Somers resident William Spence Reilly, an experienced event planner and television-movie producer, is working hard to put on a big event this Saturday that he hopes becomes an annual tradition for everyone who loves Irish culture.
Sober St. Patrick’s will be from 3 to 7 p.m. March 17 at Regis High School on East 85th Street, New York City. Set up like a nightclub with light food and non-alcoholic drinks, the program will feature many entertainers displaying the diversity of the Irish culture.
This is “for anyone looking for an alternative St. Patrick’s Day Experience….(and) the best in Irish music, dance and comedy,” says the flyer posted on the event’s website, which also provides information on who will be on hand.
Tickets are $12 per person and must be ordered online.
Reilly is calling this the first annual and expects to do this next year as a way to highlight the culture of Ireland and the Irish people on St. Patrick’s Day rather than encouraging people to drink green beer and party too hard.
Performers include the Mulvhihill-Lynch Irish Step Dancers, the John Whelan Band, Brian Conway and KT Sullivan.
Sponsors for the event include Caron Treatment Centers and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, the Freedom Institute, the Betty Ford Center and the William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation.
Read a full article on Reilly and his efforts to create this program Saturday in The Journal News and at www.lohud.com