Bringing Together Utica, New York's Irish Cultural Organizations
to host events in celebration of our Irish heritage
A Great Time Again at the Second Annual Bloomsday Pub Crawl!
The pub crawl was great fun again this year! You can read all about it and see photos over on the Craobh Dugan blog.
Celebrate James Joyce’s Legacy on Varick Street This “Bloomsday”
Varick Street in Utica will be transformed into Dublin for one day on Saturday, June 16, as the Utica NY Area Irish Coalition presents its second annual Bloomsday Pub Crawl! We'll visit pubs along Varick Street in the city’s brewery district sipping delicious drinks as we listen to dramatic readings by accomplished local actors, talks by scholars of Irish literature and history, and traditional Irish music by Craobh Dugan.
In James Joyce’s monumental classic “Ulysses,” (often cited as the greatest English-language novel of all time) June 16 is the date that the book’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom, undertakes his one day sojourn through the streets of Dublin. Since the first two-man Bloomsday celebration in 1954, that date (or as near as practicable) continues to be celebrated in countries as far-ranging as Hungary, Italy, Australia and the Czech Republic, with a range of cultural activities including readings and dramatizations of scenes from the novel, (as well as the responsible partaking of adult beverages.) And this year Utica, NY, will once again play host to its own Bloomsday event.
It all starts at 11:30am with check-in and a brief gathering at Utica Brews, located at 809 Court St., Utica, and will proceed to the Saranac Brewery, Nail Creek Pub, the new Irish Cultural Center to see the progress, Lukin's Brick Oven Pizza, and the Celtic Harp, finishing at 5:00pm.
Each stop will feature short dramatic readings from Joyce's Ulysses, live Irish music and finger food. Drinks will be available for purchase. Participants will receive a special commemorative T-shirt and will also get a passport stamped at each stop to be eligible for prize drawings at the end of the crawl.
Come join us for a great afternoon! Tickets are only $15.