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Gather for a caeldhi and share stories

Break out your poems, stories, songs, and your Scottish and Irish leanings as Marta Stafford Fine Art, 200 Main St. in Marble Falls, hosts a caeldhi, or ceilidh, from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 18. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

With social media and other impersonal ways of communication, Marta Stafford Fine Art and local poet Frances McRedmond want to rekindle traditional conversations.

The gallery, 200 Main St. in Marble Falls, is hosting a traditional caeldhi, or ceilidh, from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 18. A caeldhi or ceilidh (pronounced KAY-LEE) comes from the old practice of people on the British Isles gathering on long, dark nights and sharing stories, songs, and poems and enjoying music and dancing.

It was a way for people to connect.

McRedmond emphasized the human connection when promoting the Nov. 18 event.

“When people gather for family or personal stories, they came to know each other better and to feel for their neighbors’ joys and struggles,” she stated.

The caeldhi is free and open to the public. McRedmond will share poems, and others might recite one or two as well. The event will also include music and stories.

People will start gathering at 3 p.m.; the program begins at 3:30 p.m. While it is a social event, COVID-19 protocols such as face coverings and social distancing will be followed to keep visitors safe.

Call the gallery at 830-693-9999 for more information.

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