Mar 17

Saint Patrick’s Day / Riverdance

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Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

 

When I was a child, my dad, a Scottish person, had me wear orange to school, as a minor form of protest.  All that did was have the kids make fun of me even more than usual.

 

As my own form of protest, I later married an Irish Roman Catholic, but that’s a topic for another post.

 

Quite a while later, a friend of my husband’s friends lent him a copy of something called “Riverdance”.  I took one look and figured I would never be interested in some kind of Irish dancing.  WRONG!

 

It turned out I loved Riverdance and we have seen the video, I have my own DVDs, we have seen it at Wolftrap whenever it’s been here, I have 2 copies of piano transcriptions, own the Tshirt…  One weekend, we even saw it twice.

One weekend, we even saw it twice.  We had seen it at Wolftrap on a Friday night.  Our son came home on a Saturday and we were telling him about it.  We went directly from the train station back to Wolftrap.

As luck would have it, there was a bus driver there who had brought a bunch of people on a tour from a retirement home.  Three people hadn’t come and he had 3 tickets to get rid of, right in the front section.

Were we lucky, or what?

 

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One of my favorite dances:

 

 

And another favorite:

 

 

And, of course, that finale!

 

 

Just for fun, there was a flashmob, bringing us back to St. Patrick’s Day…

 

 

 

Needless to say, I was quite sorry to see that Riverdance is coming to the East Coast in April but not down to our area.

 

 

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