Irish Heritage Week
Boyne City celebrates its Irish history with music and more
Boyne City’s Irish Heritage Week includes a full range of themed events in March of each year. 2014 will be the 7th year of the celebration of Boyne City’s Irish foundations, which began when Irish immigrants John and Harriet Miller settled here in 1856. The Boyne City Main Street Program produces the event under the leadership of event chairman Linn Williams.
All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
- Celtic Music Session - You are invited to join hostess Gaeyle Gerrie and other local musicians from 1 to 3 p.m. as they gather to play Irish music at the Boyne District Library, 201 E. Main St.. Musicians and listeners are encouraged to attend. For info, contact Gaeyle at (231) 883-7664.
Tuesday, March 11
- Irish history talk and discussion with Dr. George Colburn, Boyne District Library Community Room, 6:30 p.m. "Robert Emmet: How an 18th CenturyIrishman Lives on in Northern Michigan," an illustrated talk about immigration, patriotism and politics in the growth and development of our corner of the world.
Thursday, March 13
- Business After Hours – Boyne Area Chamber networking event hosted by Lynda's Real Estate Service, 27 S. Lake St. Co-sponsored by Glen's Market. Complimentary admission, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14
- Irish Dinner at Porter Creek Fish House at Sommerset Pointe, 5-9 p.m. Includes Irish Potato Soup with cheddar cheese and red ale, boiled dinner of house-made Corned Beef, braised cabbage, boiled potatoes & carrots with a Guinness maple glaze served with soda bread. For dessert, it's Irish Crème Brulee. $11 for yacht club members, $13 for non-members.
Saturday, March 15
- Tastes of Spring - It's time to "Think Green" with the Boyne City Farmers Market in the Red Barn next to the Boyne District Library, 9 a.m -1 p.m. Surprises of Green tastes await you.
- Irish Story Time and Crafts at 10 to 11 a.m. in the Boyne District Library community room. Children and leprechauns of all ages are welcome.
- Irish Soda Bread Contest - Community cooks are invited to participate in this first-time event. Entry forms will be available online, at the Boyne Chamber (28 S. Lake St.), or at Local Flavor Bookstore. Entry forms should be turned in to the Chamber by Thursday, March 13. Rules and suggested recipes are available with the entry form. Breads should be dropped off on Saturday morning between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Culinary Arts Room of the School Administration Building (across Main Street from the Boyne Library) in a plain paper bag, accompanied by a copy of your entry form. Judging to take place at 11:30 a.m. by local professional chefs. Results will be posted by 1 p.m. at Local Flavor Bookstore by 1 p.m. when the Irish High Tea begins.
- Irish High Tea with scones, biscotti and entertainment at Local Flavor Bookstore, 125 Water St., 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $4.50 in advance or $5.50 on Saturday.
- Irish Step Dance Workshop with Jeanine Sladick - 9 to 10 a.m. in the Culinary Arts Room of the School Administration Building (321 S. Park St., across Main Street from the Boyne District Library). All skill levels can have fun learning some authentic forms of this rich Celtic tradition. Bring lightweight shoes.
- Willy Porter Concert at 8 p.m., Freshwater Art Gallery, 217 S. Lake St. Willy Porter website. Info and reservations, 231-582-2588.
Sunday, March 16
- Irish Music Singalong with John Richey, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Boyne District Library Community Room.
St. Patrick's Day Weekend Celebration at Café Santé begins, featuring Gaelic Sounds with Gaeyle Gerrie and Friends, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also house-made corned beef Irish dinner, logo glasses with Irish beer pints 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and $3 Irish whiskey or Potcheen shots from 3 to 6 p.m. Located at 1 Water Street, details at www.cafesante-bc.com.
Monday, March 17
- St. Patrick's Day Weekend Celebration at Café Santé continues, featuring Grand Rapids Irish folk fusion band The Saltbound (pictured above), 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Also house-made corned beef Irish dinner, logo glasses with Irish beer pints all day, and $3 Irish whiskey or Potcheen shots from 3 to 6 p.m. Located at 1 Water Street, details at www.cafesante-bc.com.
> For further information about the festival call the Boyne City Main Street Program at 231-582-9009 or the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-582-6222.