Irish dancers put on show at Kosciuszko Club’s pub night

The older class of hard shoe dancers take their stance during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Kosciuszko Club.

For one night, the usual red T-shirts with funny slogans about being Polish were replaced with green T-shirts with funny slogans about being Irish. The Kosciuszko Club went Irish for St. Patrick’s Day.

Pat Tripp and the staff at the “Doghouse” have offered corned beef, or ham, and cabbage dinners and Reuben sandwiches to celebrate for years, but this year the atmosphere was even more festive. The Chadwick Bay School of Dance held a Pub Night in cooperation with the club. Green T-shirts and mugs were on sale as a package. A basket raffle offered some unique prizes. Home baked whiskey cakes, an Irish dessert, were for sale.

In addition, the Irish dance students from Chadwick Bay School of Dance performed three shows during the evening, directed by their dance teacher, Jessie McKenna.

McKenna has been dancing for about 18 years herself and has been teaching at the Chadwick Bay School of Dance for about four years. The students who performed ranged from about 5- to 17-years-old. The school offers adult Irish dancing, beginning Irish Dancing, Intermediate Irish Dancing and Hard Shoe Irish Dance.

Colorful costumes, music that encouraged hand clapping, and a nice variety of dance styles, including a hard shoe demonstration by McKenna, made for a memorable evening.

According to Roseanne Chesbro, artistic director and manager at Chadwick Bay School of Dance, “The fundraiser went very well. I don’t have totals yet, as I had to leave for the final showing of “The Little Mermaid” at FHS, but we raised enough money to pay all of the live musicians that we will have playing at the dance recital (in June). We met our goal. We exceeded my expectations. I am very grateful to the donations for the raffles and the generous support of the nice folks at the Club that visited with us, and gave such a warm welcome to the dancers that performed. It was the most fun that this 100 percent Polish girl has ever had on St. Patrick’s Day.”

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