One exciting thing about launching the Celtic Institute is the opportunity it has created to connect with other Celtic organizations and groups in Iowa and across the Midwest!
Earlier this December, Champagne Academy of Irish Dance held its 3rd Annual Christmas Céilí at the Old Brick in downtown Iowa City. This all-ages event featured dance performances by Champagne Academy students and Irish social dancing with live music by members of The Beggarmen and McGovern Music Studio. The céilí was also a fundraiser for the dance academy, and included a silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses and supporters of the Celtic arts. Celtic Institute of the Midwest contributed two items, including a matched set of “got irish?” merchandise and a gift certificate for two free Irish language lessons.
On Tuesday afternoon, December 31, The Beggarmen and Champagne Academy of Irish Dance are teaming up again for another family-friendly performance: a New Year’s Eve Family Bash featuring Irish music, crafts, and refreshments. The event is sponsored by Hills Bank and will be held at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 2 pm and kids will have a chance to “count down to midnight” at 4 pm, making this a great New Year’s activity even for the youngest Irish music fans! Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online here.
And as you ring in the New Year, make sure to mark one more date on your 2014 calendar:
If you’re looking for a taste of Irish culture, history, folklore, and music to brighten up the cold days of January, don’t miss The Feast of Brigit at Celtic Institute of the Midwest! Join Dr. Benjamin Bruch at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, Iowa on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 7-8:30 pm for an evening of food, fellowship, story, song, and seasonal crafts. All ages welcome!
Admission: $10 • Students (with high school or college ID) $5 • Ages 12 and under free • Refreshments will be provided