Notre Dame Irish dance team to compete in All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships

first_imgHaving Irish danced since she was a toddler, Notre Dame junior Addie Donaher said the adrenaline rush she gets walking out on stage is a sensation that has yet to waver in her career as a performer.“Being on stage is the reason that we all do it,” Donaher said. “You have those two minutes to get up on stage and show them, ‘I’ve been working for a whole year for these two minutes.’”As part of the Irish Echoes, Donaher — along with 7 other Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students — will be competing this weekend in the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships. Photo courtesy of Hanna Dutler Members of the Irish Echoes, Notre Dame’s Irish dance group, compete in the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships every year.Fresh off their annual showcase last January, the Irish Echoes are a Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Irish dance team consisting of roughly 70 members — the largest collegiate team in the nation, Donaher said.Members of the Ceili team — a subset of the Irish Echoes — were selected for the competition via tryout. The Ceili team is lead by juniors coach Hannah Dutler and assistant coach Emily Cline. Dutler and Cline are joined by seniors Caitlin O’Rourke, Rebecca Sidler, Kali Graziano and Lauren Tucker, juniors Donaher and Julia Forte and sophomores Kate Brown and Rachel Hughes.“I think everyone on the Ceili team has been dancing since they were three or four years old and has gone over to Ireland at least once or twice to compete,” Dutler said.The team flew out of Chicago on Tuesday night, landing in Dublin early Wednesday morning. After spending a day in the Irish capital, where they will get a chance to visit Notre Dame students currently studying abroad in Dublin, the women will be hopping on a bus to the competition’s host city, Killarney, a southwest Ireland town with around 14,000 residents.“Girls from all over the world come to compete, and then the competition that we’re in is a club Ceili competition,” Donaher said. “ … It’s like Irish clubs, [and] there’s a bunch of schools from the U.S.”With funding assistance from the Nanovic Institute and the Keough-Naughton Institute, the team has been able to travel to Ireland seven of the past 10 years for this competition and have found themselves atop the podium every time.“We have won the last seven years that we have competed, so hopefully we make it eight,” Dutler said.Dutler also noted that although the teams are strictly business backstage while preparing for their performances, the event gives many of the women the unique opportunity to reconnect with Irish dancers they trained with at past studios who may also be in Killarney for the week’s festivities.Whatever the outcome of Saturday’s competition, however, both Donaher and Dutler said they are thankful to the Irish Echoes for giving them a chance to form the friendships they have in their three years with the team, and for allowing them to continue their passion for Irish dance into their collegiate lives.“We’re all really close, and we all had that love for Irish dance that made us want to go to a school that had a team and keep doing it,” Donaher said. “We both danced competitively our whole lives, so it was such a big part of our life. And then coming to college you kind of expect that to stop. But here, it doesn’t really have to.”Tags: Irish dance, Irish Dance Team, irish echoeslast_img read more

Merroir to Terroir: The Best Fest for Oysters is in Harrisonburg, VA

first_imgPhoto courtesy Ashley Robinson Tickets are on sale now: $30 later bird, $35 in advance, $45 at door. Tickets include wine tasting from each winery. VIP tickets are $75 and include the tasting plus a wine tote bag with a festival shirt, a collectable patch, or pin and a hat. Tickets for children and non-drinking adults are also available. VIP or not, all attendees will get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of On Sunny Slope Farms. The oysters for the festival come from Bruce and Daniel Vogt of Big Island Aquaculture from Hayes, Virginia. Big Island Aquaculture is a small, family run business serving our customers with great tasting oysters, while helping sustain the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and promoting its rich culture.  Their briny oysters are often referred to as the best in the bay–and during the festival–the best in the Shenandoah Valley. Do not miss this culinary expert showcase- Specialty Oyster Dishes paired with these Exquisite Virginia Wines.While you are in the Shenandoah Valley, why not stay the night?  Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, the newest hotel in Harrisonburg, blends a sophisticated style with relaxing comfort. Featuring well-appointed rooms and suites with mountain and downtown views, as well as fine dining, fitness facilities, Hotel Madison is an elegant and inspiring choice. This upscale hotel provides superior accommodations, event spaces, and staff services.Wineries/VineyardsNorth Mountain Vineyard & Winery, CrossKeys Vineyards, Bluestone Vineyard, Brix and Columns Vineyards, White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Tasting Room, Cave Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Castle Glen Estates Winery, Third Hill at DeMello Vineyards, Narmada Winery, and Hunt’s Vineyard.Culinary PairingsDayton Tavern, Paella Perfecta, Hops Kitchen, Mashita, Taj of India, Smiley’s Ice Cream, and Kraken CakesProceeds from this event go to the Artisans Center of Virginia, the parent organization of Virginia’s Artisan Trail Network and the Virginia Oyster Trail.Sponsored by: Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, Blue Ridge Insurance Services, Inc., Visit Harrisonburg Virginia, 93-7 NOW, Ruffles & Rust Florals, Another Chance Vintage Rentals, Visit Rockingham County, VA, Virginia is for Lovers Get your Oyster fix while supporting the Artisans Center of Virginia at On Sunny Slope Farm. Their 2nd annual Wine and Oyster Festival, on August 5, 2018, at 11:00 AM, will have fun for the whole family. Enjoy tastings from Virginia wineries, coastal oysters, and an array of craft foods as you explore local artisan booths and are entertained with live music and fun activities. Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day! Photo courtesy Ashley Robinsonlast_img read more

