Week-long celebration of Irish culture kicks off Sunday
St. Paddy's Party
Thursday, March 09, 2017 3:03 PM
For its annual week-long series of festivities leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, the Ohio Valley Celtic Society has partnered with local organizations to provide a chance to experience a little Irish culture.
This year’s “St. Paddy’s Party” line-up begins Sunday with an art gallery event and ends next Friday with an event spanning Madison’s downtown.
An Irish Journey
The Celtic Society will host “An Irish Journey,” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday featuring a watercolor art exhibition and reception with pieces from local artist Bill Borden at the Carlson Art Studio and Fine Art Gallery, 301 Jefferson St.
Borden’s work has been featured in a variety of local gallery exhibits. He was also the 2012 featured artist for the Chautauqua Festival of Art poster.
Refreshments will be provided.
Fourth Annual Celtic Symposium
Beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson County Historical Society’s History Center, the public is invited to a “light-hearted, fun and educational evening” of topics presented by experts of Celtic life and history. Topics will include local influence on architecture, culture, food and drink.
Jesse Andrews, host of the “Music of Scotland” radio show on WOBO in Cincinnati, will speak about the settlement of Irish weavers in the Caledonia area of Jefferson County. Musician and writer Kathy Wilde will speak about the life of Irish musicians.
Other speakers will cover the history of the Locust Grove area of Louisville, Ky., and the Croghan family of Dublin that made its way to the United States. Finally, a speaker from Indianapolis will discuss the finer points of the unique sport of Gaellic football.
Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. with the program following at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call (812) 265-2744.
Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Door open at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at the Red Bicycle Hall for a showing of the 1959 Walt Disney film “Darby O’Gill and the Little People.” The film stars Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery and Jimmy O’Dea.
Darby O’Gill is the aging caretaker of Lord Fitzpatrick’s estate in the small Irish town of Rathcullen, where he lives in the gatehouse with his lovely, almost grown, daughter Katie. Darby spends most of his time in the town pub, regaling his friends with tales of his attempts to catch the leprechauns, in particular, their king, Brian Connors.
He may seem like he is full of blarney, but the stories he tells at the pub are true.
The film, which runs 93 minutes, is adapted from the books of Herminie templeton Kavanagh.
Tickets are $5 and proceeds go to support the Madison Ulster Project.
For more information, call (812) 273-3755.
City of Madison’s St. Patrick’s Party
The March 17 event will spread the St. Patrick’s Day spirit throughout downtown with an evening pub crawl in typical Irish style.
Ohio Valley Celtic Society organizer Steve Thomas said that participating restaurants and other businesses are still being finalized, but that he expects around seven. To celebrate the holiday, each stop on the crawl will have a special food item or beverage with a nod to Irish culture.
Free trolley rides will begin at 6 p.m. with pick-up on West Street near the Madison Courier.
At 3 p.m., the Celtic Society will host Irish road bowling on Vaughn Drive between Jefferson and West streets.
Thomas suggested checking for more information on the Ohio Valley Celtic Society’s Facebook page.