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Sunday, October 27, 2019

New book on Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Featured at JFK LIbrary October 28

The John F. Kennedy Library is presenting award-winning author Evan Thomas and his wife Oscie Thomas, an attorney and frequent collaborator on his books, discuss his new book First: Sandra Day O’Connor, at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2019. 
Attendance is free, but registration is required. The event is part of the Kennedy Library Forum, a series of discussions on a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics reflecting the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy's White House years.
 The book draws from exclusive interviews and first-time access to the archives of America’s first female Supreme Court justice. 
Barbara Perry, professor and director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, moderates.
Find out more about the JFK Library here.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Quebec Band Genticorum Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, October 26

The heralded traditional Quebec group Genticorum is performing at Blackstone River Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  

Tickets to the show are $18 in advance and $22 the night of the concert.  To make reservations, please call 401 725-9272.  

A fixture on the international world, folk and Celtic music circuit, Genticorum's six albums have met with critical acclaim in Canada, the U.S, and Europe.  The band's  newest album has just been nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards for "Best Ensemble" and “Best Traditional Record.” 

Here is a calendar of upcoming performances at Blackstone River Theatre, considered one of the finest acoustic venues in New England.  

For year round details on Celtic and other folk music in New England, visit

JFK Library Presents the Triveni Dance Ensemble on Saturday, October 26

The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston presents the Triveni Dance Ensemble performing dances from India at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  Admission is free be registration is required. 

The event is part of the JFK Celebrates! series dedicated to exploring culture and heritage around the world.  

The theme of this presentation is Faces of the Divine - dances dedicated to Hindu deities such as Ganesha, the elephant-headed God; Krishna, the cowherd; Durga, who rides on a lion to control the elements of nature; and Shiva, the Lord of Dance.  The dancers give a stunning performance with beautiful costumes and traditional dance styles.

Find out about visiting the JFK Library any time time of year. 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Irish Fiddler WInnie Horan & Trio Perform at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, October 19

 Irish fiddler  star Winifred Horan is performing with her new trio at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Tickets are $18 by making reservations at 401 725-9272, or $22 at the door.  

Winnie is accompanied by  Dan Faiella on guitar and Utsav Lal on piano. 

Born in New York City to Irish parents, Ms. Horan studied piano and Irish fiddle playing at a young age, then studied classical violin at  the New England Conservatory in Boston. She has played with multiple orchestras, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, before joining the all-female Celtic music ensemble Cherish the Ladies in 1990. A co-founder of the Irish group Solas, she is also  a nine-time champion Irish stepdancer and an All-Ireland fiddle champion, having won an All-Ireland Junior Fiddle Championship at age eleven.

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Irish Cultural Centre Presents 1st Annual Irish Beer Fest on Saturday, October 19

The premier Irish Beer Fest takes place at the Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) in Canton on Saturday,  October 19, 2019.  The fest runs from 1 - 10 p.m..  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the venue. ICC members are admitted free.
Beer tasting tents include: Authentic Irish Ales & Stouts, Irish Craft Brew, Local 'Celtic' Brews, Irish Cider, Pumpkin & Ginger Brews.  In addition, Irish whiskey tastings are also being offered. 
ICC Chef Joe Kilcommons has created a special menu for the Irish Beer Fest, to include Guinness Stew, Kerry Gold Cheese Burger, Irish Seafood Chowder, Fish & Chips. 
Artisan Food Trucks are also at the fest.
Two music stages feature a variety of traditional and local bands throughout the fest.  Here is the schedule of performances:
Traditional Irish Music tent
1-4pm: Jimmy Lever, Ciaran Dalton & Jen O'Shea.
4-6pm: Natasha Sheehy & Billy O'Neill will lead an open music session from 4-6pm. Irish trad musicians welcome & will get free entry with their instruments
6:30pm - 9:30pm: Ceili Mor in the Big Tent with Ceoltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

The Tent on the MAIN field will feature
1-4pm: The Rebels ( A Tom Petty Tribute Band),
4-7pm: DEVRI
7-10pm: Barry Hynes, Dave Barry & Amanda Biagi

Family and children's activities take place from 1-4 p.m. Other activities include face painting,pony rides, a petting zoo much more.  There's also a Vikings encampment and battle, Tug-O-War competitions, Archery exhibits Irish dancing and more.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Jenna Moynihan & Màiri Chaimbeul, Torrin Ryan Perform at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, October 5

Celtic music duo Jenna Moynihan & Màiri Chaimbeul, along with uilleann piper Torrin Ryan, perform at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019.  Tickets to the show are $18 and can be purchased at the venue or by calling 401-725-9272.

American fiddler Moynihan and Skye harpist Chaimbeul, both Berklee College graduates and accomplished composers, combine their passion for Scottish and Gaelic tradition with U.S., Irish, Breton and Swedish influences. 

Ryan, a native of Attleboro, MA, is a champion on the uilleann pipes and whistles, and performs frequently in New England.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at Blackstone River Theatre, considered one of the favorite concert venues in New England among folk and Celtic artists. 

Find year round details on the region's Irish and Celtic communities at