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irish musician harry o’donoghue

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Table of contents 6 Letter from the Co-editors

8 Behind the Scenes Currently

10 See what’s inspiring the co-editors this month The Paprika Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

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Erin go bragh! We share our picks for Irish music, what to wear, where to go, and more.

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My Athens, Our Athens

22 Learn about the southern community art project that began on Instagram

Bobi Perry: The Lady in Red, Honey Paprika goes inside Savannah’s art scene

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A Tradition Continues

36 We chat with Irish musician Harry O’Donoghue

Celtic Knot Earrings Make festive earrings for St. Patrick’s Day with our step-by-step tutorial

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54 Paprika Southern recommends P.S.

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Letter from the co-editors Happy March! Although it’s coming in as a lion, we’re eagerly anticipating it going out like a lamb with the start of spring. This month, we’re going local, and examining what is at the root of local community. Paprika Southern co-editor Siobhan Egan and contributing writer Anthony Garzilli go inside Savannah’s art scene with artist and local art supporter Bobi Perry. Bobi is a Savannah resident known for her attendance at every Savannah art event. It is the support and involvement of individuals like her that is the beating heart of community and she exemplifies the concept of the local. Contributor Elena Fodera brings us another local story, this time from Athens, GA, one of an ever-growing local art project that springs from community. We also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month, with an Irish-inspired jewelry D.I.Y. created by Jami Stone, and an interview with Harry O’Donoghue, a world-class Irish musician. Erin go bragh!

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The Team Bevin valentine Co-editor siobhan egan Co-editor Krystal Pittman Baker Advertising contributors

elena fodera

anthony garzilli

jami stone

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Behind the scenes in March

Behind the scenes at the Savannah First Friday Art March with Bobi Perry

At Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub on River Street to interview Harry O’Donoghue

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Shooting our Celtic knot earring D.I.Y with Jami at Scribble Art Studio

We love sharing sneak peeks of what we’re up to throughout the month, as well as connecting with our readers! Stay in touch and a get a behind-the-scenes look at what’s coming up by following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Follow paprika southern

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Currently... See what’s inspiring the co-editors this month! I’m recently engaged, and we’re having fun dreaming of what our wedding will look like! I love this book, Vintage Wedding Style, by Savannah wedding stylist Elizabeth Demos for inspiration.

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I’m not sure I have much of a green thumb, but I always get inspired to start a garden in the spring. This year I’d like to create an attractive container garden in the backyard with a mix of blooms, the herbs I use every day (read: tons of basil), and some hot peppers.

I’m excited to watch the second season of The Americans. Fascinating show.

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Girsa, a fabulous group of girls from the NY area who have amazing talent! Siobhan

Fascinating story of Anjelica Huston’s life in Ireland, London, and New York Festive green coasters from Anthroplogie

Celtic design rug The best Irish tea

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The

Paprika Guide to

St. Patrick’s Day

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EAT & DRINK

fuel up for the day by beginning with a hearty brunch! biscuits and bloody marys are a must (see our bloody mary recipe on page 18 for a drink that’s sure to get the day started on the right foot!) fill the meal out with an egg bake, and finish with shamrock cupcakes. don’t forget plenty of water to keep you hydrated throughout the day!

savannah, ga hosts one of the largest st. patrick’s day celebrations in the united states and the destination of choice for southerners wanting to show off their irish pride. if you’re attending, there’s something for everyone, from family-friendly parade-viewing, to people-watching, to tailgating! bring your camp chair and cooler, and prepare to enjoy the spectacle in comfort and style.

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shades of green, of course! if there was ever a day to deck yourself out in emerald, march 17 is it. here are some of our favorite green picks this year!

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Tale of Truth Ring, Urban Outfitters, $45

Rock Star Jeans, Old Navy, $15 Tangled Up in Green Top, Modcloth, $35

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City Streets Colorblocked Sweater, Shop Ruche, $35

Green Metallic Beads, Oriental Trading, $8.50

Deirdre Dress, Red Clover, $56

Seychelles Cayenne Sandal, Modcloth, $70

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Perfect if you’re in the mood for a saga

The first in a series of turnof-the-century set mysteries starring plucky Irish immigrant Molly Murphy

Our pick for new readers!

