First Friday at the Irish Cultural Center & McClelland Library
Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Doors open at 6:30
Join us for our First Fridays Celebration in the Great Hall on Friday, May 3rd, 2019!
Join the First Friday fun on May 3 at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central, just north of Roosevelt. We’ll be hosting a contra dance for all ages in the Great Hall. Contra dances are open community dances much like old barn dances from New England. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need a partner, and you don’t need to have danced before to join in. All the dances are called as you dance, so it’s fun and super easy. From around 6:30 until 9:30 pm, drop in with your family and your friends and check out the vibrant scene.
Contra dance music is a mix of Celtic, French-Canadian, New England and Appalachian tunes, mixed together with a little Eastern European/Calypso/Middle Eastern/rock/swing to spice things up and get you dancing! The ICC will rock to the groove music of Commotion, the local traditional acoustic band. Commotion features Bryan Flamig on fiddle and drums, Leslie Nelson on fiddle, Laura Davidson on pennywhistle and sax, Linda Nieman on keyboard, and Bill Lytle on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Follow the expert calls of Peg Hesley as she guides the choreography, getting the whole crowd moving together in circles, lines, and squares. Come with a crowd or come alone, but be sure to check out the First Friday community contra dance!
Admission is FREE!
First Friday celebrations include food, a cash bar, exhibitions, songs, and readings. Join us for themed entertainment for this fun monthly event. On First Friday visitors entering the Great Hall at the Irish Cultural Center are quickly drawn to the fascinating display of pictures, quilts, paintings and other superb pieces of art that represent the work of local artisans. Recent displays have shown beautiful photographic scenes of Ireland, creative fabric arts that entice the curious mind, and paintings in many mediums that make you think you are dreaming of the Emerald Isle.