With today's side deal, $15 gets you two tickets to the December 18 performance of Irish Christmas in America, a collection of traditional Irish music and dance productions presented at Carlow University's Antonian Theatre by the Irish Partnership (up to a $44 value).
Fiddler and producer Oisín Mac Diarmada expertly employs the arts of music and dance to unite Irish history with the story of emigration to America under the umbrella of the holiday season. Irish-infused accordion, harp, fiddle, and dancing feet beat rhythmically on taut eardrums, while historical photos of Ireland are projected onto the stage's backdrop, creating a multi-sensory experience akin to a sheep-drawn sleigh-ride full of shepherd's pie. Irish Christmas in America is an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family, while popular holiday carols follow Irish ballads like a conga line of Santas and Irish poets. Celtic skeptics can check out videos of performances from Christmases past to get a glimpse of Antonian Theatre's Christmas future.
Pittsburgh Irish Festival
The sounds of guitars, bodhrans, fiddles, tin whistles surrounds visitors. The aromas of traditional Irish cuisine waft through the air, and around every turn is some new piece of Irish culture. No, this isn't some daydream fueled by too much shepherd's pie. Each year, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival transforms a small part of the city into the Emerald Isle. In total, the festival schedules more than 28 hours of entertainment over the course of three days. Four stages play host to Irish rock and other traditional music. Visitors might also see Irish step dancing and storytellers, who breathe new life into traditional legends and folktales.
Hands-on activities also dot the festival grounds, including the chance to pet native Irish dogs or even search your family tree for Irish ancestors. And in addition to traditional cuisine, the festival hosts a tasting tent with Irish whiskey, Irish cider, and Irish experts who explain how these spirits are made.
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