Delve into Ireland’s rich folk traditions

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no st. patrick’s celebration is complete without music. put together a soundtrack to the day with our picks for irish music.

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Smoky Sriracha Bloody Marys with Quick Pickled Green Beans Recipe by Elena Fodera Photography by Bevin Valentine

This smoky-sweet-spicy version of the classic cocktail features liquid smoke for an unexpected hit of flavor and Cathead Vodka, an American-made spirit that’s new on the scene and distilled in the Southern state of Mississippi. Rimmed with a blend of ancho chile, salt and pimentón dulce, a Spanish smoked paprika (our favorite!) and garnished with your very own homemade pickled green beans, it’s a drink that’s sure to impress. For the Rim 1 tsp. Sea Salt / ½ tsp. Ancho Chile Powder / ½ tsp. Pimentón Dulce For the Drink Smoky Tomato Juice Base (1 Liter Tomato Juice + 2 drops of Lazy Kettle Liquid Smoke will yield enough for 4-6 drinks.) / 2 oz. Cathead Vodka /1 oz. Smoked Porter or Stout Beer / 3 dashes of Celery Bitters / ½ tsp. Sriracha, or as desired / Pinch of Celery Seed / Pinch of Sea Salt / Cracked Black Pepper www.paprikasouthern.com

For the Garnish Lemon & Lime Wedges / 1 Stalk of Celery, trimmed / 1 Bacon Strip, cooked crisp /Homemade Pickled Green Beans (Recipe Follows) Prepare your Smoky Tomato Juice Base using 2 drops of liquid smoke in 1 liter of juice. Liquid smoke is very potent, so a little goes a long way. Dilute with more juice or water if necessary and set aside. On a small plate, mix the sea salt, chile powder and pimentón together. Wet the rim of a tall 8-oz. glass using a

lime wedge, then dip the rim into your salt mixture. Pour the vodka, beer and celery bitters into the glass, then fill halfway with tomato juice. Add any desired amount of Sriracha—some like it hot!—a pinch each of celery seed and sea salt, and 1 turn of cracked black pepper. Stir well with a spoon. Fill the glass with ice and top it off with more tomato juice if needed. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges, celery stalk, bacon strip and a homemade pickled green bean. page 18


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½ lb. Fresh Green Beans, stems trimmed / 2 cups Distilled White Vinegar / 1 cup Water / ½ cup White Sugar / 1 Tbsp. Dried Minced Garlic / 1 tsp. Whole Allspice Seed / 1 tsp. Whole Coriander Seed / 1 tsp. Whole Pink Peppercorns / 1 tsp. Celery Seeds / 1 tsp. Dill Seeds / ½ tsp. Lemon Zest / 2 Whole Dried Red Chili Peppers / Pinch of Salt Add all the ingredients except the green beans to a pot and slowly bring to a boil. When the brine is boiling, add the green beans. Maintain medium heat for 1-2 minutes until it returns to a boil, then quickly remove from heat. This ensures that you don’t overcook the veggies and they keep a nice crisp texture. Transfer to a heat-safe glass bowl to cool. Once cool, transfer to an airtight jar and store in the fridge for up to two months. They will be edible and delicious immediately, but giving them at least a week in the fridge will allow the flavors to really develop. www.paprikasouthern.com

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My Athens, Our Athens by elena fodera images courtesy of christopher fodera

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are all restaurants, the coffee houses,” Gilbert

about camaraderie. Our value of the collective over the individual is apparent in our fondness for family, church groups, cotillions, and any excuse to host a party. Not that we aren’t individuals—everyone here has unique quirks and qualities—but in the South, we take pride in our towns, our teams, our traditions. We make them our own, and they help us shape a fuller definition of ourselves. In the same way, the many who make themselves at home in Athens, Georgia, feel a connection to the place that makes it distinctly their own.

says. “There’s a lot going on, and this is a great platform for exposing people to the city around them. It helps them get out and support things that are local and good and that they may not have known about otherwise.” That involvement and ongoing discovery, Gilbert explains, “helps deepen the love for the community.” And My Athens is enriching the community with more than just love. The project will also partner with Athens area Habitat for Humanity for its upcoming gallery exhibition next month. A selection of 250-300 of the best tagged photos will hang in the second level art gallery of the Georgia Theatre for the month of April. Proceeds from the sale of prints will benefit the charity, and they also plan to donate artwork to the organization to hang in local schools or in Habitat homes. “We’re excited to partner with Habitat,” says Gilbert. “They are doing really good work around the city…We hope it will foster a sense of community and generosity.”

