Thursday, February 22, 2024

St. Patrick's Day at the Red Brick Cafe



Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears St.Patrick’s Day 2024

The book had a very limited printing. I doubt you could find a copy of it. The copy I have was sent to me by the author, Charlene Herrold. Charlene was a friend of the family. She worked for (with) my father at J.H. Wilson and Sons Home Furnishings in, what was then, Galt ON.

Both my parents were actively involved in GLT (Galt Little Theatre) and many a late evening was spent in our home as Charlene and Mom discussed skits, which Charlene would compose.

I knew nothing about Charlene’s background. She didn’t talk about herself. She was always more interested in knowing what you were doing. She was a hippy long before there was such a thing, meaning she had a critical mind when it came to politics, religion, beliefs and humanity.

Then suddenly one day about 1998/99 out of nowhere this book, Lilt of Laughter, Trace of Tears, stories that obviously came from her past, her ‘roots’, arrived at my door.

The tales come from the west coast of Ireland, in and around Clew Bay & Clare Isle, County Mayo, an area known for poverty, famine and Catholicism, oddly ingredients necessary for a deep sense of humour. The book is a collection of what is, to me, a series of monologues with multiple characters, multiple voices and perfect for telling aloud.

Come see some of these Irish tales performed on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 17, 7pm at The Red Brick Cafe. A very Irish way to celebrate this special day. Tickets available at Eventbrite or $25 cash at the door. Seating is limited to 40 so advance purchases are advised. For more information visit

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