Mar 16, 2013

More St. Patty's Entertainment!

Hey All! Just got a heads up on a few more entertainment events on Saturday & Sunday for St. Patty's.

1)  Both Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band and Clan MacLeay Pipe Band are performing Sunday afternoon at different venues.  Check out our Events Calendar for locations and times.

2)  The River City Pipe Band is playing at multiple locations this weekend - McMenamins' Kennedy School and Edgefield to name two.  Check out their web site for details and times.

3)  The Sir James McDonald Pipe Band is performing today at the Beaverton Farmers Market at Beaverton City Park from 10:00 to 10:30 AM.

Get out and about, enjoy the bands, and have a great St. Patty's Day!

Mar 15, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Events in Portland

by Matt Cory
Hey Everyone! There's lots to do for St. Patrick's Day this weekend in Portland starting today!

I've scoured local sources for events going on in Portland for the holiday and combined them all in one place - our Events Calendar!  So be sure to take a look at it to find a favorite activity for you or the whole family.

If you know of a St. Patty's event that we don't have, and/or would like us to mention, then by all means let us know and we'll add it to our list and put the word out!

See you around town, and don't forgot to sport your favorite holiday color this weekend - go green!

Top Secret Drum Corps

While this blog is meant to be for all things Celtic culture and music (specifically piping and pipe bands), every once in a while I think it's okay to diverge just a little bit.

A friend of mine sent me a link to a video a few days ago, and I was pretty stunned when I watched it.  Is it Celtic?  Not so much.  But it does have something in common with pipe bands… Drumming. Really good drumming! If you liked the movie Drumline (and I very much did!), then you'll love seeing the real thing!

For the last three years, the Top Secret Drum Corps, out of Switzerland, has performed at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  The video is from their 2012 performance.

Chances are that if you regularly follow the news coming out of the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo, you will have already seen this.  But if, like me, you're a Johnny-come-lately playing catch-up, click the link and take a look at this drum corps.

If you have already seen this, then you'll know it's woth watching again. They are amazing!

Link: Top Secret Drum Corps at the 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Mar 6, 2013

A New Home for the OPS?

by Laura Devlin  

Twenty OPS mem-bers and their families visited the Milwaukie Elks Open House on a Sunday afternoon on February 24th to view the club as a possible new home for the OPS!

The group was given a tour of the 60,000sq.ft. family-friendly facility that includes, among many other things, a pool and a bowling alley! OPS visitors were able to see the space we are considering as our new meeting location, the Lodge Room, which is a wood-paneled performance area with a raised stage and high ceiling. The room also has a self-contained bar/ beverage service area (staffed by the Elks when it is rented for events).  Adjacent to the Lodge Room is a meeting room which is a good size for a band tune-up and warm up area.

The Milwaukie Elks facility (which is located 6.3 miles south of the current OPS venue) operates its own full-service restaurant on weekends with steak, chicken, and sandwiches on the menu as well as appetizers and snacks.  There is a full bar in the dining room. The facility is wheelchair accessible, spacious, has abundant parking and is very well-maintained.

Some of the OPS group bowled in the Elk's bowling alley, while others enjoyed martial-arts demonstrations and an exhibition of rabbits running through an agility trial/obstacle-course!

Jack Kelley and Lily Devlin played their bag-pipes for the Elks and their visitors, and some OPS members recalled their family ties to the Milwaukie Elks, who have been in their at location since 1957.

The Milwaukie Lodge is 6.3 miles south of the current OPS venue.  The Relocation Committee is in discussion with the Milwaukie Elks regarding rental of the Lodge Room for OPS events. Additionally, the Relocation Committee has also visited the Milwaukie Masons Lodge, the Milwaukie Odd Fellows Hall, and the Milwaukie VFW and American Legion halls. All venues found within Portland city limits are priced prohibitively high.

Anyone with ideas, questions or comments for the Relocation Committee, please contact Laura devlin at