What is a Ceilidh ?
Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is a Gaelic word from the old Irish and Scottish Gaelic language.
Long ago a ceilidh was an informal gathering of friends, family or the local community for a social event together. It may have included music, song and dance, but could just as easily have featured poetry, story-telling or anyone's favorite 'party-piece'. There may have been some whisky or food, but the main aim was just to have a good time. In the old days ceilidhs were an important part of rural life in Ireland and in Scotland's Gaelic-speaking districts, and were a great way (before the invention of discos and nightclubs) for young people to meet each other.
Nowadays ceilidhs have changed a bit! Although the traditional social gathering still survives, they have spread to the whole country and can be found as much in cities, schools, work-places, churches, sports clubs or hotels, as in rural community halls. Mostly they have become an event at which people expect Scottish dancing, perhaps with some food, occasionally mixed with other entertainment such as a piper or singer.
The dancing is usually simple, informal, easy to learn, and much less strict and precise than Scottish Country Dancing. Dances come in all shapes and sizes, some for couples, some in threes or in lines and others in circles, but they're all easy. Sometimes people wear kilts, but it's certainly not compulsory and people often just wear jeans. The music varies from faster jigs and reels to slower waltzes but there's usually a dance caller who explains the steps and often walks dancers through the moves before any music is played. The end result is an informal social night where people still have a great time - just as they did in the old days.
The Sherman Celtic Festival Fundraiser Ceilidh
features a delicious dinner catered by the Grayson Culinary Arts School,
Live music and performances, dancing, silent auction and fun for the whole family.
Couple (2 adults) $30
Single Adult $20
Child (16 & under) $10
Proceeds from this event go to support the Texoma Society of CELTS, a non-profit organization
promoting cultural enrichment in the Texoma area.
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the
Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas and the Sherman Police Association.
The Sherman Celtic Festival Ceilidh will be held:
Saturday March 23rd
7 PM to 10:30 PM
on site (2190 Fallon Drive) in the Jed Marum Memorial tent
Tickets on sale through Saturday March 9th, 2019
Limited seats available. Ticket sales will end prior to March 9th if sold out.
Alcohol will not be provided with the meal but may be purchased on site from Old Iron Post. Must be 21 years of age to purchase and consume. All children attending Ceilidh must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.