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It’s in this spirit that My Athens operates. A social media-driven art project, it’s a collection of photographs featuring the people, places and everyday experiences of the beloved city. All users are welcome to capture a photo on Instagram, hashtag it with #my_athens, and contribute to the ever-growing grid. Greg Gilbert, a graduate of UGA and the man behind the idea, says that the heart of the endeavor is “to creatively celebrate Athens through art and photography.” And with over 11,000 tagged photos—and counting—in just over a year, there appears to be no shortage of celebration.

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out the month of April. The largest, Gilbert says, will be the My Athens Gallery Party on Tuesday, April 15th at the Georgia Theatre. “The party will be a culmination of what we’re about,” he explains, starting with a fashion show featuring local boutiques, a concert and a rooftop DJ dance party. “We hope to use this to connect people and the Instagram community and spotlight the artists.”

“Some people think that because they can’t draw or paint that they’re not creative, but we all have it within us. It’s important for all of us to speak our voice of creativity,” Gilbert says encouragingly. “Everyone has their own perspective and collectively, that creates what the city is. So we want to hear, what is My Athens to you? My Athens is blank—how would you finish that? It’s been a ton of fun to hear the answers.”

Like the diverse city itself, My Athens is open to contributors of all backgrounds. For more information on the project and upcoming Even the name of the website, myathen- events, visit www.myathensis.com on the web or sis.com, invites anyone to fill in the blank. on Instagram @My_Athens. www.paprikasouthern.com

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Bobi Perry The Lady in Red, Honey text by Anthony Garzilli photography by Siobhan Egan N o , no , no , B obi P erry

and black and white,” Perry said of artist is saying, seated on a couch at Savannah’s Josh Beckler’s work at the Sentient Bean, Graveface Records & Curiosities. I could the first spot of the evening. never do that, honey, she insists. “This is the most wonderful high,” Perry For more than three hours Perry has fol- says after leaving The Studio School— lowed diligently her neatly trimmed photo- the third stop at 6:38 p.m.—and studying copied route of the Feb. 7 First Friday Art myriad pieces of art, including Robert March in Savannah. From 5:45 p.m. until Summerlin’s work. 9:01 p.m., Perry, a fixture of Savannah’s art scene since 2002, has visited 12 spots along the route, taking time to praise the work, eat snacks, drink red wine, schmooze, and give and receive hugs. Lots of hugs. Seventeen hugs in total.

“Ah!” a wide-eyed Perry said at Fox Loxy (location No. 5, 7:07 p.m.) as she looked at a piece depicting a bushman from about 1790. “I feel enriched.”

At Starland Cafe (location No. 6, 7:25 Adorned in her familiar red velour, Perry p.m.), Perry munched on ciabatta bread maintained a childlike wonder through- and in the corner spotted a Marilyn Monout the evening. Each location was like roe painting. “Now’s that’s a beautiful Monroe,” Perry said. opening another Christmas present. “Look at that wonderful merging of color Perry’s 800-square-foot, one-bedroom page 27

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apartment in Pooler is a cluster of artwork. There are 132 pieces lining walls in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom and laundry room. Overall, Perry’s apartment is filled with nearly 200 pieces of work. Drawings, paintings, mixed media, sculptures. Some of the work is hers, most of it is the work of others.

of art. Of inspiring people to continue to push the limit. She has admirers and friends in the art community who, when they see the arrival of the red outfit and red socks and red wine, know an art show has finally, truly gotten started.

Often she does.

What if she happens to offend an artist whose work she doesn’t have?

With all the artwork she’s accumulated, it’s suggested she host a show featuring It is hard for her to see a work of art and not the work. think of the artist’s moment of inspiration, the effort needed to bring the work to life, the Perry looks up from the Graveface Records money spent, the tinkering, self-doubt, and couch and winces. Perry, 2013 Beach Instieventual joy of the finished product. How tute volunteer of the year, owner of huncould she walk away from something that re- dreds of pieces of work, valued ear to countquired so much dedication and love? Perry less artists, receiver of warm hugs, who said can’t. if she won the lottery, every penny would be spent enriching the art scene, the wom“It says, ‘Mommy, take me home,’ ” Per- an whose approval artists seek, says, no, she ry said. could never do that, honey.

