St. Brigid’s Day Raffle Drawing and Workshop on February 1
The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England celebrates St. Brigid’s Day with a raffle drawing and craft workshop on Thursday, February 1.
The Trinity Pub bar will open at 4 pm, with dinner service from 5–9 pm. The Cassin Academy of Irish Dance joins us for a performance at 6:30 pm.
The raffle event will begin at 7 pm with welcomes from ICC officials and our Fulbright Irish language teacher, followed by the drawings. (If you are planning on dinner, please help us plan ahead by making a reservation and call 413-342-4358.)
Those who attend will receive a free ticket for a chance to win one of two $100 gift certificates to the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant. You must be present to win one of these prizes. Cannot be used on the night of the drawing.
The St. Brigid’s Cross workshop takes place from 6–8 pm; drop in any time. Illustrator and Irish arts/history enthusiast Kathleen Joss guides participants through a session of making a traditional St. Brigid’s Cross with pipe cleaners. All ages are welcome; we request that children under 10 years old have adult supervision.
Raffle First Prize
Winner may choose an all expenses paid trip for two people on a group tour to Ireland hosted by the ICC OR a $5,000 cash prize. Tour destinations and schedules are currently to be determined. Trips run approximately ten days. Prize is transferable to another party.
Raffle Second Prize
A 14 karat gold St. Brigid’s Cross Pendant designed and crafted by renowned Dingle, Ireland jeweler Brian de Staic. Retail value €699.
St. Brigid Raffle tickets must be purchased by 6:30 pm on February 1. Cost is $20 per ticket. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Please call 413-333-4951 or visit the ICC to purchase tickets. Download printable order form.
February 1 is Lá Fhéile Bríde, or St. Brigid’s Day. It’s also Imbolc, the Celtic festival celebrating the beginning of spring and the returning of light. The St. Brigid’s Cross was traditionally woven from rushes, and used to keep houses safe from evil when hung above the door.