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Chicago’s Own Irish Fest!

 

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Irish American Heritage Festival
July 07, 08, 09, 2006

 

NANCI GRIFFITH
GAELIC STORM
MICHAEL McDERMOTT
will headline this year’s fest!

If you are like thousands of other good Irish folk in the area, you have already made your plans to attend our festival this summer. In what promises to be one of the most heavily attended festival in years, the Irish American Heritage Festival is scheduled for the weekend of July 7, 8, & 9. The only Irish Festival held in Chicago!

The annual Irish American Heritage Festival will be held Friday through Sunday – July 7, 8, and 9. The festival boasts the appearance of Nanci Griffith. Ms. Griffith is a renowned artist adored throughout the world for her own brand of country music. Encapsulating the best of American folksy and country charm, Ms. Griffith has also always embraced her Irish heritage. She has performed numerous times with The chieftains and has been extremely popular in Ireland for years appearing on Irish TV several times. Fresh off appearances at the Country Music hall of Fame and the grand Ole Opry, Nanci Griffith graces our stage on Saturday night. This is a must see performance!

Gaelic Storm will close out our festival on Sunday night. The center is very excited to have this group return. They take your favorite Irish songs and melodies, rock them up a bit, and turns them back into heart-pounding, foot-stomping tunes that are still uniquely Irish. One of the top touring attractions currently in Irish music, Gaelic Storm will blow the lid off the tent on Sunday night and leave us all wanting more.

Michael McDermott returns for the younger crowd on Friday night. Michael played to big crowds last year. The first music he ever learned to play was Irish music. Michael played tribute to that last year by sprinkling a number of Irish gems in with his own music. Michael is a regular artist featured on WXRT and one of Chicago’s premier singer-songwriters. We expect another great show from Michael and his band this year. Covering the more traditional aspects of Irish music, The Makem Brothers, are back and will appear Sunday afternoon. The Makems have been favorites at our event for years. Joined by their friends, Liam and Mickey Spain, these sons of Tommy Makem treat the traditional songs the right way and are making their own name in the business. New to the festival this year is Brigid’s Cross. They bring a lot of energy to the traditional music we all love. Appearing on Saturday evening, Brigid’s Cross will make a strong case for being invited back.

As always, many of Chicago’s local favorites and talents will be appearing with music all weekend on four different stages. There won’t be a moment of downtime so you’ll have to prepare to be here all three days to catch all of the great entertainment.

ATTRACTIONS

HOOLEY HAPPY HOUR – Friday 7/7/06 6:00 pm to 8:30
Its a new twist on the Irish traditions of dancing and matchmaking with music by Joe McShane and the Silver Bridge Band. Get out to the festival early and possibly meet your “special match” or just come and dance.
Special matchmaking services will be provided by our own offical matchmakers plus prizes, drink specials, and other fun events. It’s a great time to get all those Irish Bachelors/Bachelorettes “taken care of”.
Hook up at the Hooley Happy Hour Friday night at Irish Fest – July 7th – 6:00 – 8:30. Great craic for young and old – music by Joe McShane and Silver Bridge Band.

Chicago Pub Quiz Championship – Friday 7/7 at 7:30

Come watch as top teams from Chicago’s most popular Irish pubs square off in a pub quiz championship. Teams will be challenged by the Irish American Heritage Center’s long-time quizmasters and questions will focus on all areas of trivia – science, history, sports, religion, geography, music, and other pop culture. Pubs scheduled to participate:
The Abbey Pub
The Carriag Pub at Gaelic Park
Galvin’s Public House
Ginger’s Ale House
The Hidden Shamrock
The Three Counties Irish Pub
Quiz will take place in the Folk Tent (outside) on Friday, July 7th at 7:30 p.m.

Due to the overwhelming popularity and the amazing talents discovered, we will once again be hosting The Irish American Idol competition for budding young singers. Like the popular TV show, children will get a chance to sing an Irish song for a panel of judges and the final contestants will get an opportunity to perform on Sunday with the winner announced on Sunday evening. The lucky winner will receive some very generous prizes and hopefully their first of many performances at the Irish American Heritage Center. Start the rehearsals now and keep your eyes open for more details in the coming months!

The festival will also feature a re-vamped Mashed Potato Eating Contest. Bringing a new twist to the festival, we will kick off the festival on Friday with the Hooley Happy Hour. Inspired by the traditions of Irish matchmaking and community dances, the Hooley will blend a matchmaking evening with dancing to the ever popular Joe McShane and Silver Bridge Band. Its time to get all those Irish bachelors matched up. More on the Hooley elsewhere in this newsletter.

For those who like more hands on activity, the Folk Tent will return with various demonstrations of Irish instruments, dances, sing-alongs, and the like. Of course there will be several varieties of food to sustain you throughout the weekend and dozens of vendors and artisans selling every conceivable piece of Irish clothing, music, jewelry, etc. The Irish Fest prides itself on its family atmosphere and there will be plenty of activities to keep the kids active and thoroughly entertained throughout the afternoon. Keep your eyes open for several new attractions for this year that should generate plenty of new interest and excitement for the festival throughout the city.

