St. Patricks Day Happenings for the Irish in Ye...
By Rick Coates
When the Bun Brady Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians formed
30 years ago St. Patricks Day celebrations in the area were simply
raising a few pints of green beer at local pubs and family dinners and
parties in the homes of the Irish descendants in the region. That has
all changed. The Hibernians will host their 31st annual parade
(happens the first Saturday before St. Patricks Day every year) this
Saturday, March 13 and the day will include plenty of music, toasting,
food and honoring the Irish culture.
Now, 30 years later, celebrating
St. Patricks Day has become a major event, make that events, in the
region. While the Hibernians have led the way, others have now jumped
on the bandwagon. Here is a snapshot of activities taking place in the
St. Patricks Parade & Party:
The 31st Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patricks Parade takes
place this Saturday, March 13 in downtown Traverse City. The parade
kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in front of North Peak Brewery and weaves its
way through the streets of Traverse City. The parade is open to the
public and anyone may walk in it. Participants are encouraged to dress
in green, to bring American and/or Irish flags. The parade takes about
an hour to walk and those who want to ride the parade route may do so
aboard the Celtic Shuttle. To walk the parade route, simply show up
to North Peak at 1 pm and parade marshals Tim Smith and Todd McCall
will place you in the parade. Anyone interested in having a float
should contact Todd McCall at
248-850-5161 or by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are both pre- and post-parade activities scheduled at North Peak
and Kilkennys. The pre-parade activities begin at Noon in Kilkennys,
but get there early (they open at 8 a.m. for breakfast) to get a
table. The Ancient Order of Hibernians and Irish Queens Organization
announce their Lord Mayor and Queen as well as the Irish Prince and
Princess are announced along with the Hibernian of the Year; and each
year the Maggie Thatcher Award is given to the Hibernian who has
embarrassed himself the most.
The Grand Marshall of the Parade will also be honored. This years
Grand Marshall is the new Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, Bishop
Bernard Hebda, who is Irish on his mothers side of the family. Bishop
Hebda and the other honorees will ride in the parade in convertibles
provided by Joe Curtis of Traverse Motors.
The post-parade activities will take place immediately following the
parade under the tent over the patio at North Peak where Irish rockers
The Wild Sullys will perform. There will be plenty of corned beef and
cabbage (other options as well), Shirleys Irish Stout (named after
Hibernian Mike Shirley, the Master of Ceremonies of the High Holy
Days) and lots of Irish dancing.
Lucky Leprechaun Ball: This is an annual event hosted by Mike Sullivan
and his bandmates Song of the Lakes. This family-friendly event takes
place Sunday night at Kilkennys in TC at 5 p.m. It will feature Irish
music by the band, the 31st annual Danny Boy singing contest, the
Irish trivia contest, Couch Potato Auction, a new Irish dart
competition, and a band auction to have a chance to have some area
bands perform in your home for a house concert. Also on sale will be
Pearl of America, a remix of a classic recording by Song of the Lakes
and one of their most popular albums.
This family-friendly event is priced at $10 adults, and free for those
15 and under. There will be lots of great Irish-inspired food with a
kids menu featuring items less than $5. All proceeds benefit the
Father Fred Foundation.
The Lucky Leprechaun Ball is sponsored by The Ancient Order of
Hibernians and takes place at Kilkennys Irish Public House, 400 W.
Front St., TC; advance tickets at Nolans Tobacco Shop, the Father
Fred Foundation, North Peak, Kilkennys, or at the door.
Some of the fun at last years Hoolie.
Photo courtesy of www.emmetsociety.org.
Robert Emmet Society Hoolie: The Robert Emmet Society of Petoskey in
partnership with the Blissfest Music Organization will present their
annual Robert Emmet Hoolie at the City Park Grill in downtown Petoskey
on Tuesday March 16 at 5 p.m. A hoolie is when Irish people gather
in a small place to celebrate.
This hoolie has become the highlight of the seasonal St. Patricks Day
celebration in Petoskey. The event features Irish music, song and
dance with local artists, door prizes and special Irish dinner fare.
Reduced admission prices are offered to Irish citizens, NCMC students,
seniors, and members of the Blissfest Music Organization and the
Robert Emmet Society.
