Sullivan's Irish Alley & Travel Too

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Flushing, Michigan

Click to download: 77_SullivansFlyer.pdf

ClanDonnell will be there all day, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We'll tell some tales of Ireland and teach Flushingites a wee bit of Irish history.

Sullivan's Irish Alley is a great Irish and Celtic store in downtown Flushing. It has an awful lot of neat merchandise packed into a quaint store on Main Street. Ed and Caron Sullivan also lead trips to Ireland and the other Celtic nations, and you will never find better guides. The next trip is August 15th to 23rd. One of these days, ClanDonnell will join in the tour!

Check out Sullivan's Irish Alley & Travel Too at at this website.

We'll be sharing the stage (figuratively, since there will not be a stage) with Roane, a Celtic/American folk band. I heard some bits of their music on Facebook, and I can't wait to hear them live. Check out the Roane website and the Roane Facebook pagee.

Art in the Park will be at Flushing's Riverview Park, down the streets from Sullivan's. Even if you are not conspicuously astute, you might have guessed that Riverview Park is on a river. It is, to be precise, the Flint River. The river originates in Lapeer County, flows in and around the City of Flint and Genesee County, and ultimately into Saginaw County where it empties into the Shiawassee River. The translation of the Ojibwe name for the river is "Flinty River". Why the Ojibwes thought the river was flinty, I will never know.

While we are on the subject of names, how did a small town in Genesee County, Michigan get the name Flushing? Blame it (or credit it) on New York and the Netherlands. The town sprung up next to the railroad in the 1830s, and the local railroad baron was originally from Flushing, New York. Flushing is in Queens, New York City, and was named after the Dutch town of Vlissingen. Somehow "Vlissingen" spit out in English comes out close to "Flushing". Or so they say.

Art in the Park promises 150 or so artists. They've done this here over 40 years, so they should have this art and park stuff pretty well figured out by now. Art in the Park and Sullivan's Irish Day runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for both.

Click the pdf link above for the Sullivan's event flyer, and this link to Sullivan's event announcement.

Thanks to WJRT/ABC12 in Flint for publicizing the event. Here is the link, headlined ClanDonnell Author To Tell Irish Tales At Sullivan's Irish Alley in Flushing.