St. Patrick’s Day
Sláinte! And a very happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! Are you planning to wear green this weekend? Perhaps indulge in some Irish soda bread and pint of Guinness? There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate this Irish holiday right here in Southern Indiana, just a short drive away from the gates of Christmas Lake Village.
St. Patrick’s Day was traditionally a religious holiday that was first observed in Ireland, a far cry from the Americanized version we celebrate today. It commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Irish Catholics would typically attend mass and spend a quiet day with family … the pubs were traditionally closed.
Irish American immigrants began celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the mid-1700s as a way to honor their cultural roots. Over the years, the celebrations grew larger and evolved into parades, parties, and the traditional wearing o’ the green. Today, it is an official public holiday in Ireland as well, with parades and festivals held throughout the country.
The small town of Ireland, Indiana, would be a logical place to spend the day here in Indiana. On March 16-18, 2018, the town hosts a variety of events for all ages to enjoy. There’s a dodgeball tournament on Friday, March 16, 2018. Run off some calories and energy in the 5K on March 17, and then head to a St. Patty’s Day Breakfast or Bake-off after the race. You can even try your luck during Luck O’ The Pubs by following various clues to the correct local pubs in a particular order. There will be kids’ games and a craft show throughout the morning, followed by a craft brew tasting and lots of additional opportunities for food. A big town parade will be held on March 18, 2018. Details are on the website at https://www.stpatsirelandin.com/.
St. Benedict’s Brew Works, in Ferdinand, Indiana, is getting into the holiday spirit by offering a St. Patrick’s Fish Fry on Friday, March 16, 2018. The all-you-can-eat feast includes three types of fish, hushpuppies, slaw, pizza, and dessert. You’re encouraged to wear green and prizes will be given to the best leprechaun in attendance! More information can be found here: http://www.saintbenedictsbrewworks.com/index.php/sbbw-home/.
If you’ve had your fill of Irish food and drink, you may want to enjoy some Irish music and dance. The Evansville Philharmonic will present a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Music from films such as "Titanic," "Braveheart," and "Far and Away" will help you get into the Celtic spirit. The Orchestra will then host a party at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Evansville after the concert. A ticket to this party includes Irish hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar of your favorite Irish beverages, and music by the Tom Drury Duo with a performance by the McTaggert Irish Dancers. Tickets for the orchestra and party, as well as additional details, can be found at http://www.evansvillephilharmonic.org/classics-series-concerts.html.
If you decide to stay home and host your own St. Patrick’s Day party, we do have a few tips for you.
- Whip up some Irish-inspired food such as corned beef and cabbage, Shepard’s pie, or Irish soda bread. You might consider a decadent chocolate Guinness cake or tasty Irish coffee for dessert.
- While blue may have been the color originally associated with Ireland, make sure to break out your green shirt and socks. It has been the traditional color associated with the holiday since the 1700s.
- Put together a playlist of Irish music, including tunes from artists such as Celtic Woman, the Corrs, and The Irish Rovers.
- Tune in to a live stream of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York or Chicago and watch the merriment from the comfort of your own home.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Key Associates. We’ll leave you with one of our favorite toasts…
“May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live!”