St. Patrick’s Celebration

St. Patrick's Day at St. Patrick's church 043     One of the liveliest St. Patrick’s celebrations in Northwest Indiana annually -held on Sunday, March 11th, 2018. Enjoy a Feast fit for Saint Patrick –  a family-friendly celebration with corned-beef and cabbage buffet also featuring other Irish food, with all the fixings.
      This is a huge Family Event with Live Irish Dance Performance from the Mayer School of Irish Dance and live Celtic Music by Keenan Baxter. Hear Keenan’s own personal spin on St. Patty’s tunes, which are danceable and utilize all the traditional Irish Instrumentation including Bag Pipes, Fiddle, Flute and drums.

Keenan Baxter performing Celtic Music at St. Patrick Parish in East Chicago.

      Local Celtic composer and  keyboardist gears up for several St. Patrick’s performances every year. At the Age of 10, Keenan Baxter from Valparaiso Indiana, saw the show “Spirit of the Dance” at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.  After the show, he was compelled to buy the cd and he listened to it over and over. Now, he’s a sensational Celtic composer and has created his own Celtic album ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching original Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Although Keenan is not from the homeland of Ireland, nor is he Irish, he began composing his own Celtic songs 10 years ago.
      Keenan brings festive and danceable reels and jigs to airs brimming with nostalgia and sentiment. Keenan artfully layers harp with bag pipes, accordion, strings, fiddles, atmospheric vocalese and an electronic undercurrent for an intriguing fusion of old and new on his Celtic album (titled “Reminant”)
      Why the title “Reminant?” After all, it’s not even in the dictionary! Well according to Keenan, it came to him in a dream. The word actually comes from the 15th century and means, “remnant or remainder.”  One can say that Keenan’s album celebrates the traditional Celtic music from the past and admires Celtic music as it is still an inspirational and stunning genre of music today!
     Click here for a video of Keenan playing celtic music. Call the Church Office for tickets – this event sells out fast. No tickets at the door. 3802 Grand Blvd. East Chicago, IN, 219-398-1036.

Sue Baxter