Lapham Center Fills its Schedule with Irish Activities

data blogMarch 16, 2022
Image of the Lapham Center in New Canaan - St. Patricks Day

Irish week at the Lapham Center in New Canaan started with Irish poetry readings and a cooking demonstration where Irish soda bread was prepared and baked.

Today (Wednesday, March 16), the festivities leading up to St. Patrick’s Day will continue with a lecture and discussion about renowned Irish folklorist and theatre manager Lady Gregory.

Lady Gregory was a prominent member of the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, writing many short works for both. She also wrote a number of books on Irish mythology and is remembered for her contributions to the Irish Literary Revival, which spawned the development of Irish literary talent in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The free lecture will be presented by Ned Monaghan and begin at 1:30 p.m. People can attend in person or via Zoom. To register, email laphamcenter@newcanaanct.gov.

On St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday, March 17), there will be a live performance of Irish dance by the Anam Cara Irish Dance School beginning at 10 a.m. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to see some of the intricate traditional dances that are a part of Irish history and culture! The dance performance is free. Register here.

Also on Thursday, there will be a Zoom presentation of the movie Belfast beginning at 2:30 p.m. The movie chronicles the story of a working-class family living in the city during the tumultuous 1960s.

On Friday (March 18), an in-person showing of the movie at the Lapham Center will begin at 1 p.m. Register for either showing by emailing laphamcenter@newcanaanct.gov.