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All Things Irish -- featuring Larry Kirwan and Yoke Shire
Make your reservations now for an incredible night of Irish entertainment! Music, dance, food, raffles, fun! Doors open at 4:30, live music and festivities until 10:00.4:30 Doors open5Quaboag Highlanders bagpipes and drums5:15 Irish step dancing starring Listening Center students5:45 Yokeshire begins (traditional tunes, ballads)6:30 Shillelagh awards6:45 Yokeshirei continues8Irish Rythm School dancers8:15 Larry Kirwan and special guest Kick off St. Patrick’s season on March 4 at the American Legion Post 2 at 450 South Barre Rd. in Barre with Irish music, food, step dancing, Irish theme raffles, and a cash bar. The night features one of the most popular performers in Irish America, Larry Kirwan. Proceeds support the Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc., a Petersham-based 501(c)3 non-profit that supports people with disabilities.Doors open at 4:30, with a shepherd’s pie dinner and homemade Irish soda bread for sale along with a baked potato bar. The Quaboag Highlanders, a local nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of Celtic music, will start the night off with bagpipers and drums.At 5:15, enjoy young Irish step dancers from Barre and surrounding towns who study at the Listening Center. This is the first year that the students will be performing out in the community for St. Patrick's Day and they are very excited to show off what they have learned. At about 5:45 the band Yoke Shire will begin, starring two Irish-American brothers who mix traditional Irish instruments including bodhran and tin whistle with mandolin, guitar, and sweet vocal harmonies to deliver rousing Irish pub favorites that audiences love. At 6:30 the first “Shillelagh Awards” in Barre will be presented to local residents for their Irish spirit of generosity, compassion, enthusiasm, kindness and sense of humor. The awards will be followed by more Irish favorites by Yoke Shire and step dancing by the Irish Rhythm School, a certified school of Irish step dancing from Clinton.Larry Kirwan will begin about 8:15. Apart from his groundbreaking work with the band Black 47, Larry hosts Celtic Crush on SiriusXM, writes for the Irish Echo, and is president of Irish-American Writers & Artists. In their 25-year career, Black 47 played 2,500 gigs, released 16 CDs, and appeared on all major TV shows including Letterman, Leno, O’Brien and Fallon. Kirwan’s latest book, A History of Irish Music, links Irish music to the social and political changes of the last 75 years in Ireland. Always a riveting performer, Kirwan holds audiences spellbound with his intensity, insightfulness and wit. Larry will be joined by Uilleann Piper, Fiddler and Flautist Andrew Sharp from Black 47.Emceeing the night will be Kevin O'Hara, author of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, which chronicles his 1,720-mile journey through Ireland with a donkey in 1979. Kevin's second book, A Lucky Irish Lad, is a witty evocation of growing up as an Irish Catholic immigrant in western MA in the 50s and 60s. Both books will be available the night of the show.Since 1979 the Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc. has been supporting people with disabilities throughout MA to live and work within their communities. Polus’ newest and very exciting program initiative is assisting people with visual impairments to find meaningful work through job training and placement. Polus partners with the Career Center in Leominster and with the MA Commission for the Blind to provide internships, career pathways, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The Polus Center also offers Adult Family Care services to help seniors and people with disabilities in Athol, Petersham and surrounding towns to remain at home by supporting family members/caregivers. In 1997, the Polus Center began its international humanitarian work to provide rehabilitation services to victims of conflict throughout the world. The organization helps men, women and children who have been caught in the crossfire of war to regain their mobility, find meaningful work and once again enjoy the benefits of community life. The Polus Center international programs include helping to provide a full range of rehabilitation services for Syrian child refugees in Jordan and supporting Colombian coffee farmers who have been injured by landmines. The Polus Center is about to become a registered Humanitarian Landmine Demining Organization in Colombia and will soon begin clearing landmines and improvised explosive devices that prevent children from attending school, farmers from getting their coffee to market and are a constant threat to local citizens and their communities. All Things Irish is supported in part by a grant from the Barre Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the MA Cultural Council, a state agency. Special thanks to Avidia Bank, a long-time Polus Center supporter and major sponsor, who has given a generous donation to help buy technology for students who are legally blind.There is no charge for this event, though reservations are strongly recommended and donations to the Polus Center will be accepted online or the night of the show. An Irish themed cookbook and resource guide is being published, and sponsors/advertisers are encouraged to place an ad in this keepsake book that will be available at local stores after the event. To learn more, make an online donation, become a sponsor, or to make reservations, go to www.poluscenter.org and click on the All Things Irish logo, email poluscenteroffice@gmail.com, or call Theresa Kane at 978-270-Yoke ShireThe Boston based Irish band Yoke Shire is comprised of Irish-American brothers Craig & Brian Herlihy. Yoke Shire mixes traditional Irish instruments including bodhran & tin whistle with mandolin, guitar, piano and sweet vocal harmonies to deliver rousing Irish pub favorites that audiences love. Yoke Shire has honed their craft for 25 years, performing clubs, festivals, corporate & private events throughout the Eastern United States. Yoke Shire recordings have received rave reviews, airplay and sales worldwide.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd-ip62HUPohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBzLCeWUZ88&feature=youtu.beLarry Kirwan of Black 47 -- Ireland in SongLarry Kirwan is one of the most popular performers/personalities in Irish-America. Apart from his groundbreaking work with Black 47 – the band that spearheaded the Celtic Rock movement - he also hosts Celtic Crush on SiriusXM, writes a bi-weekly column for the Irish Echo, and is president of Irish-American Writers & Artists. In a 25-year career Black 47 played 2,500 gigs, released 16 CDs, and appeared on all major TV shows including Letterman, Leno, O’Brien & Fallon. Kirwan's songs have been featured in many movies and recent editions of Sons of Anarchy and Gossip Girl; they are also used in hundreds of college and high school history classes. His latest book, A History of Irish Music, not only illuminates the music but links it to the social and political changes of the last 75 years in Ireland. A critically acclaimed playwright with 15 plays and musicals, Kirwan will introduce songs from his acclaimed musical, Hard Times – now being developed for a Broadway production. Always a riveting performer, Kirwan holds audiences spellbound with his intensity, insightfulness and wit. He will weave excerpts from A History of Ireland in Song with selections from the vast Black 47 catalogue. This entertaining show combines both music and literature, spiced with history, politics and​ ​ autobiography. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and his published books, ​ Larry Kirwan​ takes audiences on a trip across two continents from a small town in Ireland to the heart of New York City. https://vimeo.com/127352958Irish Step Dancers From The Listening Center in Barre and the Irish Rhythm School, Clinton

