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Celebrate Irish Midwinter Feasts in River Edge Sunday

On Brigid’s Day, the Irish would gather gathered the earliest flowers to bloom in late winter, especially the snowdrop.

On Brigid’s Day, country folk gathered the earliest flowers to bloom in late winter, often through the snow cover, especially the snowdrop, which was called the Purification Flower, the Candlemas Bell, or the Fair Maid of February.
On Brigid’s Day, country folk gathered the earliest flowers to bloom in late winter, often through the snow cover, especially the snowdrop, which was called the Purification Flower, the Candlemas Bell, or the Fair Maid of February.
Have you ever wondered how Groundhog Day came about? You can learn about the holiday that made Punxatawney Phil a star at a special Sunday event in River Edge.

Discover the origins of Groundhog Day in the back-to-back midwinter feasts of Brigid’s Day and Candlemas on Sunday at Historic New Bridge Landing, at 1201 Main St.

Since Irish colonists in the U.S. served both Congress and the Crown during the American Revolution, noted author and historian Todd Braisted will speak on the Irish in the American Revolution at 1:30 p.m. in the Steuben House.

There is much more than a lecture happening, though: Harpist Ardis Cavin will perform on Celtic harp at 3:30 p.m. Candle making will be demonstrated in the Out Kitchen. Antique lighting devices will also be displayed. Brigid’s Crosses from County Cork in Ireland may be purchased in the gift shop and Candlemas crepes are available in a restored 18th century tavern.

Suggested donations for admission are  $7 per adult, $5 per child and free for BCHS members.

For info, visit: http://www.bergencountyhistory.org or call 201-343-9492.

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