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Two-fer this Saturday at The Burren

This Saturday's SLAM poster, designed by Keane.
This Saturday's SLAM poster, designed by Keane.
Mary Keane

If you like crafts, head to The Burren this Saturday afternoon, March 13, for its fourth SLAM (Saturday Local Artist Market), held from noon to 4 p.m. As it’s the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, this SLAM will have an Irish theme. Arts, crafts, and food will include Irish landscapes, photography, jewelry, traditional baked goods, wool spinning, Celtic-designed crafts, and more, all created by artisans living in the area. Approximately 20 will be on hand to sell and discuss their work.

The SLAM debuted on January 30 and takes place every other Saturday; the next one is scheduled for March 27. “Tommy McCarthy, owner of The Burren, approached me about the idea just before Christmas. He thought, given all the artists in Somerville and surrounding towns, it would be a great idea to give them a place to exhibit and sell their work,” explained Mary Keane, who does graphic design for the popular Davis Square Irish restaurant.

For this SLAM, local musicians will be playing traditional Irish music. Every market Saturday, The Burren offers a special “artist market” $5.00 lunch, with a choice of soups and a ham or turkey sandwich.

According to Mary, “The first market took off with a bang! There was a great turn-out from the start. Artists were very pleased with the amount of people coming to the market, and word spread quickly. It is not the same group of artists every week, although artists may exhibit more than once. There are always new artists exhibiting at each market.”

If you would like to exhibit at an upcoming SLAM, please contact Mary at