It has been a year since the pandemic cancelled most Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations around the county, and it looks like we will be spending March 17th without parades again this year. Let’s try to shake off the sadness of what we can’t do and revel in the ways we can celebrate the day. Here are a few events and other ideas to get the ball rolling.
Celebrate the luck of the Irish by participating in one of these St. Patrick’s Day events going on in Hunterdon County.
Taste of Ireland – Whiskey Pairing Dinner!
When: Saturday, March 4 and March 11 from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: The Ship Inn Restaurant and Brewery, 61 Bridge Street, Milford
Hunterdon County St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Cancelled
When: Sunday, March 15 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Clinton
Hosted by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick (FSSP), the Hunterdon County St. Patrick’s Day Parade would normally take place on Main Street in Clinton. The parade features more than 50 marching bands, including five pipe and drum bands and the North Hunterdon High School Marching Band. The FSSP states that they will host a spectacular parade when it is safe. They encourage parade goers to check back for details. The Gala, Golf Outing and After Party are all on hold for 2021.
Irish Cabaret! with Andy Cooney
When: Various Dates March 16- March 21
Where: Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, 88 Route 173 West, Hampton, NJ 08827
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as the sights and sounds of Ireland come alive in The Irish Cabaret! Starring Andy Cooney, who has sold out Carnegie Hall seven times, Irish Cabaret is a celebration of Ireland’s music, song, comedy and dance. Designed to entertain the entire family, this is one Saint Patrick’s Day celebration you don’t want to miss! *This show sells out quickly*
Leprechaun Hand Prints
Kids St. Patrick’s day cupcake class!
When: March 13th at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Candyland Crafts 44 W Somerset St, Raritan, NJ
During this class you will learn to make pot of gold cupcakes. You will pipe on your buttercream frosting and add buttercream clouds with a candy rainbow and a chocolate pot of gold!
Go Green at Peddler’s
When: March 13, 14
Where: Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA
Peddler’s Village will be hosting a wide variety of promotions, live entertainment and a kid-friendly leprechaun hunt. Shops will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. To participate in the hunt check in at the hospitality booth near the main green on March 13 and 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. There will also be a Shake Your Shamrock 8k, 5k a one-mile walk or a half-mile kids fun run, the action starts at 11:00 on March 13 and 14.
Wine Weekend and Irish Forever
When: March 13, 14 and 18
Where: Crossing Vineyards, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Newtown, PA
Celebrate at Crossing Vineyards with wine, specialty pairings and live music. Craft brews are also on hand in draft and bottles. For those who missed the fun Ireland Forever picks up with an after party with Irish Music and drink specials on the 18th, from 6 to 9 p.m.
If you aren’t ready to socialize outside of the home, there are activities that will still be festive. Here are some ideas.
Cook an Irish Meal
Irish food has a bad reputation, but don’t write it off. Explore beyond corned beef and cabbage. Try baking a soda bread. It is one of the easiest breads to bake because there is no yeast or kneading involved, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboards. Irish stew is another satisfying dish, especially if there is a late-winter or early-spring chill in the air. Try these recipes from Simply Recipes: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/irish_soda_bread/ https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/irish_beef_stew/.
Dance a Jig at Home
Use your favorite music listening device to find traditional Irish music. Do your best River Dance impression and enjoy moving to the music or look up an Irish dance instruction video on YouTube and learn something new.
Watch an Irish Movie
So maybe we can’t go to Ireland or even to a parade, but we can travel there in our minds by watching an Irish movie. Some family-friendly choices include The Secret of Roan Inish, The Magic Legend of the Leprechauns, and The Legend of Longwood. Or try The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Angela’s Ashes, Tristan and Isolde, or The Young Offenders for adults.