Irish Music Coming to the Ozark Folk Center

It is good to be back and writing about all things Irish in the Ozarks again!  So, I wanted to update you on some Irish music coming to the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas in June, 2012.

In their own words:

The Ozark Folk Center of Mountain View, Arkansas is America’s only facility that works to share the heritage and way of life of the Ozark Mountain people. It’s lively, it’s entertaining, and it makes learning about Ozark history and heritage loads of fun. It’s an adventure in yesterday’s Ozark way of life that you can see, touch and enjoy today.”

St. Louis Irish Arts will be coming to the center June 15-16, 2012.  They will bring a unique brand of Irish Folks dance and music for the two day event.

St. Louis Irish Arts Incorporated is the local branch of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, a worldwide organization founded in 1951 to preserve and promote Irish traditional music, song, and dance.  Though our head office is located in Monkstown Dublin, there are over 400 branches of the organization worldwide with 44 of these branches in North America.  St. Louis Irish Arts Inc, is one of the largest branches of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in North America and currently has the largest number  of Junior members.

You can find out more information about the event, and the rates at the Ozark Folk Center at the Ozark Folk Center Season Rates Page.

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32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration

Well, it has been a while since we have blogged on the Celtic Ozarkian, but I couldn’t turn this one down. Here is the schedule for the Irish Parade.


Saturday March 17, 2012


12:00 Food booths & vendors open at the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.  Parade units begin forming (Benton & Commercial)

12:30 Irish Pet Contest

2:00 Parade begins with Grand Marshal

4:00 Parade disbands (South Avenue and Elm St.)

4:30 – ???? Celebration continues with the Awards Ceremony at Patton Alley Pub

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A Tale of Red Irish Ale

I had a recent chance to share some lovely Red Irish Ale with some of the people I work with in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  It was a wee draft, full of flavor and well balanced.  There were a lot of compliments on it, so I thought I would post a recipe for all you Irish beer brewers in the Ozarks.



Type: All Grain Date: 9/2/2011
Batch Size: 5.00 gal Brewer: Ray Province & Bill Furnas
Boil Size: 5.49 gal Asst Brewer: Robin
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Cooler system
Taste Rating(out of 50): 45.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 71.1
Taste Notes:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
9.00 lb Maris Otter (Crisp) (4.0 SRM) Grain 86.8 %
0.75 lb Barley, Flaked (Briess) (1.7 SRM) Grain 7.2 %
0.50 lb Crystal Dark – 77L (Crisp) (75.0 SRM) Grain 4.8 %
0.12 lb Chocolate (Crisp) (630.0 SRM) Grain 1.2 %
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00%] (5 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00%] (60 min) Hops 15.4 IBU
0.91 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Irish Ale (White Labs #WLP004) Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.055 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.054 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.2 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.7 %
Bitterness: 15.4 IBU Calories: 239 cal/pint
Est Color: 15.4 SRM Color:


Mash Profile

Mash Name: Single Infusion, Full Body Total Grain Weight: 10.37 lb
Sparge Water: 2.29 gal Grain Temperature: 60.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 60.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Mash In Add 13.43 qt of water at 171.8 F 158.0 F 45 min
Mash Out Add 5.37 qt of water at 196.5 F 168.0 F 10 min
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).

Carbonation and Storage

Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 4.1 oz Carbonation Used: -1/2 cup
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 68.0 F Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 68.0 F
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