The Irish History class at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School got a jump on St. Patrick’s Day on Friday with a traditional Irish dinner at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs.
Besides good food and camaraderie, the point of the evening was to raise money for the students’ week-long trip to the Emerald Isle, starting February 23. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle presided over by Jimmy Flynn, resident leprechaun, helped fill the travel chest.
After baking 100 cupcakes beforehand, parents helped fashion salads from ingredients donated by Linda Jean’s, while Nadine cooked chicken donated by Cronig’s.
The tour begins in Dublin with a visit to Kilmainham Jail, the museum of the Irish War of Independence, and the Abbey, Ireland’s national theater. Then they’re off to Killarney, Blarney, the Rock of Cashel, the seaweed baths of Enniscrone, a gaelic football game, County Sligo, moving through Galway, County Cork, County Mayo, and County Sligo.
The event was coordinated by Elaine Cawley Weintraub, the Irish History teacher, and Shelley Gosson, whose daughter, Erin, will be on the trip.
“This was an evening showing the Vineyard at its best as a place that values community and loves its children,” Ms. Weintraub said. “It was a wonderful evening and one that St. Patrick must have smiled on.”