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Celebrate ‘Taste of Ireland’ in West Hartford at St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Tavern Night

Dancers from the Coogan School of Irish Dance at a previous Tavern Night at the Noah Webster House. Submitted photo

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society has teamed up with WHSquared for ‘A Taste of Ireland.’


On March 16 and 17, 2018, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society invites the public to join us for a dinner and celebration in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This annual event is one of the most popular tavern nights held at the museum and includes a traditional dinner, drinks, and live entertainment.

Guests will enjoy a delicious meal featuring homemade Guinness Steak Pie from a secret family recipe. Sorry, grandma does not let us share the ingredients! Dinner will also include green beans, pickled beets, Apple Charlotte, and Irish soda bread.

The museum is pleased to have, returning for a third year, dancers from the Coogan School of Irish Dance to entertain with traditional Irish dances. One of the school’s instructors, Tara Deveney, T.C.R.G., says this performance has “become a highlight of the School’s busy show season!” The dancers are delighted to return and be a part of the intimate and unique St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Showcasing several dances, both traditional and new contemporary choreography, the dancers will exhibit the lively joy and grace inherent in Irish dance. Many of the dancers are from West Hartford and enjoy spending time in a place they have grown up visiting and learning about.

Thomas Hooker Hanford. Submitted photo

The event will also feature live music by Thomas Hooker Hanford and Geoff Kaufman. On Friday, March 16, Thomas Hooker Hanford will perform traditional songs that combine music and storytelling. Geoff Kaufman will bring his rich tenor voice and experience in leading audiences to find truth, humor, and beauty in folk music on Saturday, March 17.

At the end of each evening, guests will be invited to play historic tavern games such as Skittles, Captain’s Mistress, and Shove Ha’penny in the lantern-lit circa 1748 birthplace of Noah Webster.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at noahwebster.yapsody.com for $40 per person for the general public and $35 for museum members. The price includes dinner, a complimentary drink (beer or wine), live entertainment, and tavern games. Additional beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Geoff Kaufman. Submitted photo

This event is brought to you in partnership with WHSquared. The museum would like to thank the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for their continued support.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is a cultural destination where citizens can learn to understand and appreciate the past. The museum preserves the birthplace of Noah Webster, the founding father, educator, author, and lexicographer who taught generations of Americans what it means to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository for the history of West Hartford, the community that molded Noah Webster’s future and is still thriving over 250 years later. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open daily 1 until 4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org or call 860-521-5362.   

The Coogan School of Irish Dance, located in West Hartford, Connecticut, is recognized throughout the New England region and the country for its excellence in dance education. Rooted in a long family tradition of Irish Dance, the Coogan School offers a personal approach to dance instruction combining rigorous instruction with a caring approach. Learn more at cooganirishdance.com or [email protected].

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