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Putnam Valley Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With Uprising Commemoration

Rehearsing for “A Nation Once Again.” from left, writer/director Neil Hickey, narrators Caitlin O’Heaney and Paul Savior, and producer Kate Hoekstra.
Rehearsing for “A Nation Once Again.” from left, writer/director Neil Hickey, narrators Caitlin O’Heaney and Paul Savior, and producer Kate Hoekstra. Photo Credit: Jan Hoekstra

PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- A St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Putnam Valley will take place on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Veteran performers from across the Hudson Valley will gather at the historic Tompkins Corners Cultural Center (TCCC) in a unique St. Patrick’s Day celebration: “A Nation Once Again,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising, the seminal event that led eventually to Ireland becoming a free and independent country after 700 years of British occupation. 

“Our show will, in fact, be one of scores of similar events all over the world this year,” said Kate Hoekstra, the event’s producer, “marking the centenary of the week in Dublin in the spring of 1916 when a band of civilian soldiers, including teachers, poets, doctors, philosophers, Irish Socialists, and women's rights advocates challenged the might of the British empire in the effort to gain independence for their country. Fewer than two thousand Irish men and women confronted ten thousand British soldiers.” 

Actors, singers and musicians will tell the story in a two-act production that combines a dramatic narrative of the rebellion with period songs and poetry (from William Butler Yeats to Seamus Heaney and contemporary Irish women poets). Co-narrators of the show will be Paul Savior and Caitlin O’Heaney. 

The show’s writer-director is Neil Hickey, a journalist-author and a Putnam County resident for more than 50 years. 

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors and $25 for families and are available at the website. Tompkins Corners is at 729 Peekskill Hollow Road. For more information or to make a reservation, send an email to info@tompkinscorners.org or leave a message at 845-528-7280. For a complete listing of upcoming events at TCCC visit its website.

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