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. 2013 will be the sixth 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 10, 2013
- 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 Freshwater Art Gallery, 217 S. Lake St. Musicians and listeners are encouraged to bring a folding chair or stool. For info, contact Gaeyle at (231) 883-7664.
Wednesday, March 13
- Irish Dinner and History Discussion - Irish native Patrick Maguire will tell us about the "other" Boyne River, 7 p.m. at The Thirsty Goat restaurant, 220 S. Lake St. Optional - come early for Irish dinner and/or drinks. The Thirsty Goat is offering Irish drink features and menu items from March 13-17. Green beer, Guinness, Murphy's Irish Stout and Irish Coffee are the drink features. Irish menu items are all-you-can-eat fish 'n' chips on Wednesday and Thursday, Irish Stew or a Boiled Dinner on Friday and Saturday, and Horseradish Crusted Euro Pike with Colcannon will be offered all week long.
Thursday, March 14
- Business After Hours – Boyne Area Chamber networking event hosted by Pat O'Brien Estate, 128 Water St. This will be the grand opening of O'Brien's office expansion. Complimentary admission, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Irish Music Community Singalong with the Hooligans at the Boyne District Library Community room, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The musicians include (from left, pictured): Jim Gillespie on mandolin, Bob Schneider on guitar, and John Richey on fiddle. Ron Fowler has also been invited to share an Irish story and play an Irish drum along with Mark Olson, Scotsman vocalist, with a joke or two.
Saturday, March 16
- 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. Pick up information on spring gardening, take a guided historical tour by horse and wagon. Children's activity at 10 a.m.
- Irish Story Time and Crafts at 11 a.m. in the Boyne District Library community room. Children and leprechauns of all ages are welcome.
- Irish Tea with scones and biscotti at Local Flavor Bookstore, 125 Water St., 1 to 3 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day Weekend Celebration at Café Santé features Irish folksinger Sean Ryan (pictured at right) from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Also house-made corned beef Irish dinner, logo glasses with Irish beer pints after 6 p.m., and $3 Irish whiskey or Potcheen shots. Located at 1 Water Street, details at www.cafesante-bc.com.
Willy Porter Concert at 8 p.m., Freshwater Art Gallery, 217 S. Lake St. www.freshwatergallery.com, 231-582-2588.
Sunday, March 17
- Irish Music Session with John Richey, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The Wine Emporium, 127 Water St. Musicians and Irish music lovers are invited to sit in.
St. Patrick's Day Weekend Celebration at Café Santé continues, featuring Irish folksinger Sean Ryan from 3 to 6 p.m. and Gasta, an Irish music duo, from 7 to 10 p.m. Also house-made corned beef Irish dinner, logo glasses with Irish beer pints all day, and $3 Irish whiskey or Potcheen shots. 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.