GREENVILLE — Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on March 11.
“DCCA will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a bit early with a fund raising party featuring Irish music, food, and a beer tasting, as well as an exciting new addition to the fun—a ‘limited edition’ raffle offering a very good chance of winning a trip to Ireland,” said Andrea Jordan, DCCA executive director. “As with all of our fund raisers, we promise a good time for a good cause.”
Proceeds will benefit DCCA’s many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.
Attendees can count on a diverse choice of beers to taste as well as a commemorative beer glass, all included in the price of admission. For non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available. Irish-themed food prepared by Montage proprietors Aaron and Michele Cox will also be provided. Adding to the excitement, the winner of DCCA’s “Off to the Isle” raffle will be announced during “Irish Wave.”
“Since only 75 raffle tickets will be sold, I’d recommend not waiting to enter the raffle to win a $5,000 voucher entitling you to a customized vacation in Ireland,” Jordan said.
Raffle tickets cost $100 each, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA’s office.
Music will be performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as one of the top bands in the Midwest.
“Lone Raven performs an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. “They’ll tear through peppy Irish reels, play haunting Gypsy fiddle tunes, and render soulful airs, leaving the audience breathless and begging for more.”
The musicians who make up Lone Raven, Craig Markley, Kara Markley, Elizabeth Blickenstaff, Neil Jacobs and Sid Omasta, play a broad variety of instruments including keyboard, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion, whistle and percussion. Sponsors for “Irish Wave” who make possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, Jim and Julia Poeppelman, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler and Bill Wolke, Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown, Family Health and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.
Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or [email protected], or purchased on-line at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.