Hiddenite, NC – St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the time-honored traditions of Irish music, dance, food, and fellowship. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s annual “Irish Done Right!” will offer all of these traditions at their best.

Held on March 12, 2020 at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Educational Complex, located at 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County, this special event offers a traditional Irish meal, live performances of traditional music and dance from Erin Tide Band and St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers. Advanced dancers will serve and waitresses and waiters for the dinner.

Beginning at 6:30pm and serving as a prelude to the dinner performance, the audience will be entertained by Celtic Youth Band students of Veda Bafford.

Dinner will begin at 7:00pm with the main program to follow at 8:00pm. This event is affordably priced at only $16 per person with dinner, performance, and tax included. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Center at (828) 632-6966.

Guests will marvel at the fast paced, skillful dance steps of Catawba County’s own, St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers. This talented dance troupe, under the direction of Meg Barrett, is comprised of students from the unifour area, ranging from elementary to high school age.

The dancers will perform to authentic music from acclaimed Iredell County area ensemble, “Erin Tide Band,” which is organized by Rick and Veda Bafford of Iredell County.

Dance performances will feature Irish jigs, reels, slip jigs, hard-shoe, and Ceili’ dances. Musical entertainment will include Irish ballads and haunting instrumentals from the Emerald Isle. Guests are encouraged to participate in the “wearin’ of the green.”

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call (828) 632-6966, email [email protected] or visit www.hiddenitearts.org

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org.

Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, and the Friends of the Center membership program. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

Erin Tide Band