Friday, March 5, 2010

The Beehive: St. Patrick's Day

The Beehive in Boston has partnered with the Boston Irish Tourism Association for some St. Patrick’s Day dining & entertainment. The Beehive presents their 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities on March 17 from 5pm-2am. St. Patrick’s Day at The Beehive means an evening of authentic entertainment including: step dancers, musical acts, and Irish inspired à la carte food & drink specials.

The claim from inside the ‘hive’ is that while there will be plenty of surprises, this will not be your typical Irish fest. “No green beer…but what we are planning is a sophisticated evening of amazing Irish comfort food and authentic, world-class, Irish entertainment for a mature audience,” said Co-Owner, Jack Bardy. And “Authentic” is the key word! The Beehive has landed the stamp of approval again for this year’s event from the Boston Irish Tourism Association. “We’ve been more than happy to get involved with The Beehive and their annual St. Patrick’s day festivities, and we’re looking forward to the amazing food and festivities planned!” said Michael Quinlin, President and founder of the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

One of the many St. Patrick’s Day surprises at The Beehive will be a special performance by “Tri” (Pronounced “tree”), ”Tri” is translated from the number three in ancient Gaelic and consists of three of New England’s most sought after traditional Celtic musicians including: award-winning bagpiper Matthew Phelps, fiddler Doug Lamey, and guitarist Cliff McGann.

Tri specializes in foot tapping Celtic folk music, excelling at the music, song and dance of Nova Scotia. Nimbly handling fiddle duties is Doug Lamey. Doug, grandson of Boston fiddling legend Bill Lamey, is one of the area's most sought after Celtic fiddlers. Doug has studied with some of the greats from the Cape Breton tradition (Buddy MacMaster) and Irish scene (Tommy Peoples). With the addition of award winning bagpiper Matthew Phelps, the band's musical horizons have expanded in countless ways. Cliff McGann, the band's MC, plays guitar, tin whistle and sings in both English and Scottish Gaelic. He has a Masters degree in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Tri is blessed with two of the best stepdancers in the New England area, Pamela Campbell and Christine Morrison. Dancing together for 16 years, they have shared the stage with some of the biggest names on the Celtic scene today including Natalie MacMaster, Beolach and Ashley MacIsaac.

Dinner reservations recommended, no cover charge, both the upstairs and downstairs bars will be open for service.

In addition to serving the regular Beehive menu, Chef Rebecca Newell has created several à la carte specials including: Corned Beef & "Cabbage" Flatbread with Sauerkraut & Cheese, Finaan Haddie Smoked Fish & Chips with Malt Vinegar Aioli & Slaw and Grilled Lamb Chops with Colcannon Mashed Potatoes just to name a few.

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