May 2015 Irish language weekend -- save the date!

Want to spend the weekend with other Gaeilge fans?  Come join Féile Portland for two days of Irish language workshops.  We are pleased to welcome Irish language instructor Imelda White.  We're returning to the Renaissance School on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, 2015.  We hope you'll join us!

Saturday, May 16:  Novice and Beginner Gaeilge (Intermediate speakers wanting a refresher also welcome)
Sunday, May 17:  Continuing Learners and Intermediate Speakers

Schedule -- Both Saturday and Sunday

Gaeilge classes will be broken up by skill level and taught by Imelda White, Brian ÓhAirt, Bob Burke, and Jacinta Nic Aodha.

9:30 am - 10:00 am:  Registration and coffee/tea

10:00 am - 10:50 am:  Gaeilge Classes

10:50 am - 11:00 am:  Break

11:00 am - 11:50 am: Gaeilge Classes

11:50 am - 1:00 pm:  Box Lunch (available with registration or bring your own)

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm:  Gaeilge Classes

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm:  Break

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm:  Workshop

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm:  Break

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm:  Gaeilge Classes

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm:  Break

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm:  Final Gaeilge Classes

4:50 pm onward:  Cas amhrán, inis scéal, cum bréag nó fág an teach!

Skill Levels

Gaeilge classes will be divided by the following skill levels:

Absolute beginner:  Someone with no experience with Irish whatsoever

Novice speaker:  Someone who has small sentences, phrases, and some basic Q&A

Intermediate speaker:  Someone who can have a basic conversation/Q&A with lots of mistakes

Cruinneas/comhrá:  Someone who can have more advanced conversation with few mistakes, focusing on key grammatical points, proper pronunciation, and building situational-based vocabulary

Cost

Workshops are $50 for one day, or $85 for both days.  Bring your lunch with you, or add a box lunch for $7.50 more each day.

If you want to order a box lunch, please know that our regular caterer was unavailable this weekend.  Box lunches will be coming from Subway, so we have fewer choices.  There is no gluten-free option available from the catering menu, but we can try to arrange for a salad for you.  If you'd like to order a lunch, please choose from the following options:

6" Subway Veggie Delite®, Black Forest Ham, Cold Cut Combo (all turkey-based), or Spicy Italian sub.  Lunch includes a sandwich, chips, cookie, and drink.

If you're coming for both days, you can choose a different lunch for each day.  If so, please let us know which lunch you want on which day.  You'll have the opportunity to tell us which lunch you want when you complete the registration form.  Just click on the "May 2015 Language Weekend" link below to go to the registration page!

 

May 2015 Instructors

Imelda White grew up in Ardara in the Donegal Gaeltacht in a family steeped in Irish language, culture and tradition. She received honors Irish in the Leaving Certificate from the Department of Education, Dublin. She taught Irish to both graduate and undergraduate students in the Special Language Program at Stanford University from 1982 to 1988 and at St. Athanasius School, Mountain View, California from 1979 to 1999. She currently teaches small groups in her home in Mountain View and does total immersion workshops worldwide by invitation.

Jacinta Nic Aodha is originally from Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, Ireland and is a graduate of St. Patrick's College of Education in Dublin.  She has a degree in education and Irish.  After teaching in Ireland for four years, she emigrated to the Pacific Northwest and currently teaches math and technology classes at Lakeridge Junior High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Bob Burke is President of The North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT). He has taken many Irish language courses in Ireland including a teachers' training course. Bob has published articles in Irish in the magazine Comhar and in the online magazine BEO. He has a special interest in second language acquisition by adults and has taught Irish at Marylhurst University in the Portland area for many years.

Brian Ó hAirt has studied Irish at UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Celtic Studies as well as at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Music Center and the National University of Ireland—Galway. He has also spent three summers immersed in the language of the Connemara Gaeltacht and has taught Irish for the Saint-Louis branch of Cumann na Gaeilge and as well as for prestigious Washington University.  He has subsequently led language workshops and taught at various immersion programs throughout the United States.

