News and Events

Mar 2024 – An Invitation to Join the PCDC Board this June

By Kathy Story, PCDC Board President Do you have a great time attending Portland Country Dance Community events? Are you glad we’re back to full-swing after the COVID shutdown? Would you like to get to know folks better and feel even more a part of our wonderful community? Do you have ideas about how PCDC …

Mar 2024 – The PCDC Guide to a Sumptuous Summer

Join us for four days of great dancing at Northwest Passage Dance Camp, Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 By Sharon Gavin  It’s March, and spring will soon be here, which means that registration for Northwest Passage 2024—PCDC’s much-loved long-weekend of English Country dancing, singing, and music and dance workshops—will also be here soon-ish! Held at …

Mar 2024 – Announcing the Portland Roadhouse 2024 Lineup

By Dave Hamlin The 2024 Portland Roadhouse will feature five fine bands and five great callers from along the I-5 corridor. Here’s the lineup: When and where: The 2024 Portland Roadhouse takes place from noon to 6:25 pm on Sunday, March 10, at the Milwaukie Community Club, 10666 SE 42nd Ave., Milwaukie, OR, 97222. Doors …

Mar 2024 – Second Thursday Tune Sessions, March through June

By Sharon Allen Monthly tune teaching sessions are still going strong after more than two decades! On the second Thursday of each month, a dozen or so musicians gather to learn two or three new tunes by ear, with lots and lots of repetition. Any melody player is welcome, regardless of instrument or level of …

Jan 2024 – Portland Megaband 2024: Full Steam Ahead!

By Sue Songer The 2024 Portland Megaband is back to pre-pandemic strength, powered by 75 musicians who are already working on the music. Fiddles (30 or so), whistles, flutes and winds, plectra, percussion, and, of course, the horn section will be working as a tight unit to provide tons of energy–energy that will go through …

Jan 2024 – Breaking Even: That Long, Uncomfortable Talk About Money

By Kelly Tabor, Contra Committee Chair I am your Contra Committee Chair, and I have a confession: The first PCDC board meeting I ever attended was this past summer. I was driving down I-84 with a board member attending via Zoom in my passenger seat. PCDC’s fiscal year had just ended and our treasurer was …

Jan 2024 – The Woodshed: A Community Space for Creativity

By Augie O’Riordan Calling all dancers, musicians, choreographers, tunesmiths, and budding callers! Introducing “The Woodshed,” a concept based on the place out of sight and earshot where we used to practice and try out new ideas. When you’re out in the woodshed, you know that an unexpected note or innovative combination of moves will not …

Jan 2024 – Save the date for Portland Roadhouse 2024!

By Dave Hamlin First, a big thank you to all the folks who offered to help keep the Portland Roadhouse going!  We would not be here without your support. We still have some details to work out, but we’re happy to announce that the Portland Roadhouse will happen this year on March 10, 2024, at …

Jan 2024 – The Portland English Country Ball: A November Highlight

by David Macemon, ECD Ball Chair The Portland English Country Ball Committee and a group of committed volunteers delivered a wonderful English ball weekend November 3rd and 4th at the Oaks Park Dance Pavilion.   The Friday night dance was well-attended by out-of-town guests, as well as quite a few local dancers. David Macemon called to …

Jan 2024 – Upcoming 2nd Thursday Dance Tune sessions

By Betsy Branch Greetings, dance musicians! Here is our schedule for upcoming 2nd Thursday dance tune sessions. George and Betsy, the session leaders, will be leading an open band on June 29, so tunes we learn this winter and spring will show up at the June dance.  To sign up for these free dance tune …

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