“She’s just that good person who you can always count on,” said painter Ben Tollefson, at Non Fiction (spot No. 4, 6:42 p.m.). “She shows a commitment to artists Perry grew up in Roanoke, VA. She was a model and a dancer and even though who are trying to do something fresh.” her parents wanted her to teach biolo“Bobi’s available whenever you need her,” gy, she always had a creative urge. She said Clinton Edmintster, 23, a board member earned undergraduate (1967) and graduof non-profit Art Rise Savannah, of which ate (1970) degrees at Virginia CommonPerry is a sponsor. “She provides a unique wealth University. When at VCU, Perry perspective. In meetings sometimes, we’ll just witnessed pianist John Cage perform his famous 4’33’’ composition. stop and say, ‘What would Bobi think?’ ”

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three-movement piece with no sound but into someone’s show and think about only that of the environment enthralled what I enjoy about their art work and see the audience. them smile and light up,” Perry said. “I take my little map, take off, and I’m giv“He had pushed it as far as you can,” Per- ing to fellow artists. I can’t imagine anyry said. thing more gratifying.” Even though Perry admits her own work doesn’t try to push to great reaches, hers is more conservative, she appreciates and encourages those who are willing to keep pushing.

At around 7:45 p.m., Perry’s at location No. 7, Of Two Minds. Artist Isaac McCaslin embraces her. A Quicktime montage of his work is playing on a screen. Another artist is working in a far corner.

"i'm giving to fellow artists. i can't imagine anything more gratifying." At VCU, she said artists were allowed to push boundaries as long as the work was not illegal or sent the artist to jail.

Perry receives another hug. “It was the 60s, honey,” Perry said. She tells someone that the best work anyFor 20 years Perry was an art therapist. body can do is the work that is true to Her work has been featured in California, one’s self. Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina. “She’s a true Savannah patron of the Since settling in Pooler, Perry’s been a con- arts,” the 24-year-old McCaslin said. stant in Savannah’s art scene. Her 2001 “She means the world to us.” Subaru Outback has traveled 144,000 miles, many of which have been accu- Next door, at Anahata Healing Arts (spot mulated cruising the Savannah streets. No.8), there’s music playing, “Let’s Call She’s visited each art opening and has not the Whole Thing Off,” via a keyboard, missed an Art March. violin. Perry surveys the scene, starts to leave, but then—“Wait!”—she needs to Perry enjoys being a constant beacon of sneak into Sprout South. Another hug. hope for artists. “I just take such joy in being able to go OK, time for DeSoto Avenue. The Subpage 31

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Bobi models a blue furry monstrosity at The Urban Gypsy Trunk Show at Sicky Nar Nar

aru’s trunk opens. Travel-sized merlot. Otherwise known to Perry as grape juice. The final hour of the Art March entails visiting vendors and The Kindling Workshop, Maldoror’s Frame Shop and Fresh Exhibitions.

here and there, looking at the vendors’ merchandise. Joyfully chatting with Edminster. Receiving another hug.

Earlier, at Sicky Nar Nar (6:11 p.m.), which included a traveling gypsy trunk show that featured vintage and designer clothes, Perry was concerned to stay too long because she worried she might find multiple things she’d want to buy. She did take time to model a large, furry blue hat, however.

“Everything is a wonder,” Perry said.

At Fresh Exhibitions, Perry eyes the photographs. A woman says hello. Then another.

The one counted on

In her apartment are boxes of dried environmental objects. Perry’s own work is called “Landscapes of the Mind.” She puts together a collage of found objects—tree bark, pinecones, leaves—and creates an enBut after 8 p.m., strolling along DeSoto, vironmental scene. Often a moon peers onto Perry calmly takes it all in. Popping in the ocean. A sun shines light over a forest. Perry has more than 60 pieces, all untitled. www.paprikasouthern.com

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Bobi’s apartment is filled with close to 200 pieces of art including her own nature collages and sculptures

