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A Note from the Lady of the House…

We all like to get our information in different ways.  Not everyone is on Facebook.  Some people surf the internet and look to websites for their news.  Others still like the feel of a piece of paper between their fingers.  So we decided to try doing a quarterly news bulletin that we can post on our website with a link from our Facebook page, and print out some copies to put out by our front door.

Our vision for content? We’d like to share some Celtic traditions and legends.  Maybe add a feature on one of our favorite bands.  Share some news from our local Celtic dancers and musicians.  Introduce readers to one of our great employees.  Feature a new menu item.  Talk about whiskey/whisky and craft beer.  And yes, list some special upcoming dates to save on your calendar.

We’re also inviting our patrons to share information that they think other fans of Celtic culture would appreciate and enjoy in future newsletters.  Email your suggestions to us and/or request to be added to our email distribution list  to info@fiddlershearth.com.

Happy Spring!  Sláinte!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

We have live entertainment all day long on the BIG DAY starting at 11:00am!  The line-up…

11:00am… An Dro
2:00pm… Sean Coleman (Irish Tenor)
2:30pm… Caledonia Kilty Pipe Band
3:00pm… Tune Shakers
4:00pm… Spraoi Agus Rince Dancers
4:30pm… Caledonia Kilty Pipe Band
5:00pm… Three Men in Kilts
8:15pm… Caledonia Kilty Pipe Band
9:00pm… Kennedy’s Kitchen

Limited menu and $5 Entertainment Cover at the door after 4:30pm.

Sat, March 14, 11:00am ~ Jefferson Blvd at Howard Park

Head over to the East Race after the parade where Fiddler’s and the City of South Bend will send bright green dye down the raceway!  (Don’t worry – it’s vegetable-based tracer dye commonly used by public water works to locate system leaks.)  Fid’s has been purchasing the dye and securing the required permits for this annual tradition since its inception.

Photo courtesy of the South Bend Tribune

EOSTRE/OSTARA (the Vernal Equinox)
Spring officially arrives on March 21 (although it normally doesn’t feel like it in Indiana). The Celts celebrated this day when the sun finally gets as much time as the darkness. It’s no coincidence that “Eostre” sounds like “Easter.”

BELTAINE (May Day)
May 1 celebrates the approaching warm days of
summer when livestock is set out for open grazing. It’s especially important to the Celts of Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man where bonfires and Maypoles rule the day.

The “hairy coos” of Scotland

Now Taking Reservations for
Easter Sunday Brunch

On Easter Sunday, our regular weekly buffet and carvery expands to a grand feast.  We’re carving leg of lamb and ham, along with a buffet of side dishes and a cold station of seafood and an array of stuffed eggs.  The dessert buffet is filled with cakes, pies, pastries, and a pool of fudge fondue for dipping your favorite goodies.

$25/Adults  ~  $15/Children aged 12 & under
$10 Deposit per person ~ Call 574-232-2853

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 10, 11:00am-3:00pm

Our expanded brunch buffet will feature the cuisine of Galicia, Spain with a “passport” filled with cultural information about this Celtic region.  Lots of seafood, fresh produce, cheeses, and cured meats.  $25/adults; $15/kids aged 12 & under.  Reservations with $10 deposit per person strongly recommended.  Call 574-232-2853 to reserve seats for you and Mom. 

TEA TIME!

Three tea options every day 2:00-4:00pm

The Traditional Tea
Fingertip sandwiches, sweets, and homemade scone with clotted cream & jam, presented in a tiered pastry rack with a pot of tea.  $14

Champagne Tea
Swap out the pot of tea for a glass of champagne for an additional $5.

Teddy Bear Tea
For children aged 12 & under.  Includes fingertip sandwiches & sweets for the younger palate.  Lemonade or hot chocolate may be substituted for tea in the pot.  $9

Reservations required a day in advance.  Call 574-232-2853

Fiddler’s has live music every day of the week.

Mon 7pm…  Fireside Irish Music Session
Tue 7pm…  Fireside Old Timey Music Session
Wed 8:30pm…  Open Stage with Steve Foresman
Thu 9pm…  Acoustic Folk
Fri 9pm…  Celtic or Bluegrass/Old Timey
Sat 9pm…  Celtic or Bluegrass/Old Timey
Sun noon…  Acoustic Folk 

Email steve@steveforesman.com to sign up for a time slot in Wednesday’s Open Stage.

Go to fiddlershearth.com for the rotating musicians and bands scheduled Thursday through Sunday.

Carolyn Koebel is an astonishing one-woman percussion section armed with a battalion of drums, bells & cymbals.  Her band – An Dro – plays a variety of Celtic music, but really comes alive when sharing the tunes of Brittany. 

(“An Dro” means “the turn,” referring to the Breton dance.)  See them at Fiddler’s on Paddy’s Day 11:00am-2:00pm!

It’s March, So Let’s Talk Irish Whiskey

Some of the best Irish whiskey in the world comes from the Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery.  (A “silent” distillery is one that has closed its doors and been lost to ages past, achieving almost mythical status. Old Midleton Distillery was famous throughout the world for its Irish whiskey, but when it closed in 1975, it became an iconic part of Irish distilling legend.

A series of six releases called the “Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection” ranges in age from 45 to 50 years old. The final release will coincide with the 200th birthday of the Old Midleton Distillery, which operated from 1825 -1975.  The whiskey is decanted into a Waterford crystal bottle & presented in a handcrafted wooden box.  Only 48 bottles are available for sale in Ireland, the UK, France & the US for $35,000/bottle. 

Excerpts from Master Distiller Brian Nation’s tasting notes:  Rich deep dark spices; antique oak base; freshly cut peat, chamois leather; twist of grapefruit; old sherry wine; ripe melon; red berries; malted barley; licorice…

While Fiddler’s won’t have this extremely rare offering on our shelf, we do have the Very Rare from the New Midleton Distillery for $30 per 1.5oz dram.

Redbreast 12 Year Named Best in the World

Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still won the World Whiskey Trophy at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, scoring a remarkable 98 points. You can always find this winner on our shelf at Fiddler’s.