2/Thursday/7 pm – Songs & Stories at the Cornerhouse Inn. I love returning to this country inn which is everything New England: white clapboard outside (at the crossroads, literally) and inside, warmth, good food, and country hospitality. Delightful! Being so close to Brigit’s day on the 1st, there will be a distinct Brigit-y flavor to my program this night along with some delicious hints of the spring to come. 6:30 pm; $21.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) which includes salad, entrée, glass of wine, dessert, and coffee. 22 Main St., Center Sandwich, NH 03227. www.cornerhouseinn.com .
10/Friday/9 am – Harping at Bare Sole Yoga. One of the treats of my year is visiting Nadia Puttini’s enchanted Bare Sole Yoga studio in Carlisle. I love everything about it – Nadia who is a powerhouse of love, the yoginis who gather, and the room itself which is, bar none, the most beautiful yoga studio on Planet Earth. Come try this! Even if you think you’re not a yoga person, seriously, you will love this experience. The harp sounds incredible in that room and all of us gathered make magic together! Bare Sole Yoga, 581 Rutland Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. 9-10:30 am; registration required; $20 or class card.
10/Friday/6 pm – Telling true stories at Bittersweet Cafe! Cheryl Perreault, poet, poetry advocate, community-maker, and my dear friend, has invited me to share a true story on the theme of LOVE tonight in this Moth-inspired event. I’m thrilled to be joining Amy Mevorach, who is electrifying, and Tim Mason, who makes you think and feel – both such wonderful performers! Admission is $15 which offers a seating in the intimate audience, the opportunity to sign up to tell a five minute story and refreshments which include fresh-baked pastry desserts and choice of ice/hot tea or a coffee beverage. 6-8 pm; arrive and get your seats and cafe treats as early as 5:45! Stories begin at 6:20. To reserve a seat and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cheryl Perreault at 508-435-8638.
26/Sunday/2 pm – Irish Songs and Stories at the Townsend Public Library. If you haven’t visited the Townsend Public Library, you’re in for a treat. It’s welcoming, stocked to the gills with great books and recordings, and a truly beautiful building set among pine trees. I’m excited to share a program that will combine the themes of love and Irishy-ness – a nod to Valentine’s Day AND St. Patrick’s coming soon. 2-3 pm, FREE. Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road, Townsend, Massachusetts, (978)597-1714.
3/Friday/7 pm – The Celtic Kates in Concert! We had so much fun in December 2015 that we’re doing it again! We’re the Celtic Kates: Katie O’Neill, Cait Sargent, Katie Mahoney, and me. We hope you’ll come out for another awesome evening of song, laughter, and Irish spirit! Hibernian Culture Center, 19 Temple St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604. Tickets are $15 before the day and $20 at the door. Visit http://bit.ly/CelticKates to get your tickets for this fun, uplifting show!
10/Friday/6 pm – Irishy Celebration at The Cozy Tea Cart. We are so lucky to have The Cozy Tea Cart in this neighborhood. I mean – a tea master, right here in central MA/NH: what are the chances? Come see us for a fun evening of Irish mischief, laughter, and a touch of green sentiment. We will be so happy to see you! General admission $10 includes delicious tea samples; arrive around 6:30 and show runs 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The Cozy Tea Cart, 104 Route 13, Brookline, NH 03033. http://www.thecozyteacart.com/
15/Wednesday/6:30 pm – St. Patrick’s Celebration of Irish Songs and Stories. SO lovely to be invited to share some Green Cheer in St. Patrick’s Week at the Westfield Athenaeum. FREE, and guaranteed to raise your Shamrock-y Spirits during this wonderful week of celebration! The Athenaeum is under construction, so the program will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 60 Broad Street, Westfield, Ma. 01085. 413-568-7833. Visit http://www.westath.org/ for more info.
18/Saturday/7 pm – Shamrock ON at the Lawrence Public Library! Come for a festive program at this most Irishy time of the year. Come for songs and stories, harp and flute, sweetness and mischief. We will sing, laugh, remember, and revel in this GORGEOUS performance space! 7-9 pm, FREE, and refreshments served. Deluxe – can’t wait to see you! Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463, 978.433.0330 – http://www.lawrencelibrary.org/
26/Sunday/2 pm – Songs and Stories, Harp and Flute at the Princeton Arts Society. On the heels of the Vernal Equinox, we gather to celebrate Spring, Irishy-life, and hope. I am honored and excited to share some of my very favorite songs and stories in such a beautiful place. Come join us! First Congregational Church, 14 Mountain Road in Princeton, MA. Visit http://princetonarts.org/
20/Thursday/6:30 pm – Music Guest on “For The Love of Words” TV program. I’m honored to be invited to take part in this exciting series, and even more to be paired with Irish poet, Johnny Flaherty! The program airs on Easton Community Access Television and can also be accessed on the website: http://www.eastoncat.org. The program is hosted by poet Rich Berg, and co-hosted by George Comeaux & John Holgerson.
7/Sunday/3 pm – Beltane Celebration at the Lunenburg Public Library! Come celebrate the Celtic start of Summer – or the Massachusetts start of Spring – with us at the Lunenburg Public Library. Irish tradition is bursting with wonderful songs and stories that mark this joyful time of abundance, creativity, beauty, magic, and enjoyment. Yes, this is a fairy-time, and tradition tells us the fairies move to their summer homes now. Songs, stories, harping, whistle, Irish flute, and a poem or two: Let’s revel! Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462 (978) 582-4140.
4/Sunday/1 pm – Traveling Bardic Academy returns to Castle Hill: book-making and haiku workshop! Last year’s visit resulted in many good things: new poems, new friends, beautiful hand-made books, and a lot of good laughs. I’m delighted and honored to be invited to come back for more fun and creativity. 1-5 pm, includes yummy refreshments, and all the materials you’ll need to create your own books and haiku. Will post here soon with details on how you can register, but for now, just put it on your calendar – and start dreaming of a lovely June day in one of Massachusetts’ most breath-taking places. Check out http://www.thetrustees.org/ for inspiration while you wait!
28/Wednesday/6 pm – Harping for Cocktails at Castle Hill. Yes, friends, I’m the luckiest person in the world to have TWO good reasons to enjoy and create at the beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. Cocktails from 6-8 pm. More info to come, but in the meantime, do visit http://www.thetrustees.org/.
18/Monday/7 pm – Solstice Celebration for Seanchie Nights! So happy and grateful to return to that enchanted room upstairs in Bull Feeney’s Pub to visit with my Maine friends and family and fan the festive fires! 375 Fore Street, Portland, ME. Admission: $9 suggested donation. Email Lynne Cullen at email@example.com or call 207-253-0288 for further details.