March 17 is just around the corner, which means we are on the lookout for four-leaf clovers, green clothing, and perhaps even a leprechaun sighting (with a pot of gold of course). That’s right; we’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day! Every town seems to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in some fashion, whether it’s on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the weekend before, or a combination of both. At the Combsberry Inn, we’re looking forward to seeing our guests decked out in their finest green attire and accessories for the occasion; after all, nearby Easton, St. Michaels and Cambridge will all be hosting their own St. Paddy’s celebrations. But before we get to the details, we figured we would share a few fun facts about the holiday:
- St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because it is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland (March 17 is the day he is believed to have died).
- Most cities and towns celebrate the holiday with an annual parade. Ironically enough, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland, but in New York City in 1762.
- As legend would tell it, each leaf of the clover represents something different: the first is for hope, the second is for faith, the third for love, and the fourth for luck.
- Corned beef & cabbage is a culinary staple for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Why do you get pinched for not wearing green? Well, according to legend, leprechauns pinch anyone they see, but if you are wearing green that makes you invisible to leprechauns.
- Green or blue? Some say that blue was the original color associated with St. Patrick, but green has supplanted blue over the years because of the shamrock and the Emerald Isles. We think we’ll stick to green;)
- Since 1962, the Chicago River has been dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day.
Here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, we may not be dying our rivers green for the occasion, but there are certainly plenty of celebrations to enjoy! Take a look:
Paddy on Poplar – Saturday, March 12
Cambridge Main Street is getting prepped for another one of their fantastic street festivals – Paddy on Poplar! The beloved event is getting a bit of a facelift this year as it moves to the street with even more live music, great food, and good times. Higher Education and Topidelic will both be performing on the Main Stage, along with a few other surprises. There will be plenty of food and drink specials to enjoy at the area restaurants, including the highly anticipated Dank Day in the Streets party over at RAR Brewing. The local brewery will be celebrating two years of brewing with three can releases. It’s a party you won’t want to miss!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Events in Easton – Thursday, March 17
In nearby Easton, the Easton Business Alliance is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a host of activities for all ages and interests, including the annual parade and the famous potato race! Easton is full of adorable shops and award-winning restaurants, which makes for a full day of fun in the historic town. The day’s events include the following:
12pm – Ecumenical Service at Temple B’Nai Isreal
1pm-2:30pm – Irish Tea at the Academy Art Museum
4:30pm-5:30pm – Children’s Crafts & Activities on the Talbot County Courthouse Lawn
5:30pm – Parade in Downtown Easton
6pm – Famous Potato Race
St. Patrick’s Day Cart Races – Thursday, March 17
The Carpenter Street Saloon in St. Michaels is gearing up for the occasion with their annual Shopping Cart Races! The cart races will begin at 11:45pm but come out for a full day of food and drinks specials, along with plenty of Irish-themed fun in the historic town of St. Michaels.
What are your favorite St. Patrick’s day events in the area?