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How to Be Irish In Philly This Week

Leave the household errands behind this week. Sure, Thanksgiving is next Thursday, but let’s face it—you’ve made this dinner dozens of times and you could probably do it in your sleep. It doesn’t take that long to roast a turkey, mash some potatoes, and incinerate some tiny marshmallows on top of a goopy yam casserole. Go out. Be Irish.

You can start on Friday night at the Irish Center’s November Rambling House. There will be jokes, songs, dancing, and free food. Maybe you can pick up a little party piece to do when company comes.

On Saturday afternoon, two great Irish dancing schools join forces to present their pre-Oireachtas recital at Msgr. Bonner High School in Drexel Hill. On Saturday evening, Cherish the Ladies will be performing at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in Elmer, NJ.

The ladies and gents of AOH Div. 87 will be holding their annual Ball at Romano Caterers on Saturday night, so you probably won’t see them out and about.

And St. Patrick’s Church in Norristown is holding Classic Rock Night that evening too. It’s a funraiser for the charities of LAOH Notre Dame Div. 2.

It’s not too late to sign up for the free legal clinic on Tuesday, November 24, at the Irish Immigration Center in Upper Darby. The center has partnered with the Brehon Law Society and Drexel Law School to provide free and confidential legal consultations, mainly in the area of immigration law, although family and criminal lawyers are available on request. Call 610-789-6355 to make an appointment, which is required.

On Wednesday night, forget about making pies. Enter the Haggis is playing at the Sellersville Theatre. Hmmm. Haggis. Might make a nice side dish. Never had it? It’s sort of like Scottish scrapple, only it tastes more like chopped liver.

If you’re in the Bethlehem area on Wednesday night, the Broken Shillelaghs are playing St. James Gate Pub at the Sands Casino.

And we shouldn’t have saved this for last: The day after Thanksgiving, hundreds of boys and girls, men and women, will converge on Philadelphia for the Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas, a fabulous Irish dance competition that runs all weekend.

Don’t forget the Donegal Ball—that’s on November 28. The Sean Wilson Band from Ireland will provide the music. John McDaid will also DJ. And the crowning event of the evening will be the crowning of the new Mary from Dungloe. The winner of this pageant will travel to Ireland to compete in the international competition next year.

As always, check the calendar for times and details.

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