Irish Heritage Festival

Richmond, Qc

March 2 – 29, 2019
The Irish Heritage Festival, organized by the St. Patrick’s Society, celebrates the rich heritage passed down by Irish immigrants who brought their love of music, dance and story to the Eastern Townships.
The Festival program includes music, dance, history, story-telling, theatre and the St. Patrick’s Parade.
Many events are free or by donation. All are welcome!

Saturday, March 2nd

1:30PM - Richmond Legion Green Sale

Legion Hall 235 College N. Richmond Everyone is invited to a fun-filled afternoon. All proceed of the sale goes to the Richmond Legion. For further information, please contact the branch at (819) 826-3444. Admission at the door.

6:00PM - Corned-Beef Supper

Grand Central Hotel, 45 PrincipaleN. Richmond. A three courses meal will be served, which consists of a soup, main course, and dessert. Chicken pot pie will be offered for those who doesn’t want “Corned Beef”. Chicken pot pie must be ordered in advance. To reserve, contact Erika at (819) 826-3322. 25$

Sunday, March 3rd

11:00AM - Irish Tea

St. Andrews Church Hall, 1169 Rte. 243, Melbourne. Reserve by Feb. 27th at 819-826-3929 Donation at the door

Friday, March 8th

7:00PM - Irish Spoken Word

Melbourne Town Hall, 1257 Rte 243, Melbourne. Everyone is invited to attend the 3 activities this evening. Donation at the door
Richmond County Historical Society is sponsoring an Irish Spoken Word event for local youth who are invited to present a Celtic inspired poem, song, or recitation and must register at 819-826-1332, or the RCHS Facebook page prior to the March 1st deadline. Participation prizes will be awarded.
Derry Girls (season 1) will be projected onto a big screen. Derry Girls follows the personal exploits of a 16-year-old girl and her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 1990s. Popcorn and laughter assured.
Patti Warnock - The Countess of storytelling has participated in numerous cultural activities and festivals throughout Quebec, Canada, the Caribbean, France, Iran, and China. Her repertoire (for the young at heart) consists not only of traditional style tales, but also of her own creations, where reality and fiction walk hand in hand, and which are based on the reality of everyday life events, and on her own childhood in rural Quebec and in northern Canada.
Patti Warnock

Saturday, March 9th

2:00PM - Local Artists’ Exhibit & Demonstration

La Vieille Gare, 789 Principale N. Richmond
Artists: Sandra Picken Roberts, Andrea Barrie, Melanie Ann Fallnbigl, Pennie Lynch, and Morgan, Damian and Jesse Roberts. Free admission
Sandra Picken Roberts - Slate painting artist - Well known in her local community of Cleveland-Richmond, Sandra will demonstrate her techniques for painting on slate, a plentiful local material. Sandra’s work is currently being displayed in Québec City at the Galérie Zen, le petit Champlain.
Andrea Barrie – Artist-Designer - Andrea has been wowing the locals with her talents for many years. She will demonstrate chalk painting on a variety of surfaces. Chalk paint gives new life to old furniture!
Melanie Ann Fallnbigl – Multidisciplinary artist, art teacher - Melanie will be exhibiting Pebeo mixed media. Melanie comes from a family of artists and grew up surrounded by musicians, actors, and painters. Drawing and painting were her first loves, but while studying at UQAM, printing and bookbinding became part of her practice. She works as an artistic makeup artist and teaches workshops in most of the disciplines she loves.
Pennie Lynch – Woodworking Artist - Another local talent, Pennie will display and explain her woodworking creations.
Morgan, Damian, and Jesse Roberts – Les Jeunes Entrepreneurs; - Students at Richmond Regional High School and St. Francis Elementary, these young artists will demonstrate the process of making soap.

6:30PM - History of the Irish language in Canada

Wales Home, 506 Rte. 243, Cleveland - Danny Doyle (Dónall Ó Dubhghaill) holds a Masters in Arts Conservation, working as an archaeological conservator for the Government of Canada. He has lectured on the topic of the Irish Language in Canada at numerous locations, including the University of Ottawa, Queen's University, and the University of Toronto, as well as at Ulster University (Derry, NI) and for the Irish radio (Raidió na Life). Mr. Doyle teaches the Irish language, is a sean-nós singer, and an uilleann piper. He is also a published Gaelic poet and winner of the 2016 Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada award for poetry. His talk on the History of the Irish Language in Canada will include history, songs and personal stories. Free
Danny Doyle

