“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.
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!
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.
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!
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.