Biddy Malone and the Lincoln Irish
This year, we have been studying countries around the world.  Besides trying to learn official geography facts, I also have read many a story and folktale to my kids trying to help them understand the varying cultures.  Now this is the 2nd time through this course of study.   I have definitely books that I have enjoyed reading again.
One of my Irish favorites is one called, The Wishing of Biddy Malone.  To sum up the storyline, some fairies ask a young girl what she would wish for if three wishes were granted.  Her desires including a loving heart (having less of a temper), someone to love her and the ability to be a true Irish dancer.  By the end of the book all three wishes have come true. Rather than magic happening, she puts forth effort to make the wishes come true.   The story ends with her nimbly dancing.  Calling all Lincoln Irish – you have the possibility to do the same!
True confession: I am not exactly graceful on my feet.  At times, clumsy could be my middle name.  Maybe you feel the same way.  That is why when my friend, Terri, asked me if I would tell my readers about an upcoming event happening in Nebraska, I was glad to do so.  Maybe just like Biddy you have wished for the ability to move lightly and gracefully. But knowing where and how to learn that ability has escaped you so far.
Coming up this week-end, you can attend an evening of Lincoln Irish dancing complete with a free lesson.  The pictures and information below are from Terri and the Lincoln Irish Dancers.  Their annual social dance, in a room filled with people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities, presents the perfect time to introduce your own feet to dancing Irish style.
Lincoln Irish Dancers Collage

Lincoln Irish Dance 2016 Details

The Lincoln Irish Dancers will host their 19th Annual Spring Irish Social Dance or “Ceili” (KAY-lee) on Sunday, March 6 at Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Dr. in Antelope Park (29th and A Sts.), from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. This is a fun, no-pressure opportunity to give recreational Irish dance a try! A free workshop is offered from 5:30-6:00pm.  Leading the workshop and calling the Ceili is Catherine Sherer Bishop from Jackson, Mississippi. Bishop is a certified Irish dance instructor who received her degree at the University of Limerick in Ireland.  Participants do not need experience or to even memorize steps.
    Rivertown String Band from Omaha will provide the live and lively music for the Ceili on Sunday evening.  There are free snacks, a raffle of Irish items, and a kids coloring corner. If you prefer, just come and listen to the great toe-tapping Irish music. 
All ages are welcome at this family friendly activity to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day season in the traditional way. Tickets at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for students, with a Family cap of $30. For more information about LID or the Ceili: call #402-421-7142,  visit  or their Facebook site.
Interested in the Irish culture? Please check out their website for all of the information that they have on this Irish dance and other upcoming area Celtic events!

Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.