OPS starts its 26th season in an exciting new venue: Odd Fellows Hall, 10282 SE Main Street, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222. This is a great gathering place for all who love the music of the bagpipes and a place to introduce your family to bagpipes and drums, meet local instructors, and hear world-class professional pipers.
Pipers and drummers of all ages and levels have an opportunity to participate in competitions, which are held in the late afternoon and early evening. The evening program includes a recital by a featured top-level professional piper as well performances by a pipe bands, Celtic musical groups or Highland dancers. The new venue allows the audience to enjoy food and drink while being entertained by competitors and performers.
2013-2014 dates are third Saturdays on Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21, Jan 18, Feb 15 and fourth Saturday on Mar 22 and Apr 26. - Doors open at 4 p.m. with food and drink available. Welcome all!
The Portland Highland Dance Association starts its new season of competitions in November, 2013. The PHDA fosters and preserves the art of Scottish Highland Dancing and National Dancing with three competitions throughout the 2013-2014 season. Dancers range in ages and dance levels. Competitions are a great place to meet local teachers and introduce your child to the sport.
Burns Suppers - tradition in January
January is the month of celebrating Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland. There are several local Burns Suppers, organized by a variety of local groups and associations:
The Portland Metro Pipe Band - January 25, 2014
Portland State University - January 25, 2014
Heather Clan featuring The Portland Police Highland Guard Pipe Band
The Highland Stillhouse.
These are fun events with pipe bands, whisky, poetry and other entertainment in the spirit of Robbie Burns and for "Auld lang syne." Contact each group about dates and details of the event.