Slainte! (Translation: Good health! In Irish Gaelic)
Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun-filled celebration along the North Oregon Coast with great food, music and liberal amounts of libations. Here are few suggestions to bring more than a wee bit of lucky charm to your St. Paddy’s Day plans.
McMenamins Gearhart Hotel and Sand Trap Pub is going all out on green-themed gaiety with an extended weekend bash. So make sure to bring your McMenamin’s Passport to get the green just-for-fun stamp. You'll enjoy feasting on and drinking up some lucky Irish Stout, Irish coffee, Irish Reubens, MacSleyne Irish Stew and Workingman's Corned Beef and Cabbage.
On Friday, March 15, the Nobody Here Is From Ireland Golf Tourney gets underway at the Gearhart Hotel-Gearhart Golf Links with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The four-player scramble is for those 21 and over, costs $60 per player if paid one week in advance and $70 the week or day of the match. Carts are available and there will be prizes at every hole. For more information call (503) 738-3538.
After the tournament, get ready to get your Irish jig on! Gearhart Hotel Assistant Manager Tina Clark says Geraldine Murray and the Retired Popes will be performing in the Livingstone’s Room from 7 to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, March 16, St. Patrick’s Day Across the Land kicks off at the Gearhart Hotel with live music from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Livingstone’s Room. Maxwell Strozzi plays from 1 to 3 p.m., The Resolectrics take over from 3:30 to 5:30 and Spud and the Snake Skinners wrap things up from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and all ages are welcomed.
The Gaelic good times continue on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with more live music from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Livingstone’s Room. David Pollack will get your toes tapping from 1 to 3 p.m., Smith and Tegio follows from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the Jacob Westfall Band performs from 6 to 9 p.m. Again, admission is free and both kids and adults are invited.
McMenamin’s is located at 1157 North Marion Avenue in Gearhart. For more information give them a jingle at (503) 717-8159.
In Seaside, the Twisted Fish Steakhouse and Sports Lounge will be cooking up traditional Irish favorites including shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage. You’ll be able to wash it all down with green beer and other drink specials. Karaoke gets underway at 9 p.m., so start practicing your best Danny Boy rendition now and get your green garb ready to go! Twisted Fish is located at 311 Broadway. For details call (503) 738-3467.
In Cannon Beach, 3 Leg Torso will be making some music magic at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse on March 17. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. for festive beverages, bites and games. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at coastertheatre.com, at the theatre box office or by calling 503-436-1242.
Photo credits to Long Beach Peninsula Visitor's Bureau
Later in the month, Coastal Celtic Music Festival comes to the Long Beach Peninsula March 22-24 with live music, a variety of vendors, food, beer, wine, spirits and more. Organizers say there will be a lot of lively music with multiple bands rotating between the Crown Alley Irish Pub, Peninsula Arts Center, Chautauqua Lodge and the Shelburne Pub. Day passes are $30 to $50 depending on what day you attend, or all three days for $100. Tickets are now available on Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, call (360) 642-2400.
But if you're visiting for the events, why not stay for the weekend? The Chautauqua Lodge and Adrift Hotel are offering discounted rooms if you purchase a ticket for the Coastal Celtic Music Festival.
And just to make sure you’re ready for the whatever St. Paddy’s party you choose, here’s some fun Irish stuff that might come in handy.
On the lash – to go out drinking
Locked out of his tree like a monkey who forgot his keys – very drunk
Stook – an idiot of fool
The Jacks – restroom or toilet
After you've had a Guinness, or six, try saying "Irish wristwatch."
Did you hear about the Irish priest was driving and got pulled over for speeding? The police officer smelled alcohol on the priest’s breath and spotted an empty wine bottle in the car.
Officer: “Sir, have you been drinking?”
Priest: “Yes, but just water.”
Officer: “Then how come I smell wine?”
The priest looks at the bottle and exclaims, “Good Lord! He’s done it again!”
WORDS TO THE WISE:
Never iron a four-leaf clover. You don’t want to press your luck.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone, be safe and remember to check back next week for more North Oregon Coast happenings!