The Irish American Heritage Museum, located at 21 Quackenbush Square in Albany, has announced their scheduled events for December, including a Christmas Market, a Christmas Concert, readings and songs, and more.
Unless otherwise stated, all events can be attended in person at the Museum and will be streamed live on YouTube.
The Museum’s Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 4th, from 10 am to 4 pm. This years market will be held at Celtic Hall at 430 New Karner Road. There will be over 25 vendors selling a variety of handmade gifts and goods, as well as Irish food, raffles, and live performances by Irish Don Kelly, Rick Bedrosian, Marni Gillard, and An Clar School of Irish Dance.
A Child’s Christmas In Wales will be held on Wednesday, December 8th, at 7 pm. This program features a reading of the charming story, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” written by Dylan Thomas. Attendees can enjoy holiday music, seasonal treats, and the nostalgia and humor of Thomas’s memories of the Christmases of his youth, as well as share their own holiday stories and sing along with a cast of readers from the Irish American Heritage Museum. This event will be held at Celtic Hall.
The annual Triskele Christmas Concert is set for Saturday, December 11th, at 7 pm. Attendees will be able to raise their voices, pints, and spirits with the band Triskele as they ring in the Christmas season with their annual Christmas show at Celtic Hall. Triskele’s new Christmas CD will be available for purchase. Known for their stunning harmonies, singing in the Gaelic language, and for their Irish wit, these ladies perform traditional, original and some modern Celtic/Irish music. Reservations are recommended, as this show will sell out. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
On Monday, December 13th, at 7 pm the Museum will host a family-friendly performance of Christmas Readings and Songs. Bethlehem Traditional School of Dance will also perform.
A virtual presentation on the public and private Dáil debates of December of 1921, as well as the occasional outbreaks of violence still happening in Northern Ireland, will be held on Tuesday, December 21st at 7 pm. The Treaty negotiations were concluded, and the plenipotentiaries signed it on December 6th. It was recommended to the Dáil in a series of very tense debates held in late December, but was rejected by de Valera and others, splitting Republican opinion. This talk will be via Zoom or YouTube only.
For more information, visit the Irish American Heritage Museum’s website.