A large part of my work with Craobh Dugan and the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley involves promoting events. I design graphics and write event descriptions, emails to attendees, Facebook posts, and newsletter articles to attract as many people as possible. To date, I've promoted 24 events. Below you can see samples of a few of my graphics and event descriptions.
People of all cultural backgrounds are invited to come together at the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley for an evening of healing and unity through the power of music.
Our first-ever African Irish Drum Circle will take place on Friday, August 21, at 7:00pm. Professional drum circle leader and Common Unity founder Alex Kofi Dankwa will bring his collection of authentic African percussion instruments to the Irish Cultural Center. Members of the Irish community who own a bodhran, bones, or spoons are asked to bring their instruments too.
Gathering at the ICC in a physically distanced circle, participants will hear Alex explain the history, symbolism, and traditional uses of African drums as well as the health benefits of drumming. Craobh Dugan bodhran player, Sue Romero will also give a brief talk about the Irish drum and other percussion instruments used in Irish music. And everyone will get to experience the joy of playing rhythms together.
Bring a drum if you have one. There will be some drums available if you don’t have one. Also make sure to bring a mask. Ideally, we’ll be outside, but if the weather is rainy, we will require masks inside.
Please register with your free ticket on Eventbrite (so we can stay within our COVID capacity). After you register, you’ll receive an email with a link to download Alex’s free ebook.
We will also stream the drum circle live on the Irish Cultural Center’s Facebook page for those who would like to listen at home.
Common Unity™ is a cultural arts & rhythm company founded by Alex Kofi Dankwa to bridge the gap between race relations and cultural divide. Find out more about the organization here:
Learn how wooden buckets and casks were made before modern manufacturing.
Before plastic buckets proliferated throughout our hardware stores, skilled craftsmen known as coopers fashioned containers from wood. At this in-person event, you’ll hear from Bob Allers all about what a cooper is, what he does, and the many products he or she makes. Plus you’ll get to see some of the objects Bob’s made and tools he uses.
For twelve summers Bob worked as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger at Fort Stanwix National Monument where he began learning the trade of coopering. His education in the craft continued through training with the Master Cooper at Genesee Country Village and Museum. For the past twenty years, he has been honing his skills and presenting demonstrations at many regional historic sites and teaching bucket and cask-making classes at Hanford Mills Museum.
Bob is a retired earth science teacher who received his BA in geology from Hamilton College, his MAT in geological sciences from Binghamton University, and taught for a total of 34 years at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and New Hartford Central Schools.
To learn about this historic trade, join us at the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley on October 8 at 7:00pm.
Due to COVID restrictions, we need to limit the number of attendees. Registration is required on Eventbrite. Admission is free. Please sign up only if you're committed to attending.
You and your family members have been collecting names, dates, and especially stories about your ancestors for years. But now what? Do you keep them in boxes to pass on to the next generation? Or would you rather publish them in a book?
Kate Nelson did just that and she wants to teach you how to do it too. On Thursday, September 11 at 7:00pm, you can join Kate for a hands-on workshop via Zoom.
Kate was born in Utica, grew up in New Hartford, and graduated from Utica Catholic Academy and the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, New York. A two-year stint working as a reporter for the Utica Observer-Dispatch led to a long career in organizational communication at Honeywell, Merrill Lynch, Citicorp, and Mercer HR Consulting. Since 2006, she has been a full-time faculty member at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she teaches business ethics and management.
Her mother’s family emigrated from Ireland to the Utica area in the mid-1800s and she has researched those folks for 35 years. She has written and self-published three books about her family and has organized four reunions for her extended family since the mid-1980s. Kate and her husband live in suburban Philadelphia.
We'll present the workshop online through Zoom. To attend, please register with a free ticket on Eventbrite and we'll send you the link to join. Plus we'll send you handouts and other resources you'll need.