A bit of green for everyone

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - March 16, 2006

The Island turns a little green this Friday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Several events commemorate the emerald isle with traditional food, music, and lots of fun for the Irish in all of us.

On Friday, March 17 from 5 to 7 pm the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs offers up a corned beef and cabbage dinner to benefit the club's scholarship fund. The dinner is $12 for adults and $7 for children.

Also on Friday, St. Augustine's Church on Franklin Street in Vineyard Haven will open its doors for a fun party from 6 to 8 pm. The family affair will include a traditional meal, an authentic Irish DJ, raffles, and door prizes. The Life Teen Youth Ministry is hosting the event. The chief cooks are parishioners Ernie Chaves, Paul Donnelly, and Richard Krauss. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 508-693-0342, ext. 12. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

"St. Patrick's Day is more than green beer, shamrocks, and leprechauns" said Bill O'Callaghan of Edgartown. To prove it he is hosting a Celtic Celebration on Saturday, March 18 from 12 noon to 5 pm at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs.

The event is free and features real Irish tea and art from Mr. O'Callaghan's Mad Potter collection as well as Irish paintings by Arthur O'Callaghan, Joan Walsh, and Annie Parsons.