She wants the viewer to title the work them- opinion,” Tollefson said. selves. To have their own personal moment. The work hopes to inspire a quiet and on- Toward the end of the Art March, Perry going joy, open to interpretation. talked about how people seem to be receptive of her. She tries to be approachAs much as Perry enjoys being involved in able and always flashes a smile. She wants the arts, undoubtedly others have come to the art scene to thrive. She wants to endexpect her insight, her presence, her en- lessly immerse herself in the creativity. couragement, her red attire. Perry was a Perry wants others to feel her unabashed guest of Edminster’s at Thanksgiving. Mc- wonder of the arts. Caslin said there’s nobody more dedicated at promoting the arts. Tollefson would be “I love doing it, honey,” Perry said. “How stunned if Perry missed a show opening. can you be thanked for doing something “Bobi is thoughtful; she always has an you enjoy so much?” www.paprikasouthern.com

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of laughter original songs. People like to know what,

where, how and why, but it depends on and singing echo down River Street in the audience. Savannah on a cool Thursday evening. Passersby poke their heads in curiously. “There’s a lot of humorous content in what I do, which is not really, is it, story-telling? Some come in and linger by the door I don’t know. It’s humor. Irish people have to watch and listen. Maybe it’s familiar. sharp wit and a lot of humor. And part of Maybe it’s not. But many are drawn to what I wanted to bring to an audience is that, the sometimes upbeat and sometimes that spark of wit and self effacing humor that sad melodies and lyrics of folksinger, kind of juxtaposes with the darker songwriter, and storyteller, Harry side of the culture.” O’Donoghue, the most Irish “Irish people man in Savannah. Folk music and balhave sharp wit lads were a big O’Donoghue jokes easily and a lot of humor. influence on with the audience in the And part of what I O’Donoghue’s dining room of Kevin musical develwanted to bring to an Barry’s Irish Pub where opment. His he has been a regular audience is that, that earliest influact since he moved to spark of wit...That kind ences included Savannah in the 1980s. of juxtaposes with the The Beatles and On stage at the pub he Roy Orbison. darker side of the plays the guitar and the bodhrán, an Irish drum, culture.” “People have this aswhile singing traditional Irish sumption about Ireland that folksongs and some originals, all the we all grew up listening to trad[iwhile entertaining the crowd with quick tional] bands and certainly that’s true on the witty stories. west coast and the northwest and southwest, and some instances in the east, but I never “The stories I tell are just personal stories found Drogheda to be a particularly tradiabout home, about my family. They don’t tional town. A lot of great musicians, but the go on at length. They’re just snippets,” way I leaned was more lyric heavy so it was a says O’Donoghue. folk, ballad kind of thing…” He also likes to give a little history about Harry grew up in Drogheda, a town 35 some of the songs he sings. “There’s a minutes north of Dublin on the banks of reason for these songs and that extends to www.paprikasouthern.com

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Harry O’Donoghue delights a crowd at Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub in Savannah

the River Boyne in Ireland. It is a town with a lot of history dating back to Neolithic times. They boast a most unusual relic, the head of St. Oliver Plunkett, which is on display in a shrine at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church where O’Donoghue was an altar boy.

years. After settling back in Philadelphia in 1982, he traveled around playing in St. Louis, Houston, New Orleans, and Wilmington, Delaware. He was invited to Savannah in 1983 by a cousin living on Tybee Island, started playing at Kevin Barry’s, and soon after he moved to Savannah permanently.

He bought his first guitar at the age of 20, receiving lessons from a friend who would later go on to co-found the band Terra Nova with O’Donoghue. After moving to Philadelphia from Ireland in 1980, O’Donoghue formed Terra Nova. He then found himself in Stanton, California playing at the Irish Rover. He traveled back and forth between Philadelphia and California over the next couple of

O’Donoghue sees some connections between Southern and Irish cultures.

