We thought we heard that distinctive high-pitched cry, but we haven’t yet set eyes on the mighty osprey. Legend has it that the birds always return on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, so we began to wonder whether the long awaited fish hawk is in some way of Irish extraction. We can’t wait to see the birds swooping through the air and diving into the bay with fierce abandon. Perhaps the O’Sprey clan is actually a distant branch of the O’Shays. Perhaps when St. Patrick sent the snakes packing, the birds fled, too.
A tasty corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served at the Old Whalers’ Church tonight in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The fundraising supper is sponsored by the Lions Club. While we love a good corned beef and cabbage meal, and this one will be catered by Cromer’s Market, it’s doubtful that many Irish folks actually ever ate corned beef on the Old Sod. It’s more an Irish-American dish. Corned beef would have been much too expensive to afford back home. The Brits commanded the Irish countryside be used as grazing land for beef cattle, and most of that high end product was exported to wealthy beef eaters in England. Ironically, it wasn’t until the Irish came to America that they began to eat corned beef. And we’re glad they did! Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $20 per plate.
Another way to celebrate the rich cultural legacy of the Irish is to read some of their great literature. It might take a lifetime to read the entire works of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Sean O’Casey, Eavan Boland, and Seamus Heaney to name just a few. Some would say it takes a lifetime just to read Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Instead, come read just an excerpt from the work of your favorite Irish poet, playwright or fiction writer on Saturday, March 19, at Canio’s Books. Musicians are also invited to sing a favorite Irish tune. Photographs of the beautiful Emerald Isle taken by Kathryn Szoka will be on exhibit. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. For information, call 725-4926. The event is sponsored by Canio’s Cultural Cafe.
On Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Terry Sullivan will sing Irish rebel songs at the John Jermain Memorial Library. A longtime student of Irish history, Terry will sing some tunes in their original Irish language. The program will be part history, performance and sing-along. Call the library at 725-0049 for details.
Temple Adas Israel, the oldest synagogue on Long Island, will be celebrating Purim beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 20, at the Temple on Elizabeth Street. Purim is a joyous celebration, and the community is welcome to participate. Regular Friday evening Shabbat services will be held at the Temple at 6 p.m. on March 18, with Shabbat morning services at 10 a.m. on Saturday followed at 11 a.m. by Torah study with Rabbi Leon Morris. For further information, visit the website, www.templeadasisrael.org, e-mail email@example.com, or call 725-0904.
Save the date, Thursday, March 31, for a dinner to honor the memory and legacy of Josh Levine. Slow Food East End in partnership with The American Hotel will host the dinner to raise funds for a farming internship. In his much too short life, Josh worked hard to promote community through the cultivation of healthy sustainable food. This internship will provide an opportunity for another young person to continue Josh’s efforts. Make your reservations now because space is limited. Call 725-3535. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. $100 donation per person.