An Irish Eye toward
Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
Dance a jig. Twenty years ago, Sam Keator was sent a card with that phrase jumping out at him. Those three little words set in motion a series of events that has led Sam to become a linchpin in the Portland region’s community of Irish musicians and dancers. So, dance a jig he did—and continues to do.
Today, Sam and his wife Anne Doherty run S & A Irish Entertainment. Their concerts fill seats in charming Tualatin Valley venues, such as the Winona Grange, Sherwood Center for the Arts, and the Tualatin Heritage House. Beyond their hub of shows in Tualatin Valley, S & A also commands audiences in Portland’s Alberta Street Public House, The Hollywood Theatre, and the annual Shamrock Cruise on the Portland Spirit.
With 26 years as a Tualatin Valley local, Sam is well-versed in not only Irish music, but also the best food, markets and breweries in the area. We asked him to share his picks for where to go here.
Grab a barstool at the Neighborhood Bar
The C.I. Bar & Grill
Standing for “Country Inn,” this Tualatin Valley restaurant has been serving generations of locals. In addition to a good drink from the bartender, the neighborhood bar has great food (think big salads, hearty French dip sandwiches, and cut-in-house prime rib steaks). The live entertainment in the evenings is great, too, with live music, Trivia and Sunday Bingo.
Not Your Average Farmers Market
Beaverton Farmers Market
The weekly Saturday market always has great produce and crafts available. It’s the most well run, organized farmers market in Washington County. Plus, entertainment! The Beaverton Farmers Market features live performances from local artists starting in May.
What we notice about Sam’s favorite picks is a theme of good food, good beer and a moving sense of culture. That’s why the events at S & A Irish Entertainment are among our picks, too. So, dance a jig and discover your new favorite places in Tualatin Valley.