Warm up with Irish stew, folk music at Heritage House March 12

Posted on: March 2, 2017


Céad míle fáilte! The Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum extends a warm welcome to local residents to attend the Taste of Ireland, an Irish stew luncheon. The museum is partnering with the Town of Smiths Falls Tourism and Economic Development, the Local Immigration Program, and the Smiths Falls & District Collegiate Institute Hospitality class to offer a unique cultural experience that shares and promotes Irish heritage. This event will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and showcase the museum’s new Irish exhibition.

The stew will take place on March 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the museum at 11 Old Slys Road in Smiths Falls. Three separate sittings will be available and can be booked through advance tickets sales. Guests will be treated to homemade Irish stew, traditional Irish soda bread, and dessert as well as live Canadian Irish music. Activities will also be available for younger guests, including the return of the famous Leprechaun Hunt!

Of special interest will also be the Canadian Irish Folk Band, Seventh Town. This acoustic celtic/folk band is based in Prince Edward County and features a combintion of guitar, fiddle, bass, low whistles, and vocals. The band draws their inspiration from traditional and contemporary folk songs as well as Irish, Scottish, and Canadian music.

This event is also the first opportunity to view the special exhibit, May the Road Rise up to Meet You, that focuses on the settlement of Irish families in the Ottawa Valley. The region has a rich history of Irish cultural influence stemming from several waves of immigration including the Irish Potato Famine, the Peter Robinson Settlers and more. The museum welcomes you to learn more about these early settlers and their involvement in local and cultural landmarks.

Tickets are $15 a person and must be purchased in advance. For more details or to purchase tickets, please contact the museum by calling 613-283-6311, by visiting the museum’s Facebook page, or by emailing heritagehouse@smithsfalls.ca.