In celebration of our Irish heritage and the twining of Smiths Falls with County Wicklow, this year’s event is themed the Emerald Gala. The Gala is the kick-off event for many more activities focused around our history and heritage during Canada 150.
This museum event is being held at Hanley Hall, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. for cocktail hour and dinner at 7:00 p.m. followed by dancing. The elegant evening is replete with an open cocktail hour featuring the museum’s signature drink – Maple Whiskey Sour; a gourmet dinner catered by Magnolia Catering, highlighting a traditional Irish dish from an old family recipe; both a silent and live auction with delights for everyone and last but not least heart pumping music with the dynamic band Freshwater Trade.
“I like to call us Celtic Canadiana, we use traditional Irish and Scottish instruments and our songs explore early events of Canadian history,” said Ken Ramsden, band leader. Freshwater Trade will be playing a medley of Irish and Scottish Celtic music with, of course, a few railway songs thrown in. The other two band members are Michael Ketemer and Roddy McCann and between the three 20-year veteran musicians, they’ll be playing the guitar, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, and concertina. According to Ken the band is eager to be part of this gala.
“We’re all very excited and looking forward to the gala, especially with the addition of highland dancers, it’s going to be an incredible night”.
Yes, indeed, this year the museum has arranged for an Irish Jig to be performed by dancers from the Andrea Goral School of Highland Dance in Kemptville.
Admission to the Gala is $65 per person and includes dinner and dance, or $55 for museum members. Tickets are on sale online and at C’est Tout Bakery, 14 Beckwith Street, South. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 613 283-5696.
Never losing sight of the event’s objective – raising funds that allow the museum to grow and improve programming and exhibits – this year’s goal is to raise $10,000 at the gala. The museum is a not-for-profit organization run by a volunteer board. We are always looking for sponsors, so if you are interested in supporting the gala and the museum please give us a call at 613-283-5696 and we’ll be happy to help you help us!