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The “Eh” Team March 23, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Music & Dance.

The Canadian contingency threw a Ceileidh (pronounced Kay-Lee) for our street this month.

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A Ceileidh is a “kitchen party” full of food, fun, frivolity, and music.

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After a slide show of the Maritime Provinces, Dino took the stage for a sing-a-long . . . complete with a fiddler fiddling-a-long.

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Then Harry Chapin and Todd Rundgren took the stage to sing a few bawdy tunes for us.

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The funniest part of the evening came at the end when the Canadian contingency (a/k/a The “EH” Team) gathered for a group shot.

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It took some time to get everyone on board ~>Β “Let’s see, who’s missing?” . . . “Are my glasses on straight?” . . . “Where’s Louise?”

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“Hey Cam, c’mon . . . the camera’s waiting for you!”

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“So, do we have everyone?”

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“Hey . . . no photo bombing us with a full moon shot!”

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“Seriously?! Β Stop talking and start smiling!”

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“OK! Β That’s a Ceileidh keeper!”

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Aah . . . that’s better, eh?



1. Jill Weatherholt - March 23, 2016

Looks like fun, Nancy. Dino looks so cute!

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

“Many” of our neighbors are 20-30 years older than us. That they still enjoy life is . . . “reassuring.” :mrgreen:

A few of us young whippersnappers tried to convince Dino to play “FREEBIRD!” He played “Sweet Home Alabama” instead.

Jill Weatherholt - March 23, 2016

My parents used to live in a 55+ community in Florida. They too were the “young whippersnapper.” I was always amazed by these 90+ year old neighbors who went non-stop from the crack of dawn until well into the evening. LOL…Dino!

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

This isn’t an age-restricted community, but the units are on the small side . . . so we don’t have many young adults with kids living here.

Now that the “old timers” are moving out (or on), the average age of residents is growing younger ~ but we’ve got one guy on the street in his 90’s who still rides a bike!

2. Under the Oaks - March 23, 2016

LOL! So reminds me of being in Florida in the winter at the Publix… πŸ˜€ Hope you two had a fun time!

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

Haha! Publix on the wrong day can be a Slow Ride! πŸ˜›

Just me this time ~> BFF didn’t want to go (due to the expected N~O~I~S~E). I didn’t twist his arm. He stayed home and made himself pancakes. :mrgreen:

Under the Oaks - March 23, 2016

CH would have happily stayed with BFF and had pancakes!

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

Pancakes are always a treat!

We had a potluck dinner at the Ceileidh ~> I ate mostly Irish Soda Bread and Beer Bread. I love carbs!

3. anotherday2paradise - March 23, 2016

Looks like a really fun evening, Nancy. It’s always a problem getting a group together for a photo and then having them all smile for the birdie. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

Watching group shots come together can be hysterical. Kids are often better at it than adults (who have their own agenda).

4. suzicate - March 23, 2016

I learned something new today. A Ceileidh sounds like fun. The kitchen is my favorite room of this house, most of the time anyway.

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

Today, I went to an Irish Dance class and we did some Ceileidh dances ~ a bit like square dancing. FUN!

suzicate - March 23, 2016

My friend and her daughter belong to an Irish dance group, love watching them perform!

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

Love watching Irish Dancing. And got a “kick” out of it today.

5. L. Marie - March 23, 2016

I’ve never heard of a Ceileidh! Looks like a great time though!

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

I’d never heard of a Ceileidh before either. Hard to go wrong with singing, dancing, food and fun.

6. Val Boyko - March 23, 2016

I was brought up with them. Its a great way to get some energy out and have some fun!!

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

The folks who hosted say they have them most nights in the summer on Prince Edward Isle.

Bet it’s a big tourist draw ~ like luau’s in Hawaii. 😎

7. Ally Bean - March 23, 2016

That’s wonderful. The story + the photos. I’ve never heard of anything like this, but what fun, eh?

nrhatch - March 23, 2016

Different for me too, Ally Bean. Common in parts of the world and unknown in others. Several maritime provinces in Canada enjoy regular Ceileidhs . . . and Val grew up with them in Scotland.

8. BunKaryudo - March 24, 2016

The Eh? Team! What an outstanding name! I can’t remember ever going to a ceilidh before, but I love Scottish and Irish music, so I’m sure I’d have a good time.

nrhatch - March 24, 2016

Yes . . . great team name, eh?

Loved the Irish Reels that Dino and the fiddler played. They also did some American standards, including the Star Spangled Banner. At my request, their finale was “O Canada.”

BunKaryudo - March 24, 2016

Love it! Sounds like a wonderful night. πŸ™‚

9. Carol Ferenc - March 24, 2016

This looks like fun ~ the Canadians are onto something, I think. Why don’t the rest of us do this, eh?

nrhatch - March 25, 2016

Our Canadian Snowbirds felt that we were missing out on all the fun ~ hence the decision to host a Ceileidh for us.

Maybe you could host one for your neighbors? Invite a musician or two, ask people to bring favorite dishes, see if anyone wants to act out a skit or two . . . done and fun!

Carol Ferenc - March 25, 2016

Great idea! I wonder if there are any Canadians in the neighborhood.

nrhatch - March 25, 2016

Who knows? Ask around.
Maybe you’ll find one on the pickleball court.

10. Debra - March 25, 2016

Such fun! It must be delightful to have so many people as part of your social group. The “Eh” Team is a fabulous name. Obviously some very fun people!

nrhatch - March 25, 2016

Our street and the larger community is very social ~ several events every month “in season.”

We don’t always participate but we admire their enthusiasm. :mrgreen:

11. diannegray - March 25, 2016

Looks like a fun time, Nancy. eh? (I thought aussies were the only ones to say that! how wrong I have been) πŸ˜€

nrhatch - March 25, 2016

Yes. Now we BOTH know that “eh?” echoes round the world. 😎

12. Behind the Story - March 25, 2016

Hilarious! We usually get just the “good” picture. You’re the only one who thought of getting the whole story.

nrhatch - March 26, 2016

Can you imagine how long it would have taken them to assemble if they had not been wearing matching shirts?

A right bit of time, eh? πŸ˜›

13. Naomi - March 27, 2016

Looks like lots of fun πŸ™‚ Nice to see such community spirit!

nrhatch - March 27, 2016

Go Team! :mrgreen:

14. reocochran - March 27, 2016

So funny how groups react and interact. This “Eh” Canadian contingency made me chuckle, Nancy. πŸ˜€

nrhatch - March 27, 2016

Most months, 2-3 people act as “host” for 2-3 scheduled events. This is the first time that such a large “contingency” has banded together to lead the cavalry!


reocochran - March 27, 2016

Oh, now I get it, Nancy! I sometimes don’t read as carefully as I should. I wonder why?! πŸ˜‰

nrhatch - March 28, 2016

I didn’t pick up on that, Robin. I just decided to add a bit of background to the gathering. πŸ˜‰

15. pix & kardz - March 28, 2016

sounds like a good time was had by all. have never heard of a Ceileidh before. must be a maritime thing – and it looks like a lot of fun. thanks for sharing

nrhatch - March 28, 2016

I think it’s a Celtic thing ~ Scottish and Irish traditions transported to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Isle, etc.

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