2014 Boyne City Irish Heritage Festival March 9-17

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Megan Wilson

Contributing Writer

It’s time to get your green on once again as Boyne City celebrates its 7th annual Irish Heritage Week.

“There’s a variety of events, and we kind of expanded it to a week-long umbrella of events that relate to Boyne’s history,” said Hugh Conklin, Director of Boyne City’s Main Street Program “As we develop this cultural heritage maybe we’ll have one major event, but right now we’re just having a week long heritage week.”

“The Irish Heritage Week is in its seventh year, and is continuing to be a community wide event, taking place throughout the town,” said Linn Williams, community volunteer and event promoter “It is so nice to see people come together to recognize Boyne City’s heritage.”

The celebration begins with a Celtic Music Session with Gaeyle Gerrie and other musicians taking place at the Boyne District Library from 1p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11 there will be an Irish history talk and discussion with Dr. George Colburn, also at the Boyne District Library, in the Community room at 6:30 p.m.

“Dr. George Colburn will be doing a presentation on 19th century Irish,” said Williams.

On Thursday Lynda’s Real Estate 27 Lake St, will be hosting Business After Hours from 5:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m., a local business networking event catered by The Wine Emporium.

Saturday will bring A Taste of Spring as the Boyne City Farmer’s Market takes place in the Red Barn next to the Boyne District Library from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m.

Put on your dancing shoes and join Jeanine Sladick in the Culinary Arts room from 9a.m. to 10 a.m. as she teaches an Irish Step Dancing workshop, light shoes are suggested.

“All skill levels are invited there is no experience necessary, the last time we did this event we had 27 people, there’s always a good turnout for this,” said Williams.

Also happening on Saturday will be Irish Story Time and Crafts in the Boyne District Library from 10 a.m. To 11 a.m.

This year there will be a first time event, a Soda Bread competition, which will be judged by local chefs.

“People will be bringing their breads on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Culinary Arts classroom at the Boyne City school administration building across from the Boyne District Library,” said Williams “The breads will be packaged in an unmarked bag, with the entry forms on the inside to try and get some anonymity.”

The only stipulation to the contest is that professional chefs are not allowed to enter the competition.

Entries will be judged by local chefs, and results will be posted by 1 p.m. at Local Flavor Bookstore.

Taking place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. will be an Irish High Tea at Local Flavor Bookstore, 125 Water St., be sure to come and enjoy this unique experience.

At 8 p.m. Freshwater Art Gallery will be putting on a Willy Porter concert, admission is $25, limited seating is available, call to reserve tickets.

Sunday March 16 there will be an Irish sing-a-long at the Boyne District Library with John Richey from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The musical celebration continues at Café Santé featuring Gaelic sounds with Gaeyle Gerrie and Friends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., also taking place are Irish food and drink specials.

On March 17 the St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration at Café Santé continues with Grand Rapids Irish folk fusion band The Saltbound playing from 5:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. there will be food and drink specials all day.