Location

All workshops will be held at the Renaissance School in Southwest Portland.  The school is located at 0234 SW Bancroft Street, between Barbur Boulevard and I-5.  PLEASE NOTE:  THE ADDRESS FOR THE RENAISSANCE SCHOOL IS 0234 SW BANCROFT NOT 234 SW BANCROFT.  DON'T TRUST YOUR GPS!  When you turn from Barbur Blvd onto Bancroft, make sure you turn towards the river and I-5!  From northbound Barbur, turn RIGHT onto Bancroft; from southbound, you'll need to go past Bancroft and go up to the light at Hamilton.  Turn LEFT onto Hamilton, then follow it around until it turns into SW Kelly Avenue.  Bancroft will be the next intersection and the school will be on the immediate left after you turn onto Bancroft.

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November 2014 Irish weekend

In November 2014, the Irish Cultural Society of the Pacific Northwest joined with the Renaissance School in Portland, Oregon to sponsor Féile Portland.  Féile Portland is the Weekend of Irish Language and Culture, offering two days of workshops on three aspects of traditional Irish culture: sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, and the Irish language. 

Click here to download our Féile Portland Irish Weekend Poster!

Please note that the Renaissance School has a strict "NO SHOES" policy!  That means that shoes are left by the front door.  Attendees can bring slippers, house shoes, or moccasins, or can choose to just wear thick socks.  NO shoes are to be worn anywhere in the building EXCEPT the dance hall, and even then only dance-appropriate shoes are allowed.  PLEASE NOTE THAT NO TAPS OR IRISH HARD SHOES ARE ALLOWED -- EVEN IN THE DANCE HALL!

Saturday, November 8, 2014:  Sean-nós Singing and Dancing

All singing classes taught by Seán Williams and dance classes taught by Alicia Guinn

9:30 am - 10:00 am:  Registration and coffee/tea

10:00 am - 11:30 am:  Intro to Sean-nós Singing OR Intro to Sean-nós Dancing

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm:  Box Lunch (available with registration or bring your own)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  Light-hearted Sean-nós Songs OR Set Dancing

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm:  Break

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm:  Sean-nós Love Songs OR Intermediate Sean-nós Dancing

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm:  Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm:  Song Circle for all singers OR Céilí

 

Sunday, November 9, 2014:  Gaeilge

All Gaeilege classes will be divided by skill level:  children, absolute beginner, novice speaker, intermediate speaker, and cruinneas/comhrá

9:30 am - 10:00 am:  Registration and coffee/tea

10:00 am - 10:50 am:  Gaeilge Classes

10:50 am - 11:00 am:  Break

11:00 am - 11:50 am: Gaeilge Classes

11:50 am - 1:00 pm:  Box Lunch (available with registration or bring your own)

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm:  Gaeilge Classes

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm:  Break

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm:  Workshop

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm:  Break

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm:  Gaeilge Classes

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm:  Break

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm:  Final Gaeilge Classes

4:50 pm onward:  Cas amhrán, inis scéal, cum bréag nó fág an teach!

Skill Levels

Singing and dancing classes are appropriate for all skill levels, from absolute beginners to advanced singers and dancers.  Remember that sean-nós singing is primarily in Gaeilge (the Irish language) -- prior language experience is helpful but not required.

Gaeilge classes will be divided by the following skill levels:

Children's workshop:  a mixture of Irish language, stories, songs, rhymes, and games

Absolute beginner:  Someone with no experience with Irish whatsoever

Novice speaker:  Someone who has small sentences, phrases, and some basic Q&A

Intermediate speaker:  Someone who can have a basic conversation/Q&A with lots of mistakes

Cruinneas/comhrá:  Someone who can have more advanced conversation with few mistakes, focusing on key grammatical points, proper pronunciation, and building situational-based vocabulary

Cost

Workshops are $40 for one day, or $75 for both days.  Bring your lunch with you, or add a box lunch for $10 more each day.

