The Truth and Community Healing and Inclusion Committee, working with the Berkeley Heights Business and Civic group, are inviting the community to celebrate Irish heritage and culture with a flag raising event on March 17th in front of Town Hall at 5:30 pm. The event will include food, music, and a soda bread bake off contest.
Mayor Angie Devanney, Councilmembers John Foster and Susan Poage are the government members of the TCHI committee that also includes volunteers from the community. Mayor Devanney, remarked, “Our flag raising ceremonies have been a source of pride for our residents of all types of backgrounds. I encourage everyone to join us on St. Patrick’s day to celebrate Irish history and Berkeley Heights’ sense of community and connection.”
Dr. Pat Smith, when asked to help organize the second annual event said, “How could I say no to help raise the proud color of the Irish flag on of all days, St. Patrick’s Day. It would be my honor to help all proud local Irish Americans enjoy this event with something for everyone. My great grandma May Moriarty who took the long boat ride from ole Ireland and emigrated thru Ellis Island for a better life here in America will be smiling down upon us all with those big blue eyes and thinking: Well isn’t this grand.”
Dr Smith engaged many businesses in town to donate prizes for the Soda Bread Bake Off. Goodman's, Delicious Heights and Craft Bagels have generously provided gift cards to the winners of the bake off. Bakers should bring their baked soda bread to the event with a label stating the baker’s name.
So get on your green and come downtown! It is an event for the whole community to either kick off St. Patricks Day or continue festivities from earlier in the day.