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Sharon Forks library celebrates Irish culture Saturday
Event part of One World programming

If you go

* What: One World Forsyth Celebrates Ireland

* When: 11 a.m. Saturday

* Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road

* Cost: Free

SOUTH FORSYTH — Libraries in Forsyth County are going green this weekend to celebrate an annual Irish holiday associated with the color.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, Sharon Forks Library will hold One World Forsyth Celebrates Ireland at 11 a.m. Saturday with performances from an Irish step dancer and bagpiper.

John Maschinot, founder of The Celtic Company in Atlanta, will demonstrate inflation of the bellows and how a bagpipe is played before accompanying step dancer and singer Olivia Bradley on several songs.

“[They] are exceptional performers of traditional Irish music and dance,” said Laura Bradley, program manager for the Forsyth County Public Library system. “Patrons who come to watch their performance will leave with a better understanding and appreciation of Ireland’s rich historical and cultural vibrancy.”

Maschinot is a master of the Irish flute and the uilleann pipes, which are commonly called Irish bagpipes.

Uilleann pipes offer a “sweeter and quieter sound than great Irish warpipes or great Highland bagpipes, making them an ideal instrument for indoor performances.”

Bradley is an award-winning dancer and will sing in both English and Irish Gaelic.

The program is free, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required.

Following the music and dance demonstrations, young participants are invited to participate in St. Patrick’s Day crafts and Irish-themed activities.

The event is part of a cultural celebration series called One World Forsyth put on throughout the year by the library system. For more information, visit