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welcoming thing with a slower pace of He always brings his guitar and plays at life. That reminds me of home.” the local pubs sometimes with other musicians and sometimes solo. This year’s tour The development of the Irish community will take them to Cork and Kerry in July. in Savannah was different than other parts of the country according to O’Donoghue. Many people tune in weekly to The Green Island Radio Show where he has been the “The Irish community here grew from a host and co-producer for 22 years of the point in time where there was no going back Georgia Public Broadcasting radio show, to Ireland. We don’t understand that. I don’t which plays Irish and Celtic music. With big understand that. Immigration is a word I changes happening at GPB he’s not sure if don’t really understand because I can hop the show will continue. “We’d like to keep it a flight and go home. When my mom and going if possible,” says O’Donoghue. dad were alive I was going home six times a year. I would leave here on Wednesday and You can see Harry O’Donoghue play regcome back on Sunday. But when these peo- ularly at Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub on Rivple came it was a one-way thing. er Street as well as several other locations throughout the Lowcountry. O’Donoghue “And I think they bonded together and also has a Christmas tour that takes him from that sprang these traditions that still from Atlanta to Tampa and the Palladium in hold true today. The Savannah Irish have St. Petersburg, FL, for a Christmas concert. their own traditions that they have been doing for many, many, many years and it’s Where will he be for St. Patrick’s Day? a part of their culture with the greening of During the day he will play at Katie the fountain and the inauguration of the O’Donnell’s in Bluffton and Kevin Bargrand marshal and it’s every bit as relevant ry’s in the evening. He will also be playing as anything else in any other aspect of Irish at the Tara Feis on Saturday, March 15 culture. The second biggest Irish parade in at Emmet Park along with a slew of Irish America is here. It’s pretty impressive.” musicians, dancers, and entertainers. O’Donoghue stays busy performing around the world. He often travels to Buffalo, N.Y. to perform and spends several weeks playing on a Norwegian Cruise line ship, the Dawn. He and his wife operate a tour company O’Donoghue Tours, that organizes tours to Ireland at least once a year. www.paprikasouthern.com

“I’m lucky enough to do a lot of concerts so I get the opportunity to put together a play list, a set list, and to work the show from point A to point F and include in there some spoken word and some humor and the like,” O’Donoghue said. “So I’m lucky.” page 42


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Celtic Knot Earrings knots are a motif found in celtic art dating back to the seventh century. found in relief sculpture and in illuminated manuscripts, these endless knots symbolize infinity and reference a mystical connection to everlasting life. these earrings, with an intricate knot design, are perfect for st. patrick’s day! we did them in shades of green in celebration of the holiday. make them in green, like we did, or choose your own color palette.

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-Beadalon (or beading wire of your preference; beadalon is different from regular wire) -2 crimp beads -2 clamshells -2 shades of green size 11 seed beads -1 pair of ear wires -crimping pliers -wire cutters (use nail clippers as an alternative) -ruler

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Cut three 15� lengths of beadalon (or wire)

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Place the end of all three beadalon wires into one crimp bead. Use the crimping pliers to secure the crimp around the three strands of beadalon. Trim the ends off.

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String 11� of seed beads on each wire. I did two strands of a solid green and one of a green mix but you can do whatever combination you like.

String the other clam shell onto all three ends of beadalon with the opening facing away from the beads that you have strung. Make sure you open it enough to slide the crimp bead on right next to the clamshell and trim the excess beadalon. You will want to crimp this crimp bead as close to the clam shell as possible so there is no wire exposed. Close the clamshell around the crimp.

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Follow knotting instructions (see diagram to right). The process of weaving the knot is going to seem a little fiddly since we are working with three strands of beads. You will need to hold a couple parts down as you weave the other end to form the knot. At first your knot may look a little crazy but you just tell it what to do and it’s pretty cooperative.

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Open ear wire and slide clamshell loops onto the ear wire and secure.

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P.S. Paprika Southern recommends

chattanooga Currently on view at the Hunter Museum of American Art is African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond. The show looks at American society through work of artists such as James Van der Zee, Jacob Lawrence, and many more. Show runs through May 25

charleston Rebekah Jacob Gallery will present their annual show Somewhere in the South. In addition to photographic legends William Eggleston and William Christenberry, the show will also include contemporary photographers Eliot Dudik, Kathleen Robbins, Walker Pickering, and Susan Worsham. Show runs March 15 - April 15

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savannah SCAD Museum of Art presents new installation work by Alfredo Jaar. His piece, Shadows, examines photojournalism through the lens of a single documentary photograph. Show runs through June 29

nashville On exhibit at the Frist, Goya: The Disasters of War, features etchings by Spanish master Francisco de Goya that remained unpublished until decades after the artist’s death. Show runs through June 8

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Paprika Southern March 2014  

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