‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ weekend slated

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In lieu of having in 2021 its annual Great American lrish Festival (GAlF) which is to be resumed in 2O22, the GA|F is producing a different event for September, “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.”

GAIF President Peter Karl said the “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” weekend is a celebration of lrish music, sports and culture to be held at the Irish Cultural Center located in Utica’s Brewery District at 623 Columbia St.

There will be an evening of music at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, featuring the nationally-acclaimed lrish band, Cherish the Ladies, Joanie Madden (flutes, whistles) and Mirella Murray (accordion).

Tickets will be $15 in advance through Eventbrite and $20 at the door on the day of the show, according to event organizers.

On Friday, Sept. 18, beginning at 5 p.m., the film, “How to Defuse A Bomb” will be shown which is the story of Project Children.

The organization has brought more than 40,000 children to
the U.S. for respite from the every-day violence and strife of their homeland in Northern lreland.

Between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, there will be a program on “English words that came from the lrish Language” and a session on the lnstruments of Traditional lrish music.

This will be followed by a game watch beginning at 2:30 p.m. for the Fighting lrish of Notre Dame versus Purdue game to be shown on a 75-inch TV screen.

Saturday’s lrish music wilt begin at 3 p.m. with Craobh Dugan-O’Looney performing. The Stoutman sf Binghamton will play at 5:30 p.m., and the Blarney Rebel Band will perform at 8 p.m.

Admission for Saturday will be $8 per person.

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