Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish music and native art

"The Good People" with Chris Hoover and artist Mary Black Bonnet Artichoker are headlining this year's St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street in Vermillion, on Saturday, March 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

This photo by Black Bonnet Artichoker of a foggy landscape is representative of her work that will be on display at the Washington Streets Art Center March 17.

Bruce Gray, Cindy Gehm and Rebecca Gehm's dynamic family trio, "The Good People," play and sing a wide range of music, from old-time folk to popular songs.  These musicians have performed at a number of venues in the area, including Gayville Hall.  For this event they'll collaborate with Irish balladeer Chris Hoover for the first half, then play a variety of music for the second half of the evening. Grace Freeman and her troupe of lively Irish Dancers will also perform. 

The evening will also feature Black Bonnet Artichoker's "Ole Ni's Taku he?"(What do you See?), a multi-media exhibit of photography, sculpture and painting.  Currently a Vermillion resident, Black Bonnet Artichoker is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Nation at Rosebud. At the 21st Annual Sand Painters Open show in Valentine, NE, she received the Douglas Ballard Memorial Award for Outstanding Photography for her photograph, "Hihanni Waste" (Good Morning).

Those attending will enjoy an Irish dinner of potato soup, beef stew, soda bread, desserts, and a variety of beverages, including Irish brews, wine, and soda.  The open to the public, and tickets will be available at the door:  Adult VAAC members $8, non-members $12; $5 for children ages 11-18, free for children 10 & under. There will be door prize drawings for new and current VAAC members. Sponsors are Carey's Bar, Jones' Foods, Hy- Vee, Wal-Mart and Vermillion Area Arts Council.

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