Oct 8, 2012

Columbia Regional Pipe Band Cèilidh

by Matt Bleigh-Cory

The potluck cèilidh hosted by the Columbia Regional Pipe Band was held Saturday night at the Oregon City VFW, just up the street from the Highland Stillhouse.

Attended by the pipers, drummers and families of many different pipe bands, this community-minded event had as its purpose - well, community!

Jason and Amy Teece organized the potluck to provide an opportunity for pipers and drummers of different bands to meet and get to know each other outside of the competitive arena and to have a chance to build a sense of camaraderie.

Those attending the ceilidh were encouraged to bring pipes and drums to take center stage and play if so inclined, and a number of party-goers did just that! Pipers and instructors from the Sir James McDonald Youth Pipe Band, the Portland Police Highland Guard, the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band, the Columbia Regional Pipe Band, the Clan MacLeay Pipes & Drums band, and Kells Irish Pipes & Drums band took turns playing lively, often finger-flying, toe-tapping tunes for their very appreciative audience.

Food that folks brought to share was laid on a buffet style table where drinks & picnic-ware were provided. Seating was arranged around long banquet tables decorated in centerpieces of clustered, frosted cupcakes (made by Amy Teece - they were yummy!), and fall-colored leaves. Children had fun playing with toys or running around the hall together while adults got a chance to chat in groups at table or standing in knots around the hall and pub room.

Toward the end of the evening, pipers and drummers young and old formed a circle and played numerous tunes - Green Hills of Tyrol, Highland Laddie, Scotland the Brave, and Amazing Grace to name a few.

Jason thanked everyone for coming and expressed the hope that the cèilidh was the first of what he would like to become an annual event.

To search for a specific video from the cèilidh to view, click on the PLAYLIST button at the bottom right of the embedded YouTube picture below, or you can just click on the picture to view ALL the videos from the cèilidh.

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