Go Green on a St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl | Adventure #16

“Anyone know of any St. Patrick’s Day fun in Burlington this weekend?”

When I asked this question on Facebook, most of the answers seemed centered on bars and beer. As a dad with a young family, my first thought was, “that leaves us out.” But then I thought again. With shamrocks, leprechauns, lucky charms and all hues of green clothing, how could we not try to make St. Patrick’s Day one of our Burlington adventures?

And am I ever glad we did. Turns out there were lots of other families celebrating the day and plenty of ways to enjoy Irish cheer apart from the beer.

We decided to make Downtown Burlington the hub of our adventure. As we drove down Brant cheap viagra 100mg online Street, we spotted a sky high leprechaun greeting passersby in front of the Rude Native. We just had to stop for a photo! What a great start to the day.

The first “pub” on our family-friendly crawl was local legend, Emma’s Back Porch. Emma’s is one of a few St. Patrick’s Day parties that expressly welcomes families to join the fun during the day. We had stopped by the dollar store ahead of time to stock up on green gear so that Jr Burlington cialis is safer than viagra and his Milton friend could arrive dressed appropriately.

As soon as we entered, we were welcomed by a clan of Emma’s staff sporting big smiles and dressed in their St. Patrick’s Day best.

Looking around the restaurant, I noticed a few other spirited families and stopped to ask them for a photo to include in my blog. When I introduced myself as “Mr Burlington” both families I approached knew who I was and said they followed my Facebook page. The power of social media proves itself again!

What is St. Patrick’s Day without green beer? I know this entirely non-Irish tradition makes many people cringe, but I say “Bah Humbug” to that. To me it just adds to the festive fun!

To celebrate the day, Emma’s offered a number of traditional Irish menu items including Guinness Lamb Stew, Fish & Chips and Corned Beef & Cabbage.

As I prepared for the day, I investigated what was happening around town and found that many places advertised Irish Dancing. I later discovered that Burlington’s Woodgate Shamrock Academy of Irish Dance smartly uses the day as a fundraising effort.

Every St. Patrick’s Day, the Woodgate Shamrock dancers spread out across the region performing at as many venues as possible in support of their trip to the World Championships. This year, nine World Qualifying dancers will travel to Boston at the end of March to compete in the biggest event of the year. These dancers train for about two hours, 4-5 times a week.

For St. Patrick’s Day 2013, the school danced at over 20 area establishments — 13 in Burlington. I had created this chart beforehand to help get the word out about their performances through social media.

After we had finished our meal and watched the dancing at Emma’s, we departed in search of the next pub on our crawl.

We ended up back at the Rude Native, home of the stilt-walking Leprechaun we had met earlier. (When asked about this paradox, he suggested we imagine just how big his pot of gold must be!)

The Rude Native was offering a lot of treats to it’s patrons including $2 stacks of cialis 20 green shamrock pancakes along with an extensive toppings bar. Jennifer, the manager (in the green wig), came by to chat and her enthusiasm is infectious. It’s easy to see that she loves her job!

I was happy to find Malarie offering free Carlsberg samples!

With two venues under our belts, we capped off our kid-friendly crawl by peeking inside the Queenshead. They were packed to the rafters in there so we took that as a sign to head for home.

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you get decked out in green with all stop spam emails canadian pharmacy the trimmings or are you happy to watch the rest of the world shake their shamrocks? Let me know in the comments section below.

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