Irish activities for St. Paddy’s Day survivors
blog by S.J. Velasquez • April 03, 2011 @ 8:17pm
We wait all year for the Shamrock Shakes, green beer and failed attempts at drunken jigging. How about we do ourselves—and the collective people of Irish descent—a favor and learn a little something about actual Irish culture. St. Patrick’s Day has passed, but it’s not too late to make up for your embarrassing antics done in the name of one Celtic nation’s patron saint.
This weekend will be filled with traditional Irish music and dance. But here’s the kicker—you won’t necessarily be sitting idly in a chair. You will be making the music. You will be dancing.
On Saturday, Buffalo Comhaltas is sponsoring a céilí (KAY-lee) from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Buffalo Irish Center. Learn some lively social dances, step along to the music of Inishowen. Tickets are $10, $8 for Comhaltas members and $5 for students with ID.
Learn how to play traditional Irish instruments from the pros on Sunday. Members from the band Bua will teach workshops on an assortment of instruments and Irish sean-nos (old style) dance beginning at 1 p.m. at ECC North Campus. Workshops are free and open to the public. After expanding your knowledge of Irish music and dance, kick back and enjoy a performance by the band. Bua will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Gleasner Hall on campus. Tickets for the show are $15. For more info, visit the Comhaltas website.