As tradition has it in Ireland, set dancing was performed in homes and at crossroads. While local musicians often played, traveling musicians were always welcomed. As a nod to tradition, The Irish Cultural Center of New England in Canton, MA is bringing set dancing and music to their marquee tent on Sunday, August 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Boston Comhaltas musicians will travel from their usual haunt in Watertown, MA to provide the music for the Ceili Mor. All dancers are welcome at this summer event. Keep the tradition alive.
As tradition has it in Ireland, St. Stephen’s Day, the day after Christmas, is the day the Wren Boys hunt a fake wren (king of the birds in Celtic mythology) and place it on top of a decorated pole. The wren boys or strawboys dress up in masks, straw suits, and colorful clothing and form music bands and parade through towns and villages – and we will gather and dance in Watertown to keep the tradition alive!
is hosting the annual St. Stephen’s Day Ceili
Wednesday, December 26th, 7 PM – 10:30 PM
202 Arlington Street, Watertown
Donation $15 at the door.
Refreshments and live music provided.
Sally is and has been the set dancing instructor for the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann for over 35 years . What drives her is the urge to Keep the Tradition Alive.
There will be tea, coffee and a cash bar, goodies to feast on, and great Irish traditional music live for your listening and dancing pleasure.
Come join in the fun. It’s always a popular event !
There will be a Seisuin Friday Evening. This is the Centre’s regular Friday evening seisuin and any musician is welcome to join in.
Saturday events include a meeting from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. where lunch will be served.
The induction ceremonies for the Northeast Regional Hall of Fame are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (NB: updated reflects a change of starting time from 7 to 6:30) followed by dancing at a Ceili from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., with our Boston branch band led by Chairperson and acclaimed accordionist, Tara Lynch. The Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch will honor leaders who have made a significant contribution to our branch by recognizing them at the Northeast Regional Hall of Fame.
For accomodations, there are several hotels in the area with the most convenient being Homewood Suites by Hilton, 50 Royall St. Canton, Exit 2 off Rt. 93, Phone: 781-828-4700 and Courtyard by Marriott, 200 Technology Dr. Stoughton, Exit 20A off Rt. 24, Phone: 781-297-7000
Food and beverages will be available at the Centre.
The Seisiun / Ceili scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 24th, is cancelled due to inclement weather. The next one is Sunday, Feb. 7th, 2-6 p.m. (Note time change). If the NE Patriots are in the Super Bowl this one will be cancelled. Kindly spread the word.
Barbara Davis announced Jan / Feb newsletter corrections . . .