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The ICTC's "Wake" will not be "beerless"

By Mark Scott


Buffalo, NY – The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Irish Classical Theatre Company will go on as scheduled Friday night, even though organizers received quite a scare late last month.

What is an Irish wake without the beer? That was the challenge facing organizers of the ICTC fundraiser known as The Wake. Ryan Connolly is an ICTC board member. He says Flying Bison, the local microbrewer that had supplied The Wake during its first five years has temporarily ceased operations because of financial problems.

So, they had to find a new microbrewery to participate, not knowing if they could find one on such short notice. But they did. Rochester-based Dundee Ales and Lagers agreed to provide a variety of its craft brews to "mourners" at The Wake.

The wake celebrates the passing of the fictitious Ted N. Gaughan. There are actors portraying Ted's loved ones and even a eulogy from UB's very own campus minister Fr. Pat Keheler.

The Wake begins at 7pm Friday at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.

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