There will be “A Little Corner of Ireland” at this year’s Cambria City Ethnic Festival.
The Alternative Community Resource Program and Our Lady of Knock Cambria County Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will come together to host an Irish-themed event in the basement of the former St. Columba Catholic Church, located at 910 Broad St.
There has been a lack of an Irish party at the annual festival in recent years.
“People have been asking, since this hasn’t been open for a number of years, ‘Where’s the Irish pub? Where’s the Irish theme? Why did they close that?’ ” said ACRP Executive Director Frank Janakovic.
Anthony Crimarki, president of the local Hibernians chapter, added, “We hope that this is going to be the first year of many years to come. That’s the idea. ... We don’t want this to be a one-shot deal.”
Activities for adults and children have been scheduled.
“I think what’s neat about this is it will cover that family concept,” said Janakovic. “We’ve got music and entertainment for the adults. What we did here, too, is we have a playground here that the kids will have access to.”
A pub and kitchen will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Three bands – Tree, Dead Irish Blues and the Irish Pretenders – are scheduled to perform. Children will be able to play in a bounce house.
There will be presentations about Irish history and culture. A cornhole tournament with cash prizes is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Dave_Sutor.