rest of the season, thanks to many generous donations.

Friday, January 15, 2015 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: Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Bays (fiddle), and Suzanne Taylor (piano)

November Ceili - Last Ceili This Year!

Friday, November 20, 2015 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: Johnny Connelly, Brongaene Griffin, Cary Novotny
Called by Sam Keator

We will be taking the month of December off and starting up again on the third Friday in January.

The Next Dance - The Infamous Costume Ceili

Thanks to everyone who came out for the first ceili of the season. This was one of the best attended September ceilis on record. And thanks so much to everyone who made an additional donation. Your support has definitely made a difference.

The next dance is our Notorious Costume Ceili.

Friday, October 16th, 2015 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: Felim Egan and Associates

Thanks to the generous donations received, the Portland Ceili Society can continue hold our regular dance every third Friday at Norse Hall for the duration. We are considering other venues that might cost less.  In any case, your continued attendance and support are essential.

Summer Breeze

Dear Friends of Portland Ceili Society,
    Our expenses have been exceeding our revenue for quite some time now and we are going to have to change things up or shutdown. Norse Hall is an excellent hall, but too expensive to support dances with attendance hovering around 50 per dance (we need closer to 70). The real problem is that about the same 5 people, the Board, have been doing the work for a very long time. And we collectively have neither the time nor skills to properly market and promote the ceili. Without increased support and participation from the Irish dance community, the Portland Ceili Society may end its long run this season.
    We will attempt to continue running the ceilis as we have been doing as long as the money holds out (at this point we will at least go through October). It is very important the we get a good turnout for the September and October ceili. It would also be great if you could renew your membership at the September ceili, as that will provide a significant portion of our operating funds for the year. We are in the process of looking for other less-expensive venues, but that is up in the air at this point.   
    We are also looking for volunteers to organize ceilis. This entails selecting callers and/or dances, making sure there are volunteers for taking money at the doors. This is a one-ceili commitment. We on the Board will assist you in contacting callers and door volunteers and take care of everything else. If you have ever been unfulfilled with the type of dances done at a ceili (a perennial complaint), this is your chance to construct the ceili you always wanted! E-mail us at info@portlandceilisociety.org to volunteer.
    Of course, you are also welcome to join the Board. We have stripped down the responsibilities to the bare minimum: 2-3 face-to-face meetings per year. Run one ceili.
    If you can't spare time for our (dis)organization, perhaps you can spare some money. PCS is still a 501(c)3 corporation and hence tax-deductible.

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.