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Friday, October 19, 2012

Canadian American Club Celebrates 75th Anniversary in Watertown on October 19-21 with Maritime Music Fest

Troy MacGillivray and Kimberley Fraser
(Photos Courtesy of SeaandbeScene.com)
Congratulations to the Canadian American Club in Watertown, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary the weekend of October 19-21, 2012 at the club, located at 202 Arlington Street in Watertown.

Festivities take place all through the weekend, starting on Friday night, October 19, with a free musical session led by Cape Breton pianist Janine Randall, fiddlers Frank Ferrel and Rose Clancy, multi-instrumentalist Stuart Peak and many more.

On Saturday, October 20, activities include a catered dinner in the evening with music by Nova Scotian fiddler Troy MacGillivray, the Jackie Brown Band and piper Mike Kerr.

On Sunday, October 21, check out the afternoon Maritime Family Kitchen Ceildh with Troy MacGillivray and Cape Breton fiddler Kimberley Fraser.

The group has its beginnings back on May 19, 1937, when the Canadian-American League came together in Boston as a way of uniting the many Canadians living in Massachusetts.  According to the Boston Globe, over 200 people attended the first meeting.

"The league is strictly nonpartisan and nonsectarian and has no connection with any political group," said Joseph F. O'Neill, a Prince Edward Island native who was the first president of the group.

In the ensuing years the Canadian American Club, as it is now called, has celebrated Canadian culture in all its forms, particularly traditional music and dance, and has welcomed many other ethnic groups to use its hall, including Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and other Irish groups.

Find out more about the Canadian American Club.

For details on Irish cultural activities taking place in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.





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