STURBRIDGE, Mass. (March 5, 2014) – Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed weekend of song, stories and history during its Celtic Celebration weekend March 15-16. Daytime activities include Irish music, step dancing, stories and more. The Irish band Full Gael will also perform a Celtic music concert at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday March 15 (Not included with OSV daytime admission; $12 per person; $10 for Old Sturbridge Village members). Old Sturbridge Village is offering free daytime admission for children accompanied by one adult paying full-price, regular admission during the Celtic Celebration weekend. Full details of the weekend’s many activities and performances are available at www.osv.org.
The two-day celebration of all things Irish will include historical and contemporary activities and entertainment. Visitors can learn Irish step-dancing from representatives of the Meghan Kelly School of Irish Dance and hear Irish musicians explain the difference between jigs and reels and tell of the Irish experience through song. Museum exhibits and historians will explain what caused the wave of Irish immigration in the 19th century and talk about what life was like for Irish families after they arrived in America. Irish tales, a portrayal of 19th-century Irish immigrant Mary Culligan, Scottish dancing, and a St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids will also be featured.
The Full Gael Celtic Concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at the Village. Tickets are available online or at the door for $12 per person ($10 for OSV members). Favorite Irish foods and beverages will be available for purchase at the concert, including bangers and mash, corned beef sandwiches, Guinness stew, Guinness ice cream, beer and wine.
Old Sturbridge Village is also offering a Celtic Celebration Package which includes a stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges, two days of admission to the Village, Sunday brunch for two at the Oliver Wight Tavern, and two tickets to the Full Gael Celtic Concert on Saturday, March 15. Pricing for this package starts at $179.
Throughout the weekend of March 15 and 16, the Village will be continuing its Maple Days programming as well, with a working sugar camp, maple demonstrations, maple history and more as part of the experience.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the largest living history museums in the nation, celebrating life in early New England from 1790 to 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., OSV is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. The Village offers lodging at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges and several dining options on-site. During the winter, the Village is open Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 3-17: $8, but free with one full-price adult admission on weekends through March 30 (no other discounts or coupons apply); children 2 and under: free. Admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. OSV members receive free daytime admission all year long. For more details, visit www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.
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