When Irish eyes are smiling

Irish eyes were smiling Saturday as wearers of the green descended on Margaret T. Hance park in Central Phoenix for the 2011 “Arizona Irish Festival.”

I spent some time mingling with the folks who attended, and snapped the following photos to help you get in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday, March 17…

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The Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix says they have “all kinds of things planned” for St. Patrick’s Day. They open at 10am and plan to show Irish movies during the day before featuring live music and dance performance in the evening.

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix presents Irish music by “Slide” in the MIM Music Theater that evening — but the event is already sold out. (Keep an eye on their calendar since all sorts of music finds its way there.)

If your organization or venue is offering a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with an art, dance, music or theater twist, please comment below to let our readers know.

If you’ve ever entertained the idea of learning Irish music or dance, check out the “Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies” at the Irish Cultural Center. Their next class session — which also includes language instruction — begins April 11.

Special thanks to all the parents who graciously let me photograph their children — even though some of their Irish eyes stopped smiling once I whipped out my camera. Perhaps their parents have taught them well — and they know better than to trust a woman who wears black to an Irish Festival.

I suspect my green shoes were a tad too subtle.

 — Lynn

Note: If your organization or venue offers classes in Irish music or dance, please let me know at rakstagemom@gmail.com and you might be featured in a future post.

Coming up: My second visit to “Avenue Q”

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