Ceili Celtic Social Dance Workshop March 19
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OURAY – Ceili is the social dance of Ireland and Scotland, and it comes to Ouray in the form of an all-ages workshop Saturday, March 19, 1-2:30 p.m. when guest artists Ken Willson and Kim McKee host a Ceili dance workshop at the Wright Opera House.  

That same night, Ouray County Performing Arts Guild presents Willson and McKee in concert at the Wright Opera House, at 7:30 p.m.

The afternoon workshop is for all ages; entire families are welcome and there is no experience necessary. The class does not require a partner, since at a community dance in Ireland, dancers “pair up” with whoever is available. (Students under age 8 must be accompanied by a parent.)  Willson and Mckee will first teach the easiest dances, working their way up in levels of difficulty. Participants should wear comfortable clothes.

Colorado native Kim McKee began performing at age 5; trained in classical music, she was soon passionate about traditional folk music, attending Celtic festivals and gathering instruments and information along the way. McKee has won numerous awards, including the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship, in 2002; she is also a four-time award winner of the Milwaukee Irish Festival songwriting contest.   

Ken Willson grew up in rural Minnesota and North Dakota, cherishing such local events as variety shows, church music, family-made music and other grassroots experiences.  Self-taught and determined, he passed through several musical lives, performing with rock, country, bluegrass and other types of bands.    Winning performance awards in such far-away places as Australia, Ken has honed his skills on stage through decades of performance and dedication to his “roots” in acoustic folk music.

Workshop registrations should be made by March 18, through Weehawken Creative Arts, either over the phone (970/318-0150) or online. The cost of the workshop is $12 for Weehawken Members and $13 for non-members.  For online registration and more information, visit (under the performing arts tab). For information about the Willson and McKee Celtic Concert, visit  

Tickets to the evening contest cost $15 adults ($18 at the door) and $5 for students; advance tickets are on-sale at Mouse’s Chocolates and Buckskin Booksellers, in Ouray, at Cimarron Books and Coffeehouse in Ridgway, and at Coffee Trader, in Montrose.

A Literary Weekend in Ridgway

RIDGWAY – Cimarron Books and Coffeehouse and the Ridgway Public Library invite you to a fun filled literary weekend with local favorite bestselling authors Amy Irvine McHarg and Craig Childs.

Please join the authors for a joint reading and book signing on Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m. at the Ridgway Public Library. Amy will read from her forthcoming book, Terra Firma, and Craig will read from his latest book, Finders Keepers.

On Saturday, March 26, the authors will conduct a kinesthetic writing workshop, titled “Back to the Loincloth,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $65. Expect a day dedicated to seeking out the stories that both stir the soul and appease the appetite. Class will convene at the Ridgway Public Library, but will venture out in search of fodder. Bring pen and notebook, water bottle, sack lunch, walking shoes and appropriate March weather clothing. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

Preregister at Cimarron Books, 380 Sherman, Ridgway, or by calling 970/626-5858. Cash or check. No credit cards please.
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