Tuesday, March 12th

2:00PM-4:00PM – Tea and Talk at Community Learning Centre

RRHS, 375 Armstrong St., Richmond – presentation of History of Irish by Patricia Keenan. Free admission

Thursday, March 14th

2:00PM – Story-telling with Tales and Sayings at Wales Home

Story-telling with Tales and Sayings at Wales Home with Kathleen Lynch and Bev Taber Smith. Come and bring your favourite sayings! Free admission

Friday, March 15th

6:30PM - PJ Story Time

PJ Story Time at St-Francis Elementary School, 355 College S. Richmond. Story-Craft-Snack, for children aged 3-5, accompanied by a parent, with Jennifer Brown and Rebecca Taylor. If interested in attending, registration is mandatory dreamscometrue@live by March 11th. Free admission

Saturday, March 16th

7:00PM Kitchen Party at Melbourne / Richmond Golf Club

75 Belmont, Richmond with Irish finger foods and Celtic Music by local musicians: The Waterboys / The Rutherfords / Matt McCully. Reserve at 819-826-3929, email or at the Richmond Hardware (220 Principale N.) (819) 826-2535 For the Irish and all those who wish to be! $20
The Waterboys - A trio of multi-talented musicians, Alex Kehler, Nicholas Williams, and Andrew Wells-Oberegger hail from the Eastern Townships. All three musicians are singers and multi-instrumentalists, and their concert features the fiddle, Irish flute, tin whistle, bouzouki, guitar, accordion, bodhràn, nyckelharpa, sackpipa, bombard, and more!
The Waterboys
Matthew McCully is a singer songwriter living in Sherbrooke, Quebec. His lyric driven songs are rooted in the folk tradition, but through his appreciation of world music and his choices of instrumentation, his unique sound is a challenge to define.
Matthew McCully
Amy and Andrew Rutherford - This brother and sister team are both alumni of Richmond Regional High School. They are passionate about music and have played many shows together. Not one particular style can define them, as they play many different styles; from Irish folk music to punk and heavy metal! Their instrumentation of two guitars is simple yet can create a great atmosphere.
Amy and Andrew Rutherford

1:00PM-2:30PM - Couvent Mont Saint-Patrice (Art Center)

140 rue du Couvent, Richmond. Drumming Workshop for Richmond St. Patrick’s Parade with Bernard Riche. Free admission

Sunday, March 17th

9:30AM - St. Pat’s mass

At Ste. Bibiane church, 970 Principale N. Richmond.

2:00PM - St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Start at 2:00PM from 7thAve. along the green-lined route. There will be bands, horsemen, floats, groups, and individuals making a fun-filled event. All are welcome to be part of the parade and for information, contact Julie O'Donnell at 826-2535. You can also visit our website to get more information for the parade (route, directions, rules, etc.). You can pre-register for the parade at the Richmond Hardware (819)826-2535

4:00PM - Contra-dance with Donald Dubuc and traditional musicians

4:00 PM Contra-dance with Donald Dubuc and traditional musicians - Ste. Famille Centre, 155 Craig E, Richmond. Special St. Pat’s admission. $10

Saturday, March 23rd

Richmond 4H Dance

Richmond 4H Dance with Slightly Haggard – Ste. Famille Centre, 155 Craig E. Richmond

Sunday, March 24th

9:00AM - noon - St. Patrick’s Brunch

Richmond Legion, 235 College N., Richmond. Everyone is welcome to an exquisite breakfast prepared by our famous St. Pat's cooks. Pictures of the parade will be given to participants. Everyone is welcome. 8$

Thursday/Friday, March 28th/29th

7:00PM - Play at RRHS

At Richmond Regional High School auditorium, 375 Armstrong St. Richmond. The Countess Cathleen O'Shea is an Irish folk tale retold by Julie Miller. This bilingual play is performed by the young actors of le Théâtre Ça Prend Tout un Village/It Takes a Village Theatre. The play is about the Murphy cousins who meet up in Richmond on the occasion of their Granny's 92nd birthday. As is the family tradition, Granny tells them an old Irish folktale that her grandmother used to tell her, "The Countess Cathleen O'Shea". The good-hearted Cathleen O'Shea has only just come out of mourning for her parents, and decides to venture beyond the walls of her domain to meet her tenants for the first time. Three mysterious strangers arrive in the small Irish village, and the villagers are forced to make difficult decisions when confronted with a series of misfortunes. This folktale was collected by William Butler Yeats in 1888, and it is still relevant today. 12$ adult/special -under 12 years

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Richmond Cleveland Melbourne Community Learning Center RRHS
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