Hudson Valley Irish Fest

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 11am to 7pm on the majestic banks of the Hudson River at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park, the Fourth Annual Hudson Valley Irish Fest will celebrate the positive values of the rich Irish American culture and heritage alive in the Hudson Valley today.

Previous events were a tremendous success and enjoyed by over 6000 people. This year we have great bands, more vendors and fun for the whole family!

Performances by several top Irish recording artists and bands including Black 47, Jameson’s Revenge, and the Druids, special surprise artists and featuring Tim Murphy performing the stirring “Firefighter’s Creed.” Our area’s finest Irish step-dancers and massed pipe bands will again entertain people of all ages. Our excellent vendors and exhibitors will provide culinary specialties, Irish literature, media and cultural crafts for all to experience and enjoy. Our children’s area boasts pony rides, face painting, crafts and more for the wee lads and lasses.

Two years ago, our primary goal was realized with the opening of the Hudson Valley Irish Center at the Red School House in Verplanck. Our home helps us to preserve the Irish American culture, music, theatre, history and heritage that abound in the lower Hudson Valley. Proceeds from the Hudson Valley Irish Fest, a not for profit charitable organization, support the Hudson Valley Irish Center as well as establishment of Irish heritage, literary and media sections in our local libraries.

The Hudson Valley Irish Fest Inc. is cosponsored by the Division 18, Peekskill Ancient Order of Hibernians & Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and is a member of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

New Website Feature, the Event Calendar

The New York State Board has added an event calendar to the New YorK State Website. You can find it at www.nyaoh.com/events.

We will be putting on the calendar various State, County and Division sponsored events throughout the year and your and your division can submit events to be posted on this calendar.

Now, we are only going to post events that benefit the Hibernian Division, for example, the Irish 2000 Festival in Saratoga, the Hudson Valley Irish Fest, and the Nassau County Feis are run by corporations, but the members that  run these events are Hibernians and the events benefit the underlying Counties and Divisions, so they will be posted.

An example of what not to submit is a local Knights of Columbus dinner, where maybe 10 members of the Divisions are also members of that Council. Since no benefit goes to the AOH, please do not submit it since it will not be posted. Also please do not submit division meetings. They are already listed on the division directory, so there is no need to list them twice.

When posting events, please send in a word document that can be copied and pasted or type directly into the email information about the event. Do not send a PDF as many times they can’t be copied and pasted. PDFs will not be accepted. The address of the event, including the zip code and phone number of the location. Include the Date, the Time, and the Sponsoring Division. Also include the Contact Person’s Name, Phone Number and Email Address.

And please send it to calendar@nyaoh.com or nyaohcalendar@gmail.com to submit it. You can contact me at 516-515-0484 for any questions.