Welcome back to another episode of “As the Philly Irish World Turns.”
It’s a busy week, with plenty to do, see and listen to. Of course, compared to March, it’s the calm before the storm. We’ll touch on that a bit later on.
For now, here’s what’s happening this week.
Friday, February 21, 2020
Just a reminder that one of the best and coolest events of the Irish Philly calendar is happening tonight. The Delco Gaels present season 9 of “Dancing Like a Star” at Springfield Country Club, 400 West Sproul Road, Springfield Delco. Sixteen dancers are competing. It all starts at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket price includes admission to the event and a delish buffet dinner.
Saturday, February 22
The talented Luke Jardel will be dishing out tunes at McNally’s on Rhawn, 427 Rhawn Street in Philadelphia, starting at 4 p.m. It’s a mix of rebel tunes and classic rock. Be there.
Sunday, February 23
This is a big darn deal: The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade fundraiser at the FOP Hall, 11630 Caroline Road in Northeast Philly. The event kicks off at 3 p.m.
For $40 bucks, you get food, drinks, hours of live Irish music and dancers, pipers, and some terrific raffles. Price of admission also gets you domestic draft beer, soft drinks and dinner. ($20 for kids 16 and under.)
For questions, contact co-chairs Kathy Fanning, 267-237-2953, Joe Fox, 215-429-0193 or Ed Dougherty, 267-879-6107.
It costs a heap of money to put on one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country, so do what you can. Get out and support the cause and have an afternoon of fun to boot. We’ve been there, and it’s a guaranteed good time.
Tuesday, February 25
Check out the documentary screening, “In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. Presented in conjunction with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the event offers special evening access to the museum’s exhibition, “Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier.”
John Hume harnessed the political influence of the Irish American diaspora to address the legacy of longstanding divisions in Ireland and achieve peace. A very special night.
Also, Tuesday night, here’s your chance to catch a presentation by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson at West Chester University. The event takes place at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 South High Street in West Chester, starting at 8 p.m.
Robinson is a longtime advocate for climate justice and an inspiring speaker on the subject. Get details here.
Thursday, February 27
Joanie Madden and the ladies of, um, Cherish the Ladies take the stage at the Sellersville Theater, 136 North Main Street in Sellersville. We’ve caught their act a few times, and the music is top drawer. And Joanie is, let’s just say, incredibly outgoing. One of our favorite people in the business.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Tickets and info here.
Friday, February 28
Glenside Gaelic Club presents its first ever Trivia Night Fundraiser at North Penn VFW Hall, 2519 Jenkintown Road in Glenside, starting at 7 p.m.
It costs $25 to get in, and the price includes dinner, beer, wine, dessert, and a night a trivia. Contact Noreen McAleer for tickets at 215-593-5502.
Now, as to March, we’ve been checking calendar entries, and—perhaps not surprisingly—things are hopping. How to Be Irish is going to be jammed with events. If you want to be sure your Irish-themed Philly-area event is included, be sure to submit it here. We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating—it’s free and easy. A lot like us.
See you next time.