If you want to order a box lunch, please choose from the following options:

1.  Sandwich Box Lunch:  Honey Glazed Ham, Oven Roasted Turkey, Mesquite Chicken, House Smoked Chicken, Peppered Bacon BLT, Pulled Pork or one of two vegetarian options:  House-made Hummus or Veggie Natural.  Lunch includes a sandwich, chips, cookie, and drink.

2.  Salad Box Lunch:  Chicken Caesar, Chef, Oriental Chicken, Tuna, Cobb, or Willamette Valley Greens.  Lunch includes salad, fresh fruit, cookie, and drink.

The caterer does offer gluten-free bread and cookies, so please let us know if you need those.

If you're coming for both days, you can choose a different lunch for each day.  If so, please let us know which lunch you want on which day.  You'll have the opportunity to tell us which lunch you want when you complete the registration form.

2014 Instructors

Jacinta Nic Aodha is originally from Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, Ireland and is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College of Education in Dublin, Ireland with a degree in education and Irish. After teaching in Ireland for 4 years she emigrated to the Pacific Northwest and currently teaches math and technology classes at Lakeridge Junior High School in Lake Oswego,Oregon.

Bob Burke is President of The North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT). He has taken many Irish language courses in Ireland including a teachers' training course. Bob has published articles in Irish in the magazine Comhar and in the online magazine BEO. He has a special interest in second language acquisition by adults and has taught Irish at Marylhurst University in the Portland area for many years.

Siobhan Butler has been teaching dance for 10 years. She's served as full time and guest faculty at a number of Irish dance schools, music and dance festivals, as well as university Irish studies programs. When teaching, Siobhan pulls elements from her diverse background in percussive dance to give her students a multifaceted approach to their dancing. Her premise of creating musically driven choreography naturally transfers over to her teaching, emphasizing musical structure, rhythm, timing, and improvisation. 

Kimberly Goetz has been reciting poems and telling stories since the 1980s.  She founded and taught the Thurston County TeenWorks Shakespeare Program and was a guest instructor for the inaugural session of the Capital Theater’s “Shakespeare Experience.” She was recognized for her public speaking skills at the 1991 National Speech Tournament where she won a Gold Award in Impromptu Speaking. Kimberly is a frequent lecturer on topics related to public policy, business, and the environment and recently published her first book, An Introduction to Internet-Based Financial Investigations (Gower 2011).{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}

Alicia Guinn currently teaches sean-nós, set, and céilí dancing in the Seattle area. Alicia started dancing as an adult while living in Northern Ireland in 1997. Since then, she has studied set and sean-nós dancing in Galway, Ireland, taught Irish dance workshops for festivals across the United States, and had the honor of dancing on stage with traditional musicians like Johnny B. Connolly, and Liz Carroll and John Doyle. Her sean-nós style incorporates steps learned directly from Galway dancers including Pádraig Ó hOibicín, Róisín Ní Mhainín, Máire Áine Ní Iarnáin, Rónán Regan, and Seosamh Ó Neachtain.

Brian Ó hAirt has studied Irish at UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Celtic Studies as well as at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Music Center and the National University of Ireland—Galway. He has also spent three summers immersed in the language of the Connemara Gaeltacht and has taught Irish for the Saint-Louis branch of Cumann na Gaeilge and as well as for prestigious Washington University.  He has subsequently led language workshops and taught at various immersion programs throughout the United States.

Seán Williams has been studying the Irish language and sean-nós singing since the 1970s. She worked closely with the great sean-nós singer Joe Heaney in the final years of his life, and has recently co-written with Lillis Ó Laoire a critical and award-winning biography of Heaney’s life and works (Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song-Man from Oxford University Press). A previous book, Focus: Traditional Irish Music (Routledge 2010) is currently in use in a number of universities in Ireland and North America. And her The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook: Complete Meals from Around the World was named one of the New York Times’ Top 20 Cookbooks of 2006.  She is a professor of Irish Studies and ethnomusicology at The Evergreen State College and has a Facebook alter-ego named Captain Grammar Pants.

