It might have been a chilly December afternoon, but the members of the Shamrock Club were a warm and welcoming audience at their annual Christmas party. The event was held at the Fore Seasons Restaurant, inside the Baraboo Country Club. It's a lovely space to host a gathering. A wall of south facing picture windows let in streams of sunlight and provide a wonderful view of the Baraboo Bluffs. I served up an hour of traditional Irish songs and a variety of Holiday music, seasoned with a few good Irish limericks for laughs. The audience wasn't bashful about joining in with songs they knew which made it a lot of fun for me.

Before and after the event, people came over to where I was set up to talk and ask questions about the menagerie of instruments I brought along. The folk harp and mountain dulcimer seem to be perennial favorites.One of the perks of my job is having the opportunity to meet a lot of nice people. Katie and the crew at Fore Seasons served up some really great traditional Irish dishes .... the Guinness Stew was amazing!

The limerick that got the most laughs goes like this:

There once was a Bishop from Meath,
Who sat down on his set of false teeth,
Said he with a start, "Oh, Lord, bless my heart.
I've bitten myself underneath!"


I enjoy letting my Irish roots show through once in a while, even though they are but a fraction of my heritage .... I think maybe a sixth .... But, when you are spending an afternoon with the members of the Wisconsin Shamrock Club, anyone can be Irish for a while! Thanks to all for a wonderful afternoon!

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