Old Sturbridge Village will on March 14 and 15,
celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend with daytime
"Celtic Celebration" events, "complete with Irish music, food, step
dancing, stories, and Scottish bagpipe music," according to a release.
"Irish musicians will
demonstrate the difference between jigs and reels and tell the story of
the Irish experience through song."
Also, the release said, a "Village historian portraying
19th-century Irish immigrant Mary Culligan will explain why so many
Irish immigrants came to America, and what life was like for Irish
families once they arrived. She will also answer questions about
popular Irish myths, like whether or not corn beef and cabbage was
originally the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal."
Also in the release: Irish band Full Gael will perform a full concert of Celtic music at 7 p.m. March 14 ($12 per person; $10 for Old Sturbridge Village members). Doors open at 6 p.m.
and favorite Irish foods and beverages will be available for purchase,
including Bangers & Mash, corned beef sandwiches, Guiness Stew, beer
of the 30,000 Irish who came to Massachusetts between 1820 and 1830
were skilled workers, not destitute peasants. After building factories,
canals, and railroads in England, many came to do the same work here.
When those projects were finished, some swelled New England’s rapidly
growing urban populations, while others sought farm work in the
countryside. Many more Irish immigrants came to New England to escape
the potato famines of the 1840s. "