Irish Singer James Kilbane headlines St. Patrick’s Day party in Avon Lake
by Jack Kilroy
It’s a new party, a new way that has emerged as one of the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Northeast Ohio. The Sober Seventeenth St. Patrick’s Day Party serves no alcohol, but it offers an abundance of fun and enjoyment through authentic Irish culture. The event offers:
Back by popular demand and directly from Ireland is James Kilbane, who will entertain with Irish ballads, folk songs and popular favorites. Stephanie McNamara and Brendan Hearn from Cleveland performing traditional Irish tunes on fiddle and cello;
Guests will be greeted by bagpipe tunes by 14-year-old prodigy Reece Calovini; the award-winning Brady-Campbell Sc
hool of Irish Dance will showcase authentic Irish culture through the performance of young Irish step dancers, always a crowd favorite; fun for kids, including shamrock face-painting and a St. Patrick’s Day theme coloring contest with valuable prizes; a saintly serving of Irish and international favorites for every taste and appetite including: Corned Beef, Swedish Meatballs, Italian Sausage, cheese crackers and veggies, and so much more are available for purchase.
“It’s so much we don’t need booze,” explained Jack Kilroy, President of the nonprofit Sober Seventeenth, Inc. “But seriously, we help people in recovery prevent relapse, we provide a counterpoint to the pervasive drunken Irish stereotype and we give families a chance to show their children authentic Irish culture away from the sea of alcohol that has flooded the day meant to honor the patron saint of Ireland.”
“On certain holidays in particular, our culture promotes excessive drinking as a synonym for ‘celebration.’ This no-alcohol St. Patrick’s Day event sets a new standard as a terrific celebration of music, families, and friends. It welcomes people of all ages, and those who are in recovery, and sets a great example to the wider community of celebrating without the need for substances,” says Elaine Georgas, Interim Executive Director of the MHARS Board.
Admission includes parking, food and great entertainment. Tickets are $20/$10 for kids aged 10 & under. Advance sale and online tickets are only $17/$6 for kids. Tickets and are available online at https://march17.brownpapertickets.com and paper tickets are available at Casey’s Irish Imports in Rocky River, Ohio. Contact: Jack Kilroy at [email protected] / 440-759-1253.