Speed, alcohol believed to be factors in Ripley County fatal crash

first_imgBatesville, In. — A Sunday evening crash on State Road 350 near State Road 129 claimed the life of a Batesville man.Indiana State Police say a car driven by Jesse Norman, 38, was eastbound on State Road 350 when he drove off the north side of the roadway and struck a concrete culvert. Norman was pronounced dead at the scene.Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors.The investigation is ongoing.last_img

Show and shine draws all kinds of automobile enthusiasts despite weather

first_imgCanton said car culture has really taken off in the last few decade, which propelled So-Cal Speed Shop to evolve from a shop specializing in hot rod modifications to a retail shop for after-market parts for types of automobiles.”Unlike 30 years ago when it was a few muscle cars and a few hotrods, now it is in vogue to have a collectible automobile, be it an antique, custom car, muscle car or hot rod,” he said. “It’s become a very big business now.”He said he believes Dawson Creek’s show and shine “can only get bigger and better,” but he suggested in order to grow the event the local car club should get local merchants involved. He said not only would that be great for local businesses but it would make the show attractive to family members who might not be into the car culture as much as their loved ones.”Everybody loves a deal,” said Canton. “I think Dawson Creek is ready to go to the next step now and get involved with the local merchants and turn them out.” Though there were perhaps not as many entries as the Mile 0 Cruisers car club was expecting for the show and shine, there was still an impressive showing of automobiles of all makes, models and years. Light showers continued on that afternoon, but the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who gathered to showcase their labours of love, to revel in stories of glories past or adventures on the open road, or just to marvel in the beauty and power of automobile.Neither heavy rains nor the resulting road closures in some parts of the region could stop Don McClure of Quesnel from attending the show for the third year – he said he was prepared to go the long way around through Alberta to get to Dawson Creek if Highway 97 hadn’t reopened. For him, it was a chance to swap stories with fellow enthusiasts and share his passion – a 1962 Ford Thunderbird he has owned for 45 years.”It was a luxury car back in its day,” said McClure. “It’s a nice car to drive, and I’ve never wanted another car.”- Advertisement -He said that is with the exception of his show car, a 1957 Thunderbird, that he would have brought to the show if not for the fact it is a convertible.His “newer” model is still an immaculate car, painted in a very eye-catching blue and with the long body and interesting contours that distinguished that era of ‘T-Bird.’ Besides the exterior paint and the interior upholstery, he said everything is original on the car, including its 390 long-block engine.McClure said he will continue to drive that car “until they take my driver’s licence!”Advertisement Beau Friesen, 13, of Dawson Creek doesn’t even have a licence yet, but that doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy racing and showing his Junior Dragster, a smaller-scale version of the larger class of racecars. Friesen said his dad bought him the vehicle and he has been racing it for the last three years in Fort St. John, Fairview, Alta., and later this month, at the Mission Raceway Park in the Lower Mainland.He said he really loves the sport, especially the feeling of coming off the line, and though he can get up to speeds of 60 miles (97 kilometres) an hour, he is not afraid of the speed. Junior dragsters usually compete on a 1/8 mile track, and he said his best time in that distance is 10.26 seconds.One participant who is no stranger to show and shines is Bob Canton, who was taking part as an events coordinator for the So-Cal Speed Shop Store in Spruce Grove, Alta., the only such store in Canada. Canton said he was very impressed with the quality and diversity of vehicles being displayed on Sunday.”I’ve been in the car show business since 1957, and I can tell you that for our first trip up here to Dawson Creek, I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the response here today, even with the inclement weather,” he said. “It’s quite impressive, the amount of cars, and the amount of enthusiasm local people have regarding automobiles.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Driver killed after fleeing fiery Oregon crash

first_imgOREGON CITY, Ore. — Authorities say a driver was struck and killed by a minivan shortly after crashing into a gas pump in Oregon City.Clackamas Fire District 1 says the driver plowed into the pump early Monday, igniting a fire. The driver than ran onto Highway 213, where he was fatally struck.The crashes remain under investigation.last_img