The festival is one of our largest fundraisers and depends on your attendance to be successful. Please bring family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or anyone along with you. This is the Center’s biggest weekend and our chance to showcase how truly special the Irish American community is and all the variety of things the Center provides to that community.

For those who like more hands on activity, the Folk Tent will return with various demonstrations of Irish instruments, dances, sing-alongs, and the like. Of course there will be several varieties of food to sustain you throughout the weekend and dozens of vendors and artisans selling every conceivable piece of Irish clothing, music, jewelry, etc. The Irish Fest prides itself on its family atmosphere and there will be plenty of activities to keep the kids active and thoroughly entertained throughout the afternoon.

Please mark your calendars for the weekend of July 7, 8, & 9,2006.
The festival always provides a wide variety of family entertainment and this year will be no exception. Come out and join the fun!!

Volunteer to help at the fest! No experience required, but lots of fun to be had. We need helpers to check ID’s, sell tickets, assist with raffle tickets, set-up and arrange, and a few other tasks. Call 773-282-7035, ext. 10 to volunteer or e-mail us at Volunteers@irishamhc.com

We would love to have your help and get you involved with other fun people to work with at the tables. Leave her a message on ext. 10

Children’s area helpers. Like to be a bit more active? Our children’s game & entertainment area would love to have a few more people helping with games, shoes-on and shoes-off for the moonwalk, giving out prizes, and seeing the little ones enjoy their section of the fest! Leave her a message on ext. 10 .

Check out this year’s festival poster!


TICKETS

Tickets to for the festival are available now!

$8 Pre-sale before July 6th,
$12 All tickets, on July 7th (& after) and at the door/gate
Children under 12 and accompanied by an adult are free.

Call the Center for your tickets
(773) 282-7035 ext.10
VISA, Mastercard are welcome


The Irish American Heritage Festival is the marquee weekend for the Irish American Heritage Center as we provide numerous attractions and exhibits to give a sampling of what goes on throughout the year at the Center.

Weekend festivities:
Children’s Area – for a small daily fee children have full run of a moonwalk, face painters, picnic games and other attractions to keep t the youngsters busy.

Irish American Idol Contest


Due to the overwhelming popularity and the amazing talents discovered, we will once again be hosting The Irish American Idol competition for budding young singers. Like the popular TV show, children will get a chance to sing an Irish song for a panel of judges and the final contestants will get an opportunity to perform on Sunday with the winner announced on the Main Stage Sunday evening. The lucky winner will receive some very generous prizes and hopefully their first of many performances at the Irish American Heritage Center.

The contest is held for two age brackets: children 12 and under and teens from 13-18.

Start the rehearsals now and keep your eyes open for more details in the coming days!
Mashed Potato Eating Contest – held on Friday night of the festival, this hilarious contest pits champion eaters and any takers in a delicious bout of gorging themselves for a slew of prizes.

Cultural Exhibits – the Center’s Art Gallery and Museum will be open during the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. Also, stop by and take a look at the new Library which will be open tours.

The Cultural Committee and the Center’s Irish School will have displays and exhibits Saturday and Sunday.

Arts and Crafts – several local craftsmen and artisans will be demonstrating their craft and selling their wares.

Irish Import Stores – visit dozens of import vendors selling everything from t-shirts to music to jewelry. All of Irish and Celtic origins.

Irish Dancing – Several of the top local dance schools will be performing over the weekend. There will also be Ceili dance lessons on Saturday afternoon and a full Ceili Saturday night.
Food and Drink – there will be plenty of food and drink as local vendors will provide a nice array of Irish And American cuisine and refreshments.



ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
OPENING-NIGHT
FRIDAY,
JULY 7
SATURDAY,
JULY 8
SUNDAY,
JULY 9
Fest hours:
6:00 p.m. –
12:00midnight
Fest hours:
12:00 noon – 12:00midnight
Fest hours:
12:00 noon –
11:00 p.m.
Main Stage Main Stage Main Stage
7:00 to 8:30
_________
12:30 – 2:30
Dooley Brothers
12:00 – 2:15
Dooley Brothers
9:00 to 11:00
Michael McDermott
2:45 to 3:30
Irish Heritage Singers
2:45 to 3:15
Misercordia Heartbreakers
The 5th Province Stage
(inside)
3:30 – 4:00
Academy of Irish Music
2:30 – 4:00
The Katie Sullivan Band
6:00 – 8:00
Joe McShane & the Silverbridge Band
4:00 – 6:00

The Larkin & Moran Brothers
4:00 – 4:30

Irish American Idol Finals
8:30 – 9:45
Desi O’Grady
6:00 – 6:30
The Shannon Rovers
(Outside the Tent)
4:30 – 6:30
The Makem Brothers
10:15 – 11:45
Finbar Fagan’s Band
6:30 – 8:30
Brigid’s Cross
6:30 – 7:00
The Academy of Irish Music

