How to Be Irish in Philly This Week
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Heads up—the first of the county balls happens this week, as does the first fundraiser by the Irish Anti-Defamation Federation which is also a laugh-raiser.
But we’ll start at the beginning.
Head to McGillicuddy’s in Upper Darby on Sunday and dance the night away to the Theresa Flanagan Band.
This week is also the seniors’ lunch at the Irish Center (on Monday). Enjoy a home-cooked meal and listen to the Vince Gallagher Band (or, better yet, get up on the dance floor), all for free. There will also be a short presentation on the Irish link to Tay-Sachs disease, a fatal genetic illness that strikes babies.
On Tuesday, the Irish American Genealogy Society meets at the Irish Immigration Center in Upper Darby.
On Wednesday, Michael Tubridy, founding member of the Irish music group, The Chieftains, will be at the Irish Center, joining dance instructor John Shields teaching a special set dance class starting at 7:30 PM. Admission is $10. A multi-instrumentalist (and an engineer!) Tubridy is also a dancer.
Big doings next Friday. In Springfield, the Cavan Society is having a ball. They have a ball all the time—they’re a fun-loving group—but this is a dress-up ball. Yes, it’s county society ball season, and Cavan is taking the lead. Donegal and Mayo will follow shortly.
Also on Friday, the first big fundraising event for the Irish Anti-Defamation Federation: An Irish Night of Comedy, featuring local favorite, The Legendary Wid, and four other comics. Wid is really Michael Baldwin, a New Jersey native, who is a prop comic. You know what that means—leave your toupee at home. He’ll grab it and improvise for the laughs. Wid (which is short for “without ID”) has appeared on MTV and Comedy Central. We found a mini-documentary on Wid on the internet to whet your appetite. As Johnny Carson used to say, “Funny, funny stuff.” And for a good cause.