Wake Forest University Irish Festival, 2007
It’s our 10th year, and we hope you’ll enjoy it with us! The Wake Forest Irish Festival is a grand celebration of Irish culture — in poetry, music, dance, and food!
Schedule of Events:
TUESDAY, MARCH 6
A CELEBRATION OF IRISH POETRY, MUSIC, and SONG
Poetry Reading by Justin Quinn
Tenor Glenn Siebert and Mezzo-soprano Mary Siebert
Green Folk Celtic Band
Hanes Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center, Wake Forest University
This evening promises to be a realcelebration of Irish poetry, with the remarkable poet Justin Quinn reading from his work. He will be joined by the traditional Celtic band Green Folk, and by the extraordinary singers Mary and Glenn Siebert, who will perform traditional Irish folk songs and some of their surprising American cowboy derivatives. We’ll have plenty of brilliant! authentic Irish food and drink.
Additionally, we’ll celebrate Wake Forest University Press’s official North American launch of Michael Longley’s Collected Poems, a most important book by this poet who has been called ‘one of the finest lyric poets of our time,’ a poet whom Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney has called ‘a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders.’
Free and open to the public. Followed by a book-signing and reception with refreshments.
Justin Quinn’s reading sponsored by the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series of the Department of English, with assistance from WFU Press, WFU Center for International Studies, Dean Debbie Best, the E.E. Folk Fund, and Shelton Vineyards.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17th–St. Paddy’s Day Itself!
WFU IRISH FESTIVAL COMMUNITY DAY on the Wake Forest U. Campus!
Rain or shine. Davis Field if shine; Scales Fine Arts Center if rain.
4 hours of pure Irish fun–and THIS year, Irish-Appalachian fun, as well.
AND IT’S ALL FREE!
Live Irish and Appalachian Music by Fire in the Kitchen … and by Green Folk
Dancing by Rince na h’Eireann (The Triad Irish Dancers) and by the Rhythm Masters Cloggers
Andrew Leslie, Storyteller,
with “Stories from the Emerald Isle” and Jack Tales of the Mountains
NEW, EXPANDED CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES-including Celtic Coloring, Celtic Crafts, Soccer, Irish Books, Poetry, Nametags in Irish, English, and Ogham … and more!
TRAD MUSIC JAM TENT with a free tune workshop led by experienced musicians! Tune workshop from 11 a.m. – noon; jam tent open until 3 p.m. Bring your instruments. All are welcome, from very beginners to experts. Let’s have some fun!
IRISH FOOD on sale all day. And… GREAT VENDORS with all sorts of goodies — music, Celtic instruments, books, arts and crafts, plants, garden accessories, soaps and jewelry!
||TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 7 p.m.
PUB QUIZ RETURNS!! Our popular “pub quiz”–organized and run by poets Vona Groarke and Conor O’Callaghan–returns for another year. Just what is it? Just as it sounds: A pub quiz is a quiz held in a pub! It’s very popular in Ireland, and often attracts people to pubs who might not usually go. It’s a version of a trivia game, and our questions all involve the Irish. PRIZES to winners! At Finnigan’s Wake pub, 620 North Trade Street, downtown Winston-Salem. Call 336.758.5448 to register to play!! (Or take your chances and show up.).
Our thanks to:
Dean Debbie Best
Center for International Studies
Department of English
E.E. Folk Fund
Provost William Gordon
for their generous support
Raffle for a Merino Wool Hand-loomed Irish Sweater on sale at all events!