Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center with “Irish Done Right!”

Featuring entertainment by Erin Tide Band and St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers 

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the time-honored traditions of Irish music, dance, food, and fellowship. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s annual “Irish Done Right!” will offer all of these traditions at their best.

Held on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Educational Complex, located at 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County, this special event offers a traditional Irish meal, live performances of Celtic music from Erin Tide Band, St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers, and of course the “wearin’ of the green!”

Dinner will begin at 7:00pm with performances to follow. The event will conclude at 9pm. This event is affordably priced at only $16 per person with dinner, performance, and tax included. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Center at (828) 632-6966.

Guests will marvel at the fast paced, skillful dance steps of Catawba County’s own, St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers. This talented dance troupe, under the direction of Meg Barrett, is comprised of students from the unifour area, ranging from elementary to high school age. Dances performed will include individual and group style of Irish jigs, reels, hornpipe, slip jigs, and ceili dances in both hard shoe and ghillies (soft shoe). At the end of the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to join in a ceili dance at the end of the evening.

The dancers will perform to a unique blend of Celtic music from acclaimed Iredell County ensemble, “Erin Tide Band.”  Led by Veda & Rick Bafford, the band includes fiddle, guitar, tin whistle, bodhran, harp, hammered dulcimer, and vocals. The members of Erin Tide Band regularly travel to Ireland to experience and research authentic Celtic music as they continually develop their skill with attention to accurate interpretation of Celtic traditions.