Interesting Things: New year ceili!

The first ceili of the new year at the Sammons Center. It was a great beginning.

Loads of people.

Loads of great dancing and music with three full sets and music by Hailey Sandoz and Joseph Carmichael.

Click on the pictures above for more views of the dancing. Come on out for the next ceili!

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Interesting things – Gecko eggs

This one’s for you Katie. August 21st is the next Trinity Hall ceili and Sep 3rd is the next ceili at the Sammons Center.

We’ve had a family of geckos living in our garage the last several years and I was happy to see that they’re still around. Last year we found all sorts of broken eggshells in one corner under the peat moss. This year we found some whole eggs.

They weren’t much bigger than my fingernail but there were three little eggs baking in our garage.

Two weeks later we had eggshells again.

Eat those bugs, guys!

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Irish dance opportunities for the Fall and beyond

A couple of exciting céilís are in your future — one at Trinity Hall this coming Sunday with more dancers than usual, then in September the season kick-off SCMA Céilí in a fabulous new venue. A new class in McKinney starts September 8. Plus you have a couple of great dancing-and-vacation opportunities in 2011. Read on!

Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Lone Star Céilí Band

You won’t want to miss this pub céilí — visiting dancers from San Antonio and Fort Worth will be joining us, so we should have plenty of new partners to add to the fun. Let’s plan to dance the Antrim Square Set, the Kilfenora Plain, the Ballyvourney Jig and/or the Connemara Reel Set plus the Haymakers Jig and any other ceili that strikes our fancy. (Requests? Tell me!) Marius knows we’ll have more dancers than usual and is happy to accommodate us. (Yay Marius!)

Date: Sunday, August 1

Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station

5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206


Cost: Free! (Please do support the pub.)

Dances: Antrim Square Set, Kilfenora Plain, Ballyvourney Jig, Connemara Reel, Haymakers Jig

SCMA Celtic Céilí – September 4, 2010 – New Location

A new season begins in September in a new venue…drum roll… theSammons Center for the Arts in Dallas! Enjoy plenty of room to move in the airy, 2800 sq ft Meadows Hall. Also new is the one-hour class in Irish set or traditional céilí dancing to help beginners get up to speed and to give experienced dancers an opportunity to focus on footwork and tricky moves. Classes will run from 6:45 to 7:45pm to recorded music, followed by a céilí from 8:00 to 10:00pm to live music.

Date: Saturday, September 4, 2010

Time: Class: 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Céilí: 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Sammons Center for the Arts

3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas,TX 75219

For recorded driving directions, call (214) 520-7788

Cost: $10 ($8 for SCMA members) includes both class and céilí

Dances: Now taking requests for the class and céilí!

Irish Set Dance Classes — Fall 2010

Irish Set Dancing classes in McKinney, TX continue! Learn dances, fancy footwork, and have a grand time with friendly folks. Couples or singles welcome.

Class Code: 133525-A1

Dates: Sept. 8 – Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 – Dec. 1

Day / Time: Wednesday evenings, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Location: McKinney Community Center, 2001 South Central Expy. (a little north of 121, east side of I-75)

Fees: $32 Resident/$35 Non-Resident

To register: call 972-547-2690 or visit

2011 Mardi Gras/O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Pub Reunion Cruise — Feb. 25, 2011

Plan now for a delightful break in 2011, an Irish themed cruise of the Caribbean! Prices start at $1099pps for this week-long cruise aboard the Norwegian Spirit. Bring an instrument and enjoy daily sessions with the Lone Star Ceili Band, and of course bring your dance shoes for céilí and set dance workshops and evening ceilithe. Check out the link for all the details.

CCE North American Convention, San Antonio — March 24-27, 2011

If you love Irish set dancing and traditional music, you must not miss the opportunity to attend the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s convention weekend in San Antonio, TX! Dancers, get ready for four days of céilís and workshops. Musicians, you’ll get workshops too plus opportunities to session with amazing players from North America and beyond. Details are still being worked out; check with the convention’s website for updates.

As always, do send me your dance requests. Hope to see you next week at Trinity Hall!


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