Hometown Hero--Bernadette Winters

Bernadette Winters
Bernadette Winters

For the past 14 years, one of the highlights of Savannah's Saint Patrick's celebration is the family festival, Tara Feis. From the beginning, Bernadette Winters has worked hard to make it a success.

Winters spends most of her time teaching music and directing choral groups at St. Vincent's Academy. Much of her spare time goes into planning and directing the celebration of Tara Feis, a family event with no alcohol that gets better every year.

"We make sure everything we bring in is real authentic Celtic Irish entertainment," she said. "We have all the arts and crafts for the children geared to that so they can learn something about their heritage."

Although it takes hundreds of hours to plan, coordinate and make sure everything falls into place, Winters says it's a whole lot of fun.

"I get a high," she told us. "I call it the high holy season of Saint Patrick's Day. I tell the girls in the chorus I'm so old I remember when Saint Patrick's was one day, and now as you know it's a season."

For her enthusiasm and dedication to making Tara Feis a great family event for the past 14 years, Bernadette Winters is this week's WTOC Hometown Hero.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  rwallace@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com