Food, crafts, music figure in course


July 29, 1993|By Angela Winter Ney | Angela Winter Ney,Staff writer

Calling all Macs and Os!

Conrad Bladey, teacher of a course in Irish culture being offered this fall at Anne Arundel Community College, invites the Irish population of Anne Arundel County to learn a bit more about being Irish.

He bills the course as "learn to grow your own culture at home" and promises everything from weekly Irish teas to live music and story-telling.

The course also is a way to connect with the Irish community, which Mr. Bladey says is prominent in the central and southern parts of the county. In Annapolis, the Commodore John Barry Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians has held a St. Patrick's Day party for 13 years. The club meets once a month at the Naval Academy and has been active in bringing teen-agers from Northern Ireland to the United States for a summer.

"Anne Arundel is primarily a Catholic county, and there are many Irish Catholics in the area, particularly around Arnold," Mr. Bladey says.

Each of the five sessions will last two hours and will include one craft project of ancient folk art; instructions and recipes for one Irish dinner dish; folk tales and music.

Each class also will focus on a different aspect of culture, such as art, literature, history, village life, travel to Ireland and music.

The "crafts" are things such as corn dollies, which are not dolls but abstract ornaments made from wheat by people who work in the fields, Mr. Bladey says.

He'll play live music -- using Irish tin whistles -- and taped tunes.

During each class, the students will break for Irish tea, which will be accompanied by hearty soda bread, baked by Mr. Bladey.

In later classes, each student will bring a tea food from dessert recipes they'll receive during class.

For the final session, the class will meet in an Irish pub in Baltimore, where Mr. Bladey will lecture about village pub life and travel to Ireland. After the two-hour discussion, he'll open the floor for students to repeat favorite songs or tales they've learned in the course.

Several hundred people have taken the class in Baltimore County, where Mr. Bladey has taught Irish culture for five years as an adult education course.

For more information on the class, call Mr. Bladey at 789-7829 or to register, call Anne Arundel Community College at 541-2510. The class number is DNC 307-901. Registration begins Aug. 5.

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