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Luck O' the Irish
Massachusetts is known for its Irish heritage and nothing celebrates the Irish more than St. Patrick's Day! We in Johnny Appleseed Country have many events commemorating the Saint that, according to legend, scared all the snakes out of Ireland.
First it's All Things Irish on March 1 from 5pm to 11pm at the Old Timer Restaurant and Tap Room, 155 Church St. Clinton. From 5pm-6pm, come hear storyteller Kevin O’Hara, author of A Lucky Irish Lad, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, A Man’s Journey Through Ireland. And then from 6-7:30pm, it's The Ivy Leaf: Traditional Irish Music featuring fiddles, flute & whistle, concertina, bouzouki & guitar and vocals. Also from 6pm-7:30, enjoy Irish Step Dance performances by Clintonians Rachel McGown and Alli Donahue. From 7:30-9pm, it's Seamus Pender, the professionally trained baritone originally from Clinton who has performed his special blend of ballads, songs and stories in colleges, schools, libraries, museums, churches, pubs, coffee houses, and concerts throughout the United States. And the night finishes with Kieran McNally from 9-11. This native Clintonian combines the talent of a first-class musician with an uncanny ability to remember names and connect with the audience.
Wednesday the 12th is the “No Irish Need Apply” program at the Clinton Historical Society, 210 Church St., Clinton. Chris Daley will speak on the history of the Irish in America and their struggles for equality. The Society’s collection of Irish heritage books and genealogical material will be on display throughout the evening. Admission $3. For more information, visit www.clintonhistorical.org.
Also on the 12th warm up for St. Patrick’s Day at the Thayer Memorial Library at 6pm. Irish-born folk singer Tom and his wife Debbie, a magician, will present The Magic and Music of Ireland, using music, poetry and magic to bring the many aspects of Irish culture to kids and adults alike. Contact Susan Conroy at 978-368-8928 x 5 for more info. Also at the Thayer Memorial Library on March 18th at 6:30, join Jean-Paul and Marilyn Page for a St. Patrick’s Music Sing-Along. Song sheets will be provided. Door prizes too!
On Thursday, March 13th it's the Sons of Blarney at the Fitchburg Public Library. Come to this Irish concert ready to tap your feet and clap your hands. Funded in part by the Robert Rice Trust Fund. Location: Garden Room at the Library. For more information, visit fitchburgpubliclibrary.org.
All St. Patrick's Day weekend long, Gardner Ale House will be celebrating! From Friday, March 14th-Monday, March 17th. Steak and Stout Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Irish Whiskeys, Long Ireland, Irish Coffee, Rocker Red Irish Red Ale, Naked Stout Dry Irish Stout, and Magner's Irish Cider are all on tap all weekend long. On the 16th, check out the Irish buffet from 9am-1pm.
Then it's the 2014 Leprechaun Parade and Convention on Saturday, March 15. The parade steps off from the Elks Lodge on School Street at noon. The convention is called to order at 12:30pm at the Clinton Town Hall. Fun, music, food, and cheer! After the ceremony at the Elks will be the famous corned beef and cabbage dinner. There will also be an Irish soda bread baking contest at the convention. Put your skills to the test! Please have all entries brought to the town hall by 10 am.
And of course, there are a ton of wonderful pubs throughout the area. Check out any of the following:
Other activities include Wachusett Mountain's Green Day Celebration. Don your finest shades of green as you celebrate on the back deck to live Celtic Music before the sun sets and the celebrations really begin. Enjoy special food and beverage options and mountain-wide savings throughout the day. Start the day with WAAF Radio’s Greg Hill doing his special St. Patty’s Day morning show live from the mountain. St. Patrick’s Day festivities including special online pricing; Irish food and beer specials; Kid’s ‘Dig for Gold’; Sugar on Snow at Bullock Lodge and live music by Stone Clovers from 4pm-6pm.
And we can't forget our Johnny Appleseed Member of the Month! Squirrel-Eze & Friends is having a special for their brand new Mount Saint Helen Jewelry collection which is made of the ashes of the volcano. The Jewelry is filled with an array of vibrant greens that will make any Saint Patrick's outfit complete. Visit their site at www.squirreleze.com.
However you decide to celebrate, here's to hoping you catch a leprechaun and winning his pot o' gold :).
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BE SAFE ON THE ICE!
Please remember to be safe on the ice. There are no guarantees -- always consider ice potentially dangerous. Assess ice safety by using an ice chisel to chop a hole in the ice to determine its thickness and condition. Make sure you continue to do this as you go further out on to the ice, because the thickness of the ice will not be uniform all over the pond or lake. Be aware that ice tends to be thinner on lakes and ponds where there are spring holes, inlets or outlets. Don't venture on to ice bound rivers or streams as the currents make ice thickness unpredictable. For more information, please visit mass.gov.
Calling All Volunteers!
Are you interested in learning more about Johnny Appleseed Country while serving your community at the same time? Then volunteer some time at the Visitor Center on Rt 2 between Exits 35-34 Westbound. For more information, click here for our flyer or please contact Diane Burnette at (978) 534-2829 or email email@example.com.
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