Celtic music

William Stafford Birthday Poetry Reading (with Harps!)

Happy birthday, William Stafford, wherever you may be! Stafford is perhaps the Northwest’s most famous poet, and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna will host a William Stafford Birthday Reading in his honor featuring poet and harpist Jennifer Pratt-Walter from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Vancouver Community Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The party is jointly sponsored by the Friends of William Stafford and Printed Matter Vancouver, and Pratt-Walter will read Stafford’s poetry, as well as some of her own poems written in the spirit of Stafford’s work. She will also accompany Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna on her beautiful Celtic harp as he reads a selection of Stafford’s poetry. Audience members are also invited to read one of their favorite Stafford poems.

Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about this event, contact Luna at 360-910-1066 or e-mail christopherjluna@gmail.com. Pratt-Walter is one-half of the popular Celtic harp duo Celtic Muse. You can learn more about Pratt-Walter and purchase CDs by clicking here or visiting the Celtic Muse Facebook page.

Live Celtic Music at Grant House

The Grant House will be offering live music from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 28. Pop into the Commander's Whiskey & Wine Bar to slough off the stress of the week while sipping a very old Scotch and listening to the lilting Celtic tunes of Thom Dudley and Eddie Parente.

Come a bit early and enjoy the tail-end of happy hour, which begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 6. To see the full happy hour menu, click here. As long as you're there, why not stay for dinner? Here's the dinner menu, if you're curious. For reservations, call 360-906-1101.

At Ease at the Grant House

The Grant House will be offering live music from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 28. Pop into the Commander's Whiskey & Wine Bar to slough off the stress of the week while sipping a very old Scotch and listening to the lilting Celtic tunes of Thom Dudley and Eddie Parente.

Come a bit early and enjoy the tail-end of happy hour, which begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 6. Savor (just for the sake of example) some coco prawn sliders with sweet chili sauce and French fries (Freedom fries? Fort Vancouver fries?) or some cured olives and a winter salad with coastal white cheddar, accompanied by a seasonally inspired cocktail. If you're more the classic type, sample one of the many, many, many fine whiskies from behind the highly-polished bar. To see the full happy hour menu, click here.

As long as you're there, why not stay for dinner? We'd recommend the braised beef short ribs (you had us at "braised") or the simple but transcendent grilled salmon with maple-glazed root vegetables and wild rice cakes. Accompany it with some garlic and mushroom polenta, and really, you should probably have a glass of wine, as well. Heard enough? Or do you need more? If so, here's the dinner menu. We don't know what's for dessert, but we bet it's good.

For reservations, call 360-906-1101. The Grant House is located at 1101 Officers Row in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver.