Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Erin Go Bragh!
If it’s March, St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and local shopkeepers are preparing to celebrate with a raft of specials! They are offering special discounts, free items with purchase, special opportunities if you are wearing green…..each shop has a different approach and the offers begin March 13 in some cases and run through March 16 and include special menus and great desserts at our food venues. You can get a discount at the Warner for the March 14 jazz program if you mention St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, a Monday, so it is fitting that businesses will use the days before to celebrate. Flyers and a special brochure complete with map and description of many of the specials are available at stores and shops along Main and Water Streets. Shopping local will be a fun experience and laughter and the wearin’ o’ the green will help you think spring!
There are some fun facts connected with the holiday that may make for good conversation while you are socializing with friends. For example, the top drink for St. Patrick’s Day is beer, with the Irish Guinness taking top honors. And despite the hype, green beer isn’t all that great. Another interesting tidbit – St. Patrick was not Irish. In fact, his parents were part of the Roman population living in England at the time. And while we always associate green with Patrick, the original color associated him was blue as he was depicted in paintings wearing blue robes. It was in the 17th century that the shift to green was made…it was the color in the Irish flag and the color most associated with The Emerald Isle and shamrocks. Shamrock actually means small clover and it was the three-leaf clover that St. Patrick used to teach Christians about the Holy Trinity. There is a legend in Ireland that if you wear green, you are invisible to the leprechauns who tend to sneak pinch those they see. Two more fun facts: It is said there may be more Irish in the U.S. than in Ireland but Ireland can hold the title to the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade - taking place in the small village of Dripsey, the parade is 100 yards long – the distance between the village’s two pubs.
Enjoy the festivities and remember that shopping local adds that bit a green to the cash register allowing our local shops to continue bringing you a special shopping experience.
In parting: I share this Irish Blessing:
May your troubles be less,
And your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness,
Come through your door.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Sharon Flannery Waagner