LEWISTON – The Franco-American Heritage Center is preparing for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Friday, March 14, with music, food, spirits and fun on tap.

Beginning at 6 p.m., revelers will feast on a traditional Irish meal of corn beef, cabbage, turnips, carrots and potatoes. Music will be provided by the Napper Tandies, a traditional Irish pub band that derived its energy from the craic, a term the Irish use for a foot-stomping good time.

The Napper Tandies’ repertoire features both rabble-rousing and sing-along pub numbers. Originally formed in 2003, the band has been carrying the banner of “Songs of Ale and Rebellion” in an unwavering fashion.

Members are Matt Smith (banjo) and Randy Billings (upright bass), who share singing duties; Scott Stitham, percussion, washboard and drums; and Laim Andrews, fiddle.

Tickets, including meal and music, are $18, $16 for students and seniors. The heritage center will make a generous donation from the proceeds for the Maine Irish Heritage Center’s save the bell tower fund.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the meal to be served at 6 o’clock. The heritage center is at 46 Cedar St. For more information, log on to www.francoamericanheritage.org.


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