Celebrate Celtic culture through a
Celebrate Celtic culture through a day of hands-on experience at the Ceili of the Valley’s inaugural Samhain Celtic New Year Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Grant Community School, 725 Market St. NE.
The event will recognize the seven Celtic Nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia and Isle of Man) through live music, speakers, workshops and immersive/hands-on activities that will be educational and fun for the whole community.
Learn about the Celtic roots of Halloween. See demonstrations of art, cooking and dance. Take part in a workshop for fiddle, whistle, uilleann pipes and bodhran. Listen to stories of the wee folk and faeries, Celtic history and heritage. Find out about the Irish sport of hurling. Visit the children’s area for opportunities in printmaking, clay working, coloring, knot creation and more.
Throughout the day, there will also be music by groups such as Na Rósaí, Possibly Irish, and Pipe Dance.
Celtic culinary delights, such as potato soup, cock-a-leekie soup, and bubble and squeak soup, will be available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Additional items, including salad, soda bread, scones, apples, cookies, tea and coffee, will be available for purchase during the entire festival.
The day’s festivities will conclude with an evening concert featuring Portland-based traditional Irish band Na Rósaí from 7 to 9 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 630 Hood St. NE, just a block from the Grant School campus.
Admission to the Samhain Festival is $10 adult and $5 students. Free for children younger than 12. Concert admission is $15. There is a $5 discount on the concert with a Festival wristband.
The Samhain Celtic New Year Festival is made possible by support from The Fred W. Fields Funds of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Marion Cultural Development Corporation, and the William S. Walton Charitable Trust.
The Samhain Celtic New Year Festival is organized by the Ceili of the Valley Society, a Salem-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and perpetuating Irish heritage and culture in the Willamette Valley primarily through social events that incorporate music and dance. An all-volunteer organization, the society teaches weekly classes, and holds dances with live music on the second Friday of the month. For more information, visit www.ceiliofthevalley.org.
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 am
Grant Community School
725 Market St. NE.
$10 adult and $5 students. Free for children younger than 12.