Harvest Home scheduled for Sunday in Corning | Community

Chances are a fall breeze will sweep through the trees on the gentle hills of Corning on Sunday. Autumn weather can provide the perfect backdrop for the Corning Irish Heritage Centre’s Harvest Homecoming.

“It’s something new that we’re trying this year,” said Corning member Connie Carroll, who said activities will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday morning and continue into the afternoon. “We will start with a lunch of bangers and mash starting at 11 a.m..”

During lunch, which is available for voluntary donation, Emily Ann Thompson will host.

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

Once Thompson finishes his performance around 2 p.m., Carroll said Dr Daniel Gahan of the University of Evansville will speak on the first generation of Irish independence.

“Dr. Gahan also spoke to Corning on several occasions,” Carroll said, adding that Gahan has also published two books, “Rebellion! Ireland in 1798” and “People’s Rising.”

Gahan, originally from Ireland but who has taught at the U of E since 1986, has also written extensively about Irish people in Daviess and Martin counties in various issues of The Hoosier Genealogist.

Carroll said one such article mentioned that between 1817 and 1850, 95 Irishmen in Daviess County applied for American citizenship.

“It would make them come to the county before both the Irish Potato Blight of 1845 and the start of construction of the American Canal,” she said.

In addition to the activities, Carroll said attendees can also help fill the tank – the gas tank.

“Historical experts have advised maintaining a winter temperature of at least 46 degrees at Curran House to prevent mold and deterioration of the plaster walls,” Carroll said. “The gas expense for 2018 was $650. We challenge our members and guests to raise enough money through separate “Fill the Tank” donations to fund our gas expenses for winter 2019.”

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

Those interested in becoming a member of the Corning Irish Heritage Society will also have the opportunity to register.

Carroll said Sunday’s event will also be a good opportunity for the community to get a glimpse of the Corning grounds that will serve as the venue for the 2020 Daviess County Farm-to-Table Dinner.

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

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