When: Mar 4, 2017 4:30PM to Mar 4, 2017 10pm in Barre, MA
Cost: No charge, but donations welcome! online www.poluscenter.org or the night of the event

Premium & Group Tickets: Springfield Sting vs. New England

The Springfield Sting is a member of the American Basketball Association, bringing professional basketball back to Western Massachsuetts.   Parking: Free parking is provided by the Naismith Memorial Basketbal Hall of Fame.   Will Call: Tickets purchased online can be picked up free of charge on the day of the event at the Springfield Sting Will Call starting at 6p.m., located inside the lobby of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Doors: Doors will open at 6p.m.   Thank you for supporting Springfield Sting basketball.

When: Mar 4, 2017 7pm in Barre, MA

PVJFF: On The Map

OPENING NIGHT This mesmerizing documentary tells the against-all-odds story of Israel’s 1977 European Basketball Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich. Through the lens of sports, On the Map presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amidst domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War. Bringing together most of the members of the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv team, including magnetic team captain Tal Brody, as well as observers like NBA great Bill Walton, former NBA Commissioner David Stern, and former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, this powerful documentary gives you a courtside seat to a watershed moment in Israeli history. Dessert reception from 7:30-8PM. Q&A with basketball legend and Israel Goodwill Ambassador Tal Brody. Sponsored by Betsey and Malcolm Freedman, Florence Bank, and the Basketball Hall of Fame. DOCUMENTARY | 2016 | 85 MINUTESISRAEL | ENGLISH AND HEBREW WITH SUBTITLESDIRECTED BY DANI MENKIN  

When: Mar 18, 2017 8:15PM in Barre, MA

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7 West Street
North Barre Common

Barre, MA 01005

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About Barre, MA
The Town of Barre Massachusetts was founded in 1774 and is located in Worcester County almost exactly in the center of the state.

Barre has three separate villages and Barre residents feel that the town has one of the most beautiful town commons in Central Massachusetts. During the summer time band concerts are held there at the common.

The town is said to be at most lovely during the summer and fall season, so come and visit the town for yourself.