Proceeds benefit the Societys annual scholarship to send a North
Central Community College student to Ireland for one semester of
study. For additional details go to www.emmetsociety.org or call
Irish Comedy Tour: The Irish Comedy Tour takes Dublins pub and party
atmosphere and brings it to the stage.
There are two upcoming shows in Northern Michigan. This Friday, March
12, the comics perform at the Dream Makers Theater at the Kewadin
Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, followed by a show on Saturday night at
the Traverse City Opera House.
The tour includes Detroit native Derek Richards; the Boston-born Mike
McCarthy; and New Yorker Jim Paquette. The trio is absolutely
hilarious and this is definitely a show for adults only. The
comedians have also agreed to participate in the Ancient Order Of
Hibernians Parade in TC earlier in the day, so look for some
additional laughter along the parade route.
Detroit native Derek Richards gets audiences howling at the tales
about his moms dog, the holidays, and dating a stripper. He has
appeared on The Bob & Tom Show, XM and Sirius radio and The Weather
Channels Top 10. Boston-born Mike McCarthys no-holds-barred humor
has landed him on Comedy Central and Showtime. The comedy barbarian,
as he calls himself, takes no prisoners when it comes to poking fun at
societys most sensitive topics. Rounding out the trio is New Yorker
Jim Paquette, who has fine-tuned his comedy chops across the country
as a dueling piano performer. He opens the show by playing riotous
original songs on his guitar that inspire audiences to clap along.
Paquette has released two of his own comedy albums and his songs have
been featured on radio stations across the country.
For a sampling of their work watch the videos at
www.theirishcomedytour.com and to purchase tickets go to
www.cityoperahouse.org or call the box office at 231-941-8082.
BlissFest presents Dervish: With 21 years under their belt and 10
albums to their credit, the six members of Dervish push Irish
traditional music to new levels at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts
Center on Saturday, March 13 at 8 p.m.
Dervish has performed in scores of countries around the world, with
venues ranging from the Great Wall of China, to the Holy Land, to the
Rock in Rio festival before 240,000 people.
Although their roots are in traditional Irish music, they take the
genre to the next level with their own tunes, as described in their
press material: Dervish concert performances are a myriad of tones
and moods ranging from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and
intuitiveness, to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of
life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their
seats. All the elements are drawn together by Cathy Jordan¹s masterful
stage-presence. Her stories to the songs and her interaction with the
audience draws people into the music in a way very few performers can
Advance tickets for the BlissFest-sponsored concert are $17, or $20 at
the door, with students half price.
Porterhouse Productions is presenting Irelands hottest musical group
(okay, maybe second hottest next to U2) this Monday March 15 at the
City Opera House in TC. Celtic Crossroads presents Irish music like
never before; they are doing to Irish music what Riverdance has done
to Irish dance. Last year saw Celtic Crossroads perform its first ever
season in the United States. Every show was a sell-out.
The name Celtic Crossroads originates from a time in Ireland when
neighboring communities met at the crossroads between towns and
villages to socialize long before the pub tradition began. With a
focus on keeping the tradition of Irish music alive, each performer
nurtures this bygone concept, but by virtue of their young age and raw
talent, they high-kick this tradition into the 21st century. True
high-kicking from some of Irelands best-respected Irish dancers also
intensifies the pulsating rhythms of the show.
The live concerts are a spectacle of talent as seven highly talented
musicians display how Irish music influenced the global birth of a
multitude of musical genres. The inventive arrangements and
bass-driven grooves are steering Irish acoustic music into new
territory. The opening act will feature the Grand Traverse Pipes &
For a sampling of their music watch a performance video at
www.celticcrossroads.ie and to purchase tickets go to
www.cityoperahouse.org or call the box office at 231-941-8082.
TC Pub Crawl: After 31 years, this event, hosted by the pubs in
downtown Traverse City needs no introduction. Simply head downtown and
join in the fun, visiting a different watering hole throughout the
The Pub Crawl starts at Minervas from 12-2 and progresses to Bubbas:
2-3, the U&I Lounge: 3-4, Union Street Station: 4-5, Bootleggers:
5-6, Dillengers: 6-7, Bradys: 7-8, The Blue Tractor: 8-9, Firefly
Lounge: 9-10, and The Loading Dock: 10-11.
The only thing you need is your wallet; green attire and this phone number:
231-313-1760 for the Celtic Shuttle. Please do not drink and drive.
Happy St. Patricks Day.