Michigan Irish Music Festival lands in Muskegon this weekend
“May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far”- Irish Blessing
When you love the Michigan Irish Music Festival so much that despite a family tree that gravitates more toward Holland you wonder about sending some saliva to one of those ancestry things to see if perhaps a Hibernian mailman somehow worked their way into the picture?
You are among those of us who have this wondrous weekend in September crossed off before the first snowfall of the previous winter.
The festival, born from humble beginnings and passionate organizers, is in its 20th year and beyond being an absolute feast of really, really good music there is way more to do on site than exists the time to do it.
Thus, we go for the weekend and stay over in our Metro neighbor on the Lakeshore . This time within walking distance because we tend to have a seriously good time and what better way to top an entertaining evening off than a little stroll back to where you will be getting some rest in order to capture another day of Gaelic inspired gaiety .
As we have stated before, this is without a doubt the best organized festival of its kind we have ever attended anywhere. Despite huge crowds there are so many options that it never feels crowded.
And a big bonus? There are televisions in the makeshift pubs with football games on for those who don’t want to miss their fave team or alma mater do battle on Saturday as well as those who like to spend their Sundays torn up with the anxiety of knowing that regardless of any lead the Lions might have they are more than likely to blow it.
But a story for another time perhaps.
Beyond the tantalizing tunes on hand at the stages check out the Wake House, the Highland Games, the Whiskey Snug, The Tea Room and the wide variety of intriguing merchandise in the Market where we buy a hat every year because each one seems to get misplaced during the year (we project that at some point in time wherever we go there will be one of our hats).
Good food, good drink, good people dressed in their finest Irish garb, a sense of camaraderie since folks tend to channel their inner Irish regardless of heritage and a boatload of fun.
Starts in earnest Friday and runs through Sunday. 26 acts on 7 covered stages.
Oh and at 1:15 pm Saturday the Cedar Creek Cloggers will be on the Galway Stage.We mention this because the kind and patient woman who is head of operations for N3 World Headquarters and Monarch Ministry is one of their dancers.
Tickets at the gate:
$50 Weekend pass
We’ll be there and perhaps should the fun not cause us to forgo our journalistic duties, we’ll send along some photos and let you know what you’re missing.
But seriously, this is a really good time.
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