Let’s Céilí

I attended my first céilí on St. Patrick’s Day eve, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Rochester Art Center, in collaboration with Irish Fest of Rochester, Minnesota. Nearing the spring equinox, the late afternoon sun shone brightly through the windows on the first floor of the Art Center as folks of all ages, dressed in green, gathered. I wore the only dress I own with green on it, which happens to be one of my favorite dresses and tall black boots for the celebration. Megan Johnston, executive director of the Rochester Art Center, opened the evening with a presentation on Irish art history. Then, we all ate Irish stew and soda bread and socialized. About 8 p.m. the céilí (kay-lee) dancing started, led by Twin Cities Céilí Band, along with the adorable singing, dancing, storytelling and bodhran (Celtic frame drum) player, Máirtín de Cógáin. I paid the price of wearing those boots the next day, but I had so much fun dancing with everyone at the céilí. I plan on going again this year at Bleu Duck. See the céilí article on page 13. 

Rochester Women magazine celebrates National Women’s History (which we have termed “Herstory”) month in March by featuring local author Sister Ellen Whelan, Ph.D., and her books “The Sisters’ Story,” Parts One and Two. Rochester would not be where it is today if not for the bold, kind, compassionate, independent and strong Franciscan Sisters of Assisi Heights. Read about them on page 20.

With this issue of Rochester Women magazine, we celebrate our 17th anniversary and being 17. On Tuesday, February 7, 2017 we celebrated Eryn Fjelsted’s 17th birthday at Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria downtown Rochester. See the fashion photo shoot and article in this issue on pages 27-29. 

We are also celebrating our anniversary with Haute Cuisine (page 32) and champagne in our Women & Wine column (page 34). For the celebratory occasions, there are a few restaurants in Rochester that serve French cuisine, but you can cook and eat French food at home, too. Thanks to personal trainer and nutritionist Emily Watkins for her insight on these fares. 

I hope you enjoy the international flavor of this issue of Rochester Women magazine from Ireland to France and Malaysia (International Table, International Friends on page 37). Read about and attend the Rochester International Film Festival (page 51) featuring films produced around the world and even here in Minnesota.

Thank you for reading Rochester Women magazine. We appreciate you, our readers. We will be celebrating and invite you to join us on Thursday evening, March 23 for Ladies Night Out. Gather your girlfriends for a fun time in downtown Rochester!



À votre santè! – To you (your health)!