Jig, reel, pint of the good stuff

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What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with a jig, a reel and pint of the good stuff?

On Thursday, the Yampa Valley Ceili Society will host its second annual evening full of just those things. The event is designed to mimic community celebrations in Ireland, complete with music and dancing.

Steamboat's ceilis begin with a little instruction for anyone who doesn't know the dances, and then the fun begins.

This year's St. Pat's Ceili will feature corned beef, cabbage and soda bread, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will be selling Harp and Guinness, and the dancing will be interrupted only by the addition of a limerick-reading contest.

In January, the Ceili Society hosted a Robert Burns Supper in celebration of the life of Scotland's favorite poet. Attendees were asked to bring something to share -- food, a poem or a song.

"Everyone took it seriously," Ceili Society member Nora Parker said. "They all brought something, and everyone was so excited. So, we sat down and tried to figure out how to bring that forward (into the next event)."

This time around, organizers are asking everyone to bring a limerick to read.

"You can write one or bring one, but keep it clean," Parker said. "If you're shy, you don't have to read."

The idea behind the Ceili is to move beyond the entertainer/entertained format of an event into something in which everyone is involved.

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