PHOTOS: Ave Maria goes green at Touch of the Irish bash

The event was held at the Town Center Pavilion just behind Ave Maria Catholic Church. Photo / Darryl A. Wells

The event was held at the Town Center Pavilion just behind Ave Maria Catholic Church. Photo / Darryl A. Wells

— The Ave Maria community put on its annual Touch of The Irish event at the Town Center pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds were in attendance to listen, taste, sing, and dance to an Irish theme for the day. The event was held from 12 to 4 p.m. and featured much area Irish themed entertainment.

The day was a free event for all to come in and get that touch of green before next weeks celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Music was provided by West of Galway with a full and enjoyable compliment of Irish songs, vocal and musical with traditional Irish instruments.

The most iconic presentation of Irish music came from the bag pipes of Official Pipe Major Graeme Massie, who played throughout the event. Additional Irish songs and sing along came from the Ave Maria Choral Choir group.

Dance was the show stealer of the day though featuring the ladies of Hot Flashz, a not for profit fund raising venture featuring ladies 45 and older dancing to many upbeat music themes.

But highest on all onlookers list were the young dancers of the Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy of Fort Myers and Naples. The dancers put on a fabulous show of traditional Irish dance techniques and performances. Dancers of various levels of development showed the crowd on hand what they knew, in the highlight of the evening.

Vendors and surrounding food businesses had their best Irish treats and meals made available.

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