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Church to ‘Celebrate Ireland’ with concert

CRYSTAL LAKE – First Congregational Church will “Celebrate Ireland” with a St. Patrick’s Day concert and fundraiser dinner.

Irish-themed concerts will be at 4 p.m. March 16 and 17 at the church, 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake. The church is asking for a free-will donation to attend.

The concert will include the Vestry Choir, featuring Ann Tucker as director of music, and the Jubilate Bell Choir with Toni Gambini as bellmaster.

The March 16 event will feature dancers from the McCormack Fay Academy of Irish Dance, and Sunday will showcase bagpipes played by Trey Higgens and accompanied by Barb Thorsen.

After the performances, there will be a fundraising dinner in the church’s fellowship hall. Advance dinner tickets are $12 and can be bought online at, or in person. After March 13 through the day of the event, tickets will cost $15. Dinner is corned beef and cabbage, and macaroni and cheese for children. Pop and beer will be available to buy.

Proceeds will benefit the Wesley M. Vos Memorial Organ Recital and First Congregational Church Music Ministry.

For information, visit or call 815-459-6010.

– Chelsea McDougall


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