Friday, April 29 2016 @ 09:15 PM MST
Contributed by: MMoriarty
Irish Cultural Center Celebrates 10th Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest
On Saturday evening, June 11, the Irish Cultural Center (ICC) pulls out all the stops to commemorate the life of Irish author James Joyce during the 10th Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest.
Why “Bloomin’?” The protagonist from Joyce’s novel Ulysses
is Leopold Bloom and Ireland has been celebrating “Bloomsday” since the 1920s. “Typically, Bloomsday is celebrated on June 16,” said Tom Fitzsimmons, general manager of the Center. “That’s the date Joyce used as the setting for this book.”
“It’s also the anniversary of Joyce’s first-date with his future wife and muse Nora Barnacle,” added Chas Moore, head librarian at the adjoining McClelland Irish Library (MIL). “But we prefer to celebrate on Saturdays!”
The Center gates open at 6:30 p.m. and Bloomin’ Beerfest runs 7 to 11 p.m. This year’s festival includes live Irish music by De Mairt Ceol and Open Beta, plus live readings from Ulysses by students from the Academy of Irish and Celtic Studies.
For $25, prepaid guests get a souvenir drinking cup and sixteen (16) tickets good toward beer tasting, wine, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and food. Members of the ICC and MIL get an additional four (4) tickets. Presale admission is available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2558074
until noon on June 11. After that, guests pay $35 at the gate; additional food and drinks tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each at the event.Nondrinkers pay only $10 at the gate and receive two (2) tickets good for soda or bottled water. Admission for children 12 and under is only $1.00, but includes no tickets. Given the mature subject matter and language in Ulysses
, live readings from the book are restricted to adults 18 and older.
The Irish Cultural Center castle rests between West Culver and Portland Streets at 1106 North Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix. Free overflow parking is available at the Hance Park lot on Culver.The Roosevelt Street Light Rail Station is 0.2 miles south of the ICC on Central Avenue, a mere three minute walk. Visit www.valleymetro.org
for train schedules.
For any questions:
Contact: Elaine Price, ICC Program Events Manager
602.258.0109 x357 | email@example.com