Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Lit/Crit St. Patrick

The Irish Arts Center of NYC has a novel way to celebrate the Irish on St. Patrick's Day, pun intended. They sent the word out last month that they were collecting books by and about the Irish to hand out on St. Patrick's Day by teams of volunteers at a specific location in each of the 5 boroughs. And so we have the first annual IAC BOOK DAY. It's a nice twist on pubs giving out a free glass of green beer. Best tweet about that: Jim Gaffin (via Nancy Franklin): I always imagine St Patrick is looking down today thinking, “What are they doing? I didn’t even drink”

The Irish Arts Center is a great place. It offers all manner of Celtic film, theater, and dance, plus classes on all the classic arts: tin whistle, fiddle, harp, Bodhrán, bag pipes, Irish language, step dancing, Céilí dances, and more. It's so important to keep these arts alive from generation to generation. Erin Go Bragh.

Book Distribution Locations for Book Day

72nd Street and Broadway (Entrance to the IRT 1,2,3) North east corner of Dyckman/Broadway in Inwood (Entrance to the subway at Dyckman/200th Street)

Parkchester #6 Subway Station

Jackson Heights Post Office, 78-02 37th Avenue Station at 78th Street

Northeast Corner of 7th Ave and 9th Street F Station

St. George Ferry Terminal, 1 Bay Street

And because we can all use a smile, the Muppets sing "Danny Boy."