Winter 2020 IMS Newsletter

A Chara (greetings!)
This is the second quarterly newsletter to bring you all the information on the upcoming Irish and Celtic events in the Greater Rockford Area.

Schedule for Winter:

Saturday February 22nd at 7pm An Evening of Irish Music. 
World renown Irish musicians Jimmy Keane and Dave Curley will be performing at the Spring Creek Church of Christ. This is part of IMS Irish and Celtic Concert Series.  Seating is limited to 200 so if you want to make sure you have a seat purchase them online at the IMS website.  They will be available at the door as well.  $25 admission and $10 for students.  Beverage service provided by the Prairie Street Brewing Co. Snacks will be provided as well. For more information on the FABULOUS show please visit the website.
Parade and PaddyFest 
Parade this year is 14 March Saturday 
  • Line up is at the BMO/RPS 205 parking lot plus 4th street and organizers will be there at 2pm giving line up instructions.
  • Check your email if you are marching for line up directions and rules for marching.
  • Registration to March must occur before 2pm. Register online at the website.
  • The parade is free for Clans/Families, Charities and govt municipalities like Firefighters, Police etc.
  • All businesses and political entities must pay the registration fee before marching.
  • See the website for the parade route which is the same as last 4 years.
  • Parade ends at PaddyFest at the Prairie Street Brewing Co.
Entrance fee at the door or online is $10 for everyone over 14 years of age.
Open seating in four performance areas during PaddyFest.
Food will start service at 4pm
Menu will be posted on the website.
Food will be Irish themed and reasonably priced with a kids menu.
Entertainment schedule will be posted on the website as well.
This year we are extending the hours to 11pm for the band Minimal performing on the main stage in the ballroom starting at 8pm.


The Rockford School of Irish Dance
The dreams of renewing Irish Dance being taught here in Rockford hit a snag when we did not receive a Grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.  After a brilliant effort by our grant writer we fell short behind other worthy causes.  Not to be discouraged we will begin taking names for those interested in learning Irish Dance for themselves or their children or grandchildren. We will announce a sign up on the website and if we get help from likeminded souls to defray costs through donations. we will persevere in our goal of restoring Irish Dance being taught here in Rockford.
 We are looking to start a subscription membership. As a 501(c)(3) we are not allowed to have voting memberships but we are allowed Subscription Memberships. We have not worked out the details yet but it would be something on the line of paying a yearly fee and getting free access to concerts and PaddyFest and discounted parade fees as well as a free subscription to the Irish American News, a monthly paper for all the Northern Illinois Irish events.
Also we are looking for the next group of fun loving people to come onboard and join us in the fun of planning and making these great fun Irish and Celtic events happen in the Greater Rockford Area. Get a friend and join us together.  We do have fun and make connections and great friendships.
Go raibh maith agat (Thank you in Irish is pronounced “guru ma agut”)
Danny McDade
President IMS