Just in time forSt. Patrick's Day, a bit of Erin treasure sparkles like a rainbow right in our own, soon to be green, community back yard.
The Emerald Isle Club, founded in 1956, meets once a month in Parkville and keeps the Irish heritage alive to pass on to future generations.
In finding more details about this club, it was a pleasure speaking to a true Irish gem, Norah Kalkman, of Towson.
A club member since 1966, Norah embraced the group like a pot of gold when she came over from County Mayo in western Ireland. She considers herself lucky to be a part of the membership.
"It has meant so much to me, social events and friends, and has been a big part of my life since I came over," she said.
Norah said the club holds a once-a-month "ceili," which means Irish dance. By participating in these events, Norah feels "the club has been like a home away from home for me."
The club will celebrate St. Patrick's Dayat their March Ceili at the American Legion Hall, 2301 Putty Hill Ave., in Parkville, on March 4, from 2 to 6 p.m.
The ceili is a family event, open to people of all ages to enjoy music, dancing and all around good family time. The club's Ceili Band will play music and if you don't know how to dance in Irish fashion, help is available.
Although membership is encouraged, everyone is welcome to attend. Cost for the March Ceili is as follows: nonmember family $36, adult members $15, adult non-members $18, seniors $10, ages 7 to 17 years $9 and children 6 and under attend for free.
Please bring a baked good to share; drinks are provided. Please visit the club's websitewww.emeraldisleclub.com for more information on upcoming meetings, membership and more.
If you prefer to use mail, send info requests to Emerald Isle Club, P.O. Box 20068, Towson, MD 21284.
Annual dues for new members are $25, which may be mailed or paid at dance reception desk. EIC values center on family and friends and members also enjoy ancestry, travel, language and more.
Go green at Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive, in Perry Hall, in March. The center will host two Irish events for your enjoyment.
The first is a St. Patrick's Day Party on Friday, March 16, at 12:30 p.m. After a meal of corned beef and cabbage, entertainment will be provided by The Teelin Irish Dance Company. You must sign up at the front desk by March 14 as space is limited. Cost is $7 per person.
On March 20, a "Shamrock Day Super Special Lunch" includes cabbage soup, corned-beef-and-swiss on rye bread, side dishes and dessert. You must sign up on the eating together sheet at the front desk before March 15. Cost is a donation of $2.50 donation. Following lunch, it's bingo time! For more info on these or other events, call 410-887-5192.
Noelle, the lost white dog from New Jersey, remains elusive to her rescuers. She is usually spotted in Middle River, Bird River and White Marsh. Her family is anxious for the day the 13-year-old Akita/Husky mix is rescued and back home. If you see this dog or have any info, please call Father Lou at 973-981-5003 and Belinda Hobson at 443-912-9505.
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