2015 Boyne City Irish Heritage Week, March 10 – 17


Megan Wilson

Contributing Writer

Boyne City’s Irish heritage celebration returns.

“Tuesday March 10 will be the first event. It will be a lecture discussing why Ireland is not a part of the United Kingdom by Dr. George Colburn,” said Linn Williams, Event Organizer and Community Volunteer. “The lecture will take place in the Boyne City District Library community room at 6:30p.m.”

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday March 13, there will be a traditional Irish dinner hosted by the Eagles Club with live entertainment, and food. Cost is $15.

“After dinner we will be having Celtic music, dance, and audience participation is recommended at the end,” said Williams. “During the dinner there will also be an Irish storyteller named Ron Fowler from Petoskey.”

Saturday March 14 features many events, starting at Boyne District Library at 10 a.m.

“Also on Saturday at 10 a.m. there will be an Irish dancing workshop held at the Early Childhood (building) hosted by Jeannine Sladick, who is also one of the dancers for the Irish dinner,” said Williams.

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“The Farmers Market will be doing a Taste of Spring market in the Red Barn next to the Boyne City District Library, surprises of green tastes await you,” said Williams. The Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Freshwater Art Gallery will be hosting Antje Duvekot as part of the festivities at 8 p.m., tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Tuesday March 17 the Grand Rapids based band “The Saltbound” will be performing at Café Sante at 5p.m.

“Café Sante has changed its menu for the week, and added typical Irish Fare as a part of the celebration,” said Williams. “Also happening Tuesday is the monthly Business After Hours event, hosted by Pat O’Brien & Associates at 128 Water St.”

The Business After Hours takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.


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 Ron fowler story teller and Irish dinner provided 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. Tickets at Boyne Chamber, Country Now & Then/Up the Lazy River.

Saturday, March 14

• Irish Step Dance Workshop (free) led by Jeannine Sladick in Culinary Arts Room of School Admin Building (321 S. Park St., across Main Street from Boyne Library). All skill levels can have fun learning 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. Entry forms will be available online and at the Boyne Chamber, 28 S. Lake St. Entry forms should be turned in to the Chamber by noon Friday, March 13. Rules and suggested recipes are available with the entry form. 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Café Santé 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, www.cafesante-bc.com.