There’s a good chance an autumn breeze will be sweeping through the trees on the gently rolling hills of Corning Sunday. Fall-like weather may provide the perfect back drop for the Corning Irish Heritage Center’s Harvest Homecoming.

“This is something new we are trying this year,” said Corning member Connie Carroll, who said the activities will begin at 11 Sunday morning and will continue into the afternoon. “We will be starting off with a lunch of bangers and mash beginning at 11.”

During lunch, which is available for a freewill donation, Emily Ann Thompson will provide entertainment.

“Emily Ann has performed at Corning several times now,” said Carroll, who said Thompson provides high-energy entertainment featuring Scottish, Irish and Canadian fiddle tunes. She also sings in English and Irish Gaelic — all while playing the fiddle and dancing.

Once Thompson wraps up her performance around 2 p.m., Carroll said Dr. Daniel Gahan from the University of Evansville will be speaking about the first generation of Ireland’s independence.

“Dr. Gahan has also spoken at Corning several times,” said Carroll, adding Gahan has also published two books,”Rebellion! Ireland in 1798” and “People’s Rising.”

Gahan, who is from Ireland, but has been teaching at U of E since 1986, has also written extensive articles regarding the Irish in Daviess and Martin counties in different issues of The Hoosier Genealogist.

Carroll said one those articles mentioned that between 1817 and 1850, 95 Irish in Daviess County filed for American citizenship.

“This would make their arrivals in the county prior to both the Irish potato blight of 1845 and the start of American canal building,” she said.

In addition to the activities, Carroll said those attending can also help fill the tank — the gas tank that is.

“Historical experts have advised that a winter temperature of at least 46 degrees must be maintained in Curran House to prevent mold and deterioration of the plaster walls,” said Carroll. “The gas expense for 2018 was $650. We are challenging our members and guests to raise enough money through separate ‘Fill the Tank’ donations to finance our gas expenditures for the winter of 2019.”

A separate donation box will be on hand for the “Fill the Tank” funds.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Corning Irish Heritage Society will also have a chance to sign up for membership.

Carroll said the Sunday event will also be a good chance for the community to catch a glimpse of the grounds at Corning that will serve as the location for the 2020 Daviess County Farm to Table Dinner.

“We will host Farm to Table on our grounds in August,” said Carroll.

For more information on Saturday’s event, find the Corning Irish Heritage Center on Facebook or visitwww.corningheritagecenter.com.

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