Celebrate with the?Irish in Emmetsburg this week. The annual St. Patrick's Celebration starts Thursday and continues through Sunday.
Honored guest is Deputy Michelle Mulherin, T.D., Emmetsburg's 2014 Irish Dignitary.
Deputy Mulherin will be arriving in Des Moines on Wednesday, March 12. She will be accompanied by her sister, Grace Mulherin. They will attend numerous events in Emmetsburg over the celebration.
On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, Ms. Mulherin will address the Iowa House and Senate and meet with Lt. Governor Reynolds. She will also be a guest in the Des Moines St. Patrick's Day parade before returning to Ireland on March 18.
Ms. Mulherin is a Fine Gael member of Irish parliament, elected in 2011. She is from Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland.
Michelle was mayor of Ballina for 2008/2009. She is a graduate of UCD and the Law Society of Ireland, and she works as a solicitor in Ballina.
Deputy Mulherin was the first female Councillor for Fine Gael, elected to Ballina Town Council in 1999. She represents Ireland as a member of the EU Committee of the Regions. Michelle is a member of the County Development Board and is Chairperson of Ballina Arts Events.
Michelle is a native and lifelong resident of Ballina. A big music fan, Johnny Cash is one of her favorite artists and Twelve Angry Men is her favorite film. Michelle was involved in amateur dramatics locally and played a number of roles. Her most memorable was Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa. Michelle's political heroes are Mary Robinson and Michael Collins.
St. Pat's Open House
The celebration kicks off with events on Thursday, March 13. The public is invited to view the film Finian's Rainbow at Tea-Time Cinema at Emmetsburg Public Library at 2 p.m.
Open House at St. Pat's Headquarters, downtown Emmetsburg, is from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to meet Michelle and her sister and enjoy Irish coffee and cookies.
St. Pat's Headquarters will host the Friday morning Chamber Coffee on March 14 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The Lenten Fish Fry will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the VFW Hall.
The public is invited to Sip, Paint and Create, painting "Irish Soul" Friday at Wild Rose Casino &?Resort. To reserve a spot, call Creative Spirits of Okoboji at 712-336-8186.
Friends of the Library will host a free performance by Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Library.
Barlow is an accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions. His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit. There is no cost to attend the performance.
Festivities begin Saturday, March 15, with the O'Round the Loch Scholarship Run. Watch the runners take off from the Smith Wellness Center at Iowa Lakes Community College at 8:30 a.m.
Celtic Cousins History Group invites the public to enjoy a cup of coffee while looking through family history books at the Heritage Center (old Carnegie Library) on Courthouse Square.
The history group invites the public to bring old family photos and family history to share. Stop by between 10 a.m and 4 p.m.
Shamrock Dog Show
The second annual Shamrock Dog Show begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Five Island Golf clubhouse. This is a show for all dogs, regardless of breed or size.
Pet owners are invited to share a great day with their dogs as residents of the community watch all the amazing tricks and see different breeds of dogs.
Dogs will be judged in 14 different categories, including: fastest tail, best smile and prettiest eyes. Medals will also be presented for best costume, best trick and fluffiest dog, in addition to best mannered dog and best in "show quality." In addition to medals, each dog receives a free toe nail trim.
For more information, contact Sierra at Glamorous Paws at 712-922-9035.
Youngsters can enjoy Saturday morning at Corrigan Hall. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., kids can have their faces painted and participate in crafts (while supplies last). There will be props provided for a photo booth. Parents are asked to bring their own camera.
Back again this year is Kiracatures by Kira, sponsored by the Palo Alto Arts Council. She will be at Corrigan Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Comedic juggler Steve Russell will perform at 10:30 a.m. at Corrigan Hall. This is a fun show for the whole family. A free will offering will be accepted.
Lunch before the parade might include tasty Irish Stew. This annual lunch option is prepared by members of the Palo Alto County Democratic Party Serving is from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Multipurpose Senior Center.
Stop at Courthouse Square to watch Chainsaw Artist Jeff Klatt. He will be there at 11 a.m. Two pieces that Klatt creates will be auctioned at the Fire Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday
St. Pat's Parade
The Brian Boru Pipe Band will be in the famous St. Patrick's Parade again this year. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. as the crowd lines the streets.
Following the parade, the Social Gathering of the Clans is at the Emmetsburg Fire Hall. Family and friends, young and old are invited to enjoy food and fellowship, starting at 3 p.m.
The kids can enjoy a free movie at 3:30 p.m. at Riviera Theatre. Smurfs 2 will be shown.
The Langers Ball
Something new has been added to the lineup of events.
The Langer's Ball, Good Irish Music, will be at the VFW Hall from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Langer's Ball features Michael Sturm on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Hannah Rediske on piano accordion and penny whistle, Drew Miller on bass, Danny McDermott lead guitar and backing vocals, and Derek Jaimes on drums and backing vocals. The full band Langer's Ball plays fast fun, aggressive Irish music.
As a duo, Michael and Hannah have been playing since 2007 in Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri. In 2010 The Langer's Ball attempted to bring their studio sound to the stage by filling out the band into a five-piece full band with bass, drums, banjo and backing vocals. Today the group has re-worked the material Michael and Hannah have been playing for years, bringing new energy and talent to the mix.
A free will offering will be accepted for this great performance.
The weekend will close with two events on Sunday,?March 16. The Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the VFW Hall.
A Trap Shoot will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Sportsman's Park.