Boyne Area Chamber
28 South Lake St. (Map)
Boyne City, MI 49712
Ph: (231) 582-6222
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Irish Heritage Week

Boyne City celebrates its Irish history with music and more

Boyne City Irish FestivalBoyne City’s Irish Heritage Week includes a full range of themed events in March of each year. 2015 will be the 8th 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.

2015 SCHEDULE - Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Thanks to our Shamrock Sponsors

Leprechaun sponsors

  • 4Front Credit Union
  • Boyne City Hardware


Tuesday, March 10

Irish History Lecture and Discussion with Dr. George Colburn, who will discuss “Why Ireland is Not a Part of the United Kingdom,” Boyne District Library Community Room, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 13

Irish Heritage Dinner featuring a traditional Irish feast, Jeannine Sladick’s Irish dancers, live music from an Irish band, storyteller Ron Fowler story teller. The dinner is prepared by the Boyne City High School Hospitality Program, $13 in advance for adults, $7 for children ages 6 to 12. 101 River St., doors open 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 Tickets available at the Boyne Chamber, Country Now & Then/Up the Lazy River.

Irish dinner details, high school Hospitality Program:

Beverage Service: Coffees with creamers & Sugar

Bread assortment: (Irish Soda, Cheddar cheese, Potato) & butter in baskets on tables

Soup:  Mrs. Miller's Potato Leek Soup on buffet

Salads: Broccoli Salad, Irish Potato Salad, Bean salad

Entrée Selection(s): Baked cod, Corned Beef & Cabbage

Starch & Vegetables: Colcannon and Roasted Root Vegetables, (Potato, whole garlic, rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, carrots)

Desserts: Irish rum cake, Mint Chocolate Cheese Cake, Green Velvet Cake


Saturday, March 14

Irish Step Dance Workshop (free) led by Jeannine Sladick 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, 10 to 11 a.m.

Irish Soda Bread Contest – Community cooks are invited to participate. Click here for PDF of rules, suggested recipes and entry form. Entry forms are also available at the Boyne Chamber, 28 S. Lake St. Entry forms should be turned in to the Chamber by noon Friday, March 13. 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 is by local professional chefs. Results will be posted on this web page.

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. to 1 p.m. Surprises of Green tastes await you.

Sunday, March 15

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 17

Irish Story Time in the Boyne District Library community room. Children and leprechauns of all ages are welcome, 10 to 11 a.m.

Business After Hours – Boyne Area Chamber networking event hosted by Pat O'Brien & Associates at 128 Water St. O’Brien’s birthday is St. Patrick’s Day, and he is a Shamrock Sponsor of Irish Heritage Week. Complimentary admission, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

saltboundCafe Santé St. Patrick's Day Celebration features Grand Rapids Irish folk fusion band The Saltbound (pictured), 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Also house-made corned beef Irish dinner, green beads, $3 Irish shots and logo glasses with Irish beer pints all day. Happy Time Zone means $1 off beer, wine and cocktails from 3 to 6 p.m. Located at 1 Water Street,