9:00 – 11:00
Nanci Griffith & the Blue Moon Orchestra
7:00 – 9:00
GAELIC Storm




9:00- 9:30
Chicago Celtic Pipe Band
Auditorium Stage
(Inside)
Fifth Province Stage
(Inside)
Fifth Province Stage
(Inside)
6:30 – 7:30
Seanachai Theatre Summer Camp
12:30 – 2:00
Donnybrook
12:30 – 2:00
Baal Tinne
8:00 – 8:30
McNulty Irish Dance
2:30 – 4:30
Kennedy’s Kitchen
2:30 – 4:00
The Gavin Coyle Band

5:00 – 6:45
Dyed in the Wool
5:00 – 6:30
Tangleweed

7:15 – 9:00
The Matt Stedman Band
7:00- 9:00
The Mickey Finn’s

9:30 – Close
The Muck Brothers
9:00 -Close
The Chancey Brothers w/ Special Guest

Auditorium Stage
(Inside)
Auditorium Stage
(inside)

12:30 – 1:30
Seanachai Theatre
1:30 – 2:00
Irish-American Idol Contest

3:00
Mullane Academy of Irish Dance
2:00
Mulhern School of Irish Dance

3:00
End of the Beginning
Gaelic Park Players
3:00 Bedtime Stories
Shapeshifters Theatre

4:30
__________
5:30 – 6:30
Irish Heritage Singers

5:30
Trinity Academy of Irish Dance

6:30
Bedtime StoriesShapeshifters Theatre


8:00
Irish Heritage Singers


Outside
Folk Tent
outside
Folk Tent

8:00-10:00
Sean O’Donnell
TBA


ATTRACTIONS

The Irish American Heritage Festival is the marquee weekend for the Irish American Heritage Center as we provide numerous attractions and exhibits to give a sampling of what goes on throughout the year at the Center.

Weekend festivities:

Children’s Area – for a small daily fee children have full run of a moonwalk, face painters, picnic games and other attractions to keep the youngsters busy.

Cultural Exhibits – the Center’s Art Gallery and Museum will be open during the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.

The Cultural Committee and the Center’s Irish Schools will have displays, open readings & participation along with their exhibits Saturday and Sunday.

Celtic Arts and Crafts – several local craftsmen and artisans will be demonstrating their craft and selling their wares including

Irish Import Stores – visit dozens of import vendors selling everything from t-shirts to music to jewelry. All of Irish and Celtic origins.

Irish Dancing – Several of the top local dance schools will be performing over the weekend. There will also be Ceili dance lessons on Saturday afternoon and a full Ceili Saturday night.

Irish Music Schools – Visit the information tent or one of the music sessiuns. Students of all ages are enrolled in the music schools.

Food and Drink – there will be plenty of food and drink as local vendors will provide a nice array of Irish And American cuisine and refreshments.

Schedule . . Attractions . . Raffle . . Sponsors . . Tickets . . Directions


2006 RAFFLE

One of the longest running attractions to the Festival is our Grand Raffle Sweepstakes.

Raffle tickets are $2 a piece or 6 for $10.
The raffle drawing will be Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.
Winner does not need to be present.


This year’s prizes include:


Grand Prize: Two Round Trip tickets to Ireland donated by American Airlines!

First:$500 American Express Gift Certificate Donated by Pasquesi Realty

Second:Four tickets to a Defending World Champion White Sox Game Donated by the Chicago White Sox

Third:Two Tickets to a Cubs Game

Fourth:A Waterford Crystal Bowl Donated by Tourism Ireland

Fifth:An Original Irish Print Donated by Mary McSweeney

Sixth:Michael Collins Whiskey Set Donated by Michael Collins Whiskey



Raffle tickets are $2 a piece or 6 for $10.
The raffle drawing will be Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.
Winner does not need to be present.

Schedule . . Attractions . . Raffle . . Sponsors . . Tickets . . Directions . .


FEST SPONSORS

Our festival is only successful because of the hardwork by dozens of volunteers who have worked tirlessly on the festival committee since January. A hearty thank you goes out to each and everyone of them.

But for all their efforts, we would not be able to bring you such a wonderful event without the support of our sponsors:


Budweiser / Anheuser Busch

The Daily Herald

American Airlines

Park National Bank


Flood Brothers Disposal

Guinness

Pasquesi Realty

Cooney Funeral Homes

Michael Collins

WXRT

International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers
Walter E. Smithe
Tourism Ireland
Chicago White Sox


Schedule . . Attractions . . Raffle . . Sponsors . . Tickets . . Directions

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Schedule . . Attractions . . Raffle . . Sponsors . . Tickets . . Directions

Schedule . . Attractions . . Raffle . . Sponsors . . Tickets . . Directions

 

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