By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
The Portales Cultural Affairs Committee is holding a St. Patrick’s Day celebration Saturday at the Memorial Building in its continuing effort to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity.
Festivities will include Irish music, poetry and dancing along with children’s activities.
“The cultural affairs committee is set up to celebrate the diversity of the community,” said Joan Martinez-Terry, city clerk and committee member.
All of the activities are free and open to the public.
“It’s for the community to come and participate in,” Martinez-Terry said.
A highlight of the event will be student dancers from Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet of Roswell, said Elizabeth Galligan, chairperson for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration committee. The group, ranging in age from nine to 19 years, will perform traditional Celtic dances.
Once the afternoon family activities are over, a dance will be held at 316 South Main.
Tickets for the dance will be $5 per person and proceeds will help to fund other upcoming celebrations that the committee has planned, Galligan said.
At a glance
What: St. Patricks Day Celebration
When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Memorial Building
11-11:45 a.m. — Coloring with kids, Make a name tag with Celtic letters, Visit displays
Noon — Welcome: “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”
Invocation: Fr. Jim McGowan, St. Helens Catholic Church
12:10 p.m. — Stories from Ireland, Steve Rooney, KSEL Radio
12:25-12:50 p.m. — Irish Dance Performance, Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet of Roswell
1-1:10 p.m. — Quiz on Ireland
1:10-1:30 p.m. — Performance on the Anglo Concertina, Rhomylly Forbes
1:35-1:45 p.m. — Door prizes and limericks
1:50-2:20 p.m. — Irish music and songs, Michael Shaughnessy and Dan Greathouse, Cynthia K. Kennedy, accompanist, Sing-a-longs
2:20-2:30 p.m. – Closing and Irish Blessings