The visit to Burlington in April of 1864 by the most famous Irishman of the era, General Thomas Francis Meagher, will be commemorated at the Main Street Landing on April 26. Meagher, the commander of the famed Irish Brigade, will be portrayed by local Irish history enthusiast T. J. Donovan, in a welcome at the waterfront at 4 PM. Following the ceremony, a program at the Black Box Theater will feature a one-act play “Any Chance for Glory” by Keefe Healy about the return of Burlington’s Irish company from the battle of Gettysburg and a performance of Irish music by Matt and Shannon Heaton from Boston. Tickets, which give admission to both shows, are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They can be purchased on line at www.champlainvalleytradarts.com and seating is limited to the first 100 buyers. Relevant displays can be viewed in the Atrium by the general public prior to the performance. Call (802) 644-2433 for more information. General Meagher was invited to visit by Captain John Lonergan, commander of the Irish company, for the first public St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Vermont the previous month, but Meagher was delayed by duties. Burlington celebrated the general’s visit as he spoke to overflow crowds about the exploits of his Irish Brigade in the war and the plight of Ireland under British rule. This is the first of a series of events launching the Fenian Historical Society which is organizing a reenactment of the invasion of Canada by the militant Irishmen in 1866.
Join us at North End Studios to revive a favorite Festival tradition: an Irish dinner with music and entertainment! The menu involves classic, hearty Irish food – appetizers, main course and dessert - with a gourmet twist. Eat, drink (BYOB), and enjoy some of our best local talent: Irish Step Dancers from The McFadden Academy of Irish Dance & The UVM Celtic Cats; traditional Irish music played by Katrina VanTyne and friends; and The Zeichners: siblings Yasi (fiddle), Oliver (uilleann pipes & whistle), and Loula (5-string & tenor banjo, whistle). Book early to reserve your place as this one promises to be a sellout. Co-presented with North End Studios, with support from Young Tradition Vermont.