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Celebrate With The Irish This Weekend

By Staff | Mar 17, 2011

Volunteers at the Irish Gift Shop in Emmetsburg believe in wearin’ the green for St. Patrick’s Day. Pictured (from the left) are St. Patrick’s Association Secretary Mozelle Jacobs, volunteers Myrna Heddinger,?Lou Ann Huberty, Becky Jamison, Citizen of the Year Donna Kunz and St. Patrick’s Association President Darlene Joyce. This group of volunteers, and many others, will welcome guests from near and far to the Annual St. Patrick’s Celebration in Emmetsburg this weekend. --Jane Whitmore photo

The wee folks in charge of weather have promised a great weekend for the Irish as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Emmetsburg. Last year the community held its 50th Celebration and this year the community is observing the 50th Anniversary of the annual celebration.

Today is Open House at St. Pat’s Headquarters, downtown Emmetsburg. The public is invited to stop between 2 and 4 p.m. to enjoy a cup of Irish coffee and a cookie or two.

David and Mary Stanton are returning to Emmetsburg as visiting Irish Dignitaries. They will greet the public at the Open House at St. Pat’s Headquarters.

David is a Fine Gael member of the Irish Parliament representing County Cork East. He was re-elected to the Dail in 2011. David is a director of Midleton and District Day Care Center, Ltd., a patron of Midleton & Carrigwohill Red Cross and is a member of the Chambersm of Commerce at Cobh, Youghal and Midleton. He is a former commissioned officer in An Forsa Cosanta Aituil and a past member of Macra na Feirme.

The Stantons were guests of the community in 2008.

The public is invited to join the Ceili Fun Night at 7 p.m. Thursday at the VFW Hall. The St. Patrick’s Association will host an evening of song and dance, with everyone invited to participate. A free will offering will be accepted.

The Traditional Irish Cooking Contest is Friday, March 18, hosted by the Robert Emmet Society. Cooks are invited to bring Irish dishes to the Heritage Center after 9 a.m. for judging at 11 a.m. Mary Stanton will be one of the judges.

Two events are scheduled Friday evening between 5 and 7 p.m. The public is invited for a meet and greet with Gary Dolphin, voice of the Hawkeyes, at Wild Rose Casino. The public is also invited to the community fish fry at the VFW.

The annual Miss Shamrock Pageant begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Emmetsburg High School Auditorium. Miss Iowa will perform and so will Miss Shamrock 2010.

Saturday begins with the O’Round the Loch Scholarship Run. For information and registration, contact the Smith Wellness Center at Iowa Lakes Community College.

There are activities for the younger generation Saturday morning, too. Face painting will be done at the former Calico Cupboard building between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Balloon making is also at the Calico Cupboard from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mr. Nick Magic Show is right next door at Riviera Theatre for a free show sponsored by the Palo Alto Arts Council.

The Irish Stew dinner will be served at the Multipurpose Senior Center from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food vendors will be located on the north side of the Courthouse Square and at various locations around town.

The pre-parade begins at 1 p.m., downtown Emmetsburg. Dignitaries will be introduced by parade emcee Tim Seaman, sports director at KCAU-TV, Sioux City. He will introduce and welcome Grand Marshall Dorothy Gilman, Citizen of the Year Donna Kunz, Irish guests David and Mary Stanton and political guests. Six families with Irish heritage will march in the pre-parade. Following tradition, Annie Brennan will sing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” before the parade begins.

There are over 80 entries in the Famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade which gets underway at 1:30 p.m. Returning to participate in the parade are the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band, Emmetsburg Irish Dancers, Abu Bekr Shrine clowns, and the West Central Iowa Animal Unit.

Marge Mills will once again ride in the parade as Saint Patrick and Bill Henry will portray Robert Emmet. Joining the parade is “Sister Mary Holy Water” on her segway, Emmetsburg School bands, fire departments, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and floats and parade entries from businesses and organizations.

The Robert Emmet Society will host a reception at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Multipurpose Senior Center. Steven Brennan will present a family of history, telling the story of his grandfather, Adrian Brennan.

Gathering of the Clans begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Emmetsburg Fire Hall. The Irish Minstrels will make a return performance, joined by Glenn Henriksen playing Irish tunes on the keyboard.

“Rudy” will be played at Riviera Theatre at 3:30 p.m. This free show is sponsored by Woodford Equipment.

Tonic Sol Fa performs at 7:30 p.m. at Emmetsburg High School?Auditorium.

The weekend culminates with a Pancake Breakfast at the VFW Sunday morning, sponsored by Rotary Club. Serving begins at 8 a.m.

A Trap Shoot will be held at Sportsman’s Park from 12 noon to 3 p.m. contact Roger Will at 852-2775 for information.