Ceilidh fundraiser a success in Bear River

Published on May 16, 2017

People who knew how to dance and those that didn’t all got up to participate in the Irish and Scottish ceilidh dances in the name of fun and to support a good cause.

©Sara Ericsson

BEAR RIVER, NS – The Oakdene Centre’s Ceilidh Fundraiser was a success that got people up and moving.

Around 60 people attended the event. The Liverpool Session Band and Digby’s own Dúlamán played together onstage together all night and entertained the crowd with a variety of traditional Irish music and Nova Scotian tunes.

The event lasted around three hours and featured Irish and Scottish ceilidh dances.

The evening saw The Liverpool Session Band and Dúlamán play together for three hours.
Sara Ericsson

Dúlamán member Ted Leighton led the Irish routines and partners Jane Barker and Richard Lane of Caledonia led the Scottish dances.

People of all ages – seven to seventy – were up dancing and whirling around the floor.

Some dances were more challenging than others, involving

And everything Irish was, of course, to the count of three.

Scottish ceilidh dance instructors, partners Jane Barker and Richard Lane from Caledonia.
Sara Ericsson

“You can trust the Irish to always go that way,” joked Leighton as he led the group through more steps grouped in threes.

“It was really nice to see everyone come out and show their support,” says Carolyn Buck, who organized the event along with Ken Flett.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the building’s upkeep.

The centre will also host its Grand Opening May 20, where it will showcase the various shops and art spaces within the building.