Above Photo: HOLIDAY BAGELS- Darnell Taylor of Providence Bagels in Providence, Rhode Island, shows off a tray of St. Patrick’s Day bagels which will be available at the shop on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
By Carla Charter
It’s that time of year, the time for Leprechauns and four-leaf clovers and plenty of Green and parades. If you are looking for a different way to celebrate the holiday, the following ideas might help.
Those with a family immigration story to tell, can share it with The Great Hunger Art Museum at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Connecticut, on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. On March 16, from 10 to 5 p.m., the museum will be collecting written family immigration stories from every culture and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. they will be collecting oral histories of family immigration stories. Once collected these stories will be shared on the museum’s social; media platform and digitally archived at their website. While there, visitors can check out the museum’s special exhibit Making America: The Irish in the Civil War Era as well as their permanent artwork on display. More information can be found at IGHM.org
For those who are daring and not bothered by early spring weather or cold ocean water, they might want to take a trip to Portland Maine to participate in the 18th annual Paddy’s Day Plunge at the East End Beach in Portland to raise funds for the Portland Firefighters Children’s Burns Foundation. A tradition of the Rí Rá Portland Pub, for the last 17 years, over $350,000 has been raised to date. This year’s event takes place on March 17, 2019 when brave plungers will face the cold and jump into the water at the East End Beach at 5.30am. The pub will then open their doors at 6:00am for a complimentary St. Patrick’s Day Irish Breakfast for those jumpers who want to warm up after the plunge. Once breakfast is over, a live auction and raffle will begin to raise even more funds in a warm and fun environment. Following that, the top fundraising team, will be honored with the official Plunge Cup for the year. More information can be found at https://rira.com/portland/whats-on/ri-ra-paddys-day-plunge-2019/
Along with their famous St. Patrick’s Day parade in Southie, Boston, Ma. also offers a quieter opportunity to learn about history on its Irish Heritage trail. Including such stops as the Rose Kennedy Garden, The Boston’s Irish Famine Memorial and Fenway Park, the trail may just be the way for history buffs to get out and enjoy the spring weather. Maps of the Irish Heritage trail can be found on line at http://www.irishheritagetrail.com/ or at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont Street, Boston.
The more politically minded might want to enjoy The PLUS Company’s Annual Wild Irish Breakfast, a political roast, in Nashua New Hampshire. The breakfast is believed to be one of New England’s largest St. Patrick’s Day events. Vice Presidents, U.S. Senators, presidential “wannabees”, NH Governors, and every Nashua Mayor, along with a host of other “Irish Wits” have graced the head tables of The Wild Irish Breakfast since its inception in 1991. Tickets for the event are $85 per person and can be purchased at https://pluscompany.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2019WildIrishBreakfast/tabid/1013309/Default.aspx
If you are looking for an early morning snack to get you in the mood for all things green, stop off at Providence Bagels in Providence Rhode Island who will offer green bagels over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. From the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day to March 17 itself, St. Patrick’s Day Bagels will be available at the Bagel shop. They will also offer a special Baileys & Chocolate cream cheese as well as other varieties of cream cheese it offers. More information on Providence Bagels can be found at https://providencebagel.com/
For those with young construction equipment fans in their lives, you may want to celebrate the holiday in Vermont at the 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Concrete Truck Parade. The event is a fundraiser for the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund. The parade is comprised of 16 to 22 concrete mixers. Each with 5 panels. Businesses can purchase a panel for $1,000 and have their business logo displayed on the panel during the parade. The parade drives through sections of Williston and Winooski Vermont and then drives up Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, Vermont. The mixers then return to the company’s main location on Industrial Avenue in Williston where parade goers can get up close with the mixers and take photos. More information about the parade, to make a donation to the cancer research fund or to sponsor a panel visit https://sdicancerresearch.org/2019/02/22/2019-st-patricks-day-parade/