Not all St. Patrick's Day celebrations involve green beer

Brian McInnis
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There were no people wearing funny green hats or shirts with shamrocks and the bar was not serving green beer, but the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Benevolent Irish Society was beautiful in its simplicity.

The main hall was dark with the main light coming from the stage and that meant all attention was drawn to the performers. At that time of the evening it was members of the famed Chaisson family of musicians – Louise on guitar, Peter on his fiddle and Kevin on keyboards.

There were St. Patrick’s Day celebrations happening all over Charlottetown Monday from the very loud, to just loud, but not too loud and the more laid back such as could be found at the BIS. With all the celebrations happening people could pick just what they were in the mood to attend.

Earlier in the month, members of the BIS held their traditional St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and this year it was on March 15 with guest speaker Dr. Padraig O Siadhail, chair of Irish studies at St. Mary’s University. More than 100 people attended the dinner that featured food prepared by Chef Robert Pendergast.




Organizations: Benevolent Irish Society

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Mary

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Recent comments

  • cromwell
    March 18, 2014 - 07:17

    Given that the Welsh (St. Patrick was, in fact, Welsh, but enslaved by the Irish when he was 16), the Scottish and English have given as much, if not more, to PEI, and Canada, as the Irish, perhaps we can similarly celebrate St. David's Day (March 1), St. Andrew's day (November 30) and St. George's Day (April 23)

  • Elizabeth
    March 17, 2014 - 23:58

    It's sounds like a beautiful evening. How I wish I had been there.