Location

All workshops will be held at the Renaissance School in Southwest Portland.  The school is located at 0234 SW Bancroft Street, between Barbur Boulevard and I-5.  PLEASE NOTE:  THE ADDRESS FOR THE RENAISSANCE SCHOOL IS 0234 SW BANCROFT NOT 234 SW BANCROFT.  DON'T TRUST YOUR GPS!  When you turn from Barbur Blvd onto Bancroft, make sure you turn towards the river and I-5!  From northbound Barbur, turn RIGHT onto Bancroft; from southbound, you'll need to go past Bancroft and go up to the light at Hamilton.  Turn LEFT onto Hamilton, then follow it around until it turns into SW Kelly Avenue.  Bancroft will be the next intersection and the school will be on the immediate left after you turn onto Bancroft.

Extras!

Interested in a céilí or concert?  You're in luck!  There are two concerts and a céilí this weekend!

The first concert is on Friday.  Join Hanz Araki and special guests Colleen Raney & Joseph Carmichael to celebrate the release of his brand new album, Foreign Shore, at his only Portland CD release appearance. The album, a collection of 11 songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and New Zealand, features the contributions of a number of Internationally recognized, Portland based music luminaries, some of whom will be joining him for the live performances.

More information and seat reservation is available at {C}{C}https://abbiegw.wordpress.com/reserve-seats/.

Also on Friday evening, November 7th, Sam will be calling the First Friday Céilí at the Winona Grange.  Doors open at 7:00 pm with a quick lesson starting at 7:30.  Dancing starts at 8:00 and runs until 11:00 pm.  Tickets are $8 at the door (normally $10, but you get the student discount for the weekend).

More information is available at http://sandairishentertainment.com/events/classes-and-ceilis/.

On Saturday evening, November 8th, you can attend the Second Saturday Community Concert at the Grange.  This month's artist is Laurence Nugent (also featuring Cary Novotny).  Laurence is a virtuoso All-Ireland winning champion of the flute and tin whistle from Fermanagh, an area of Northern Ireland that is steeped in music. He recorded three CDs for Shanachie Records. Laurence has toured throughout the U.S, Europe, and Japan over the last two decades. He has performed with scores of musicians, including: The Chieftains, Shane McGowan, Van Morrison, Séamus Connolly, Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Paddy Keenan, and Arty McGlynn.

To get a $5 discount on tickets to the concert, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/805858 and select the "Veterans and Students" ticket option. (Yes, really -- because you're a student this weekend!)  That makes the tickets $15 plus a small ticket fee.  The discount is NOT available at the door, so order those tickets early!  Full-price tickets at the door are $20.

Getting to the Grange

The Winona Grange is located at 8340 SW Seneca Street in Tualatin.  That's two blocks east of Boones Ferry Road at the Commons.

The easiest way to get to the Grange is to take I-5 (from Portland, that's southbound) to the SW Nyberg Exit #289.  Go west on SW Nyberg (that will be a right if you came off southbound I-5).  Just after the first stoplight, the road will Y off -- follow the main part of the road off to the left (where it is now called SW Tualatin Sherwood Road).  Stay on this road for about half a mile.  Turn right onto SW Boones Ferry Road (there's a McDonald's at the intersection).  Go two blocks and turn right onto SW Seneca Street.  The Grange is the small building on the right adjacent to the cul-de-sac/turn around.  Handicapped parking is on the street in front of the building, and there are parking lots next to the building and just off 84th.


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The Féile Portland Irish Weekend is finished for 2014.  More information will be posted here when we get closer to finalizing 2015 preparations! 

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